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
5.1.17 – Director of Academic Library Services
Yachay Tech, Yachay, Ecuador
Sarah P’s comments: A new and rare South American position. Must be bilingual Spanish/English.
Formal consideration of applications begins immediately; position will remain open until filled.
The Director of the Academic Library Services reports to the Vice Chancellor Research and Innovation and is responsible for the leadership and overall management of Yachay Tech’s academic collections and academic library services. The new director will be responsible for strategic planning, budgeting, and staffing in support of the academic, instructional and information needs of Yachay Tech’s students, faculty, and staff.
- Direct library operations, and manage and supervise library professional and support staff.
- Work to develop the library as a hub for student learning.
- Consult with university faculty and administration to determine library resource and service needs of academic programs and departments.
- Develop programs and policies in support of the academic program overall and in key areas identified by the Academic Council.
- Consult with university administrators to determine budget and personnel requirements and to coordinate library practices and procedures with university policies.
- Develop and administer the library’s annual operating budget.
- Select and provide access to appropriate electronic information resources.
- Manage the library’s physical collections.
- Participate in leadership positions in appropriate professional associations, establishing and expanding connections on campus and beyond to stay current with trends in library services.
- Assess quality and effectiveness of programs and services.
- Degree in Library or Information Science or a degree in a science or engineering discipline, management experience is highly desirable.
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
- Bilingual (Spanish and English)
- Commitment to shared-governance and to serving the Yachay Tech community.
- Experience in a research university library setting.
- Knowledge of trends, issues and best practices in academic libraries.
- Excellent record of collaboration with internal and external partners.
- Experience with technological/informational services to support the student experience within the libraries.
- Demonstrated expertise with information technology and library systems.
- Commitment to higher education at the undergraduate and graduate level.
Yachay Tech is a public university founded in March 2014, whose aim is to position Ecuador as a center of innovation and technological excellence in Latin America. Amongst Ecuadorian higher education institutions, Yachay Tech is the first and only research-focused university. It is led by a Board of Trustees, composed of professors from Caltech, a Rector from Cornell and Arizona State University, and a Chancellor, Vice Chancellor, Deans, and Department Heads, who all come to Yachay from distinguished universities around the globe. 100% of our faculty hold doctoral degrees and hail from over 20 different nations. Our six Schools (Biological Sciences and Engineering, Chemical Sciences and Engineering, Design Engineering and Innovation, Geological Sciences and Engineering, Mathematical Sciences and Information Technology, Physical Sciences and Nanotechnology) embody the concept of close interaction between fundamental discovery and application, each consisting of two departments, one concentrating on basic science and the other on technology and engineering.
11/20/15 – K-12 Library Media Specialist
Academia Cotopaxi, Quito, Ecuador
Sarah P’s comments: Quito is a nice city in a beautiful country however recent inflation has made living there more expensive. This school will recruit directly as well as through the traditional agencies and hiring fairs however make sure to read the reviews on International School Reviews as well as the employment FAQs on their well-organized website.
- Proficient use of English, Spanish a plus
- Proven experience administrating library in schools preferred.
- At least 3 years experience working with children ages 5 -17.
- Advanced Library Media Sciences degree preferred.
- Innovative, creative, and flexible personality.
To apply for a specific position, interested candidates should email detailed resume, photo, copies of diplomas/certification, and minimum 3 current references (with email and phone) to: myHR@cotopaxi.k12.ec
All applications are reviewed but we are unable to respond to the hundreds of applications we receive annually. Candidates whose profile matches our needs will be contacted directly.
8/24/15 — Galapagos Islands Volunteer Librarian
Charles Darwin Research Station, Galapagos Islands, Santa Cruz, Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
Sarah P’s comments: I am glad to see this six-month volunteer position is still active (thank you to Robin Kear for sharing) as it is a rare and wonderful chance to visit an off-the-track place. I included this in the ‘Other Opportunities‘ section of my book as it is one I have watched for many years however last year CDF completed building a new library and were advertising for a full-time (local) librarian so I was concerned they were doing away with this opportunity. It is really a cataloguing opportunity for those who speak Spanish well enough to converse and write and who have KOHA experience. FYI: International volunteers are responsible for paying their own travel costs, living expenses, and medical insurance. Lodging at the Research Station may be available for rental. Valid life & health insurance certification is required.
Blog post from a Canadian Volunteer Librarian
The Charles Darwin Research Station is currently seeking a Volunteer Librarian. The Corley Smith Library at the Charles Darwin Foundation and Research Station in Puerto Ayora, Isla Santa Cruz, Galapagos, is a small, research library that serves scientists, researchers, graduate students, National Park officials and guides, and other visitors. Collections include books, reports, a reprint collection of published articles on Galapagos science and conservation, print and online journals, photographs, slides, and archival document collections.
Application due date: 15.09.2015
Expected starting date: 15.11.2015
To find out more, please see the pdf at
Kristin M. Jacobi, Librarian, and past Galapagos Librarian Volunteer, 2008
Head of Cataloging Dept.
Eugene Smith Library, Eastern Connecticut State University
1/8/15 – Library/Reading Corner Assistant
WorkAway.info, Manabí, Ecuador
Sarah P’s comments: Generally the reviews say this site is legit and the experiences are good. WorkAway has a Reviews page where they post reviews (naturally all positive) but there are quite a few which is reassuring. Couldn’t find any reviews on the traditional sites (see Book Resources – Chap. 9 Volunteer Opps) but did find an interesting thread which included both good and bad experiences. The overall advice seems to be to thoroughly check out your host family situation before going.
One of our main goals is to promote literacy in Puerto López. We have a small library of 500 books with offerings for all ages, although the focus is on children. Because the concept of a “lending library” is not part of the culture here, books are only available to be read on site during library hours. In general, books are not widely available here. The Library Assistant helps teach library patrons how to take care of books, develop reading and comprehension skills, and learn to love reading! The Assistant monitors the library during open hours, maintains and organizes the books, and helps maintain and make suggestions for our Amazon Wish List.
During school vacation (February/March), and other times when possible, we host a Reading Corner, when a volunteer reads aloud to children, checks comprehension, and prompts discussion of the story read.
Skills needed: Intermediate Spanish, interest in promoting literacy & a love of reading
Description of WorkAway.info:
We offer a variety of opportunities for you to make a difference in the lives of local Ecuadorians and visitors alike by providing educational opportunities, working with ecological projects, and more. As a volunteer, you yourself will benefit also by being able to get to know local people, discover hidden talents, learn new skills, improve old ones, and practice your Spanish! Volunteers make close connections with the community here in Puerto López and leave with a sense of achievement, a new family, and a new outlook on life.We are selective with our volunteers, and we expect them to be professional, honest, dedicated, flexible, and overall positive. Volunteers need to be over the age of 18 and able to commit at least 15 hours a week for a period of one month. In addition, volunteers commit at least 2 hours a week helping with general household chores in addition to keeping their own rooms/areas clean. The volunteer community (which we hope you become a part of!) strives to maintain a friendly, happy, and clean home!