Working to support disadvantaged young people or hiking the Inca trail? Why not do both!?
Get the best of both worlds for a volunteering opportunity where you give your skills and experience, rather than your money.
Are you looking for a break from the 9-5? Or with the end of your studies finally in sight you might be wondering what exactly it is that you are supposed to do now? Or are you looking to do a year abroad as part of your studies, or even before you start your studies, in an exciting and challenging environment? Instead of choosing between travelling and working - why not do both?
When volunteering with LAFF your skills will be put to good use and you will have the opportunity to work directly with beneficiaries, gain valuable field experience and increased awareness of International Development issues. Based in beautiful Peru, on the doorstep of Machu Picchu, this is also a great chance to practice and improve your Spanish language fluency. After being supported into your new role through our pre-departure and in-country induction, you will work in Cusco as a valued member of our small team of enthusiastic and skilled professionals from around the globe, under the guidance and supervision of our Programme Manager. What better way of gaining valuable work experience in the field than taking on this challenging and CV-boosting professional role!
The Latin American foundation for the Future (LAFF) is a UK-based charity supporting marginalised children and young people in Peru. We work through local partner organisations in Cusco and support activities and projects in the areas of formal education; vocational skills and personal development; sustainability, including income generation, cost reduction and capacity building. We strive to empower our beneficiaries enabling them to become independent and sustainable.
LAFF seeks a skilled individual for a full-time volunteering position.
Position Title: Programme Coordinator
Location: Cusco, Peru
Employment type: Unpaid volunteering position/full time
Leave: 2 days per month
Application Deadline: ongoing (we frequently require replacement volunteers, so apply now!)
Duration: 3-6 months
Given that LAFF is a small volunteer-led charity, the Programme Coordinator provides support to the Programme Manager on all aspects of LAFF's internal operations, programme planning, reporting, budgeting and delivery. This is a diverse role that encompasses all facets of NGO management.
- Under the supervision of the Programme Manager, the Programme Coordinator will be expected to carry out the following tasks:
- Provide administrative and logistical support
- Organise, schedule and take part in meetings, interviews and events when necessary
- Draft documents, contracts and agreements
- Ensure that all data and policies are consistent, thorough and accessible
- Identify needs from our partners/beneficiaries and provide technical support when relevant
- Design and deliver short-term workshops when relevant
- Conduct research, market studies and baseline surveys
- Represent LAFF when necessary and expand its local network in Cusco
- Help the Programme Manager develop and maintain good relationships with partners
- Visit projects to follow up progress on various activities
- Use initiative and creativity to contribute towards the internal development of LAFF.
- Undergraduate degree (or currently enrolled) in International/Sustainable Development, NGO management or related field, or equivalent experience working in a similar role
- 6 months of volunteering or work experience in the NGO sector highly desirable
- A strong passion to develop skills related to the not-for-profit sector
- Administrative experience and research skills preferred
- Proficiency in written and spoken English required, intermediate level Spanish abilities desired
- Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills
- Solid report-writing skills
- Extensive experience with MS Office
- Highly organised, flexible, independent, culturally sensitive and detail orientated with the ability to multitask
We are looking for motivated self-starters who are able to work independently as well as being good team players. A non-judgemental approach and commitment to learning is essential, as well as a positive outlook and preparedness for the realities of volunteering in a Latin American country.