The 2018 hurricane season has been extraordinarily active in parts of the U.S., with Hurricane Florence currently impacting millions in the Carolinas. As this natural disaster unfolds, the staff here at VolunteerMatch is doing its part to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you are prepared and safe. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know about the most effective ways to contribute.
The Tandana Foundation is seeking a fellow to help prepare, lead, and follow up after our group volunteer programs in the Otavalo canton of highland Ecuador, a region that is rich in natural beauty and cultural diversity. The minimum time commitment for this fellowship is one year, beginning either in January or May.
In this fellowship, your main responsibilities will involve working with communities to prepare for the visits of volunteer groups, coordinating the stays of the volunteer groups, and following up afterwards to ensure that projects are completed and volunteers are informed of the results of their efforts. You will serve as an Assistant Coordinator or Community Coordinator for all scheduled programs during your time in Ecuador, gaining experience with a variety of volunteer groups and work projects. During group programs, the schedule is intense, and you will need to be prepared to work hard, focusing on the tasks at hand. In between programs, you will make arrangements with community partners and service providers, meet with community leaders for evaluation, and do other preparatory and follow up work, and you may also take on additional projects based on your interests. Finally, you will serve as a cultural ambassador and a positive representative of The Tandana Foundation. You will be given all the support you need to succeed in your work and be encouraged to accomplish your personal fellowship goals, which will provide you with valuable skills and experience in volunteer program leadership. And by living with a host family, you will have countless opportunities to explore the indigenous cultures and subsistence lifestyles of highland Ecuador as well as the natural environment around you.
Experience working with North Americans and Latin Americans
Experience living in cross-cultural situations, preferably in Latin America
Ability to work cooperatively with a diverse array of people, to solve problems creatively, and to promote a positive experience for all involved
Self-motivation, responsibility, and an ability to work independently
Minimum age is 22
Minimum time commitment is 1 year
WFA or greater first aid certification and CPR certification
Work with community leaders and other local contacts to arrange volunteer work and cultural activities
Help lead the group programs on a daily basis and facilitate all aspects of the groups' stays in Ecuador
Help coordinate logistics of the programs, handle money, keep accurate records
Solve problems and handle emergency situations in a professional manner
Set an upbeat tone for volunteer groups
Coordinate the experience of visiting groups and ensure that they are a positive experience for the volunteers as well as the community
Meet with community leaders after each program to evaluate and improve
Follow up with communities on any projects that are still in progress after programs
Communicate with the groups about progress and outcomes of the projects they worked on
Follow up with patients from our health care programs to assist them in accessing the care they need
Engage in additional community projects as need and interests dictate
Serve as a leader for Tandana interns
Represent Tandana in a positive manner to all community members and volunteers and help to build good relationships
The opportunity to participate in unique cultural activities and be a part of a dynamic, multi-cultural team
The opportunity to learn about planning and leading high-quality, cross-cultural volunteer programs, to practice the necessary skills, and to gain experience in the field
Detailed orientation and ongoing support from Tandana's Ecuador Program Manager as well as a mentor
Room and board with a local family (homestay)
Work expenses including local transportation, cell phone, etc.
Round-trip transportation to Ecuador from the United States
Stipend of $100 per month, with the possibility of additional stipends when filling official roles in group program leadership
Two weeks of vacation
How to apply:
Interested parties should send a resume and a letter addressing each of the following questions to Herman Snel, Ecuador Program Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please describe any experience you have living in Ecuador or in another cross-cultural situation.
What are your strengths and weaknesses as a leader?
Describe an experience that was very challenging for you. How did you deal with the difficulties, and what did you learn from the experience?
What are you passionate about, and how do you express that passion?
What do you think will be most exciting about this fellowship?
What do you think will be most difficult about this fellowship?
What are your personal and professional goals for this fellowship and how can we help you accomplish them?