Location Naypyidaw, Myanmar
Start Date Feb - Apr 2019 (flexible)
Length of Placement 12 Months
Language Requirements English
English Reading: Level 5, Writing: Level 5, Speaking: Level 4
Language Scale: http://www.cusointernational.org/languageratingscale
Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only
Based in a government department within the national government of Myanmar, you will support staff and government officials at the Department of Rural Development (DRD) and at the National Parliament to increase their English skills both through formal lessons and on the job support.
According to organizational needs and priorities, you will organize both private and group English lessons, with the objective of increasing the capacity for communication in joint projects between the government department and international partner organizations and ASEAN counterparts.
At times, these lessons will have to focus on certain vocabularies in order to ensure that staff are ready for topical meetings, but at other times it will be general grammar and vocabulary building.
You will likely be teaching on weekends for DRD and weekdays on the parliament. You will get two days off on weekdays.
As a volunteer, you will:
- Provide daily English as a Second Language (ESL) courses to the staff at the Department of Rural Development (DRD) as well as Union Parliament.
- Provide research, translation and on-the-job training including conversational English with MP women in Parliament and DRD staff.
- Guide and train local ESL Trainers in implementing curriculum, books, and sustainable guidelines that have been produced by previous volunteers.
- Continue the development of ESL curriculum for DRD staff and providing guidance for local staff.
Essential Academic Qualifications:
-Demonstrated competence in teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) as noted by completion of an ESL trainers program
Essential Professional Background:
-Experience working with adult learners
-At least one year of previous ESL teaching experience
Department of Rural Development
The Department of Rural Development (DRD) is a National Executing Body for the development of Myanmar’s rural area. DRD was established in 2012 under the Ministry of Border Affairs (MOBA). In the last years DRD has been striving hard in the effort to improve the quality of life of Myanmar citizens throughout the nation. DRD’s mission is to mitigate poverty and address rural development as well as bolster up socioeconomic life of rural populace. Through multi-sectoral rural development programs, DRD gears its resources towards the needs of rural people.
DRD's mission includes:
1) Addressing inclusive and sustainable rural development employing people centered approach which aim to contribute the Nation’s ultimate goal of mitigating poverty rate.
2) Strengthening community based organizations, building capacity of local communities, nurturing good governance processes.
3) Mitigating natural and social disasters and creation of resilient communities.
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
- Bonus: Additional return flight home or cash in lieu after 12 months of service for volunteers who extend for another 6 months
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.