5.22.17 – Volunteer/Intern Librarian
Arajuno Road Project, Puyo, Ecuador
About us:The Arajuno Road Project (ARP)/Proyecto Ruta del Arajuno was created in 2008 with the goal of supporting the schools and improving the opportunities available in the communities along the road located between the small city of Puyo and the rural community of Arajuno – a culturally and ecologically diverse area – in the Ecuadorian Amazon. The program works in rural communities providing support in education, improving the infrastructure and learning environment of schools, and working on community development and conservation programs, such as school gardens and reforestation.
Position summary:ARP established a center in collaboration with one of our partner communities in 2016, which acts both as the base for ARP operations and community functions. This position helps with community center development, and runs basic courses and opportunities. Center activities have included infrastructure improvements, tutoring for primary school students, English classes for teachers and community members, overseeing the library, cultural events, and in the future, computer classes.
What we ask from you: Volunteers/interns should be able to commit to at least one pre-defined service period and priority will be given to those applying for consecutive periods. You will live on site in the dormitory at the community center. After an initial orientation, you will be expected to run agreed upon community center activities weekday afternoons/evenings; corresponding planning and administrative duties will be on your own schedule. You will also be expected to participate in a weekly minga (community service) with the community one afternoon each week. Documenting your work will be important for the long-term success of the program and future volunteers. If you have any special abilities/skills, you are also welcome to propose a community class.
- Run 1-2 classes per week
- Oversee library hours and keep library resources organized
- Help with overall infrastructure development and maintenance of the center
- Assist with center organization
- Assist during community work days
- Assist with other center activities when possible
- Keep activity materials up to date and organized
- Weekly check-in with program team
- Document work
- Experience leading activities
- Intermediate Spanish
- Previous non-formal education experience
- Previous experience working with multiple age groups
- Previous international work or volunteer experience
- Advanced Spanish
- Excellent people skills
- First class communication skills
- Strong organizational and problem-solving skills
- Ability to adapt quickly to diverse situations
- Tolerant, patient, and understanding
- Familiarity or willingness to learn Google Drive/Docs
Dates and Expenses: Positions begin the first Monday of each month. Project participation fees include food and housing, training and administrative support for the position; the expense for the six week minimum is $550, the recommended eight weeks is $650, and additional weeks cost $50. Flights, visas, insurance, local transport and excursions are the responsibility of the volunteer.