The Economic Development Programme
The Economic Development (EcoDev) Programme at SKIP works with families living in poverty to offer financial opportunities to stabilise their income and improve living conditions. We are looking for volunteers who can commit to a minimum of a month. We are happy to facilitate student placements for course credit and have worked with a number of Universities in the UK and USA.
The department helps SKIP families create sustainable sources of income and provides them with opportunities to develop their artisanal and business skills to pursue their goals. Its current project portfolio includes:
micro-credit programme - this issues small loans and business consulting to current or potential business owners
construction programme - small loans to improve the living situations of families
artisanal workshops, including jewelry-making, sewing, and weaving
business education workshops, one-on-one consulting
health-related loan programmes
Under supervision of the EcoDev Coordinator, you will be responsible for a specific project within the department. However, because of the modest size of our team, volunteers contribute to aspects of all the projects within EcoDev.
Additionally, volunteers will assist in the children’s programme at SKIP once a week by volunteering a morning/afternoon to work at the school as we feel this helps give additional perspective on the community.
While we ultimately desire our EcoDev Volunteers to speak some level of Spanish, we currently offer a limited amount of spaces for those who do not speak Spanish. However, priority will be given to those who are able to stay longer and are committed to improving their language abilities.
Independently research, organise and manage an EcoDev project that will improve the living conditions of families in El Porvenir. In some cases, the project will need to be continued from a past volunteer rather than independently researched and organised
Participate in the microcredit loans programme through office hours and visit houses in the community of El Porvenir
Manage a development portfolio of families/borrowers and be open to understanding their situation and providing solutions;
Report to the EcoDev coordinator on a regular and consistent basis
Relevant work or study experience
Commitment of six weeks minimum
Ability to pass on competences and knowledge, but also to listen to suggestions
Approachable and friendly demeanor to deal with parents
Ability to work as a team, but also to take initiatives and work in an independent manner
Be ready to exercise patience and show flexibility in living modestly and working with limited resources
Willingness to help with other projects within the EcoDev department when necessary
Excellent communication skills
Willingness to work flexible hours including some weekends
Experience in economic development, in particular with small businesses
Experience living or working in South America
Intermediate level of Spanish
The benefits of volunteering with us:
In return for your invaluable participation in our volunteering programme, SKIP will provide:
a thorough induction to the organisation, programmes, department and specific role
structured and relevant training from fully qualified and experienced staff members
mentoring and support in the form of regular supervision and staff meetings as well as informal sessions
the chance to be a part of a diverse and dedicated team and a welcoming community
confirmation of volunteer service
If you are ready to take the next step visit http://www.skipperu.org/volunteer/#ProcessFeel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
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Requirements & Commitment
- Background Check
- Must be at least 18
- Minimum 6 weeks
- Unpaid-Contribution Required
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