Location Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia
Start Date Sep - Nov 2018 (flexible)
Length of Placement 12 Months
Language Requirements English, Spanish
English Reading: Level 5, Writing: Level 5, Speaking: Level 4
Spanish Reading: Level 5, Writing: Level 5, Speaking: Level 5
Language Scale: http://www.cusointernational.org/languageratingscale
Please submit a Spanish Resume and Statement of Interest
Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only
Are you someone that values innovation and project development? Cuso International Bolivia is looking for you! Use your innovative ideas to find project funders and implement a project that will support our partner in their outreach and support of youth in their employment search and training.
UNIARTE is a social enterprise of indigenous artisans from Santa Cruz, who through their handicraft, inspired by their culture, promote and defend their cultural identity and coexistence with nature.
Cuso International in Bolivia has been working collaboratively with UNIARTE for some years now and the objective is to strengthen the organization so that it is auto sustainable and profitable.
Now, our goal is to find someone like you to support UNIARTE in their project development so they can reach a wider number of indigenous artisans, provide them with a increased and stable income, have a successful social enterprise while seeking opportunities in private sector and entrepreneurship innovation. Your role will help with the development of the institution and address the necessities of marginalized groups of youth through innovating ideas.
You'll work with your local colleagues in analyzing the organizational structure and capacity to implement better project development and find the right funding to keep their mission alive and growing!
As a volunteer, you will:
- Analyze the organizational capacity, their strategies in project development, and implementation, as well as their internal and external funding.
- Identify possibilities in project funders and donors and share recommendations on how to reach out or develop proposals through a relationship management strategy and tools to create the relationship and to maintain it.
- Update and create a strategy to contact institutional project funders.
- With your local colleagues, develop innovation and project proposals according to the institution's guidelines, interests and needs.
Essential Academic Qualifications:
- Degree in business, administration, economics, project management, international development or other relevant area.
Essential Professional Background:
- Strong experience on project development
- Knowledge on organizational strengthening
Union de Artesanos de la Tierra
The Union of Earth Craftsmen (UNIARTE), is a traditional cultural identity organization with a vision of social enterprise. Founded on November 27, 2004 by a group of indigenous youth (Chiquitanos and Guarayos), it brings together 60 artisans.
This venture, started from a group of young people with artistic experiences and a desire to improve their own economic and social situation through their art. UNIARTE was born with the purpose to support training, joint production, marketing and commercialization of handicraft, to preserve and promote their cultural identity.
The objectives of UNIARTE aim to generate income for native artisans and to provide an opportunity for technical training and higher education. Their approach promotes culture and sustainability, through a respectful relationship with nature through use of natural materials and facilitating joint commercialization. UNIARTE are working to increase participation of indigenous women and helping to create access to markets for their products.
UNIARTE has "Cultural Capital" and one objective is to share their experience, knowledge and roots of their lands, bringing to the partnership "the love for the beautiful and the useful" to generate self-employment and sustainable socio-economic self-development for their communities through art.
Cuso International terms and conditions allow you to lead a modest and healthy lifestyle while being effective in your placement. This support package will cover basic living expenses for one volunteer and is not intended to cover home-based expenses (ex. loans, support payments, etc.) or luxury items such as imported items in placement or international personal travel.
- Modest monthly living allowance (varies depending country)
- Accommodation while in placement
- Return airfare and visa/work permit costs
- Cost of required vaccinations, antimalarial medication and health insurance
- Pre-departure training and in-country orientation
- Travel and accommodation for reintegration debriefing weekend
- Modest support for accompanying partners and dependents going on placement with you for 12 months or longer (Return flight, emergency medical insurance, vaccinations)
- Access to Employee Assistance Program while in placement and upon return
- Cuso International assessment day (Candidates must cover the first $200 of the most cost-effective travel expenses and all accommodation costs).
- Travel and accommodation for the five-day pre-departure training course and for in-country orientation
We ask each volunteer, regardless of placement length, to raise $2,000. All volunteers receive support from Cuso International to help achieve the goal through fundraising. If the volunteer chooses not to fundraise or is unable to achieve the fundraising goal, he/she can make a one-time donation or become a monthly donor to support our work.
Depending on the nature of the placement, volunteers are encouraged to provide e-volunteering support to the local partner or Cuso International before or after the field placement. Volunteers also have the option of requesting support from an e-volunteer to help them with their work while they are in placement.
Residency and Citizenship
The majority of Cuso International volunteer applicants are residing in Canada at the time of application and during the pre-departure process. Occasionally we received applications from volunteer applicants who are residing outside of Canada at the time of application. In both instances, between your application date and placement start date, we must be able to contact you and you must be able to contact us easily and promptly throughout the process.
We may require your passport and would need to be aware of your current place of residence and any travel plans you may have during this time. You will also require unrestricted access to Canada during this time for assessment and training, as applicable.
Leaving your country of residence can have significant effects on your citizenship status in that country. It is your responsibility to research the consequences of travelling to Canada during the pre-departure process if you are living outside of Canada and of leaving your country of residence for a placement with the immigration authority where you live.
By applying to this placement, you accept full responsibility for any consequences related to your citizenship, residency and immigration status or penalties as a result of travel to an assessment day, training course, international placement or other Cuso International related travel.
You must check the implications that apply to you, but examples include:
- Canadian permanent residents may need to make arrangements with immigration authorities before travelling. These arrangements allow them to travel without risk to their status in Canada. Without them, residency status may be withdrawn.
- Citizens of other countries, including those visiting Canada on a visa, may have travel restrictions.