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.

Volunteer: Librarian

12/23/15 –  Volunteer School Librarian
Haven of Peace Academy (HOPAC), Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Sarah P’s comments:  This institution advertises this position every December. Must be able and willing to commit for the upcoming school year.


The mission of Haven of Peace Academy (HOPAC) is to provide an excellent, Christ-centred, international education that meets western academic standards and equips students to live out a biblical worldview in all areas of life to the glory of God.

Haven of Peace Academy is seeking a Librarian for the 2016/2017 school year. School year: August – June with classes Monday to Friday. HOPAC follows the Cambridge curriculum.

HOPAC, founded in 1994, is an international Christian K-12 school with over 300 students from 33 different countries and a variety of religious backgrounds including Christian, Muslim and Hindu. While the majority of students come from families of missionaries and the non-profit and international business community, one third are Tanzanian.

HOPAC teachers must be committed Christian, 55 years of age or younger with Bachelor degree, at least 3 years of teaching experience and fluency in English. HOPAC expects teaching staff to be supported spiritually and financially through a mission organization or home church. The school provides volunteer staff assistance in the form of a monthly living allowance that covers a significant portion of monthly in-country expenses.


– Bachelors Degree

– Evangelical Christian

– 3+ years experience

How to Apply:  Please email Cover Letter and CV to Kindly state the job posting in the email subject line.

Volunteer: Education Assistant Internship

12/1/15 –  Education Assistant Internship
La Choza Chula, El Paredon, Guatemala

Sarah P’s comments:  La Choza Chula also has a library and is seeking help as well as donations.  They periodically put out calls (last one was 4/23/15)  for volunteer interns and if you are trying to break into international school librarianship here is a short-term opportunity which will give you both education and international experience. Click here for more information about the library. No reviews yet but more information can be found via their website as well as Facebook page.  If you are a basic Spanish-speaking, surfing librarian this could be an interesting place to support and volunteer…

Friendly person with a passion for working with children and fun through learning. Unique opportunity to gain incredible experience in remote, welcoming surf community in Guatemala.

● 3-month opportunity, with potential to extend
● Working hours 9.30am-4.30pm five days a week, flexible timings

La Choza Chula creates positive change and opportunities for young people in the surf community of El Paredón, Guatemala. The Education Assistant is a key role in our small team – responsible for supporting our Education Manager to deliver a range of literacy activities through the local library, teaching English and creative educational programmes.

Main tasks

Key support for Education Manager to achieve La Choza Chula’s Educational goals
Help in La Buena Vista Biblioteca – the community library – includes working with local librarians to develop resources and displays and working with Elementary school and Secondary students
Teaching English to children in the primary school
Sourcing materials and developing new programmes


Job Description

● 3 month opportunity, with potential to extend

● All living costs need to be covered by the intern ($280/month)

● Working hours 9.30am-4.30pm five days a week, flexible timings

La Choza Chula creates positive change and opportunities for children and young people in the coastal community of El Paredón, Guatemala. The Education Intern is a key role in our small team – responsible supporting the Education Manager and local Librarian to develop and deliver innovative and engaging educational programs.

These programs will focus on teaching English as a foreign language and improving literacy in Spanish and Maths. The intern will be required to help develop educational and teaching materials, assist in classes, research best practice, teach creative activities, create lesson plans and plan classes. There is a lot of scope for developing new ideas, sharing previous experience and getting lots of hands on experience. You will be supervised by the Education Manager, receiving regular support and feedback.

Main tasks

  • Support in the delivery of our School and Holiday Programmes in the library, which include English, maths, Spanish literacy, creative activities and sport.
  • Develop fun and creative learning activities and resources for the children and young people in the community.
  • Research potential education partners and funders and initiate fundraising activities
  • Help support the local Librarian and grow the library membership among children, young people and adults.
  • Work closely with the Education Manager to achieve organisational goals and objectives, leading on small projects such as the Peer-Mentoring Programme when needed

Candidate Profile

  • Intermediate Spanish – this role will involve delivering classes to children and young people in Spanish and working with the local librarian who does not speak English, so at least intermediate Spanish is necessary
  • Motivated and able to use own initiative with limited guidance
  • Previous experience working with children and young people either in teaching, education, youth work or other setting.
  • Ability to work with a range of people from different backgrounds
  • Passion for community/international development and education
  • Ability to be self-sufficient in a rural environment with lots of heat, bugs and curious neighbours


  • Advanced Spanish
  • Fundraising experience
  • Experience devising education and/or participation programmes
  • Experience living in a remote location or in a developing country
  • TEFL qualification
  • Experience with data collection and monitoring and evaluation

Provided by La Choza Chula:

  • Full induction to the role and the community
  • Room and board with a local family (includes breakfast and dinner)
  • Use of office with access to internet (internet USB modem shared between the team)
  • General workshop and classroom materials and textbooks.
  • Weekly support check ins with staff

