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.

 

Job: School Librarian

11.22.16 – School Librarian
St. Anthony School, Costa Rica

Sarah P’s comments: This post is being shared via the ALAWorld e-mail group.  I could not find any reviews and the school’s website is in Spanish so I would say speaking Spanish, though not listed, is a requirement…
General Info about the School (in English)
YouTube video

 

Saint Anthony School, a private-bilingual school in Costa Rica is looking for a k- 12 School Librarian to be in charged of:

  • Ensure that students and staff are effective users of ideas and information
  • Empower students to be critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers, and ethical users of information
  • Instill a love of learning/reading in all students and ensure equitable access to information
  • Collaborate with classroom teachers and specialists to design and implement lessons and units of instruction.

Candidates must:

  • Be willing to live in San José, Costa Rica.
  • Be certificate or have formal education as a Librarian.
  • 5 to 7 years as a School Librarian or related field.

Interested can send resumes to: kgran@saintanthony.ed.cr

You can check our website to be familiar with the institution at: http://site.saintanthony.ed.cr/

Job: Library Manager

10.6.16 – Library Manager
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama City, Panama

Description

The Smithsonian Libraries and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama have an exciting opening for an innovative and experienced Library Manager. The STRI Library headquarters, also known as the Earl Silas Tupper Library in Tropical Biology, is located at Portobello Avenue, Ancón, Panama City, Republic of Panama. The Library supports research, publications, exhibits and public programming of the Institution, as well as those of other museums and research institutions in Central America and Panama.  The successful candidate will have supervisory experience, be fluent in English and Spanish, and have experience in providing library services to the scientific community.  The STRI Library Manager will join colleagues from 21 branches of Smithsonian Libraries to further the Smithsonian’s mission to increase and diffuse knowledge.

The link to apply for the position can be found http://www.stri.si.edu/recruiter/users/jobs.php?id=149

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

Job: K-12 Head Librarian

7.7.16 – K-12 Head Librarian
The American School of Tampico, Mexico

Sarah P’s comments:  Here is a late listing form TIE.  As usual, I recommend joining TIE as well as International School Reviews if you are interested in applying. One review on ISR and it is mixed but seems honest and fair.

Description:

Looking for resourceful, flexible teachers who have a genuine interest in student learning and well-being. The American School of Tampico is a co-educational, non-profit, non-sectarian institution founded in 1917. The school facilities are enclosed on a beautiful and modern 13.5 hectare campus. Connecting most of the buildings with upper level balconies and walkways creates a small village-like atmosphere for the 850 students to enjoy.

ATS offers a bilingual and bicultural education which reflect the dynamism and diversity of the area.

Age Restrictions:  65

Job Start Date: 06 January 2017

Apply Online

Volunteer Int’l Academic Program Leader

4.20.16 –  International Academic Program Leader
Outreach 360, Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic

Sarah P’s comments: This is a volunteer position listed as a ‘job’ which is a little confusing.  The position does include room and board and a stipend.  While not strictly library, it is a position supporting literacy and if you have ESL experience and are seeking a way into international work, here is a chance to get your foot in the door.  FYI: this position is restricted to citizens of the United States, Canada, or the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. Here is a review.

 

Outreach360 is a non-profit organization working in the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. Our mission is to enable children to live a life of choice- to help them to stay in school, to be qualified when completing high school to be able to choose between a college education or gainful employment.

We involve American and Canadian high schools, colleges, churches, individuals, and families to teach in our “Learning Centers”, focusing on teaching English to motivated students. We also involve children in fun and exciting English Immersion Camps, where they have the opportunity to engage in fun and unique activities such as art, music and drama while having authentic opportunities to practice and improve their English speaking skills.

We have openings for individuals and couples to join us in the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. The ideal candidates will be enthusiastic, flexible, love people, speak Spanish and English fluently, have at least five years post undergraduate work or academic experience, have 2+ years international experience in a country other than their own, and have proven leadership and management ability. Both members of couples team will need to qualify as a staff member (Team Leader or Program Leader). Candidates are not able to have partners or spouses who are not leaders nor children accompany them for this position due to the minimal educational opportunities available, the heavy workload, the extreme flexibility required, and the limited living accommodations available. Applicants must be citizens of the United States, Canada, or the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua.

What:

Your primary role will be to implement and manage challenging and productive academic classes that work to transform the lives of students we serve. You will also be responsible for involving short-term volunteers to be a meaningful contribution to the program and to our results in the community. You will quickly have the opportunity and expectation to take on increasing leadership roles, including administration and supervision. Your transportation to and from your home location in the U.S. or Canada and the Dominican Republic/Nicaragua are covered, along with your room and board, and excellent international medical insurance. A basic monthly financial stipend based on experience with a possible gradual increase.

Where:

The northwest section of the Dominican Republic in the town of Monte Cristi.

In the northern mountains of Nicaragua in the town of Jinotega.

Why:

To “Release the Hero Within” all people you come in contact with. To make a difference in the local community. To make a difference with our international volunteers.

