The time has come for me to say goodbye to both you and this blog, at least for now. As many of you know this has been a completely volunteer effort with the goal being to encourage librarians from everywhere to travel and work beyond their borders. I spent fourteen years of my life doing just that and it enriched and expanded me both personally and professionally. While I still completely believe in this mission, it is time for me to focus on other goals in my life, although I am not yet clear exactly what will be next…
This blog will continue to be hosted and available as searching the archives can be useful when researching potential positions. I will also continue to update my book: How to Become a Traveling Librarian as well as the Book Resources page.
I wish everyone, as always, safe travels.
Kind regards, Sarah P.
Category Archives: Volunteering
8.9.17 – Conference Volunteer
Sarah P’s comments: This would be a great opportunity for a bi-lingual librarian…
8/29/17: I just heard that they have found a volunteer. However, the conference is still open if anyone would like to attend. Details in Spanish at the bottom of this post…
Good morning Sarah,
I´m a librarian in Colombia and I enjoy following your informative and useful blog “The traveling librarian”.
I work at Invemar a public/non profit organization which conducts scientific research on marine and coastal ecosystems here in Colombia.
I’m writing to ask if you can help us via your blog in finding a volunteer to assist us in late November (27th – 30th) where we will be offering an international course on digital repositories. The primary responsibility of this person would be to do real time Spanish/English translations during the course.
A strong command of both languages is important and we would prefer someone with either library or records management education.
We would like to host the volunteer (lodging and meals) for one week, preferably if he/she could arrive 3-4 days ahead of the start date to prepare. It could be a great experience and a wonderful chance to enjoy Santa Marta and Colombian Caribbean Coast.
Thank you very much,
María del Pilar Mora
For anyone interested in attending:
Desde el año 2000 los repositorios digitales se han convertido en el principal apoyo al movimiento de
acceso abierto. Con los años, los repositorios de digitales (e-repositories) han madurado para ser una
herramienta no sólo para el acceso abierto a literatura de investigación, sino como una herramienta
para administrar y hacer más accesibles los activos multimedia de las instituciones mientras que al
mismo tiempo proveen la organización con un mecanismo de reporte de información para la
investigación centralizado. Este curso recorrerá el camino de los repositorios digitales en el
movimiento de acceso abierto, deteniéndose a discutir importantes parámetros e indicadores de los
repositorios. La expansión a repositorios multimedia y las descripciones de sus usos en gestión de
activos digitales, traerá a los participantes a la encrucijada del uso de repositorios como sistemas de
almacenamiento de información de investigación y cómo esta transformación en los usos de los
repositorios digitales ha cambiado el rol de los bibliotecarios y agentes de biblioteca. Incluye
experiencias prácticas de contribución al repositorio de un Atlas Costero.
Conocimiento del papel de los repositorios en el movimiento de Acceso Abierto (OA).
Conocimiento de importantes parámetros para repositorios y últimas tendencias.
Habilitar la discusión sobre repositorios como una herramienta de gestión de activos digitales.
Conocer el alcance de los repositorios para soportar mecanismos de registro de investigación.
Apreciar el rol cambiante y retador de las bibliotecas.
Obtener experiencia practica de contribución a un atlas marino y costero.
Políticas de Acceso Abierto y estado del arte en América Latina (como una parte introductoria).
Repositorios y acceso abierto a la información.
Repositorios como soporte a la gestión de la investigación: Documentos, datos, archivos, gestión de
activos digitales (DAM por sus siglas en inglés).
Aspectos importantes de los repositorios: Derechos de autor, Preservación, Metadatos, Tesauros.
Revisión general de gestión de activos digitales.
Uso de repositorios para gestión de información de investigación
Rol cambiante de las bibliotecas
Atlas costeros como repositorios de datos e información para América Latina y el Caribe
Gestores de repositorios de información (documentos y/o datos) o quienes estén iniciando este
Administradores de información marina (bibliotecas) y bibliotecarios de datos marinos
Investigadores marinos y estudiantes de postgrado
Gerentes de investigación
Proveedores de contenido del atlas costero
NOTA: Se dará prioridad a participantes originarios de la Región del Caribe. Unesco está
comprometido con promover la equidad de género, por lo tanto aplicaciones de mujeres serán
• Interés o nuevas responsabilidades de trabajo con repositorios de ciencias marinas.
