Online placement (E-Volunteer)
Partner Location Guyana
Start Date Nov 2018 – Jan 2019 (flexible)
Length of Placement 2 Months
Language Requirements English
English Reading: Level 5, Writing: Level 5, Speaking: Level 5
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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As an e-volunteer, your overall goal is to assist the South-Central Peoples’ Development Association (SCPDA) to advocate for the responsible use of mercury in the gold mining process and its phase-out in their territory using performing arts. These activities are part of the SCPDA’s suite of objectives under the Shared Resources Joint Solutions (SRJS) programme, which is being coordinated by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Guianas Office. The overall objective is to build the SCPDA’s advocacy capacity by using creative techniques, specifically performance arts, to communicate their messages to community-members and wider stakeholders. Your tasks will include meeting with your lead contact online to determine their needs and developing a script to be performed to bring awareness of the responsible use of mercury. The partner is very open to the e-volunteer's ideas and your sense of creativity is the key criteria for this role.
Professionals and students studying the performing arts alike are welcome to apply.
As an e-volunteer, you will:
-Choose a suitable performance artform and develop an appropriate script to address a specific issue in affecting the community, such as, health implications of the use of mercury in mining and general environmental degradation (waste management), which incorporates the local context of the South Rupununi (SCPDA’s geographical territory).
-Provide relevant feedback and/or training resource materials to the SCPDA or selected community members whom will be performing the content of the script, if required.
Essential Academic Qualifications:
-College/University Degree in Art
-Formal Training in Theatre/Cinematic Arts
Essential Professional Background:
-One-two years working experience in writing scripts for performance-based arts.
-Experience in writing scripts and training people with little or no experience in acting or performance arts.
World Wildlife Fund
WWF is one of the world’s largest and most experienced independent conservation organizations, with over five million supporters and a global network active in more than 100 countries. Its overall mission is to “stop the degradation of the planet's natural environment and to build a future in which people live in harmony with nature, by: conserving the world's biological diversity ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable.”
WWF has been active in the Guianas since the 1960s, starting with conservation work on marine turtles. The Guianas office opened in 1998 and focused both on terrestrial and marine ecosystem conservation issues. The mission of WWF Guianas is to conserve distinct natural communities, ecological phenomena, and maintain viable populations of the species of the Guianas in order to sustain important ecological processes and services that maintain biodiversity, while supporting the region’s socio-economic development.
WWF Guianas works at the Guianas sub-region with programs in Suriname, Guyana and to some extent in French Guiana. The Guianas has a Strategic Plan in place with the first implemented over the period 2011-2016. That plan has been subsequently updated in 2015 for the period 2015-2020 and its conservation pillar focuses on four (4) conservation goals – forests ecosystems; freshwater ecosystems; mangrove and coastal wetlands and marine ecosystems. WWF Guianas recently launched a new program – Shared Resources, Joint Solutions (SRJS) Program to support the implementation of its Strategic Plan.
SRJS is grounded in the empowerment and broader involvement of civil societies in decision making practices and focuses on the Guiana Shield Eco-Region with specific activity implementation in Guyana and Suriname. The SRJS program is a global and is currently being implemented in sixteen (16) countries (low and lower middle income) across nine (9) eco-regions. It aims to safeguard the ecosystem-based International Public Goods (IPG) climate resilience, food and water security through the implementation of innovative, practical and workable joint solutions in collaboration with civil society groups undertaking a landscape management approach to safeguard and to sustainably manage critical landscapes that provide the most essential ecosystems services on which local communities and broader economic development depends.
The implementation of the SRJS program across the Guiana Shield Eco-Region and specifically in Guyana and Suriname covers the southern regional landscape, the greenstone belt and the marine areas in both countries. In Guyana WWF has been collaborating with key CSO’s including the North Rupununi District Development Board (NRDDB), South Central Peoples Development Association (SCPDA), Policy Forum Guyana and partnerships with the Department of Fisheries, Protected Areas Commission etc. to implement specific activities four (4) strategic areas – forests, freshwater, marine and environmental governance to increase the areas under conservation or sustainable management, reduce mercury use and strengthen environmental policies and legislation.
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