ETIV do Brasil is looking for a Women’s Empowerment Coordinator who will actually take the lead on helping us build and manage a new women's empowerment project from the ground up. The Coordinator will be working with the support of of the Director and/or the Assistant Director, and will receive supervision and trainings at least once every two weeks. Our Women’s Empowerment Coordinator will begin by building positive relationships within the community, mainly by meeting with local women to better understand their stories, hopes and concerns for themselves, their families and their community.
The Coordinator will then begin to organize regular meetings with the women (at least twice a month) bringing women together who share similar hopes and concerns and are interested and willing to work together towards positive change. It will be important to help the women focus on things they can do to positively impact their lives and that of their families and the community, while it is imperative that we help them create goals that are actually obtainable or winnable.
Most likely, the women will be interested in participating in training and skill building activities that will help them earn more money so that they can provide a better living standard for themselves and their families. This may include anything that truly interests them, from arts and crafts like greeting cards, to sewing and creating candles, purses or bags. In addition, this could also include experimenting and making natural products or food items with the women like candles, natural soaps, growing organic lettuces, making natural yogurt, coconut oil and more. We want to be open to support the interests and passions of both the women and our volunteers, but we also want to link some of these projects with our environmental work, ensuring that all the projects we support are also eco-friendly and sustainable. It would be fantastic, for example, to make profitable products out of reused recyclables or natural and sustainable materials.
This position requires at least an intermediate level of Portuguese and a minimum of 3 months time commitment.
HOW TO APPLY
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Most interns can receive university credit while interning with our NGO and some are even able to receive a University stipend or grant to help cover their expenses. We do offer ongoing support and supervision and can help organize taxi pickups, local accommodations, Portuguese and/or Capoeira classes and discounted eco-adventure tours to the stunning beaches, waterfalls and islands in and around Itacare. All volunteers and interns will also receive our Pre-Departure Powerpoint, and Introduction to the NGO, a tour of Itacare, Portuguese audio classes and life insurance during their internship at the NGO.
Low income volunteers and interns that are willing and able to dedicate at least 6 months time commitment to the project may apply for a grant with the NGO to have their volunteer contribution waved. This allows students to receive all the benefits of volunteering with our NGO (including life insurance, a tour of Itacare, an induction to the NGO, training in your project, ongoing supervision and support and 24 hour emergency support) completely free of charge. However, all volunteers and interns must still pay the $67 administrative fee to cover all the legal paperwork, and all volunteers are responsible for covering their own food, travel and accommodation expenses. ETIV do Brasil does provide affordable rent at our ETIV volunteer house and office.