Important message about COVID-19
With the COVID-19 crisis continuing to affect all corners of the world, Cuso International is assessing our ability to continue with our programming activities while ensuring the safety of Canadian volunteers during these challenging times.
The safety and security of Cuso International staff, volunteers and the communities in which we are present is our top priority and we are closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and following the advice from public health authorities globally, nationally, and locally.
Some countries have implemented borders and movement restrictions, which has impacted our existing volunteering program delivery but we continue to build our pool of prospective volunteers so we can get back to supporting our local partners and communities as soon as we’re able to do so.
If your volunteer application is shortlisted, a Volunteer Mobilization Advisor (VMA) will contact you to discuss the next steps and will provide you with the relevant information so that you can make an informed decision.
Locations Various communities in the Northwest Territories, Canada
Length of Placement 10 Months (Aug 24, 2020 - Jun 30, 2021)
Language Requirements English
Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only
The Volunteer’s Role
What impact could you have? Have a positive and lasting change in Indigenous communities!
We’re inviting candidates with an education and teaching background to apply for volunteer positions with schools in the Northwest Territories for the school year 2020 – 2021.
As an Education Assistant, you will provide your knowledge as an educator, share your experiences about the world, inspire students to learn and pursue further education, and encourage students to believe they can become who they aspire to be!
You will help facilitate the e-learning program for students in grades 4-12 where you will connect your classroom to a network of other classrooms in various schools in the Northwest Territories also facilitated by other Education Assistants like yourself. You will work directly with assigned teachers (including the host teacher), participate in activities both inside and outside the classroom, and be engaged with the community through intercultural events throughout the school year.
If you are a self-motivated individual with an interest in teaching, learning about indigenous cultures being involved with the community, then this is the placement for you!
As a volunteer, you will:
- Work in the school as a tutor, primarily in Math, Science and English
- Assist the students during lessons, under the direct supervision of the online host teacher, to manage classroom routines, protocols, and academic expectations
- Monitor on the progress of the students and report back to the classroom teachers
- Collaborate with other participating community students and other classroom tutors
- Act as an ambassador for both the school and the community
- Accompany and supervise students during activities in the school gym, labs, libraries, resource centers and on field trips
- Support fundraising events at the school and community level
- Help in other capacities (including computer instruction, art, music, sports) depending on your skills, training, and hobbies as well as the needs of the school
- Completed university degree or college diploma
- Ability to pass the vulnerable sector police check
- Must be located in Canada
- Available to begin work on August 24, 2020
- Experience teaching or presenting material to children and youth, particularly students with special needs.
- Knowledge of Indigenous Peoples in Canada (experience working with Indigenous Peoples is an asset)
- Strong understanding of working with High School age students
- Display an understanding of different learning styles
- Be culturally sensitive and have an openness to learning about different cultures
- Computer literate and knowledgeable of technology
- Previous volunteer or work experience either in Canada or in other countries
- Excellent organizational, communication and interpersonal skills
What’s in it for YOU? A life-changing experience!
Each volunteer placement is a unique experience. Read about the impact of previous volunteers in the Northwest Territories: Nathan Burrows, Jana Kasparova
About Cuso International and Participating Schools
Cuso International is a not-for-profit development organization that works to eradicate poverty and inequality. Each year, we mobilize hundreds of volunteer professionals to work alongside local partners to maximize their impact through capacity building. We work in partnership with governments, civil society organizations, multilateral agencies and the private sector to develop and deliver programs aimed at advancing gender equality, promoting the empowerment of women and girls, and improving access to and quality of economic opportunities for young people.
Beaufort Delta Education Council
The most northerly school board in the Northwest Territories with all eight communities and nine schools located north of the Arctic Circle, the BDEC serves 1382 students in the region and is responsible for about 200 administrators, teachers and support staff. Cuso International is currently working with the schools in Aklavik, Inuvik, Fort McPherson, Paulatuk and Tuktoyaktuk.
South Slave Divisional Education Council
Responsible for the education of approximately 1300 (JK-12) students in the South Slave region, the Council's mission is to strive to prepare students to create their futures. Their primary responsibility is to provide for the educational needs of the students of the South Slave region. Cuso International is currently working with the schools in Fort Resolution and Hay River.
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.
- Modest monthly living allowance
- Accommodation while in placement
- Airfare to and from placement
- Pre-departure training
- Emergency Medical Insurance
- On the ground support through our Cuso International office
- Access to Employee Assistance Program while in placement and upon return
- Support for accompanying partners/dependents is not available for this placement.
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.