Volunteer: Library Assistant

3/31/17 –  Library and/or Bookmobile Assistant
Sand Castle Library (PIER), Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras

Sarah P’s comments:  I first heard about the Sand Castle Library in 2015 when the previous Director contacted me and asked for volunteers.  We corresponded so I could determine whether it was this a legit opportunity which it definitely is. Then in-stepped Librarian Cate Caryle who flew down from Canada and volunteered. If you are seeking a volunteer opportunity and/or a way to gain international experience, Cate recommends this organization and just forwarded a message from current Director Cam O-Brien:

This year Bookmobile reading specialists are adding science to the model and using it to teach science concepts with reading comprehension. The library will have a STEM component with Fridays dedicated to hands-on activities. We can use lesson plans and volunteers. Skype lessons on these topics would be helpful as well as a volunteer librarian with Spanish to assist the current staff person.

For more information about the Sand Castle Library please visit:

http://www.pierroatan.org/

To read about Cate’s Volunteer Trip

The library is run by PIER and volunteers can contact the organization at partnersineducationroatan@yahoo.com

Volunteer: Digital Learning Librarian

2.10.17 – Digital Learning Librarian
1Room, Students for International Development, Trujillo, La Libertad, Peru

Sarah P’s comments:  They look legit and it is an interesting and worthwhile project, however I could not locate any reviews.  Please note the closing date of 2/19/17 – sorry, almost missed this one!

About SID

Students for International Development (SID) works to reduce global poverty by engaging university students and young professionals in hands-on, project-based internships in extremely poor communities around the world. Our international volunteer programs support ambitious and independent young leaders who seek a platform for social impact through serious community-level projects.

1Room

Make high school accessible to anyone, anywhere by designing a one-room schoolhouse for the 21st Century. 1Room is a pilot-stage initiative to design an ultra low-cost, competency-based high school program that can serve the world’s most marginalized learners. 1Room aims to deliver a complete curriculum with as little as a single classroom and as few as 15 learners, for less than 15% of per capita national income per student. We achieve this through personal learning technology and staffing systems that can work offline and off-grid.

1Room is sponsored by PfID and several other NGO partners in the field. It is a complex initiative with many distinct components that draw upon, and that will build, a range of skill sets: curriculum design, digital content production, operations management, process engineering, monitoring and evaluation design, training and capacity building, partnership development, policy research, marketing, and market research.

For more information on 1Room visit: http:sidcanada.org/projects/ http:www.1roomlearning.com/

Key Responsibilities of position:

  • Work with Curriculum Development team to create a user-friendly system for organizing digital- and paper-based learning resources
  • Create an organization system for other 1Room material (media, ongoing research, etc.)
  • Build capacity of local partner NGOs to develop an organization system for management documents and information
  • Liaise with local partner to develop an organization system for overhead documents (i.e. accounting, contracts, etc.)
  • Organize student evaluations and feedback session on in-house and third-party content and identify material that needs to be replaced or redone
  • Lead creation of a transition documents for organizational processes and develop bi-annual report template

How to Apply:

Interested? Check out our website for position descriptions and application information:

http://sidcanada.org/positions/

The application deadline is February 19, 2017 @ 11:59 p.m. We admit candidates to our team on a rolling basis, so early applications are at an advantage. Late applicants may be considered if positions are still available. For more information, please contact Kate McCullough at kate@sidcanada.org.

For details on the volunteer program, including expense contribution and fundraising, visit: http://sidcanada.org/volunteer-program/costs-and-logistics/

Volunteer: 2017 Guatemala Service Trip

1.31.17 –  2017 Guatemala Service Trip
Librarians Without Borders, USA (Guatemala)

Sarah P’s comments: I received this trip information from a few sources including from Cate Carlyle who commented: I found it to be a very worthwhile and positive experience. Cate is a Canadian librarian who volunteers internationally and is an editor for the International Journal of Librarianship.

 

How to apply: Submit a completed volunteer application to servicetrip2017@lwb-online.org by February 13.

This is the eighth consecutive spring that LWB is traveling to the Miguel Angel Asturias Academy in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. Since 2010 over 120 librarians and library science students have spent more than 40 working days onsite to help our partner realize and grow their dream of an open stacks, circulating school library. What started as cinder blocks in 2010 is now the vibrant center of the school.