Expectations for the Intern

  • Interns are asked to fundraise $150 to support La Choza Chula’s education and enterprise programmes.
  • Interns must cover their own living costs. La Choza Chula can provide accommodation with a local family including 2 meals a day for $280 p/month. (Other options are available)
  • A commitment to supporting grassroots, community-based development
  • If there is a specific workshop or programme that the intern would like to run additional materials will need to be fundraised for by the volunteer.
  • Motivation to integrate formally into the local community through a home-stay opportunity.
  • Needs to provide own health insurance, visas and travel

Dates available

Jan 15 – April 15 2016

April 16 – July 16 2016

July 17 – Oct 17 2106

Oct 18 – Jan 18 2017

How to apply

To apply, please download, complete and send the application form on our website with a current CV to Business Development Manager, Alex Bevan

Program: Webinar about Rebuilding Nepal

9/28/15 –  Webinar about Room to Read’s Rebuilding Efforts in Nepal

Offered two times: October 5th @ 6:00 pm PDT / October 7th @ 7:30 am PDT.  Register by: September 30th.

Dear Sarah,

We are excited to invite you to a special webinar featuring our Founder, John Wood, sharing details from his recent trip to Nepal. As you know, the earthquakes that struck earlier this year devastated much of the country’s infrastructure, including its schools. The Nepalese people have started the long, hard road to recovery, but in many regions—especially in the poorer, remote areas where Room to Read works—communities lack the means to rebuild on their own.

During John’s trip, he met individuals throughout Nepal who are eager to overcome these challenges. He spoke with Girls’ Education Program participants who lost their homes, parents who hope to see their communities thrive, and the President of Nepal, Ram Baran Yadav, who wants to see Room to Read’s education model implemented throughout the country. Join this webinar to hear John’s first-hand account of our plans to help rebuild safe, effective learning environments in Nepal.

We look forward to connecting with you!

-The Room to Read Team

I left the site visits saddened by the desperate condition of the schools and more in awe than ever at the power of nature. I also felt inspired by the resilience of these communities. Rather than being incapacitated by the earthquake, parents had already cleared away the rubble and were eager to rebuild. The children were still putting on their school uniforms and walking miles to their temporary schools each day.

– John Wood 

Internship: Development & Fundraising

9/16/15 –  Development & Fundraising Internship
Bibliobooks, Asheville, NC, USA

Sarah P’s comments: This opportunity is in the US however would be a good opportunity for anyone seeking an entry into NGO work.  Biblioworks also needs library volunteers in Bolivia. Here is the blurb from my book:

Biblioworks is a non-profit which, since 2005, has been promoting education and literacy in communities in need in Bolivia. One of their missions is to build libraries, supply books, and train librarians and to date they have created eleven libraries. Volunteers do everything from painting libraries to writing grants and may work onsite at a rural library or in the central office in Sucre. Biblioworks also encourages volunteers to design and implement their own projects – a great opportunity for librarians!


Development & Fundraising Internship Opportunity:

This position provides the opportunity to gain a working understanding of the main aspects of Biblioworks’ operations and support the organization toachieveits goals. The intern provides essential administrative support to the Treasurer and the board of directors, connecting them with onsite staff in Bolivia. The major responsibilities are to ensure clear, timely and efficient communications between staff in Bolivia and the board of directors, to implement an ongoing email fundraising campaign, to improve communication with the public through our website and social media channels, and to ensure that key strategic initiatives in connecting the work in Bolivia with the community in Asheville have the administrative and analytical support required.

•Organize, schedule and document key boarding director meetings and calls under the guidance of the organization’s treasurer or president.

•Implement and manage and ongoing email fundraising campaign

•Work with staff in Bolivia to produce and disseminate regular updates about BiblioWorks projects and activities via the website, email and social media.
•Support the organization and execution of the end of the year fund-rising event in Asheville.

•Provide administrative support. Prepare dissemination plan chart and work with teams to populate and track.
•Pro-actively identify and leverage areas of learning work.
•Ensure that technical pieces on the website are up-to-date and meet organizational criteria for public documents.
•Revise thought leadership documents, including strategies, workplans, product dissemination plans as needed. Prepare workflow charts for key initiatives and/or events.
•Collaborate closely with the Team to keep calendar of events, major speaking opportunities and unplanned opportunities carefully coordinated.
•Lead on organizing logistics for the annual planning process and other key events with agency strategic importance.

•Ensure that the Internship position continues in future years. Coordinate with SIT graduate Institute and other universities, colleges or schools to search for intern.

• report directly to Biblioworks treasurer and Board of directors.
Works directly with: Onsite team in Bolivia, board of directors members.

This position is based in Asheville, NC. Biblioworks members represent the organization both during and outside of work hours, they are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and policies.

