Volunteer with Latin American Foundation for the Future

Latin American Foundation for the Future

Legal Registration Number: 1125872
Latin American Foundation for the Future (LAFF) is a UK-registered charity supporting marginalised children in Peru as a partner organisation, and the local organisations which work with them.

Education
Development

General
Administration
Childcare
Web Work
Teaching
Fundraising
Arts and Crafts

General Information:
Location: Cusco, Peru
Employment Type: Unpaid volunteering position/full time
Leave: 2 days per month
Application Deadline: ongoing
Start date: ASAP (but replacements required frequently, so if available for later in the year, do send on your application)

General Skills Needed to Volunteer with LAFF:

• Basic to Advanced Spanish language skills are required for many of our positions.
• Undergraduate / Postgraduate study and/or work in related fields.
• Minimum 6 months - 1 year work or volunteering in related fields
• Commitment and passion for working an international development context
• Ability to work and live in a culturally diverse environment.
• Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills.
• Excellent time management skills.
• Highly organized, flexible, independent, culturally sensitive, detail oriented with ability to multitask.
• Report writing skills
• Knowledge of MS Office.

Fundraising Officer
Aims to increase funds from a range of fundraising strategies in order to financially support LAFF’s activities.

• Plan, develop & administer fundraising activities
• Prepare/update a fundraising strategy
• Research/draft potential funding opportunities
• Ensure all current donors are well informed of project progress through reports.
• Ensure that fundraising practices reflect LAFFs ideology.
• Network/forge links with relevant stakeholders and organisations to ensure continued support.

Requirements:
• Experience/good knowledge of social media usage.

International Partnerships Assistant
The International Partnerships Assistant provides support across all LAFF’s projects & works closely with our local partners in Peru.

• Provide administrative & logistical support.
• Organize and schedule meetings and events when necessary.
• Design & deliver workshops when relevant.
• Conduct research, markets & baselines studies.
• Develop & carry out surveys.
• Identify new potential partners.
• Visit projects to follow up progress on activities.

Requirements:
• Administrative/research skills/experience.

Communications & Information
The communication strategy consists of producing and disseminating information, blogs, newsletters and posts through LAFFs website, social networks.

• Plan, develop & administer communications
• Prepare/update a communications strategy identifying objectives, messages, audiences, and products.
• Produce, disseminate & quality control for public information & electronic communications
• Promote a better understanding/awareness of socioeconomic realities & LAFFs programmes.
• Ensure that communication practices reflect LAFFs priorities/mission
• Network/forge links with stakeholders & organisations

Requirements:
• Experience/good knowledge of social media usage.

Monitoring & Evaluations
The M&E Advisor will lead all M&E activities for LAFF & collaborate with our partners.
• Identify M&E needs.
• Develop & maintain a project M&E database system & a PMP.
• Design strategies for strengthening data collection, interpretation & use.
• Assess & improve the existing M&E systems, indicators & tools used by our partners.
• Review reporting from our partners and LAFF.
• Provide training & build M&E capacity.
• Perform regular internal performance evaluations & surveys.

Requirements:
• Knowledge & experience in strategic planning/performance measurement, indicator selection, quantitative/qualitative data analysis methodologies, database management, impact evaluation & research methodologies.
• Knowledge of Results-Based M&E, logic models, and log frameworks.

Social Enterprise
To provide technical support through LAFF’s volunteers, the IPM & training institutions and design self-sustainable business models, so that partners no longer require financial assistance from LAFF.
• Identify (through participatory techniques) the needs/requirements of partners & methods to implement, sustain and grow SE.
• Identify (through participatory techniques) methods to implement, sustain and grow social enterprises/ income generation schemes.
• Using the LAFF social enterprise development handbook and other resources, provide technical support and build the capacity of our partners (directly or indirectly) in the development of market studies; budgets; investment, costs and income analysis; feasible business plans and proposals, amongst others.
• Network and forge links with other stakeholders and organisations (including local government, donors,
companies, universities and other supporters) to ensure continued support for existing and new initiatives.
• Monitor and evaluate the results and impact of the Social Enterprise Programme and submit progress reports.

Requirements:
• Minimum of 1 year of volunteering and/or work experience. Field and/or international development
experience, as well as experience on designing, developing and implementing social enterprises highly
desirable.
• Budget development, administrative skills and financial management experience preferred.

