EUROPEAN CIVIL PROTECTION AND HUMANITARIAN AID OPERATIONS

Senior EU Aid Volunteer, Community-based development, Thailand (12 months)

Senior
— 1 positions
Deployment dates: 
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Assignment

Since 2009, International Volunteer for Social Development Association (DaLaa) started a collaboration with the village by sending international volunteers to work with the community. They have been organizing various kinds of activities to open a broader view and opportunities for children and the community. Many activities have been conducted continuously, such as English lessons (in both the local schools and in the afternoon after school) using alternative teaching styles, art and creativity. Natural resource preservation and environmental activities such as growing mangrove trees, garbage separation and recycling and natural crab farm have been a central part of the project. Moreover, Klong Toh Lem Academic, which is an alternative learning center for children, was started in the mangrove forest. It is meant to be a place where children, youth, adults and volunteers can learn, pass on and exchange their local wisdoms, ways of living, as well as where all the news and information from the village is collected. Hopefully, it will become a space where villagers improve their learning process, as well as a place for cultural learning and exchange while maintaining the community’s local wisdom, uniqueness and identity.

 

The objectives are:

1.         To support community-based and non-formal education run by villagers and volunteers

2.         To improve community-based and non-formal educational project as a model for other communities or places

3.         To exchange knowledge and information about community-based and non-formal education from different countries

To widen the children’s and community members’ worldview

We expected to have new tools and methods for community-based and non-formation education management and to improve the villagers’ skills on educational management.

To have a research on community-based and non-formal education management.

The organization and project site is based in Southern Thailand where there is no political conflict or any major health concern. The organization has been operating its projects for more than 10 years now and has a strong security measure and handbook for all volunteers, project hosts and its own staff.

The volunteer will receive efficient pre-departure and on-arrival information and training on DaLaa’s operational and security context. While serving the voluntary position, the volunteer will be taken care by the project host and coordinator who stay inside the village and can be approached by volunteer at all time. The project host and coordinator have been well trained on operational and security issue in order to assist and provide sufficient information for all volunteers.

The project site, situated in Satun province, is close to healthcare center, local hospitals which can be reached within 30 minutes from the project site. Furthermore, international hospitals and airport can be reached within less than 2 hours if further treatment or evacuation is needed. The nearest airport, Hatyai International Airport, has got flights operated to many major cities inside and outside Thailand.

Tasks
Needs assessment analysis and project management tasks:

- conducting research on developing community-based and non-formal education management with the local coordinator,
- monitoring learning process of Klong Toh Lem Academy for children,
- participating in other activities in the community project to maintain and improve Klong Toh Lem Academy such as construction work.

Volunteering management tasks:

- being mentor for regular international mid-term and long-term volunteers in the project to work for community-based and non-formal education management,
- conducting trainings for local volunteers on developing community-based and non-formal education Management and to Making the project fund raising and possibilities to manage the foundation of the community.

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Required competences

The applicant should have these following competencies:

1. obtained at least Master’s Degree in community development or alternative education management,

2. experience in research on community development or informal education management or relevant field,

3. experience in voluntary project which relates to community development and alternative education management, preferably in developing or under developed countries,

4. flexible with different cultures, religions, and being able to work in multi-cultural environment,

5. willingness to learn local language and adjust lifestyle to local context and environment, 

Selection criteria
Applications are made directly within the sending organisation, please check out the how to apply section.

The candidate for EU Aid Volunteers must be a citizen of the EU or a third country national who is a long-term resident in an EU Member State, and must have a minimum age of 18 years.

All applicants will receive equal opportunities and be treated equally with no regards to age, gender and religion or belief. The applicant should be willing to accept local culture, tradition and way of living as a sign of respect and to be accepted well by villagers while participating in the program.

The minimum requirement of volunteer is excellent health condition, motivation to learn new culture and language, and willingness to work in developing countries.

Condition of service

The volunteer will be able to improve these following skills:
1. research skills in the field of community development and alternative education,
2. broadening teaching skills together with community members,
3. improving management skills in conducting training/ public discussion/ forums among international volunteers, local public and private organization, local villagers and other related stakeholders,
4. increasing contacts and in-depth information with local public and private sectors relating to community development and alternative education fields,
5. improving personal skills as per interests of each volunteer.

The volunteer will be working and living in Kok Payom village, Satun province in southern region of Thailand. Kok payom village has been hosting international volunteers continuously since 2010 to work with villagers on community development and alternative education fields. Prior to that, DaLaa cooperated with Kok Payom village for at least 3 years before conducted our trial international voluntary activities with the villagers in this village. Throughout these past years, the villagers have shown their motivation, dedication and willingness to improve the conditions of their villagers in many aspects, such as environment, health, economics and especially education for their young generations as well as for adults in the village. Recently, Kok Payom has become a model for local community in sustainable development, natural resource reservation and community-run alternative education, for example.

As the majority of villagers of Kok Payom are Muslim, the volunteer should learn about and respect their life-style and religious belief and practices. Women should dress modestly although you will discover when you live there that the villagers are quite flexible. Volunteer is restricted from pork and alcohol consumption while staying inside the village.

Volunteer will be working closely with project host, project coordinator, other international volunteers and villagers. A small working area with internet for research activities and personal accommodation will be provided. While serving as volunteer, riding motorcycle or driving is prohibited. However, a bicycle will be provided for volunteer.

Volunteer will be provided with personal room with lock, close to the project coordinator’s house, where volunteer will be using as a working and meeting place.

The village is close to public facilities, such as banks, hospitals, supermarkets, pharmacies, internet café, police station, and so on.

Holidays: holidays should be respectful of the project and villagers. Apart from regular holidays, extra holidays can be negotiable and should be agreed in advance by the team.

Location: Kok Payom village, Langu district, Satun province (south of Thailand)

Selection process

The candidate has to sent the following documents to info@adice.asso.fr
- his/her application form SuD HAV
- his/her self assessment questionnaire
- his/her CV europass

Between the 01/03 and the 16/03/2018: the pre-selected candidates will have a Skype interview with ADICE and DaLaa.

Between the 19/03 and the 31/03/2018: the candidates interviewed will know if they are selected to participate to the pre-departure training.

Between April and May 2018: The pre-selected candidates will participate to an online and face-to-face pre-departure trainings.

The final selection will be done after the pre-departure trainings at the end of May / beginning of June 2018.

Important notice: additional candidates may be shortlisted for a single position and proposed for the EU Aid Volunteers training. This is to ensure that for each position, substitute volunteers may be chosen to replace the candidate in case he or she resigns or is no longer available. Where more than one candidate has been shortlisted for a single position, final selection takes places following the training.

Timetable
Date of training
April or may 2018
Pre-deployment preparation and induction
June 2018
Deployment
July 2018 - June 2019
Post-deployment activities
After June 2019
Self assessment questionnaire
File 4.euav_self_assessment_questionnaire_en.xlsx
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