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Vocational Orientation Advisor

CUSO International


Location:  La Paz, Bolivia
Start Date: Feb - Apr 2018 (flexible)
Length of Placement: 12 Months
Language Requirements:
Spanish, English
Spanish Reading:
Level 4, Writing: Level 4, Speaking: Level 4
English Reading:
Level 3, Writing: Level 3, Speaking: Level 3
Scale: Open to

Please submit a Spanish Cover Letter and Statement of Interest  

Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only

The Volunteer’s Role

Cuso International Bolivia is looking for a volunteer like you to support the Youth Employment Centre (CJE) of La Paz in their outreach strategy to current and potential youth in need of their services.

The CJEs in Bolivia are modeled after the Carrefour Jeunesse Emploi of Gatineau, Quebec. These centers work towards the improvement of living conditions of youth in their communities, providing services such as vocational education, entrepreneurship guidance, job search and support, as well as many other services.

As the volunteer for this placement, you'll be working towards reaching youth between the ages of 15-30 by informing and guiding them on the services offered by the CJE, including training in technical and academic levels, motivating them to start their career plans.

As a volunteer, you will:

- Inform and guide youth at the CJE in the institutional policies and processes.

- Create and facilitate internal and external workshops in vocational education and training.

- Attend different employment-related fairs and events to reach different audiences.

- Aide the Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor in the implementation of a monitoring & evaluation system.

- Support for any other additional activities when needed.

Essential Academic Qualifications:

-University Degree in International Development, Education, Sociology, Psychology; Bachelor of Social Work  or other relevant areas


Essential Professional Background:

- Experience working with youth in public or private institutions

- Experience in workshop facilitation or interactive/participation methods

About Our Partner

Municipality of La Paz

Functioning through the Municipality of La Paz, the Youth and Employment Centre (CJE for its acronym in Spanish) of La Paz is an information center that provides free vocational guidance, job search counseling, and advice on youth entrepreneurship with the objective to improve the socio-economic conditions of young between 15-30 years old.

The objective of the partner is to improve the living conditions of youth in La Paz through the provision of free services to guide, promote and facilitate the economic and social integration of youth, accompany and then direct them towards employment to further their education (or to create self-employment).

The vision of the Youth and Employment Centre is to be a medium that contributes to the socio-economic and cultural integration of young people, being a space of reception, information, counseling, assistance, and referral, valuing personal abilities, developing their self-esteem and building their projects.

Terms and Conditions:

  • Cuso International terms and conditions allow you to lead a modest and healthy lifestyle while being effective in your placement. This support package will cover basic living expenses for one volunteer and is not intended to cover home-based expenses (ex. loans, support payments, etc.) or luxury items such as imported items in placement or international personal travel.


    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

    - 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



    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.



    Depending on the nature of the placement, volunteers are encouraged to provide e-volunteering support to the local partner or Cuso International before or after the field placement. Volunteers also have the option of requesting support from an e-volunteer to help them with their work while they are in placement.

    Residency and Citizenship


    The majority of Cuso International volunteer applicants are residing in Canada at the time of application and during the pre-departure process. Occasionally we received applications from volunteer applicants who are residing outside of Canada at the time of application. In both instances, between your application date and placement start date, we must be able to contact you and you must be able to contact us easily and promptly throughout the process.

    We may require your passport and would need to be aware of your current place of residence and any travel plans you may have during this time. You will also require unrestricted access to Canada during this time for assessment and training, as applicable.



    Leaving your country of residence can have significant effects on your citizenship status in that country. It is your responsibility to research the consequences of travelling to Canada during the pre-departure process if you are living outside of Canada and of leaving your country of residence for a placement with the immigration authority where you live.

    By applying to this placement, you accept full responsibility for any consequences related to your citizenship, residency and immigration status or penalties as a result of travel to an assessment day, training course, international placement or other Cuso International related travel.

    You  must  check the implications that apply to you, but examples include:

    • Canadian permanent residents may need to make arrangements with immigration authorities before travelling. These arrangements allow them to travel without risk to their status in Canada. Without them, residency status may be withdrawn.
    • Citizens of other countries, including those visiting Canada on a visa, may have travel restrictions.
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