City Dawei, Tanintharyi
Start Date Mar - May 2019 (flexible)
Length of Placement 6 Months
Language Requirements English
English Reading: Level 3, Writing: Level 3, Speaking: Level 3
Language Scale: http://www.cusointernational.org/languageratingscale
Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only
Dawei is an up and coming tourist destination that is seeing rapid growth in arrivals every year. While local tour operators have been working in the area for years, they have begun to struggle to compete with the international travel companies that have just begun setting up offices in the small city. This is where you come in!
Sam the Man Travels and Tours is a locally owned business looking to develop the guiding services, as a means of enhancing sustainability by increasing their overall revenue generating capacity. You will spend your time working to implement a simple but effective change management program to help create a more stable structure for the company growth and management. This is a small business that will require groundwork to implement a program that will allow for organizational growth and structural development, currently this is a one employee operation and is looking to expand in the near future.
As a volunteer your role will be focused on developing the necessary action plans to help Sam the Man Travels and Tours to build capacity that will allow them to expand their business. You will also embed yourself in the community to support Cuso International to explore other potential local business partners in town during the placement.
The objective of this placement for the volunteer to closely working with the local business owners to refine existing services or re-packaging their tourism products so that it can be a sustainable business in the future. The position will also support promoting the business in the multiple delivery methods, including developing website, updating social media and printed content. The advisor will also be strengthening the owner and staffs’ communication skill relating with customer services.
This placement is explorative and will include as part of the work an initial organizational development needs assessment and regular feedback will be expected to ensure that EasyTravel and Cuso International can build a strong and mutually supportive partnership. Cuso International supports our partners by allowing them to drive their own development and this placement will help us to ensure this partnership includes that value.
As a volunteer, you will:
-Training current/new staffs on basic office management procedures by using management tools
-Create a small survey/report on current tourism needs of services in town and identify the small business to collaborate
-Assist an Organization Development Need Assessment to look for partner capacity and long-term needs
Essential Academic Qualifications:
- Relevant degree in marketing, communications, digital marketing or artistic design
Essential Professional Background:
- At least 3-5 years of experience in marketing, product marketing, communications, design, writing/editing, journalism
- Social media knowledge
Easy Travel Dawei
Easy Travel Dawei, is a local family run tour guiding service. Samuel tailors ecotours based on the interests of the client.
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.