Online placement (E-Volunteer)
Partner Location Bolivia
Start Date Sep - Nov 2018 (flexible)
Length of Placement 11 Months
Language Requirements Spanish, English
Spanish Reading: Level 4, Writing: Level 4, Speaking: Level 4
English Reading: Level 4, Writing: Level 4, Speaking: Level 4
Language Scale: http://www.cusointernational.org/languageratingscale
Cuso International’s e-volunteering program welcomes new and returning volunteers to work with our international program partners and volunteers remotely. E-volunteering offers many of the benefits gained from international volunteering, while having the extra advantage of fitting into one's regular weekly schedule without needing a passport. Contributing and giving back to a community, gaining new skills, and making new connections are common benefits of e-volunteering and for Cuso International it is a great opportunity to engage more people in its mission.
E-Volunteers are expected to supply their own basic home office equipment, Internet and have a moderate knowledge of computer technology. Some of our partners are located in remote areas with unreliable internet connection. Consequently, it is reasonable to assume that when working with the partners, emails will not be responded to immediately. For most of our partners, this is their first experience working with e-volunteers and flexibility and patience is a valuable e-volunteer characteristic.
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APAMA is an association composed of 25 peasant and artisan women from the municipality of Alcalá in the province of Chuquisaca, Bolivia. APAMA was formed on May 13, 2001 and since then the association has been involved in many different economic activities. It is an organization that consists only of women and for that reason, the activities promote the participation of women in business management. This participation contributes to the general economic empowerment of the members and also the involvement of women in the socioeconomic and political context of the municipality of Alcalá.
Currently the economic activities of the association are related to obtaining raw materials and producing plant-based medicines. The raw material is sold to the Bolivian pharmaceutical company ALCOS and the other products made have a small market of buyers within Alcalá, Sucre and Potosí.
NaturALCOS is a private Bolivian company that offers a line of natural products and has a close relationship with APAMA as a material provider.
We are now looking for you, an expert on natural cosmetics to support APAMA and NaturlALCOS to advise on the formulation of an exfoliant made with natural products from APAMA and other women's associations.
As an e-volunteer, you will:
- Online advise and support in the elaboration of a natural exfoliant.
- Online support (if possible) in the elaboration of other natural products.
Essential Academic Qualifications:
- Diploma or degree in biochemistry, pharmacology, social sciences, nutrition or another related field.
Essential Professional Background:
- Solid knowledge and experience on natural cosmetics development.
Asociación de Pequeñas Productoras Agropecuarias y Artesanales del Municipio de Alcalá
Asociación de Pequeñas Productoras Agropecuarias y Artesanales del Municipio del Alcalá (Association of Small Agricultural and Artisan Female Producers of the Municipality of Alcalá) or APAMA is an association established in 2001 by 25 female farmers and artisans from the municipality of Alcalá in the department of Chuquisaca. It is an economic organization consisting of only women, thus their activities promote the participation of women in business management, ensuring greater economic empowerment and involvement of its members in the socioeconomic and political context of their municipality. Their economic activity is related to raw material and products extracted from the medicinal plants that are sold to ALCOS pharmaceutical industries. The product lines are among other extracts, oils, creams, shampoos and raw materials such as camomile, eucalyptus, Wira Wira, sawinto and molle. Apama reports on their economic activities, through its Directory at the General Assembly of members and all profits distribution is decided through the members.
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