Start Date Mar - May 2019 (flexible)
Length of Placement 12 Months
Language Requirements English
English Reading: Level 4, Writing: Level 4, Speaking: Level 4
Language Scale: http://www.cusointernational.org/languageratingscale
Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only
The overall purpose of the placement is to strengthen the capacity of the Guyana School of Agriculture (GSA) to promote and support agricultural development through the education and training of young men and women interested in an agricultural career.
The Curriculum Methodology Specialist will work closely with staff of the Guyana School of Agriculture and a group of stakeholders to review existing curricula and assist in the development of new curricula based on learnings and needs.
The specialist will also provide training to staff at the Guyana School of Agriculture on issues related to curriculum development.
As a volunteer, you will:
- Review and evaluate existing GSA curriculum
- Support development of new curricula and training program which will assist GSA staff and instructors in delivering agricultural training
- Test relevance of new GSA training material in the Guyana context.
- Support GSA staff and key stakeholders to implement new training material
Essential Academic Qualifications:
- Master’s Degree in Education or related field
Essential Professional Background:
-At least 5 years of experience teaching/developing curriculums
-Demonstrated facilitation and training skill
Guyana School of Agriculture
The mission of the Guyana School of Agriculture is: “To promote and support agricultural development through education and training of young men and women interested in an agricultural career.” The School began on September 09, 1963 at Mon Repos, East Coast Demerara, eleven (11) miles from Georgetown. The objectives of the School are:
-To offer theoretical and practical training in Agriculture.
-To develop, manage and operate farms and undertakings of an agricultural nature
The school offers training programs in the areas of: agriculture, livestock production and management, animal health and veterinary public health, forestry, fisheries studies and agro processing.
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.