Community Organizer Position

Description

We are looking for dedicated community organizers to help us build positive relationships within the community, mainly by meeting with local individuals, leaders, organizations and projects to better understand the stories, hopes and concerns for those living in and around Itacaré. It is important for our community organizers to document and lift up the stories of the people, while simultaneously gaining a deep understanding about the hopes and concerns that most people share. Once this foundation is built, the community organizers will begin to host monthly meetings, bringing individuals and community leaders together who share similar concerns and are willing to work together to create the positive changes they wish to see in their communities.

Among the top concerns we have heard thus far include: Gangs, drug trafficking, sex trafficking, violence, teenage pregnancy, poor education, government corruption and STD’s including HIV/AIDS. It will be important to help community members choose a top concern that they may wish to tackle first and then researching ways that we (as a community) could positively impact change on that issue. It is imperative that we choose an issue and a strategy that is actually winnable given the current economic, social and political reality. Then we will support our community leaders in developing a sound strategy to take action and evaluate outcomes.

Requirements

  • Volunteers must be at least 18 years or older.
  • Volunteers should work at least one month before taking vacation time, but we are flexible to suit different needs.
  • Volunteers work at least 4 hours day/20 hours a week, usually Monday – Friday from 9am to 1pm.
  • All volunteers must complete the volunteer application form prior to acceptance and they must sign and agree to our ETIV code of conduct prior to or upon arrival.
  • Higher intermediate to advanced level of Portuguese is required.
  • A minimum of 3 months time commitment is preferred for this position.
  • Education or experience in humanities/social sciences (psychology, anthropology, sociology, cultural studies, social work, etc. ) preferred.
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