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Volunteer: International Volunteer

8.9.17 –  Conference Volunteer
Invemar, Columbia

Sarah P’s comments:  This would be a great opportunity for a bi-lingual librarian…

8/29/17: I just heard that they have found a volunteer. However, the conference is still open if anyone would like to attend. Details in Spanish at the bottom of this post…

Good morning Sarah,

I´m a librarian in Colombia and I enjoy following your informative and useful blog “The traveling librarian”.

I work at Invemar a public/non profit organization which conducts scientific research on marine and coastal ecosystems here in Colombia.

I’m writing to ask if you can help us via your blog in finding a volunteer to assist us in late November (27th – 30th) where we will be offering an international course on digital repositories. The primary responsibility of this person would be to do real time Spanish/English translations during the course.

A strong command of both languages is important and we would prefer someone with either library or records management education.

We would like to host the volunteer (lodging and meals) for one week, preferably if he/she could arrive 3-4 days ahead of the start date to prepare. It could be a great experience and a wonderful chance to enjoy Santa Marta and Colombian Caribbean Coast.

Thank you  very much,

Regards,

María del Pilar Mora

contact: mpilarmorar@gmail.com

For anyone interested in attending:

Desde el año 2000 los repositorios digitales se han convertido en el principal apoyo al movimiento de
acceso abierto. Con los años, los repositorios de digitales (e-repositories) han madurado para ser una
herramienta no sólo para el acceso abierto a literatura de investigación, sino como una herramienta
para administrar y hacer más accesibles los activos multimedia de las instituciones mientras que al
mismo tiempo proveen la organización con un mecanismo de reporte de información para la
investigación centralizado. Este curso recorrerá el camino de los repositorios digitales en el
movimiento de acceso abierto, deteniéndose a discutir importantes parámetros e indicadores de los
repositorios. La expansión a repositorios multimedia y las descripciones de sus usos en gestión de
activos digitales, traerá a los participantes a la encrucijada del uso de repositorios como sistemas de
almacenamiento de información de investigación y cómo esta transformación en los usos de los
repositorios digitales ha cambiado el rol de los bibliotecarios y agentes de biblioteca. Incluye
experiencias prácticas de contribución al repositorio de un Atlas Costero.
Conocimiento del papel de los repositorios en el movimiento de Acceso Abierto (OA).
Conocimiento de importantes parámetros para repositorios y últimas tendencias.
Habilitar la discusión sobre repositorios como una herramienta de gestión de activos digitales.
Conocer el alcance de los repositorios para soportar mecanismos de registro de investigación.
Apreciar el rol cambiante y retador de las bibliotecas.
Obtener experiencia practica de contribución a un atlas marino y costero.
Políticas de Acceso Abierto y estado del arte en América Latina (como una parte introductoria).
Repositorios y acceso abierto a la información.
Repositorios como soporte a la gestión de la investigación: Documentos, datos, archivos, gestión de
activos digitales (DAM por sus siglas en inglés).
Aspectos importantes de los repositorios: Derechos de autor, Preservación, Metadatos, Tesauros.
Revisión general de gestión de activos digitales.
Uso de repositorios para gestión de información de investigación
Rol cambiante de las bibliotecas
Atlas costeros como repositorios de datos e información para América Latina y el Caribe
Gestores de repositorios de información (documentos y/o datos) o quienes estén iniciando este
proceso.
Administradores de información marina (bibliotecas) y bibliotecarios de datos marinos
Investigadores marinos y estudiantes de postgrado
Gerentes de investigación
Proveedores de contenido del atlas costero
NOTA: Se dará prioridad a participantes originarios de la Región del Caribe. Unesco está
comprometido con promover la equidad de género, por lo tanto aplicaciones de mujeres serán
fuertemente alentadas.
• Interés o nuevas responsabilidades de trabajo con repositorios de ciencias marinas.
• Habilidades en manejo de computadores
• Se requiere un buen conocimiento práctico del inglés y el español (las conferencias usarán
indistintamente ambos idiomas y no se proporcionarán servicios de traducción).

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Volunteer or Internship: Librarian

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.

Find us online at www.arajunoroadproject.org and www.facebook.com/ArajunoRoadProject

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.

Responsibilities:

  • 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

Mandatory Qualifications:

  • Experience leading activities
  • Intermediate Spanish

Desired Qualifications:

  • Previous non-formal education experience
  • Previous experience working with multiple age groups
  • Previous international work or volunteer experience
  • Advanced Spanish

Skills:

  • 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.

HOW TO APPLY

project.arajuno.road@gmail.com

http://arajunoroadproject.org/apply

Please apply at http://arajunoroadproject.org/apply

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Job: Director of Academic Library Services

5.1.17 –  Director of Academic Library Services
Yachay Tech, Yachay, Ecuador

Sarah P’s comments:  A new and rare South American position.  Must be bilingual Spanish/English.

Formal consideration of applications begins immediately; position will remain open until filled.

