Location Naypyidaw, Myanmar
Start Date Sep – Nov 2019 (flexible)
Length of Placement 7 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 is 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 the completion of an ESL trainers program
Essential Professional Background:
-Experience working with adult learners
-At least one year of previous ESL teaching experience
About Cuso International and Our Partner
Cuso International is a development organization that works to eradicate poverty and inequality through the efforts of highly skilled volunteers, collaborative partnerships, and compassionate donors. We mobilize hundreds of skilled volunteer professionals every year to work with local partners in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean and Canada to create positive, lasting change. Established in 1961, Cuso International is dedicated to tackling today’s most important development issues.
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 the socioeconomic life of the 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 a people-centered approach which aims to contribute to the Nation’s ultimate goal of mitigating poverty rate.
2) Strengthening community-based organizations, building the capacity of local communities, nurturing good governance processes.
3) Mitigating natural and social disasters and the 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
- Access to Employee Assistance Program while in placement and upon return
- Travel and accommodation for the pre-departure training course and for in-country orientation (more details below)
Pre-departure Training and Briefing
We commit to helping you prepare as best as possible for your placement. As a volunteer you will have an advisor to support you through the pre-departure process and you will receive essential training as part of your preparation. This training is designed to maximize your understanding of your placement country and culture, help you identify and plan your own learning, and help you stay safe and healthy during your placement.
Overview of pre-departure training:
1.Self-directed briefing with documents and online training provided by your volunteer advisor and external resources
2.Online health briefing
3.Fundraising 101 Webinar
4.Pre-departure Training -Skills and Knowledge for Working in Development (SKWID) course
In-Country Training and Learning
As a volunteer, you will receive an In-Country Orientation (ICO) that builds upon pre-departure training. This will be conducted by either the country program office or the supporting partner organization. This normally lasts for 2-10 days (depending on language learning requirements and other factors). In some countries, volunteers will be able to access ongoing language training opportunities. In-Country Orientation equips you with the relevant skills, knowledge, and country-specific information to be successful in your placement. Furthermore, our Country Program Office or local partner will provide you with continuous in-country support throughout the duration of your placement.
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 to Cuso International before or after their field placement. Volunteers can also request e-volunteer support to help them with their work, or any other partner-requested task while they are in placement.