Location Cartagena, Colombia
Start Date Sep – Nov 2019 (flexible)
Length of Placement 7 Months
Language Requirements English, Spanish
English Reading: Level 4, Writing: Level 4, Speaking: Level 4
Spanish Reading: Level 3, Writing: Level 3, Speaking: Level 3
Language Scale: http://www.cusointernational.org/languageratingscale
Please submit a Spanish Resume and Statement of Interest
Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only
El Parque Nacional Natural Corales de Profundidad (PNNCPR) is one of three locations that has been identified with a significant abundance of deep corals and a high diversity of associated invertebrates. The management plan of this protected area requires research, monitoring and control of invasive species.
The initiative to protect the area requires your skills in the design and implementation of strategies for environmental communication and education, with a focus on the generation of local and community ownership, considering the challenge posed to this by the completely marine location of the area.
Your work in communicating about the environmental initiative will lessen the pressures that could negatively impact the biodiversity of the Park.
As a volunteer, you will:
- Design and implement a communication action plan for the protected area, based on the national strategy.
- Contribute to the generation and implementation of an environmental education action plan, based on the national strategy.
- Formulate an environmental education project of the park, based on a need identified in the environmental education strategy.
- Support the preparation and accompaniment of events, meetings and workshops within the framework of communication and environmental education of the PNNCDP.
- Report the periodic advances and present report to the supervisor of the volunteer placement, in the terms to be agreed between Cuso International and National Natural Parks of Colombia.
Essential Academic Qualifications:
- Professional training in social communication, with knowledge in the production of informative and audiovisual material.
Essential Professional Background:
- Communication: Ability to listen, ask questions, express concepts and ideas effectively, understand group dynamics and effective meeting design, and express themselves clearly and concisely, orally and in writing, in Spanish.
- Creative thinking: Ability to generate, discover and transform new ideas into useful and effective solutions applicable in the organization.
- Autonomy: Ability to propose and apply solutions to individual difficulties in a proactive and independent way.
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.
Parques Nacionales Naturales de Colombia
El Parque Nacional Natural Corales de Profundidad (PNNCPR) is a protected area of exclusively marine nature, located in the Colombian Caribbean at an approximate distance of 32 km from the closest point on the continent (Peninsula de Barú). The PNNCPR is part of the coastal system Coral Archipelagos and the Caribbean Oceanic System, and extends off the coast of the departments of Bolivar, Sucre and Cordoba, with the coastal municipalities of these departments indirect zone of influence.
The mission of the Parques Nacionales Naturales (PNN) is to administer the System of National Natural Parks (SPNN) and to coordinate the National System of Protected Areas (SINAP) within an environmental legislation framework for these territories, with the aim conserving biological diversity and ecosystems found in the country, to provide and maintain environmental goods and services, to protect cultural heritage and natural habitats in which traditional cultures develop as part of the national heritage and promotion of sustainable human development, all under principles of transparency, solidarity, equity, participation and respect for cultural diversity.
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.
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 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 pre-departure training, an 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.