The Director of the Academic Library Services reports to the Vice Chancellor Research and Innovation and is responsible for the leadership and overall management of Yachay Tech’s academic collections and academic library services. The new director will be responsible for strategic planning, budgeting, and staffing in support of the academic, instructional and information needs of Yachay Tech’s students, faculty, and staff.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Direct library operations, and manage and supervise library professional and support staff.
  • Work to develop the library as a hub for student learning.
  • Consult with university faculty and administration to determine library resource and service needs of academic programs and departments.
  • Develop programs and policies in support of the academic program overall and in key areas identified by the Academic Council.
  • Consult with university administrators to determine budget and personnel requirements and to coordinate library practices and procedures with university policies.
  • Develop and administer the library’s annual operating budget.
  • Select and provide access to appropriate electronic information resources.
  • Manage the library’s physical collections.
  • Participate in leadership positions in appropriate professional associations, establishing and expanding connections on campus and beyond to stay current with trends in library services.
  • Assess quality and effectiveness of programs and services.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Degree in Library or Information Science or a degree in a science or engineering discipline, management experience is highly desirable.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Bilingual (Spanish and English)
  • Commitment to shared-governance and to serving the Yachay Tech community.
  • Experience in a research university library setting.
  • Knowledge of trends, issues and best practices in academic libraries.
  • Excellent record of collaboration with internal and external partners.
  • Experience with technological/informational services to support the student experience within the libraries.
  • Demonstrated expertise with information technology and library systems.
  • Commitment to higher education at the undergraduate and graduate level.

Yachay Tech is a public university founded in March 2014, whose aim is to position Ecuador as a center of innovation and technological excellence in Latin America. Amongst Ecuadorian higher education institutions, Yachay Tech is the first and only research-focused university.  It is led by a Board of Trustees, composed of professors from Caltech, a Rector from Cornell and Arizona State University, and a Chancellor, Vice Chancellor, Deans, and Department Heads, who all come to Yachay from distinguished universities around the globe.   100% of our faculty hold doctoral degrees and hail from over 20 different nations.  Our six Schools (Biological Sciences and Engineering, Chemical Sciences and Engineering, Design Engineering and Innovation, Geological Sciences and Engineering, Mathematical Sciences and Information Technology, Physical Sciences and Nanotechnology) embody the concept of close interaction between fundamental discovery and application, each consisting of two departments, one concentrating on basic science and the other on technology and engineering.

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Job: K-12 Librarian

4.7.17 –  K-12 Librarian
The American School of Asuncion, Paraguay

Sarah P’s comments:  I originally posted this position in 2.21.17 from TIE. It disappeared but now has popped back up again on TIE so I assume something fell through. However, when I check their website it is not posted there*.  This school is well-established but, as always, I encourage you to read the reviews on International School Reviews before deciding whether to apply. I am a fan of South America and loved my time there however there are challenges such as the cost of living and teaching wealthy students. For more information, visit the school link (above) where they have a Working at ASA FAQ PDF as well as a Living in Paraguay guide.

*Note:  Strange things do happen with international hiring, that is just an unfortunate fact, as many experienced expats will tell you. This is also the time of year (late in the hiring season) when a lot of juggling and jockeying happens between schools and candidates.  Please remember that it usually takes a lot of resilience and resolve to land an international position, and hang in there…

 

Description:

The American School of Asuncion offers an early childhood through college-preparatory program to a multi-national student population of more than 703 students representing over 24 different nationalities. Class sizes range from 18–20 students and we have instructional assistants to assist each teacher in the elementary classrooms. With the exception of language and Paraguayan studies classes, all classes are taught in English. The school has an established, standards-based curriculum accessible on the web and provides a wide range of co-curricular activities. ASA is fully accredited by AdvancED as well as the Paraguayan Ministry of Education. The ASA faculty consists of certified teachers from North American and Paraguay, and many of the faculty possess advanced degrees. The school also offers on-site Master’s Degree courses from a U.S.-accredited university to help enhance the continued professional development of teachers.

Located in a pleasant suburban area within the capital city, our spacious and well-maintained 12 acre campus has an open design with separate air-conditioned buildings to support the early childhood, elementary, middle school, high school, and specialist programs. Educational facilities include a library, computer labs, multipurpose room, indoor gymnasium, cafeteria, track, outdoor and indoor basketball courts, an elementary covered basketball court and play area, two playgrounds, and soccer fields. We invite you to visit our website at http://www.asa.edu.py to discover the many personal and professional benefits of working at ASA.