LWB uses this annual service trip to execute our remote work on the ground, to discuss emerging needs with our partner, and to re-connect with students and school staff. We invite you to work alongside us this year from April 21 to May 1, 2017.

This year’s work at the Academy will include ongoing collection management activities (cataloguing, processing, and organizing materials), library programming for students, and training for teachers. LWB works with Asturias to also provide opportunities for trip participants to engage in activities that will help nurture a comprehensive understanding of libraries, education and culture in Guatemala. Typically trip participants are also given the opportunity to help finalize the last weekend activity (for example, visit scenic Lake Atitlán or trek to one of Guatemala’s volcanic peaks).

Primary Projects

  • Cataloging, processing, and adding new items to the library’s collection.
  • Library programming targeting all students and levels through multi-day library events.
  • Professional development workshops for teachers supporting library integration into the curriculum.

Housing and Food
While in Quetzaltenango (Xela), participants will stay and eat most of their meals at the COFA Catholic Retreat Centre. On the weekends meals are eaten with a local family or at local restaurants. Vegetarian options will be available.

Expectations
All trip volunteers are expected to:

  • Attend online meetings (3-4) to discuss projects and receive training on the Asturias Library and the local community context. These meetings are mandatory for all volunteers.
  • Join and contribute to a working team before the trip.
  • Participate in pre-and post-trip assessments (e.g. evaluation surveys).

Program Fees
The program fee is $1525 CAD* (= ~$1160 USD) for 11 days. This total covers lodging, food, transportation and entrance to all activities within Guatemala, as well as a fundraising fee to support LWB programs. Trip participants are responsible for paying their own airfare to and from Guatemala.

There is a $500 CAD non-refundable deposit due by all accepted applicants by February 24. The remainder of the fees ($1025 CAD) can be paid at the same time or by March 10*.

In addition, all trip participants are expected to bring extra spending money for additional purchases such as souvenirs and snacks, as well as occasional meals in Guatemala ($50-100 is adequate).

Note, in previous years some participants have created crowdfunding campaigns to wholly or partially offset the costs of the trip. LWB uses our social media channels to promote those campaigns for participants.

Important Dates

  • Guatemala Information Meeting (online) – February 5
  • Application Deadline – February 13
  • Successful applicants selected and notified – February 18
  • $500 CAD* non-refundable deposit due – February 24
  • $1025 CAD* remainder of program fees – March 10

*Note: The $1525 CAD may be revised to a new final figure if a significant change in exchange rate occurs. Should this happen, the information would be published by February 24.

 

Volunteer: Library Coordinator

8.29.16 – Library Coordinator
Safe Passage / Camino Seguro, Guatemala City, Departamento de Guatemala, Guatemala 

Sarah P’s comments: This is an interesting organization with good reviews.  If you are seeking international experience this is a good way to begin and offers some benefits as well (versus some volunteer experiences where you pay a fee.)

Safe Passage, a 501(C)3 non-profit development-focused organization, is seeking an exceptional individual to join our Volunteer Team as the Library Coordinator. Known in Guatemala as Camino Seguro, Safe Passage’s mission is to empower the poorest at-risk children and families who live in the Guatemala City garbage dump community by creating opportunity and fostering dignity through the power of education. Safe Passage is a secular, non-political organization.

The Position: The Library Coordinator promotes literacy skill development and a love of reading among all members of the Safe Passage Community, including students from preschool-high school, parents, teachers, staff, and volunteers. The Coordinator creates relevant and engaging activities to promote literacy and critical/creative thinking, as well as facilitates conversations around books that stimulate interest in reading and gaining knowledge.

The Coordinator will:

  • Supervise a library schedule that provides visits from classes for read alouds, reading/writing activities, and silent self-selected reading; manage current programming and develop new initiatives
  • Create and maintain a welcoming and attractive environment that promotes reading as fun for everyone, encouraging reading clubs and reading buddy-system between older and younger students
  • Manage library book-lending system with plan to expand program to include weekend access to the library; maintain books and inventory
  • Devise systems for on-going sustainability of library; write monthly reports to administration on library progress and proposals
  • Lead library committee; train and supervise assistant librarians
  • Keep it fun and creative. Be innovative and creative in engaging and motivating students to read!

