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.

 

Internship: International Librarian

11.14.16 –  International Librarian Internship
Relief International, Jordan (US NGO)

Sarah P’s comments: This is a unique position for anyone with school library experience and seeking to gain international experience and/or experience with an NGO, which can lead to further career possibilities. Note: they do not list a timeline and they are requesting fluency in English and Arabic. (I am not sure they will get this- I would apply anyway and work on learning Arabic.)
Glassdoor Reviews for Relief International

ABOUT RI: Established in 1990, Relief International (RI) is a leading global humanitarian organization that transforms adversity into renewal for the world’s most vulnerable populations. Innovatively, RI bridges the gap between immediate relief and long-term community development.

Position Summary 

Under the supervision of the Education Program Manager, and in close collaboration with RI team, the intern will assist in the establishment and running of four libraries located in four educational centers in Zaatari and Azraq refugee camps. With limited resources, in a challenging environment, intern will work toward making libraries safe learner-friendly spaces, which stimulate learning processes, socialization and at the same time operate as a resource center for a wider community.

Position Responsibilities and Duties 

  • Assist in designing and equipping interior space in a functional and creative way
  • Draft library curriculum that will include educational and recreational activities and develop reading habits among children, adolescents and youth
  • Incorporate information literacy instruction in library services
  • Develop professional capacities of several Syrian volunteers who will work as librarians during and after the internship period
  • Create context specific classification system and lead on the development of networked library catalogue
  • Develop collections of both printed and digital educational material
  • Establish relationship with other libraries in Jordan and seek ways for potential collaboration
  • Establish relationship with other education providers inside the camps and explore possibility for the development of central catalogue and ILL services within/between camps
  • Perform other duties as needed.

Qualifications and requirements: 

Minimum requirements:

  • Master’s degree in Library and Information Science.
  • Experience and passion to work with children, adolescents and youth.
  • Strong organizational skills and written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively, effectively and professionally.
  • Experience in library instruction and library work.
  • Mature judgment, strong sense of integrity, initiative, and self-starter
  • English and Arabic fluency is required.
  • Information and computer literacy (MS Office package).

Preferred:

  • Degree in pedagogy or teaching qualification in addition to LIS qualification
  • Previous work experience in conflict, post-conflict environments, ideally in the Middle East with refugees.
  • Experience working in a school library.
  • Understanding of open access issues and Open Educational Resources.
  • Ability to use a variety of technological applications for library and classroom use.

RI Values: 

We uphold the Humanitarian Principles: humanity, neutrality, impartiality and operational independence.

We value:

  • Inclusiveness
  • Transparency and accountability
  • Agility and innovation
  • Collaboration
  • Sustainability
To apply click on this link: http://chp.tbe.taleo.net/chp01/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=RI&cws=4&rid=912

 

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: Librarian in Africa

7.11.16 –  Luhwahwa Youth Development Foundation
Kasese, Western Region, Uganda

Sarah P’s comments:  I haven’t seen this organization advertise before and could not find any reviews.

 

ELIGIBILITY AND BASIC REQUIREMENTS

Applicants are required to fulfill the requirements;-

1. Be 16 years or older, unless approved by LUYODEFO and accompanied by an adult.

2. Speak and read basic English.

3. Secure funding for travels and accommodations. Volunteers are responsible for the following costs:-

  • Passport and Visa fees
  • All necessary vaccinations
  • Airfare to and from Uganda
  • Room and board at the local Guesthouse ($35 per day)
  • Transportation while in Uganda (including the trip from Kampala to LUYODEFO and back)
  • At least one night hotel stay in Kampala
  • Background check (approximately $50)

4. Submit for approval a detailed plan outlining a project prior to departure. Applicants must be able to start and finish the project in the time period of their visit.

5. Complete a state and national background check

6. Complete all of the pre-trip and post-trip requirements,

AVAILABLE VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS:

Blogger/Writer

Photographer/Videographer

Financial Coach

Librarian and or Reading Coach

Volunteers are required to organize a community library (proper cataloguing and classification of books) and take the initiative to open up the library room for local children daily while helping to organize and conduct reading camps for primary students. Materials: Elementary reading level books, funds for books and computers and software.

Sports Coach –Sports for Transformation

Construction Instructor

VOLUNTEER DURATION:

Minimum time for placement and stay is 1 month.

LINKS TO ONLINE PRESENCE OF THE PROJECT/ PROGRAM:

Website: www.luyodefo-ug.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/LUYODEFO

Twitter: www.twitter.com/LUYODEFO

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSENH6DxqGg

ARRIVAL IN UGANDA

Flying into Uganda, you arrive at the Entebbe International Airport on the shores of Lake Victoria, about 3 km from the town centre of Entebbe. Entebbe Airport is about 45 minutes to 2 hours car ride south from Kampala depending on road traffic. Please be sure to have emailed the LUYODEFO Director your flight details prior to your arrival so he can arrange you to be met and greeted on your arrival.

AIRPORT PICK-UP

Kampala is the capital city of Uganda and is approximately 45 minutes to 2 hours away from Entebbe International Airport, depending on traffic. At the airport, LUYODEFO staff will be ready to receive you and we get an Airport Taxi take you to your hotel or guesthouse in Kampala for check in. The airport transfer will cost about $60 USD, including vehicle, driver and fuel.

TRANSFER FROM KAMPALA TO LUYODEFO IN KASESE

LUYODEFO is located in the village of Kisinga in the Kasese District, about 500 km south west of Kampala. The drive takes about 6 – 8 hours in the bus. Depending on your budget and comfort level, LUYODEFO can recommend and arrange the best transport option for you.

OTHER WAYS TO SUPPORT

Volunteers can also work in their home country helping with the following tasks:

(a). Helping to connect LUYODEFO with institutions around your community (organization, school/ college/ university, sports club, youth group/women group, church, clinic, etc.)

(b). Organising fundraisers – this can be for a specific project or general program.

(c). Besides all the above, you can support LUYODEFO by donate seed money for community projects (we accept online donations at http://www.luyodefo-ug.org/donate/).

 

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/