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Position: Environmental Education and Communications Advisor - Volunteer in Colombia
Type: 12-month intntl. position with living allowance, accom., airfare, more (see below)
Organization: Cuso International
Location Cartagena, Colombia, South America

Start Date: Jun - Aug 2019 (flexible)
Length of Placement 10 Months

Language Requirements English, Spanish

Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only

The Volunteer’s Role

El Parque Nacional Natural Corales de Profundidad (PNNCPR) is one of three locations that has been identified with a significant abundance of deep corals and a high diversity of associated invertebrates. The management plan of this protected area requires research, monitoring and control of invasive species.

The initiative to protect the area requires your skills in the design and implementation of strategies for environmental communication and education, with a focus on the generation of local and community ownership, considering the challenge posed to this by the completely marine location of the area.

Your will work in educating and communicating about the environmental initiative will lessen the pressures that could negatively impact the biodiversity of the Park.

As a volunteer, you will:

  • Design and implement a communication action plan for the protected area, based on the national strategy.
  • Contribute to the generation and implementation of an environmental education action plan, based on the national strategy.
  • Formulate an environmental education project of the park, based on a need identified in the environmental education strategy.
  • Support the preparation and accompaniment of events, meetings and workshops within the framework of communication and environmental education of the PNNCDP.
  • Report the periodic advances and present report to the supervisor of the volunteer placement, in the terms to be agreed between Cuso International and National Natural Parks of Colombia.

Essential Academic Qualifications:

  • Professional training in social communication, with knowledge in the production of informative and audiovisual material.

Essential Professional Background:

  • Communication: Ability to listen, ask questions, express concepts and ideas effectively, understand group dynamics and effective meeting design, and express themselves clearly and concisely, orally and in writing, in Spanish.
  • Creative thinking: Ability to generate, discover and transform new ideas into useful and effective solutions applicable in the organization.
  • Autonomy: Ability to propose and apply solutions to individual difficulties in a proactive and independent way.

Support Package

  • Modest monthly living allowance (varies depending country)
  • Accommodation while in placement
  • Return airfare and visa/work permit costs
  • Cost of required vaccinations, antimalarial medication and health insurance
  • Pre-departure training and in-country orientation
  • Travel and accommodation for reintegration debriefing weekend
  • Modest support for accompanying partners and dependents going on placement with you for 12 months or longer (Return flight, emergency medical insurance, vaccinations)
  • Access to Employee Assistance Program while in placement and upon return
  • Cuso International assessment day (Candidates must cover the first $200 of the most cost-effective travel expenses and all accommodation costs).
  • Travel and accommodation for the five-day pre-departure training course and for in-country orientation
  • Bonus: Additional return flight home or cash in lieu after 12 months of service for volunteers who extend for another 6 months


We ask each volunteer, regardless of placement length, to raise $2,000. All volunteers receive support from Cuso International to help achieve the goal through fundraising. If the volunteer chooses not to fundraise or is unable to achieve the fundraising goal, he/she can make a one-time donation or become a monthly donor to support our work.



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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Feb 14 2019    ID: 51314