Qualifications:

  • Passion for Safe Passage’s mission, commitment to service and ability to engage children, families, staff and volunteers;
  • Be a reader (reads regularly and for pleasure) and understands the importance of choice and access to books in becoming a reader
  • One or more years experience working directly in youth education, particularly with students at high-risk
  • Experience with creating programs that motivate children to recognize and realize their learning potential in the area of language and/or social sciences
  • Knowledge of children’s literature by genre, age, and interest (particularly high interest/low reading level books)
  • Familiarity with library programs and how to set up a dynamic library centered on getting children and youth “hooked on books”
  • Ability to design relevant and engaging activities around books that promote critical and creative thinking faculties among all ages
  • University degree (preferable), if not, demonstrated experience developing critical learning activities for youth
  • Advanced Spanish and high level English to promote reading in English, to work with the English Department on book selections, and to communicate with international donors
  • Strong communication skills to work with teachers, students, and project coordinators in promoting a culture of literacy and love of reading across the curriculum and the community
  • Cultural sensitivity, ability to connect across cultural and linguistic divides
  • Strong organizational skills and self-direction
  • Experience living or working in Guatemala or other developing nations (preferred)
  • Ability to commit to this position for a minimum one year

Benefits:

  • Opportunity to work and learn with an incredible population while gaining professional experience
  • Monthly housing allownace for a commitment of one year or more
  • Curriculum provided
  • Paid prep time
  • Free lunch and transportation to the project
  • Diverse organizational culture of friendly, supportive relationships
  • Paid sick leave
  • 5 paid vacation days per 6-month period
  • One month paid vacation during school break (Dec-Jan), if returning for the following school year

Volunteer: Education Program Coordinator

8.14.16 – Education Program Coordinator
Ghana Health and Education Initiative (GHEI), Humjibre, Ghana

Sarah P’s comments:  Position includes managing a library and offers a small stipend in addition to paying expenses. Duration is 13-24 months and is a way to gain experience both in international librarianship and with a NGO.

Start Date: November/December 2016

Duration: 13-24 months

Job Summary: The Education Program Coordinator (EPC) manages a wide range of GHEI educational programming in coordination with the local Education Program Manager (EPM)/Assistant Country Director (ACD). In addition to management duties, the EPC will continue to build the capacity of the EPM/ACD, with the ultimate goal of combining the EPC and EPM duties into a single, locally staffed position. Additional duties may also include research activities, grant proposal writing, curriculum development and running training sessions.

Responsibilities:

Management & Administration

  • In collaboration with the EPM/ACD:
  • Manage and support the education team.
  • Work with the EPM/ACD to assess, revise and record program strategies, by completing the Annual Operational Plans (AOPs) and program protocols.
  • Generate district reports for internal use, funders, and local government agencies.
  • Maintain and update program-specific databases to track program indicators.
  • Create and monitor budgets and expenses for all education programs.

Programming & Development

  • Conduct relevant research in the community to inform program planning and development.
  • Continue to make girls’ education a priority, building and strengthening existing programs, and developing new initiatives, as required and appropriate.
  • Manage, coordinate, train and implement the new Mother Mentor Program, in collaboration with the health and education teams, to promote stimulation and development in children.
  • Monitor and evaluate all education programs with the EPM/ACD and education team.
  • Continually assess and revise curricula for the education programs.

Teaching & Training

  • Improve quality of teaching by providing relevant training and guided support.
  • Conduct teacher evaluations, providing comprehensive feedback and continuous monitoring.
  • Teach for the Youth Education Program (YEP).
  • Work with EPM/ACD and Country Director to design a system to identify, train and develop staff, as well as volunteers in the community.

Collaboration & Networking

  • Write, edit and/or revise grant proposals, and collaborate with Development Director to identify needs and key priorities.
  • Build support amongst businesses and organizations to encourage financial contributions and support for educational projects.
  • Communicate and network with the District Assembly Office, specifically education personnel responsible for school welfare, to build organizational knowledge of and communication lines with projects in the district and opportunities for support and funding, etc.

