Location Montego Bay, Jamaica
Start Date Feb - Apr 2019 (flexible)
Length of Placement 12 Months
Language Requirements English
English Reading: Level 5, Writing: Level 5, Speaking: Level 5
Language Scale: http://www.cusointernational.org/languageratingscale
Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only
The overall purpose of this placement is to support Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship in the communications and development department. By supporting small businesses, Branson Centre helps to create jobs for the Caribbean’s next generation and drive the nation’s economy!
The Branson Centre is geared at providing Caribbean entrepreneurs critical support services to help them structure and scale their businesses; by offering a comprehensive mix of services, accessible no matter what stage they are at along the entrepreneurial journey.
The Centre offers: Business Plan Evaluations, Business Bootcamps, Online Training, Mentorship & Coaching.
As a volunteer, you will play a key role in supporting the execution of several marketing and communications related activities including: social media management, website management, event planning and coordination, public relations, and content creation for the centre.
As a volunteer, you will:
-Support the Development and Communications Coordinator (DCC) in the execution of overall strategic marketing plan
-Support the DCC in maintaining an active social media presence
-Support the DCC in developing and dispatching content across all channels
-Support training of staff in innovative communication strategies & techniques
Essential Academic Qualifications:
-Training in communications and media
-Training in digital marketing execution
Essential Professional Background:
-Experience in social media management
-Experience in content development such as articles, blog posts, videos etc
-Experience with Wordpress platform
-Experience with Mailchimp platform
-Experience working with senior managers
-Excellent interpersonal skills
-Excellent writing skills
-Ability to train staff in communication strategies
Branson Centre for Entrepreneurship - Caribbean
Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship – Caribbean was launched in Montego Bay, Jamaica in 2011 by business magnate Sir Richard Branson. Today, we are the Caribbean’s leading business accelerator, bringing world-class entrepreneurial support to the region.
Branson Centre Caribbean offers acceleration for entrepreneurs in the scale-up phase. We support the development of entrepreneurs through our unique combination of three core activities:
Training entrepreneurs to structure their business for growth
Helping entrepreneurs overcome hurdles and avoid mistakes through our mentorship program; and Preparing entrepreneurs to capitalize on investment opportunities
Our team has a laser-sharp focus on addressing the unique challenges of entrepreneurship in the Caribbean, and works diligently to empower entrepreneurs to bolster their businesses, become globally competitive and contribute to the region’s social, cultural, environmental and economic development.
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.