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English Language & Basic IT Trainer

Vientiane Laos

10 Months | Start Date between Jan – Mar 2019

Location Chanthabouly, Vientiane, Laos

Start Date Jan – Mar 2019 (flexible)

Length of Placement 10 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 Volunteer’s Role


This placement has four broad objectives:

- To support IFA in developing and delivering English training to Lao government officials working in various ministries and agencies;

- To assist in developing and updating the training and curriculum of IFA’s English and IT trainers;

- To improve IFA's staff knowledge of IT terminology (in English).

- To support TESOL training initiatives for local staff.



As a volunteer, you will:

- Provide support with development and updating of English and basic computer curriculum; Keep the curriculum fresh and current, to make it relevant to students. Document new teaching techniques and incorporate new ideas into the curriculum to keep it interesting for both students and teachers.

-To deliver effective basic computer training to Lao government officials. Focus will be on general computer knowledge and programs such as Microsoft Word and PowerPoint, including English language used for computer-related tasks.

-Because Laos is a member of the ASEAN community there is a requirement that government officials use electronic methods of communication including email and the Microsoft suite of products (among others)

- Review current English & IT training (Microsoft computer skills) program English Language for Government Officials (ELGO) to further improve the materials, information management, and coordination within IFA.

- Update Basic IT course curriculum for both intermediate & advanced-level students as appropriate.

- Revise and document new training methodologies aimed to enhance the current ELGO curriculum. If possible, create a special curriculum for Basic IT course.

- Liaise with development stakeholders, such as Asia Foundation, the US Embassy in Laos, ASEAN Cooperation Unit under MoFA, and the British Embassy Cooperation regarding English language & basic IT development.

-Identify gender mainstreaming activities and initiatives that directly tackle issues relating to inclusion (people with disabilities, indigenous minority groups, and people living with HIV/AIDS).

Essential Academic Qualifications:

-   English Language TEFL proficiency and strong communication skills in English (written and oral)

Essential Professional Background:

- Delivering training /workshops

- Teaching or tutoring

- Experience with Microsoft suite of products

- Confidence teaching basic computer & IT skills

- Cultural adaptability


About Our Partner


Institute of Foreign Affairs

Established in 1993, the Institute of Foreign Affairs (IFA) is an academic research institution under the supervision of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Institute has two main tasks:

  • To conduct strategic studies and research on foreign policies and international relations with a view to contributing to the provision of recommendations and alternatives for the formulation and implementation of Lao foreign policy aimed at promoting peace, independence, friendship and cooperation amongst the countries of the region and the world; and
  • Planning and training diplomats, government officials and individuals from the private sectors at both central and provincial levels in international relations, diplomatic skills and foreign languages.

The Institute is also tasked with expanding cooperative relations with research and academic institutions of foreign countries with a view to developing technical and educational cooperation, exchanging information, knowledge and research findings and engaging in the Track II process.

The Institute is a member of the ASEAN Institute for Strategic and International Studies (ASEAN-ISIS) and is the national coordinator for the Network of East Asian Think Tanks (NEAT) and approaches Asian Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) projects.


Terms and Conditions


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.


Support Package

- 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.