Vocational Training & Career Guidance Programme Coordinator
The main goal of this programme is to equip children and young people with relevant soft skills (communication, language, interpersonal); life skills (decision making, critical thinking, problem solving, creative thinking); basic (English and Maths) and technical skills. Intended to increase economic opportunities, technical skills training targets young people aged 14 to 25 and responds to the labour market demand in order to guarantee internship opportunities, business start ups and/or job placements.

• Identify (through participatory techniques) the needs/requirements for vocational training and career guidance for beneficiaries of LAFF’s partner organisations.
• In collaboration with our partners and through participatory techniques, identify suitable trainees.
• In collaboration with our partners, develop budgets, plan and implement life and technical skills training programmes.
• In collaboration with our partners, develop budgets, plan and implement the LAFF career guidance programme.
• Identify training providers (institutions, training centres, businesses and/or experts) and establish MoU’s or agreements when possible.
• Identify internship, short work experience and job placement opportunities for young people.
• Network and forge links with other stakeholders and organisations (including local government, donors, companies and other supporters) to ensure continued support for existing and new initiatives.
• Continue to develop a data base of training providers and other private/public sectors partners or potential partners.
• Monitor and evaluate the results and impact of the vocational training and career guidance programme and submit progress reports.

Requirements:
• Minimum of 1 year of volunteering and/or work experience. Field and/or international development experience, as well as experience implementing vocational training programmes desirable.
• Budget development, administrative skills and financial management experience preferred.

Ongoing and Year round. Please check out our website at http://www.laffcharity.org.uk/ for more information

3 months minimum - 6 months or more


- Pre-departure and in-country support
- The opportunity to be apart of the LAFF Ambassador program
- Once in a life time experience
- Professional references and recommendations



LAFF believe in creating independence, not dependence. This is crucial in our partner approach to both children and young people, and the organisations which directly support them. We also believe in sustainability, and aim to achieve it for those we help through educating and empowering our local partners. We achieve this by supporting our partner organisations and this help takes the form of capacity-building, technical training as well as income-generation and cost reduction activity. In this way we help street, working and vulnerable children to thrive, supporting them into adulthood with a good education, life skills, employable skills and a sense of self-worth.

LAFF is a primarily volunteer-led organisation, which relies on volunteer support in the UK, online and in Peru to help us continue our work.

At the present time LAFF partners with 5 organisations in Lima and Cusco. Two of our partner organisations in Cusco are homes and/or shelters for street boys and teenage mothers, while the other two provide school term home for girls who do not have access to education due to their remote locality. The last partner provides education initiatives for gang children in Lima. Our support for these partners is focused on education based initiatives, however we have helped to fund and initiate well-being projects for many of our partners when needed.


5 to 10 people

Personal costs only - Flights, Accommodation, Food and Personal expenses
Volunteers are expected to cover all their own costs – including flights, visas and insurance. Living costs vary depending on where you are based and will roughly total between £75 – £150 a month (for a room in an apartment), and £200 – £250 a month (for a one/two bed private apartment), plus around £30 a week for food. Maximum daily travel costs to projects are 40p a day. Return flights to Peru usually cost around £800 – £1000 from the UK, $500-$800 US or $1200 - $1400 AUD, depending on time of year and length of stay.




Jess
Ed
Geoff
Samantha
Mariasilvia
Carole
Catarina

Cusco, Peru, Cusco, Peru.

: +51984007137 (Peru)



What sort of people are LAFF looking for?

LAFF is looking for self-starters who take the initiative and have a desire to help alleviate poverty in the world. As LAFF is a small team and we only have one member of paid staff based in Latin America, candidates need to be motivated, independent, dedicated and already speak a good level of Spanish. LAFF expects volunteers to take their work as seriously as they would a paid job, working 5 days a week and requesting any holidays in advance.

Importantly, it is preferable if those volunteers with laptops bring their own as LAFF only one accessible for volunteer use. Please discuss with the IPM if you require the use of this laptop in advance.


Educational Supplies - pens, pencils, notepads, folders, calculators
Computers for education, Clothes for children, Funding for secondary education scholarships, for social enterprise and NGO ongoing costs.