• Habilidades en manejo de computadores
• Se requiere un buen conocimiento práctico del inglés y el español (las conferencias usarán
indistintamente ambos idiomas y no se proporcionarán servicios de traducción).
6.8.17 – Bilingual Librarian (Spanish/English)
PROEA, Chiapas, Mexico
Sarah P’s comments: Technically this is a job since there is a salary however it is really low. You must also be bilingual and in one part of the ad they say accepting applicants with library studies yet in another paragraph they state you must be a philosophy major…confusing. However, if you are seeking international library experience but do not yet have a master’s degree, and speak Spanish, here is an opportunity to gain some experience.
Our partners are non for profit schools in the state of Chiapas, Mexico, the country’s southernmost state and the one with the largest Indian population. Rich in biological and anthropological diversity, with colonial towns, indian villages and Mayan ruins, the region has the largest tropical rainforest in Mexico. The school is located in the capital, Tuxtla, a growing and thriving city of 500,000 with all typical amenities. The school, which is expanding, aspires to become a leader in high quality education in the region, and has deepening commitments to STEAM+Green, progressive instruction, experiential education and project based learning. An existing and thriving PYP IB program will soon be expanded to the Upper School.
We are recruiting candidates with background in EFL, ELA, Literacy or Library studies to head our small library and assist us in its expansion and growth. IB experience, either as a student or teaching IB, is greatly valued. Classes are small, about 20-25 students, with 50 students per grade level. A 4 acre suburban campus, with ample green spaces, 4 academic buildings, an all purpose auditorium, a sky hydroponic garden, and nice soccer, running and multipurpose fields. Classrooms are large and well equipped, with multimedia capacity and internet access.
Chiapas’ rich geographic, ecological, cultural and artistic heritage provides ample opportunities for experiential learning, for weekend explorations, for eco and cultural tourism. We believe the region is our classroom and actively promote experiential learning and service learning throughout our curriculum.
Candidates must have at least a BA in Philosophy (or closely related field, equivalent coursework). tHIS IS AN EXCEPTIONAL OPPORTUNITY FOR PHILOSOPHY MAJORS TO GAIN CLASSROOM EXPERIENCE AND jumpstart a career as an international teacher. We are seeking someone entrepreneurial, a self starter who wants to build a program from scratch using off the shelf activities and cases from the vast repertoire of P4C and Critical Thinking education materials, applied to the local Mexican, developing country context. The position includes annual RT airfare, a local middle class salary starting at 11,000 pesos (roughly 600 USD/month), transportation to/from school, and free housing. Offers are typically a 2 year contract with the possibility of renewal. Teaching couples are most welcome and we provide children with free tuition scholarship.
send cv and letter of interest to email@example.com
HOW TO APPLY
Please send the following materials to firstname.lastname@example.org
- CV or Resume
- statement of Educational Philosophy illustrated with teachig stories
- Names and contact information of 3 professional references
Free housing, lunch, transportation to/from school, RT airfare
LEVEL OF LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY
English, some spanish would be beneficial
MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIRED:
HOW TO APPLY
send CV, letter of intent and phones and emails of 3 references
LEVEL OF LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY
MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIRED
6.2.17 – Volunteer Librarian
CADIP: Togo programs
Sarah P’s comments: The key to finding a good volunteer opp is to make sure you do your research. The Canadian Alliance for Development Initiatives and Projects (CADIP) is a non-profit Canadian organization dedicated to promoting peace, cooperation, tolerance, and understanding in multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and international surroundings. They offer affordable (their words) short term volunteer projects. CADIP opportunities are listed regularly on Idealist so I decided to do a check-in e-mail which is one of the tools I use to check volunteer opportunities. If they reply, I take this as a positive. Is this case, they did and I have included their e-mail below.
