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Overseas role - Assistant Volunteer Coordinator, Madagascar

The role of Assistant Volunteer Coordinator in Madagascar offers the right candidate a unique and exciting opportunity to work across both office and field environments leading on the implementation of project work within Madagascar’s International Volunteering Programmes.  The coordinator will work alongside the local and International teams based in the town of Fort Dauphin on the development and marketing before spending time in the field leading teams of volunteers in the implementation of these projects and living in basic rural conditions in the beautiful area of Anosy, southeast Madagascar.  

The role of the Coordinator is to ensure the smooth functioning of these programmes acting as a key liaison between project teams, Head of Volunteering, guides and the volunteers both in the field and the office base. As part of the International team, the Coordinator is responsible for the well-being of the volunteers for the duration of the scheme. 

The Coordinator will also work within the international team providing pre departure logistical advice and support to those volunteers coming to work with us for a year or more in the office base. 

In addition, the post will lead on the marketing and social media of these and other programmes in liaison with the team based in the UK. 

To learn more about the Building and Community projects please visit our project pages: 
https://www.podvolunteer.org/projects/community-building-conservation-madagascar/ 
https://www.podvolunteer.org/projects/building-madagascar/ 

Contract type: One year unpaid position 
Location: South East Madagascar 
Application deadline: ASAP
    
Duties and responsibilities:

Office based:

  • Working alongside the Head of Volunteering and Project teams to plan the building and community projects
  • Co-ordinating with project teams and writing project summaries of each project to be undertaken, including its rational and impact as well providing a general overview of the charities  
  • Working alongside the London and Madagascar based teams providing support to volunteers prior to coming to Madagascar
  • Conducting welcome talk, orientation talks and activity briefings to ensure volunteers are fully informed about project work, local culture etc.
  • Updating and reviewing all volunteer information including orientation guide, orientation talks and all documentation in the Co-ordinator’s file
  • Leading on social media content for the programmes including blogs, collation of photographs and video
  • Support the London team with marketing the projects
  • Providing feedback and copy for reports from the field based projects to the project teams within the office
  • Working alongside the project development team in monitoring and evaluating projects
  • Lead on the collection, analysis and dissemination of feedback from the programmes

Field based:

  • Working alongside the team leader to ensure successful communication between volunteers, project teams, guides and the construction team including debriefs and feedback sessions
  • Ensuring support and care are provided to maintain the physical and mental welfare of volunteers
  • Providing guidance and intervention to ensure all staff and volunteers act in a positive and culturally and environmentally sensitive way
  • Ensuring risk assessments are in place for each activity 
  • Managing the administration for the programmes including the contingency fund, weekly Log 
  • Ensuring social media content for the programmes including pioneer blogs, collation of photographs and video is collected

Long term Volunteer Liaison:

  • Providing logistical support with hotels, flights etc for new volunteers
  • Providing information and advice on a range of pre departure considerations including health, packing, visa’s
  • Working within a team providing initial settling in support including airport pick up and orientation
  • Providing organizational support on visas, registrations and permits in country
  • Provide support in advertising posts

Support for social media and marketing:

  • Co-ordination of the quarterly newsletter for donors and adapting to different audiences
  • Coordination with the London team and Media specialist on marketing materials across all of the volunteering programmes
  • Coordination of all volunteer programme marketing alongside the London team, including targeting of university and associations     

The successful applicant will:

Practical requirements:

  • Have taken part in a similar extended rural volunteering scheme
  • Have a positive disposition and be able to motivate teams of volunteers
  • Be physically and psychologically robust and able to cope with isolated conditions
  • Have experience of or ability to develop marketing skills

Attitude and aptitude

  • Demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to the charities ethos and approach and be a good ambassador at all times
  • Have passion, curiosity and motivation for the job and the ability to enthuse others
  • Have a very positive and engaging approach to working with volunteers at all times
  • Have the ability and desire to work with teams from different economic and cultural backgrounds and across multiple language barriers
  • Have the ability and desire to build capacity and share skills across cultures
  • Demonstrate proven ability to recognise and appropriately deal with challenging situations
  • Demonstrate an awareness of and comfort with increased social and professional responsibility, working at all times with cultural sensitivity and respect
  • Demonstrate the ability, social skills and confidence to give clear guidance and support to other members of the team in respect of the philosophy and procedures in order to protect both their safety and the reputation of the NGO
  • Be punctual and be able to work to tight deadlines in an organised manner and to a high standard
  • Have a flexible and patient attitude with excellent problem-solving skills
  • Be able to work both independently and as part of a team 

Practicalities

  • Be able to financially support yourself for the duration of the contract
  • Hold a first aid certificate
  • Be equipped with a suitable laptop computer and tent

Next steps:
If this of interest to you, you have any questions or you would like to apply for the position please send your cover letter and CV to gemma@podvolunteer.org

 

Overseas roles - Volunteer Coordinator & Project Assistant, Cambodia

Our Children's Home in Cambodia will be seeking a Volunteer Coordinator and Project Assistant, details to follow soon.

