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Bahamas Methodist Habitat. Location: Camp Symonette, James Cistern, Eleuthera, Bahamas. Request a middle/upper aged couple willing to serve in a behind the scenes manner. Food preparation, general cleaning, clerical, leading construction teams. Arrive end of May (but flexible) and stay 3-6 months. Dorm or efficiency apartment and food (while teams present) provided.
Community Partners Association (COPA) - Bombita and LaHoya
COPA is looking for an individual volunteer to serve as the Project Director ASAP. The position is for a three year period with housing and a stipend provided. Responsibilities include overseeing the COPA Project which includes two schools and clinics as well as 'partner schools' in other villages. The director will also oversee the other volunteers who are working more directly with the schools and clinics. Spanish is highly recommended though would consider a person willing to learn.
COPA is also looking for an individual volunteer to serve as an Education Advisor ASAP. Three years teaching experience preferred at the elementary level. This position involves working with schools helping to train teachers by workshops or modeling teaching techniques and working alongside the directors and teachers to help them run the school more effectively. A stipend is provided as well as housing and all utilities, insurance and round trip ticket. This is a two year commitment. Spanish is highly recommended, though a person with the willingness to learn will be considered.
In addition, COPA needs a two-year volunteer to function as Health Advisor. This position requires experience in hands-on nursing or community health work in order to oversee the two COPA clinics working to support the Dominican staff of doctors and nurses. This person will evaluate the needs, as well as conduct patient advocacy and health education in the schools and communities. A stipend is paid as is all housing and utilities, insurance and round trip ticket.
1. Person to do pastoral work in a small congregation (38 members) on the Island of Carriacou near Grenada. Time frame requested is at least one year. Living accommodations are provided.
2. Grenada Community Development Agency (GRENCODA), an indigenous, non-profit, non-partisan, non-government development agency committed to the development of Grenada's rural communities. Volunteer needed to participate in and observe GRENCODA's rural community-based activities in order to effectively market the agency and conduct fundraising in the USA/Canada. Needed 2-3 months during June-August. 2 bedroom furnished house provided with cost to volunteer of $200-$225 per month.
Individual volunteers placed in consultation with the Volunteers In Mission Coordinators.
Volunteer with minimal Creole/French needed to assist the Haitian Artisans for Peace International (HAPI) cooperative, located in Mizak, Haiti. This is a Haitian small business of embroidering designs for gift cards to be sold to an international market. This fair-trade endeavor will be guided by a US team. Prefer a volunteer willing to commit to 6 months helping 30 women in the mountain village of Mizak (near Jacmel). Volunteer costs of $600 per month will cover room, all meals and laundry service. Critical skills required include ability to help the women establish systems that can deliver a quality product and achieve the level of reliability required in the international marketplace, basic bookkeeping/filing/reporting, and leadership/spiritual mentoring. Preferred qualities include a solid understanding of design basics and experience in embroidery.
ST. VINCENT and GRENADINES (West Indies)
Pastoral work (Circuit ministry) - pastoral responsibility for four congregations. Will work in a circuit with other ministers. Prefer at least 6 month commitment.