Here are some reviews of their programs in general, I wasn’t able to find a review of the program in Togo: http://www.abroadreviews.com/search/node/CADIP
Thank you for your message and your interest in our activities. The international volunteer programs are an affordable and exciting opportunity for involvement in wide variety of projects. You can access the short-term volunteer programs with updated list of the free places and detailed descriptions of the projects by following this link: www.cadip.org/workcamps. The long-term volunteer projects can be seen at: www.cadip.org/projects.
I can recommend the projects: Teaching and promoting the library in Yeviepe, Togo (www.cadip.org/volunteer-in-togo) and Managing a library and promoting reading among school children in Kpalime, Togo (www.cadip.org/volunteering-in-togo).
The placement of volunteers is done on a first-come first-served basis and projects usually fill up pretty quickly. That’s why we advise all the interested volunteers to get enrolled as soon as they’ve found in the program the project they would like to join. The enrollment procedure is quick and easy and can be completed online (www.cadip.org/enrol).
Each applicant chooses the projects he/she wants to apply for and puts them in order of preference in the Volunteer enrollment form. Only the first project choice is a compulsory field, however one or two alternative choices will increase your chances to be placed. We proceed the placement in this same order. Our organization is well-known for its easy and fast procedure. Your placement will be confirmed no later than 7 days after you submit all required documents and payment information. With the application we require the payment information because we charge the participation fee and the annual membership right after successful placement and before confirming it to the person. Please, note that we don’t have an application fee or any other kind of non-refundable deposits, which means that if we cannot accept you for any reason, you will not be charged anything.
In terms of fees, we have the best pricing in North America. Other experience-based travel opportunities, including tourist packages and other volunteer organizers, bill in the thousands of dollars and often demand a non-refundable deposit equal to our fee. At CADIP, we believe in the importance of making volunteering abroad affordable and keep the cost of the experience-based travel we offer low.
For more links to volunteering in general, participation requirements, enrollment procedure, former volunteer comments, and other information, visit our main web at www.cadip.org.
Any questions or concerns? Feel free to write us or call the office at 646-657-2900.
Thank you for considering volunteering with CADIP.
CADIP – Volunteering in Canada and Abroad
phone: 646-657-2900 web: www.cadip.org
5.22.17 – Learning Centers Director
Wings of Hope, Bak Chinhchien, Pursat Province, Cambodia
Sarah P’s comments: Actually, this position is listed as ‘paid volunteer’ but that is an oxymoron. The position does cover expenses plus a small salary which is much better than volunteer positions where you have to pay! On the negative side, it sounds like quite a job, of which overseeing the library is a small part. The deadline was May 20 but if you are interested, shoot of a quick letter and resume. Volunteer and low pay positions are usually not as strict about deadlines as jobs.
The position of Cambodia Director for Wings of Hope/John Givonetti Giving is a multifaceted position managing a program that aims to provide rural Cambodian children (currently 500 to 600 students in three schools) with the skills to pull themselves out of poverty, primarily through instruction in English and computer skills. Teaching is conducted by an organized group of high school students (Student Teachers) that JGG has trained to teach both subjects (currently 60 Student Teachers). The position is based in Bak Chinhchien, Pursat Province, Cambodia with occasional travel outside the area to Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. Khmer Language skills are not a requirement. We are seeking a minimum one year commitment.
While the JGG Director is responsible for all JGG program activities, the primary allocation of the Director’s time and effort will be the administrative functions specified in General Responsibilities.
