Housing Area Volunteer Liaison

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Volunteer Opportunity, No Placement Fees
Common Hope
, Sacatepequez
Monday, August 8
June 8, 2011 - 7:51pm
More than Six Months
Construction / Housing
Job Description:

Position: Housing Volunteer Liaison
Location: Fundación Familias de Esperanza/Antigua
Department: Infrastructure and Appropriate Technology
Reports to: Infrastructure and Appropriate Technology Director
Communication: With Hospitality Department
Condiciones: Full-time (40 hours a week), volunteer, with stipend
Start date: August 2011

General Requirements:
•Commitment to the mission, vision, values, principles and goals of Common Hope and its two sites in Guatemala
•Demonstrated attitude of service and commitment to work in a service environment and learn about Guatemalan culture
•Willingness to work onsite and in the villages
•Willingness to share work experiences with donors, Sponsors, Vision Teams and others to raise consciousness and fund-raise
•Ability to work effectively in both Spanish and English
•Integrity, openness, and honesty
•Flexibility and creativity
•Direct communication skills
•Ability to work on a multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary team

Specific Requirements of Position:
•Minimum high school degree, university studies preferred
•Experience in hospitality industry or education in roles such as volunteer coordination, camp counseling, leading service trips or similar
•Outgoing personality, patience and high energy; able to transmit your passion for Common Hope’s work to others
•Excellent communication skills that can be tailored to different groups (affiliated families, Common Hope staff and visitors/volunteers)
•Openness to change and ability to propose new ideas and methods
•Quick problem-solving capability
•High degree of cultural sensitivity
•Knowledge of appropriate construction technology and basic home repair skills, or interest in learning about these areas
•Knowledge and/or experience in popular education
•Physical strength and good physical condition
•Knowledge of Microsoft Office programs
•Willingness to work occasional weekends and evenings when teams are in town
•Valid driver’s license in your home country
•First aid skills (preferred)
•Minimum one-year commitment

•Facilitate the placement of short-term volunteers in the Infrastructure Department, coordinating with the Short-Term Volunteer Coordinator and Infrastructure Department Manager.
•Facilitate housing activities for vision teams, in coordination with Vision Team Coordinators and Infrastructure Department Manager.
•Welcome, orient and accompany short-term volunteers and vision team members in the Infrastructure Department, answering their technical and cultural questions and sharing your passion for our work with them.
•Facilitate communication between visitors/volunteers and Common Hope staff members.
•Collaborate with the Infrastructure department staff and short-term volunteers in the construction and maintenance of houses, floors, roofs, stoves, retaining walls, etc.
•Facilitate trainings and practical orientations for the affiliated families and co-workers
•Maintain excellent communication with the affiliated families and co-workers
•Help provide a comfortable environment for families, co-workers and visitors
•Use resources responsibly and take all appropriate safety measures
•Maintain a clean and orderly work environment
•Assure the good maintenance of tools and work materials
•Support the Infrastructure and Appropriate Technology programs where help is solicited.
•Assist the Hospitality department with tours, accompaniment and interpretation as schedule permits.

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Comments from the Spanish page

Submitted By Miguel colinet vergara (not verified) on June 13, 2012 - 2:35pm

Enla actualidad estoy como voluntario en la ONG la CASA DE LA ESPERANZA en la Prusia de la ciudad de Granada ( Nicaragua ),en dicha ong me dedico a la construccion y rehabilitacion de viviendas,el proyecto es de 3 meses y finalizo el 28-07-2012.,tambien en el 2.010 estuve realizando los mismos cometidos durantes tres meses en la ong Ecuador volunteer,en la comarca del Cotopachi en Ecuador,y en el 2.011 estuve durante seis meses en la escuela-horfelinato de Casa Guatemala en rio Dulce Guatemala,donde rehabilite,organice y ordene la biblioteca de dicho centro y posteriormente di clases de lectura e intestive a los alumnos de dicho centro a la lectura.

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