Volunteer with Fundación En Vía

Fundación En Vía

Fundación En Vía is a non-profit organization located in Oaxaca, Mexico that is committed to supporting social and community development through the combination of three main programs: microfinance, responsible tourism, and education.

Women Development

The Impact Assessment volunteer will support Fundacion En Via team in the development and ongoing implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the organisation’s programs. Working closely with the Operations Program Manager (OPM), the ideal candidate will take a lead role in the collection, analysis, and presentation of both quantitative and qualitative data from a variety of sources. They will play a key role in ensuring a greater overall understanding of the impact of En Via's initiatives, allowing us to better strategise future efforts.

Collect, organise, enter and analyse data from various sources, including quantitive and qualitative
Assist in creation of meaningful reports and visualizations to communicate insights with program managers
Work closely with the OPM in ongoing in-depth analysis of the operation of En Vía’s programs, assessing the alignment of the results with En Vía’s mission and goals
Analyse data from pilot projects and compile reports evaluating their efficacy
Work closely with the Coordinator to develop and refine En Vía’s Impact Assessment methodology and data management systems. Assist with research and creation of briefs to keep up to date on evaluation practices in the field, support with the development and implementation of new tools to measure impact
Participate in data collection in the field.

Minimum 4-month commitment, 6+ months preferred. Ideal start date: Mid July ‘17
Approximately 30 hours/week, Monday – Friday with the very occasional Saturday if required.

Advanced level of Spanish (at least mid C1 at the time of application/interview).
Undergraduate degree with studies/coursework in Economics, International Affairs, Policy Studies, Data Handling/Analysis or other related disciplines.
Comfortable with data collection, organisation and analysis primarily using MS Excel; familiar with use of formulas, creation of pivot tables, multi table pivot analysis, development of charts, etc.
Experience with in-depth data and meaningful analysis, reporting, and presentation; demonstrated interest in quantitative and qualitative approaches to evaluation.
Excellent attention to detail, highly organised, strong communication skills.
Demonstrated commitment to economic empowerment / gender equality / accessible financial services / social impact work.
Strong initiative and an ability to work independently.

Experience in non-profit social impact / monitoring and evaluation work
Experience using Salesforce or similar database platform
Experience living / working abroad.

*VOLUNTEER ENGLISH TEACHERS*: We teach in Teotitlán del Valle and Tlacochahuaya, two communities outside of Oaxaca city. In Teotitlán del Valle, our classes are 4-6 in the evening on Tuesdays and Thursdays. In Tlacochahuaya, we offer classes from 4-6 on Mondays and Wednesdays. Each volunteer's class generally ranges from 2 to 10 students. The majority of our students are children (ages 6 to 16) but we also have a small group of adult learners. We accept volunteers without formalized teaching experience as long as they have an enthusiastic attitude and a willingness to learn new skills.

*MICROFINANCE TOUR GUIDES*: Tour guides are the face of the organization to En Vía tour participants and help connect travelers with women applying for interest-free loans. They are responsible for introducing tour participants to the ideas of microfinance, our program and model, the Oaxacan communities we work with, and the women in our program. They facilitate an important exchange between women and travelers visiting Oaxaca. Tours are a crucial part of our work and provide the funding for our programs.
Two guides lead each tour. These guides are both responsible for leading excellent tours and sharing the work En Vía and the women do with tour participants. One tour guide will present our organization through an orientation given at the start of the tour, and the other guide will translate the conversations with the women.
Major Responsibilities of TOUR PRESENTER:
- Ensure excellent tour operations by running tours of 4-12 travelers, preparing materials, debriefing and soliciting feedback from tour participants, and incorporating feedback to improve tours.
- Build relationships with women borrowers, and make sure there is a positive and respectful dynamic within the group
- Build relationships with tour participants to cultivate an active alumni and donor base

Major Responsibilities of TOUR TRANSLATOR:
- Translate the presentations of the women borrowers to travelers and help lead groups of 4-12 participants.
- Ensure excellent tour operations by running tours, preparing materials, debriefing and soliciting feedback from tour participants, and incorporating feedback to improve tours.
- Build relationships with women borrowers and their family members or business partners, making sure there is a positive and respectful dynamic within the group
- Fluency in Spanish and English is required to be a tour translator

- College graduate or equivalent experience
- Leadership experience
- Excellent people skills: outgoing, friendly, warm, professional, ability and passion for building relationships with individuals from different backgrounds.
- Good judgment, strong initiative, and ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
- Ability to be organized yet flexible, as conditions of transportation, supplies and volunteer services change weekly.
- Demonstrated commitment to social change.
- Experience living abroad.
- Basic Spanish Is required for tour presenters and fluency in Spanish is required for translators.
- 3-month minimum commitment required

Our English program runs year-round and so we are always recruiting for volunteer teachers, please contact us at any time for more information.

Summer 2017 is set to be busy: we are recruiting for mid-June, July, August, September. Contact volunteer@envia.org for more information.

Minimum 2 days/week, for 4 weeks or more.

We are able to offer a discount on Spanish classes at Instituto Cultural Oaxaca.

There is no cost to volunteer with Fundación En Vía, however we ask volunteers to secure their own housing and pay for transport to and from the communities where we teach, usually 20-30 pesos round trip.


We support the growth and creation of income-generating businesses, and encourage personal development through participatory programs that promote the empowerment of women, the wellbeing of their families, and the strengthening of community.

Our interest-free microloan program gives women the opportunity to create or expand small businesses, empowering them to better provide for themselves and their families. Our educational programs impart women with the tools they need to make better decisions regarding their businesses, personal finances, and use of loans. Our tourism model allows us to leverage the resources from tourism and direct them sustainably into communities, while connecting people to the ideas, strength and power of women working hard to improve their future.

Microfinance can be a powerful tool that supports families and individuals as they work hard to improve their well-being. However, microfinance alone is not a solution. It is one of many tools needed to grow a business, improve living conditions and health, and build confidence. We focus on providing community members with relevant participatory educational programs that will support their overall well-being.

Up to 5 people

Av. Benito Juárez 909, Centro, 68000 Oaxaca de Juarez, OAX, Oaxaca, Mexico.

If you are interested in volunteering, please send an e-mail to englishcoordinator@envia.org .

For Comms Intern and Volunteer Tour Guide positions, please contact marianna@envia.org
For volunteer English teachers, please contact englishcoordinator@envia.org

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