How to apply:

Send your CV and a cover letter to

Contact us at 802-380-5856

Volunteer: Galapagos Islands Librarian

8/24/15 — Galapagos Islands Volunteer Librarian
Charles Darwin Research Station, Galapagos Islands, Santa Cruz, Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

Sarah P’s comments:  I am glad to see this six-month volunteer position is still active (thank you to Robin Kear for sharing) as it is a rare and wonderful 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.  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


The Charles Darwin Research Station is currently seeking a Volunteer Librarian. The Corley Smith Library at the Charles Darwin Foundation and Research Station in Puerto Ayora, Isla Santa Cruz, Galapagos, is a small, research library that serves scientists, researchers, graduate students, National Park officials and guides, and other visitors. Collections include books, reports, a reprint collection of published articles on Galapagos science and conservation, print and online journals, photographs, slides, and archival document collections.

Application due date:  15.09.2015
Expected starting date:  15.11.2015

To find out more, please see the pdf at


Kristin M. Jacobi, Librarian, and past Galapagos Librarian Volunteer, 2008
Head of Cataloging Dept.
Eugene Smith Library, Eastern Connecticut State University”>


Job: Education & Volunteer Manager

7/31/15 – Education & Volunteer Manager
Journeys Within Our Community (JWOC), Siem Reap, Cambodia

Sarah P’s comments:  For librarians with or without an MLIS who would like to gain international NGO experience here is an opportunity for a wide ranging experience which, though listed as a volunteer opportunity, is paid a small salary.  Here is a link for reviews of this non-profit and they also have a tour company which has good reviews as well.


Journeys Within Our Community (JWOC) is seeking a full time Education & Volunteer Manager in Siem Reap, Cambodia to start on September 1, 2015.

Founded in 2005, JWOC is a US registered nonprofit organization based in Siem Reap, Cambodia with an operating budget of $200,000 per year. JWOC’s mission is to provide programs that reduce poverty levels, increase educational and economic opportunities and empower both our recipients and supporters, thereby inspiring ongoing social change. Our programs are University Scholarships, Free Classes, Clean Water, Microfinance and Community Support. JWOC is unique in our approach as our 75+ university scholarship students also serve as the volunteer teachers and staff that make our other programs possible. We are thus able to not only assist directly with the cost of their education, but also to build on their potential and to develop their working skills, experience, teaching and leadership capabilities more broadly.

JWOC’s operating income is raised through individual and corporate gifts, grants, and donations from volunteer groups. The Free Classes Program provides more than 45 classes to over 1,000 adults and children in the surrounding communities.

Job Description:
The Education & Volunteer Manager (EVM) reports directly to the Managing Director (and indirectly to the Executive Director), and has overall responsibility to ensure development of the Free Classes Program and volunteer initiatives:
Responsible for developing and executing a comprehensive strategy to provide quality educational opportunities; and
Maintaining standards of teaching and training with local staff and Free Classes students of all ages.

This position relies heavily on independent initiative and motivation to provide as many quality educational opportunities as possible to Cambodian students and staff. The EVM will be responsible for running, improving and managing activities at JWOC’s extra-curricular community school. The position directly manages two direct reports, with a total staff of 35 full-time, part-time and volunteer teachers. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Managing and developing JWOC’s Free Classes Program including class schedules, testing, materials, new initiatives and class observations;
Organizing and running workshops for various training initiatives for staff and scholarship students;
Overseeing JWOC library activities and the professional development of the Librarian;
Staff management and developing appropriate training for professional growth;
Coordinating closely with the local staff, including the Free Classes Manager and Librarian, to ensure effective overall management and implementation;
Finance and administrative duties related to the program, including input to reporting and submitting monthly budgets;
Participating in appeal and media efforts, working closely with the Fundraising & Communications Manager;
Volunteer management, contact and orientation for foreign groups and individuals, including matching their abilities with appropriate activities at JWOC; and
Serving as the JWOC Child Protection focal point, providing training to new staff and volunteers on applicable laws, practices and codes of conduct.

Bachelor’s degree (relevant field preferred);
Highly developed training skills, especially with EFL speakers;
Native level English oral and written communication skills;
Demonstrated analytical skills;
Ability to conceptualize and develop new training/learning resources;
Concern for detail and accuracy, with a professional and efficient approach;
Strong interpersonal and team-building experience in a multi-cultural setting;
Excellent organizational skills and ability to meet deadlines;
Experience working in low resource settings;
NGO experience, preferably in Southeast Asia;
Experience working with and/or managing volunteer programs; and
Experience living and working overseas.

JWOC provides a local experience for international staff, and pays a salary that covers living expenses. The EVM will also be considered for periodic performance based bonuses. JWOC provides local health insurance from an international healthcare provider. The selected candidate is responsible for all costs associated with traveling to Siem Reap. The selected candidate will undergo a background and reference check before being offered a contract. The contract is a full time position for 15 months with the possibility of extension. Remuneration is $915 per month. The work week is 5-1/2 days per week. Start date is September 1, 2015.

How to apply:

Interested parties should send an updated CV and cover letter including contact information for three referees to Please include “Education Manager Position” in the subject line. All application documents must be in English. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until August 14, 2015.