1. Effective organizational skills & multi-tasking ability in a developing country context
2. Very strong record keeping and reporting abilities are essential. This is a primary skill requirement.
3. Good written and verbal presentation/reporting
4. The ability to be culturally sensitive while achieving the goals of JGG.
5. Good working knowledge of English including writing/conversation/grammar. No teaching degree is required.
a. Persistent (everything is exponentially more difficult to do in Cambodia) and timely response to tax issues, government NGO operating requirements, insurance maintenance, building maintenance, construction projects, banking and internal accounting requirements.
b. Manage budget and expense journal entry process (development/implementation/periodic reporting) and clearly reporting this information expeditiously to the JGG Chairman.
c. Facility management for the two Learning Centers, the Siem Respite Center, the two Phnom Penh Dormitories and smaller projects.
d. Timely reporting to the Chairman of all JGG activities and prompt response to requests made by the Chairman and to the needs of Wings of Hope, a supporting charity.
e. Maintain with updates and improvements JGG’s Facebook page and website.
f. Implement/manage all other JGG activities and new projects as they develop.
g. Maintain good relationships with all levels of the Cambodian government (National/Provincial/Commune/Village) and school administration leaders.
h. Manage/develop staff and oversee their activities (currently 3 full-time Program Assistants (one position is open), 1 full-time Librarian, 5 part-time Professional teachers, 2 part-time US Peace Corps Volunteers, 2 House Supervisors (at Siam Reap and Phnom Penh dormitories) and 1 full-time House Attendant in Siem Reap.
2. English Outreach and Computer Training Programs
a. Train new and existing Student Teachers in teaching, English and computer skills including conducting weekend instruction classes.
b. Manage/train the professional part-time English teacher.
c. Conduct weekly review meeting with JGG staff and Student Teachers.
d. Monitor classroom activities with Student Teachers to insure the quality of the English training.
e. Develop/manage computer training for Student Teachers and selected other students.
f. Manage the four part-time math, science and English teachers preparing Student Teachers in their final high school year for the 12<sup>th</sup> grade exam.
g. Coordinate JGG activities between Bak Chinhchien, Romlech, and Koh Svey schools.
3. John Givonetti Learning Centers (2 buildings)
a. Train/manage Librarian.
b. Develop program for Student Teachers to assist in Library.
c. Create/implement development plans for both facilities including implementing computer training, and the acquisition of new books, video material and related programs.
4. John Givonetti Respite Center & Dormitories – Siem Riep & Phnom Penh (3 buildings)
a. Utilize the House Supervisor to oversee all Respite Center activities including the housing of former Student Teachers now attending university and JGG guests.
HOW TO APPLY
To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Jessica Watson at Jessica.email@example.com by May 20.
LEVEL OF LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY
MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIRED
5.22.17 – Volunteer/Intern Librarian
Arajuno Road Project, Puyo, Ecuador
About us:The Arajuno Road Project (ARP)/Proyecto Ruta del Arajuno was created in 2008 with the goal of supporting the schools and improving the opportunities available in the communities along the road located between the small city of Puyo and the rural community of Arajuno – a culturally and ecologically diverse area – in the Ecuadorian Amazon. The program works in rural communities providing support in education, improving the infrastructure and learning environment of schools, and working on community development and conservation programs, such as school gardens and reforestation.
Find us online at www.arajunoroadproject.org and www.facebook.com/ArajunoRoadProject
Position summary:ARP established a center in collaboration with one of our partner communities in 2016, which acts both as the base for ARP operations and community functions. This position helps with community center development, and runs basic courses and opportunities. Center activities have included infrastructure improvements, tutoring for primary school students, English classes for teachers and community members, overseeing the library, cultural events, and in the future, computer classes.
What we ask from you: Volunteers/interns should be able to commit to at least one pre-defined service period and priority will be given to those applying for consecutive periods. You will live on site in the dormitory at the community center. After an initial orientation, you will be expected to run agreed upon community center activities weekday afternoons/evenings; corresponding planning and administrative duties will be on your own schedule. You will also be expected to participate in a weekly minga (community service) with the community one afternoon each week. Documenting your work will be important for the long-term success of the program and future volunteers. If you have any special abilities/skills, you are also welcome to propose a community class.