Library

  • Manage and run the library, working closely with the Librarian.
  • Mentor and support the GHEI Librarian, his development, and the successful running of the library.
  • Schedule a series of smaller events at the library, such as educational movie nights and quizzes, and work with the librarian on marketing, coordinating and planning for events.
  • In coordination with the librarian and EPM/ACD, improve and develop new monitoring tools for the library (e.g. track attendance to help identify impact).
  • Support the Librarian with the Soroano Book Box Project, while still seeking opportunities to build a library for this neighboring community.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree, preferably a Masters in a related field (Education, International
  • Development, Non-Profit Management).
  • At least 1 year of project management experience, preferably in a developing country.
  • Experience with logic models and program design.
  • Experience in teaching, curriculum design, and rubrics.
  • Experience in conducting research.
  • Knowledge and experience in proposal writing.
  • Familiarity with budgets and the tracking of expenditures.
  • Proficient in MS Office (specifically Word, Powerpoint and Excel)
  • Ability to live and work in a resource-poor environment with limited internet access, intermittent power outages, and restricted diet.
  • Demonstrated cross-cultural awareness and communication skills.
  • Excellent spoken and written English.
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to collaborate effectively with all stakeholders in Ghana and internationally-based staff.
  • Commitment to the highest professional standards, ethics and values.
  • Resilient, patient, flexible, and willing to perform a wide variety of tasks as they arise.
  • A collaborative-minded, team player who is invested in the growth of the EPM/ACD and staff.
  • Commitment to building local capacity and working within established local systems, structures, and cultural norms.

Compensation:

The Education Program Coordinator receives a local salary equivalent to $160 USD/month. Free housing, electricity, all business related travel, in-country work permits and Visas are also paid for by GHEI. Relocation costs (i.e. airfare), vaccinations, and evacuation insurance are not covered by GHEI.

Volunteer: Join the International Librarian Network

8.2.16 – Join the International Librarian Network

Sarah P’s comments:  If you are looking for a way to begin to have an international connection here is an opportunity. The ILN Motto: A meeting place for librarians from around the world

There is less than one week left to apply for the next round of the International Librarians Network peer mentoring program. During the four-month program, you will have an opportunity to get to know a librarian from another country, to share ideas about librarianship and libraries in your respective countries and the world, and to participate in a growing global professional network of information professionals. This is a wonderful way to expand your international network free of charge.

Apply at http://interlibnet.org/apply-for-the-iln/

Volunteer: Retired/Experience Librarians

7.23.16 –  Retired/Experienced Volunteer Librarians
International Professors Project, New York, USA (Virtual)

Sarah P’s comments: A chance to become involved with international work without leaving home and part-time as well for anyone who is working.

1. 3 Librarians needed to identify, organize and curate Open Educational Resources for an online global university currently being established for populations in developing countries. Experienced retired librarians are most welcome to apply. Please be available for 6-8 hours a week with a minimum 6 month commitment.

Our all volunteer group enjoys some Google backing.

2. 2 Librarians wanted for helping us design and develop a networked organization, beginning with integrating in house activities with our growing reliance upon social media activities to serve professors, students, university deopertments, NGO and nonprofit organizations, mainly within the developing world.

Retired librarians are warmly welcomed to share their expertise, imaginations and experience with our all volunteer-driven group,which sports some Google backing.

 

The International Professors Project ( IPP ) is a global network of professors assisting emerging nations, especially in higher education. We accomplish this as academic citizens of the world, on university campuses around the globe, and also remotely via email, Google+, Skype, LinkedIn, etc.

Academic professionals and students now are part of IPP’s development .

IPP is an innovation, inspired in large part by current trends towards globalization.It uses interconnections , conultations, promotions and recruiting to fulfill its mission.

We are a technologically-oriented, hybrid academic organization, working to meet the higher education faculty and libarian needs around the world. Google has for years been generous, with a grant, a gift, volunteers, and free tools.

Helping less developed countries improve domestic educational opportunities, especially by assisting professors, is how we spend much of our volunteer time.

Spreading partly by our dedicated networking diffusion, with each participating professors group, individual academic, and university department making its own cultural, social, ideological, and technological contributions.

International Professors was also founded to create and maintain a new institutional pathway towards an appropriate and ‘developing-world-sensitive’ internationalization of higher education.

We also work to engage and volunteer for universities and professors less attached to locale, such as transnational and expatriate professors, and those academics who identify themselves as international professors.

We serve developing world professors, students, NGOs and universities

The International Professors Project is a U.S. not-for-profit organization with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.