Age Restrictions: No

Salary: $34.632 – $39.832

Benefits:

  1. Settling-in allowance 2
  2. Monthly housing allowance
  3. Shipping allowance at beginning and end of contract
  4. Round-trip ticket for initial contract and then each year after renewal
  5. Clements worldwide health insurance (80-20 policy)
  6.  Stipend for advanced degree(s)
  7.  Salary step increase
  8. Contract renewal bonus ($3,000)
  9. Schools covers all costs for work visa and transition paperwork
  10. Assistance with Master’s Degree program

Qualifications:

  1. Bachelor’s Degree
  2. Minimum of 2 years of experience

Age Restrictions:  No

Additional materials:

  1. Letter of Interest
  2. Current Resumé
  3. Reference Contact Information

Interviews: skype

 

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Job: K-12 Librarian

2.21.17 – K-12 Librarian
The American School of Asuncion, Paraguay

Sarah P’s comments:  I’m back from my week off and the good news is that there is a list of jobs to share. So, I will be posting quite a bit in the next two days. I am going to start with this school opp because there is a stated application deadline of 2/28/17 (posted 2/17).  This school is well-established but, as always, I encourage you to read the reviews on International School Reviews before deciding whether to apply. I am a fan of South America and loved my time there however there are challenges such as the cost of living and teaching wealthy students. For more information, visit the school link (above) where they have a Working at ASA FAQ PDF as well as a Living in Paraguay guide.

 

Description:

The American School of Asuncion offers an early childhood through college-preparatory program to a multi-national student population of more than 703 students representing over 24 different nationalities. Class sizes range from 18–20 students and we have instructional assistants to assist each teacher in the elementary classrooms. With the exception of language and Paraguayan studies classes, all classes are taught in English. The school has an established, standards-based curriculum accessible on the web and provides a wide range of co-curricular activities. ASA is fully accredited by AdvancED as well as the Paraguayan Ministry of Education. The ASA faculty consists of certified teachers from North American and Paraguay, and many of the faculty possess advanced degrees. The school also offers on-site Master’s Degree courses from a U.S.-accredited university to help enhance the continued professional development of teachers.

Located in a pleasant suburban area within the capital city, our spacious and well-maintained 12 acre campus has an open design with separate air-conditioned buildings to support the early childhood, elementary, middle school, high school, and specialist programs. Educational facilities include a library, computer labs, multipurpose room, indoor gymnasium, cafeteria, track, outdoor and indoor basketball courts, an elementary covered basketball court and play area, two playgrounds, and soccer fields. We invite you to visit our website at http://www.asa.edu.py to discover the many personal and professional benefits of working at ASA.

Age Restrictions: No

Salary: $34.632 – $39.832

Benefits:

  1. Settling-in allowance 2
  2. Monthly housing allowance
  3. Shipping allowance at beginning and end of contract
  4. Round-trip ticket for initial contract and then each year after renewal
  5. Clements worldwide health insurance (80-20 policy)
  6.  Stipend for advanced degree(s)
  7.  Salary step increase
  8. Contract renewal bonus ($3,000)
  9. Schools covers all costs for work visa and transition paperwork
  10. Assistance with Master’s Degree program

Qualifications:

  1. Bachelor’s Degree
  2. Minimum of 2 years of experience

Age Restrictions:  No

Additional materials:

  1. Letter of Interest
  2. Current Resumé
  3. Reference Contact Information

Interviews: skype

 

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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/

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Job: Galapagos Islands Librarian

12/29/15 — Galapagos Islands Librarian
Charles Darwin Research Station, Galapagos Islands, Santa Cruz, Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

12/30/15 update:

Sarah P’s comments: Last night I posted this position as a volunteer job which this library offers in addition to a new full-time librarian position.  Previously this position has always been volunteer but last year, with the completion of a new library, they advertised for a paid full-time librarian, local preferred.  I am not sure whether this position was never filled.

Thank you David for writing to correct me.  I assumed the listed position was the volunteer one…which proves I should never post at night after a long day…

Info about the volunteer position: a unique six-month volunteer position which offers a chance to visit an off-the-track place.  I included this in the ‘Other Opportunities‘ section of my book as it is one I have watched for many years. However last year CDF completed building a  new library and were advertising for a full-time (local) librarian so I was concerned they were doing away with this opportunity  but since this is the second time they had advertised the volunteer position (last time 8/15) it would seem they are going continuing. It is really a cataloguing opportunity for those who speak Spanish well enough to converse and write and who have KOHA experience.  FYI: International volunteers are responsible for paying their own travel costs, living expenses, and medical insurance. Lodging at the Research Station may be available for rental. Valid life & health insurance certification is required.
Blog post from a Canadian Volunteer Librarian

Note: Ecuadorian labor law and the Special Law for Galapagos require CDF to prioritize the employment of suitably qualified Galapagos residents and Ecuadorian nationals.

G.T. Corley Smith is a small library, which serves research scientists,researchers and local and international visitors. Contains ~ 6000 monographs, and hundreds of theses, reports and magazines print titles, ~ 20,000 reprints and an archive collection of documents, photographs, slides and CDF Publications. The library catalog is built with Koha software. The librarian will be considered a senior staff position within the institution and will have administrative responsibilities including regular staff meetings, budgeting and project management, and attracting resources on a regular basis to ensure that the library work and the larger “knowledge management” work is successful throughout the CDF.

Closing Date:  January 15, 2015

To find out more, please see the pdf.

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