- Run 1-2 classes per week
- Oversee library hours and keep library resources organized
- Help with overall infrastructure development and maintenance of the center
- Assist with center organization
- Assist during community work days
- Assist with other center activities when possible
- Keep activity materials up to date and organized
- Weekly check-in with program team
- Document work
- Experience leading activities
- Intermediate Spanish
- Previous non-formal education experience
- Previous experience working with multiple age groups
- Previous international work or volunteer experience
- Advanced Spanish
- Excellent people skills
- First class communication skills
- Strong organizational and problem-solving skills
- Ability to adapt quickly to diverse situations
- Tolerant, patient, and understanding
- Familiarity or willingness to learn Google Drive/Docs
Dates and Expenses: Positions begin the first Monday of each month. Project participation fees include food and housing, training and administrative support for the position; the expense for the six week minimum is $550, the recommended eight weeks is $650, and additional weeks cost $50. Flights, visas, insurance, local transport and excursions are the responsibility of the volunteer.
HOW TO APPLY
5.22. 17 – Idealist
Sarah P’s comments: While obtaining an international position may be your goal, one way of gaining experience is to volunteer. Idealist currently has three positions of interest. Idealist, a US nonprofit organization, began life in 1995 as Action Without Borders, with the goal of creating a global network of people and organizations working towards the goal of a world where all people can live free and dignified lives. Online and globally, Idealist.org connects 100,000 people with jobs and volunteer and action opportunities posted by 90,000 organizations around the world. The organization operates in English, Spanish and French. You can use this site to post information about yourself and/or search for both internship and volunteer opportunities.
I have noticed in recent years, many more jobs posted vs. internships and volunteering opps. There has also been an increasing number of US postings, however there are still international listings. Unfortunately, there is no way to search for only ‘international’ and the best method is to enter ‘library’ or ‘librarian’ as a keyword and scroll through the listings.
For more about volunteering please read Chapter 9 of my book and/or visit the Resources page.
3/31/17 – Library and/or Bookmobile Assistant
Sand Castle Library (PIER), Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras
Sarah P’s comments: I first heard about the Sand Castle Library in 2015 when the previous Director contacted me and asked for volunteers. We corresponded so I could determine whether it was this a legit opportunity which it definitely is. Then in-stepped Librarian Cate Caryle who flew down from Canada and volunteered. If you are seeking a volunteer opportunity and/or a way to gain international experience, Cate recommends this organization and just forwarded a message from current Director Cam O-Brien:
–This year Bookmobile reading specialists are adding science to the model and using it to teach science concepts with reading comprehension. The library will have a STEM component with Fridays dedicated to hands-on activities. We can use lesson plans and volunteers. Skype lessons on these topics would be helpful as well as a volunteer librarian with Spanish to assist the current staff person.
For more information about the Sand Castle Library please visit:
To read about Cate’s Volunteer Trip
The library is run by PIER and volunteers can contact the organization at firstname.lastname@example.org
2.10.17 – Digital Learning Librarian
1Room, Students for International Development, Trujillo, La Libertad, Peru
Sarah P’s comments: They look legit and it is an interesting and worthwhile project, however I could not locate any reviews. Please note the closing date of 2/19/17 – sorry, almost missed this one!
Students for International Development (SID) works to reduce global poverty by engaging university students and young professionals in hands-on, project-based internships in extremely poor communities around the world. Our international volunteer programs support ambitious and independent young leaders who seek a platform for social impact through serious community-level projects.
Make high school accessible to anyone, anywhere by designing a one-room schoolhouse for the 21st Century. 1Room is a pilot-stage initiative to design an ultra low-cost, competency-based high school program that can serve the world’s most marginalized learners. 1Room aims to deliver a complete curriculum with as little as a single classroom and as few as 15 learners, for less than 15% of per capita national income per student. We achieve this through personal learning technology and staffing systems that can work offline and off-grid.
1Room is sponsored by PfID and several other NGO partners in the field. It is a complex initiative with many distinct components that draw upon, and that will build, a range of skill sets: curriculum design, digital content production, operations management, process engineering, monitoring and evaluation design, training and capacity building, partnership development, policy research, marketing, and market research.
For more information on 1Room visit: http:sidcanada.org/projects/ http:www.1roomlearning.com/
- Work with Curriculum Development team to create a user-friendly system for organizing digital- and paper-based learning resources
- Create an organization system for other 1Room material (media, ongoing research, etc.)