When:

We are looking to fill this position with a qualified candidate as soon as possible. This position will remain open until filled.

Additional Outreach360 info:

To learn more about Outreach360, visit: http://www.outreach360.org

General Selection Process:

  • Review this job description to determine if you are qualified to apply.
  • If qualified and interested, fill out the online application by clicking “apply for this job” below.
  • You will be notified within 7 days if you have been selected for a video interview with one of our leaders. Couples applying for the position will be interviewed separately, but hired jointly.


Position Specific Accountabilities:

The Outreach360 Program Leader has overall responsibility for the “difference making” Outreach360 volunteers have, and the success students in the community are having in the program.

The Program Leader’s responsibilities include:

  • Ensuring the volunteer’s safety and health (#1 Priority).
  • Creating an experience such that our volunteers know they made a difference during their time with Outreach360.
  • Manage student enrollment and progress in academic programs, and attendance at English Immersion Camps.

The Program Leader’s tasks include:

  • Designing each week to best match volunteer abilities with local needs.
  • Coordinating with local leaders.
  • Leading program orientation to make sure volunteers are well prepared for their week.
  • Volunteer oversight and guidance, especially as it relates to program delivery.
  • Lead academic programs in the absence of short-term volunteers.

Program Types:

EFL, Literacy, Community Health, Environment, Life Skills.

The Program Leader’s position could be compared to that of a camp activities director, curriculum planner, school department head, or ESL Director.

The Rewards:

This is a position where you can make a significant difference. Both with the children you are impacting, and also with the many American and Canadian volunteers who join us. It is a life-changing experience for almost all volunteers; you create that opportunity for them. This is also an opportunity to be immersed in a new and different culture.

Time Requirement:

This is more than a full time position. The days are long and the weeks are full as we have volunteer teams arriving week after week. We do our best to manage the well-being of our leaders by offering generous time-off; You will have down time and days off each month, but it is definitely not an 8-5 job. These positions should be filled by individuals who are high energy, and who enjoy lots of work.

Locations:

The Dominican Republic is a great country with friendly and welcoming people. We are working in the small, beautiful town of Monte Cristi on the northwest coast of the Dominican Republic. It is a great community filled with motivated and deserving children.

The town of Jinotega is located in the mountains of Nicaragua, two hours north of Managua. It is the coffee capital of Nicaragua. This small town is often called the “City of Mists” for the mist that hangs on the surrounding mountain tops.

  • Our Team Leaders and Program Leaders may be living in either of these locations, and may need to occasionally move from one to the other.

Housing:

At all locations you should plan on having living and sleeping facilities the size of a hotel room dorm room, with private bathroom. All meals are eaten in a common area, so there is no need for personal kitchen facilities. Most of your time is spent away from your room, so housing is not critical. We have internet and phone access at all locations. Our Leaders should understand they will be working outside of their room, and be satisfied with very simple yet adequate accommodations.

Additional Considerations:

Outreach360 is a very structured organization, protective of our volunteers and local reputation. We have a no alcohol and no smoking policy. You must maintain appropriate relationships with Outreach360 staff, international volunteers, students, and locals.

Please contact hr@outreach360.org with any position specific questions prior to applying.

Requirements

  • 5+ years of full-time post college graduation experience leading education/ESL programs.
  • International experience.
  • High level of fluency (oral and written) in Spanish and English.
  • Proficient driving skills with a stick shift (manual transmission) before arrival in country.
  • First aid and CPR certified.
  • Flexible.
  • People person.

Benefits

  • Food, housing and travel expenses are covered.
  • Salary based on experience.
  • Yearly travel stipend
  • Great international medical insurance
  • Quarterly performance review and development support

Please make sure that you meet the minimum requirements prior to applying. If you have any questions about the position or your qualifications, email: hr@outreach360.org

http://outreach360.org/about/employment/program-leader-position/

Conference:Guadalajara International Book Fair (FIL)

3.15.16 –  ALA Free Pass Program
Guadalajara International Book Fair(FIL), Mexico

The Guadalajara International Book Fair (FIL) invites you to join to the most important core meeting between the Ibero-American publishing industry and the world. As FIL celebrates its 30th anniversary we are proud to have the presence of Latin America as the guest of honor.

Apply to the ALA Free Pass Program, a special program developed by FIL and the American Library Association, directed to all librarians members of ALA involved with Spanish books acquisitions. This is a great opportunity to see the largest publishing offer in Spanish books with over 300,000 titles from 1,900 participating publishing house. Visit the fair where Spanish is the seed that has sprouted hundreds of thousands of books.

Come and apply to the ALA Free Pass Program and get:

  • Three nights of lodging for free, three continental breakfasts
  • Free registration$100 USD airfare reimbursement (courtesy of ALA)
  • Additional $100 of airfare support for the first 100 librarians that have been accepted in the ALA Free Pass Program and have purchased their ticket before October 2nd, among a dozen other benefits 

    REGISTRATION AVAILABLE HERE

    Deadline to register September 4th, 2016