If you would like to be notified when their position is advertised, please contact Gemma on gemma@podvolunteer.org

 

Overseas roles - Volunteer Coordinator Internship, Peru

Our partner project in Peru is seeking an intern to join their team for a minimum of six months to act as a Volunteer Coordinator and Marketing Intern. The position is unpaid but accommodation is provided.

The project work in partnership with a number of children’s initiatives in Arequipa Peru including a kindergarten (Children’s Day Care project) and a Children’s Home.

Position Summary:

Volunteer Co-ordinator activities:

  • Volunteer inductions and exit interviews
  • Chair weekly volunteer meetings
  • Resolving problems
  • Email enquiries
  • Liaise with placements (problems, when volunteers are arriving etc.)
  • Help organize trips
  • Monthly rota
  • Keep project information up to date
  • Helping to manage the dedicated volunteer accommodation (occasional cleaning/tidying if the cleaner is away, ensuring that volunteers follow the house rules, flat induction/exit interviews)

Other core activities:

  • Marketing
  • Translating
  • Liaise with UK based charity (construction project, project needs, fundraisers)
  • Manage donations

Additional volunteering activities:

  • Possibility to teach English a couple of hours a week
  • Volunteer at the children’s projects

Person Specification

  • High intermediate level of Spanish
  • Extrovert but able to work alone and manage time effectively.
  • Good communication skills
  • Organised
  • Willing to help
  • Enjoy working with children (preferably with some experience)
  • Capacity to lead and manage different types of people of all ages
  • Patient and flexible
  • Respect and have an open mind to the customs and rules in the projects and cultures from all over the world.
  • Professional and discrete. Understand that they are a member of staff and therefore separate from the volunteers.
  • Happy to do whatever needs to be done, from data entry to phone calls to taking the bins out as well as the more fun stuff!

Working Hours

You would be required to work at least 42.5 hours a week (generally weekdays), but you would need to be present to welcome new volunteers (7am – 9pm Monday to Sunday).

To register your interest

To apply for this position please send a CV and a Cover Letter stating what you could bring to the project and why you are interested in the position, as well as anything else you would like to include to gemma@podvolunteer.org

 

Overseas roles - Volunteer Veterinary Nurse, South Africa

Our partner Monkey Rescue project in South Africa is looking to recruit a volunteer veterinary nurse (unpaid, accommodation provided).

It’s an amazing opportunity for a long-term volunteer to gain experience working for a charity utilising their veterinary skills.

Position Summary:

  • Daily monitoring of all primates
  • Management of any health issues (medications, additional feeding etc)
  • Observations, if necessary
  • Record keeping
  • Research, if necessary
  • Accompany primates to the vet
  • Vaccinations & de-worming of all primates
  • Management of a diabetic Mona monkey including insulin injections daily, glucose curves & diet monitoring
  • All long term volunteers are required to do morning feeds on a rota basis and evening wash up if we are short staffed
  • From time to time, when the sanctuary is under pressure (new arrivals etc), you may be asked to do other duties if it does not interfere with the duties outlined above
  • Microscope – Must be fully competent in performing routine fecal exams, and knowledgeable in all aspects of veterinary parasitology. You may be the only person on site with these skills so be prepared to be self-motivated in researching and expanding the laboratory portion of our future clinic.

Minimum age of 23 is desirable dependent on experience. Copies of veterinary qualification certificates will be requested.

What the project does: The sanctuary, which is the first of its kind in South Africa, has been running since 1996. The sanctuary currently cares for over 100 primates of varying species including marmosets, tamarins, mona monkeys, squirrel monkeys, macaques, and lemurs. The sanctuary rescues and provides permanent care for any primate from anywhere in the world. The sanctuary receives a constant stream of requests to assist in the international rescue of primates. Many of these primates arrive with behavioural problems and require rehabilitation. The sanctuary hopes to be able to expand in order to cope with the high demand and with an aim to provide accommodation for apes in the future.

To learn more about the project please see the following link: http://www.podvolunteer.org/projects/monkey-sanctuary-south-africa/

Location: The sanctuary is located in Pretoria, which is approximately 45 minutes north of Johannesburg.

Next steps: If this of interest to you, you have any questions or you would like to apply for the position please email ellie@podvolunteer.org

AWARDS AND ACCREDITATIONS

  • Wall Street Journal
  • Best Volunteering Organisation
  • Year Out Group
  • Sunday Times
  • the independent
  • theguardian
  • DOFE
  • Right Tourism
  • Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust
  • Tourism Concern

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