- Build capacity of local partner NGOs to develop an organization system for management documents and information
- Liaise with local partner to develop an organization system for overhead documents (i.e. accounting, contracts, etc.)
- Organize student evaluations and feedback session on in-house and third-party content and identify material that needs to be replaced or redone
- Lead creation of a transition documents for organizational processes and develop bi-annual report template
How to Apply:
Interested? Check out our website for position descriptions and application information:
The application deadline is February 19, 2017 @ 11:59 p.m. We admit candidates to our team on a rolling basis, so early applications are at an advantage. Late applicants may be considered if positions are still available. For more information, please contact Kate McCullough at email@example.com.
For details on the volunteer program, including expense contribution and fundraising, visit: http://sidcanada.org/volunteer-program/costs-and-logistics/
1.31.17 – 2017 Guatemala Service Trip
Librarians Without Borders, USA (Guatemala)
Sarah P’s comments: I received this trip information from a few sources including from Cate Carlyle who commented: I found it to be a very worthwhile and positive experience. Cate is a Canadian librarian who volunteers internationally and is an editor for the International Journal of Librarianship.
How to apply: Submit a completed volunteer application to firstname.lastname@example.org by February 13.
This is the eighth consecutive spring that LWB is traveling to the Miguel Angel Asturias Academy in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. Since 2010 over 120 librarians and library science students have spent more than 40 working days onsite to help our partner realize and grow their dream of an open stacks, circulating school library. What started as cinder blocks in 2010 is now the vibrant center of the school.
LWB uses this annual service trip to execute our remote work on the ground, to discuss emerging needs with our partner, and to re-connect with students and school staff. We invite you to work alongside us this year from April 21 to May 1, 2017.
This year’s work at the Academy will include ongoing collection management activities (cataloguing, processing, and organizing materials), library programming for students, and training for teachers. LWB works with Asturias to also provide opportunities for trip participants to engage in activities that will help nurture a comprehensive understanding of libraries, education and culture in Guatemala. Typically trip participants are also given the opportunity to help finalize the last weekend activity (for example, visit scenic Lake Atitlán or trek to one of Guatemala’s volcanic peaks).
- Cataloging, processing, and adding new items to the library’s collection.
- Library programming targeting all students and levels through multi-day library events.
- Professional development workshops for teachers supporting library integration into the curriculum.
Housing and Food
While in Quetzaltenango (Xela), participants will stay and eat most of their meals at the COFA Catholic Retreat Centre. On the weekends meals are eaten with a local family or at local restaurants. Vegetarian options will be available.
All trip volunteers are expected to:
- Attend online meetings (3-4) to discuss projects and receive training on the Asturias Library and the local community context. These meetings are mandatory for all volunteers.
- Join and contribute to a working team before the trip.
- Participate in pre-and post-trip assessments (e.g. evaluation surveys).
The program fee is $1525 CAD* (= ~$1160 USD) for 11 days. This total covers lodging, food, transportation and entrance to all activities within Guatemala, as well as a fundraising fee to support LWB programs. Trip participants are responsible for paying their own airfare to and from Guatemala.
There is a $500 CAD non-refundable deposit due by all accepted applicants by February 24. The remainder of the fees ($1025 CAD) can be paid at the same time or by March 10*.
In addition, all trip participants are expected to bring extra spending money for additional purchases such as souvenirs and snacks, as well as occasional meals in Guatemala ($50-100 is adequate).
Note, in previous years some participants have created crowdfunding campaigns to wholly or partially offset the costs of the trip. LWB uses our social media channels to promote those campaigns for participants.
- Guatemala Information Meeting (online) – February 5
- Application Deadline – February 13
- Successful applicants selected and notified – February 18
- $500 CAD* non-refundable deposit due – February 24
- $1025 CAD* remainder of program fees – March 10
*Note: The $1525 CAD may be revised to a new final figure if a significant change in exchange rate occurs. Should this happen, the information would be published by February 24.