INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

THE MARINA ORTH FOUNDATION INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER PROGRAM
We are looking for international, hardworking, motivated individuals to work as part of our team at the Marina Orth Foundation. If you have a skill that you can share with our students or staff, we would be very interested in accommodating you as a volunteer.

THE MARINA ORTH FOUNDATION INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER PROGRAM
ABOUT THE FOUNDATION
THE MODEL
WHAT DISTINGUISHES OUR INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER PROGRAM AND EXPERIENCE
WHY VOLUNTEER WITH US
WHEN CAN YOU VOLUNTEER WITH US
VOLUNTEER ROLES WITHIN THE MARINA ORTH FOUNDATION
1. LONG-TERM, PART-TIME INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER
2. LONG-TERM, FULL-TIME INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER
BECOMING A MARINA ORTH INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER: FROM APPLICATION TO FIRST DAY
VOLUNTEER APPLICATION FORM

ABOUT THE FOUNDATION
The Marina Orth Foundation works to enhance education received in public schools in and around Medellin, Colombia. The foundation works by implementing its Step by Step program, which consists of teaching English, technology and leadership in its schools. As a part of this program, the foundation receives volunteers from overseas to support their teachers, students and staff,primarilyin the areasof English and leadership.

THE MODEL
We believe success in the 21st Century depends on several fundamental skills: technological expertise, fluency in English, and the self-confidence to assert oneself as an individual and as a member of a team.
We achieve this model through simultaneous public and private ownership of our projects. Our ideal formula is to obtain 40 percent of our financing from the national, regional or local government, 30 percent from private in-country funds, and 30 percent donated from the US.
We emphasize programs in technology and language that lead either to further study at the university level or technological training schools so that our graduates can be gainfully employed at the forefront of a new vibrant economy. Their expertise will also attract new businesses to the area and expand already existing industries.
We have developed an innovative curriculum for preschool through 11th grade using One Laptop Per Child in grades 1-5 and Intel Classmate and conventional computers at the higher levels. We emphasize English language skills, the use of computers for everyday tasks, and the use of the Internet both for research and for exploration far beyond the geographic and psychological barriers of the students’ lives.
Beginning at the kindergarten level, our students are given computers to use in class, take home, take apart and learn from.

WHAT DISTINGUISHES OUR INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER PROGRAM AND EXPERIENCE
We do not promote foreign volunteering for the sake of the foreign volunteers. We are open to accepting volunteers who will contribute positively to our communities, without any financial expectations from our volunteers other than the costs of travel, insurance and obtaining a visa. We accept volunteers based on community needs rather than on volunteer supply. Our program is designed to be sustainable and insures a net positive effect on the communities with whom we work. We have found that our volunteers have a more fulfilling experience because the demand for their work comes directly from the communitiesand volunteers can directly see the impact their work has and thus feel appreciated for their efforts.

WHY VOLUNTEER WITH US
• Gain new skills, knowledge and experience
• Use your professional experience to benefit others
• Enhance your CV and improve your employment opportunities
• Meet new people and make new friends
• Get to know anew community
• Give something back
• Help make a positive difference
• Gain confidence & self-esteem
• Feel valued
• Be part of a team
• Have the opportunity to live in a rich, warm Latin American culture

WHEN CAN YOU VOLUNTEER WITH US

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VOLUNTEER ROLES WITHIN THE MARINA ORTH FOUNDATION

Position: LONG-TERM, FULL-TIME INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER
Job Overview
These volunteers are expected to stay with the foundation for a minimum of one school semester, workinga full workweek(school hours) for the foundation and any extra preparation time. Work primarily consists of helping plan and co-leading English classes and taking charge of afterschool clubs.
Chosen candidates will be provided with room and board through a host family, as well as receiving a modest monthly stipend.
Responsibilities
• Each volunteer will be individually responsible for planning and leading several afterschool clubs.
• Volunteers will also be expected to be present to help out during school hours in class.
• Volunteers should expect to help plan cultural events for the schools (e.g. Valentines day celebration, Easter egg hunt) to help expand the students’ cultural understanding.
• Volunteers are expected to summarize the foundation’s activities within the school for the monthly report.
Qualifications
Required:
• Hold citizenship in a country other than Colombia or have lived abroad for more than 5 consecutive years
• Speak English fluently
Desirable:
• Experience working with children
• Teaching experience
• English teaching certificates (TOEFL, etc.)
• Knowledge of technology
• B1/B2level of Spanish
Character and Personal Qualities
• Self-motivated
• Flexible
• Organized
• Ability to work in a team and independently
• Good communication skills
• Fluent English speaker
• Open to new cultural experiences and accepting of cultural differences

Position: LONG-TERM, PART-TIME INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER
Job Overview
Expected to participate with the foundation for a minimum of a school semesterin one of the foundation’s projects.This type of volunteer would be expected to spend two days (15 hours a week) in one of the foundation’s schools supporting in English classes as well as running one or more after school clubs. If the foundation has other, more suitable projects running at the time, the volunteer may be asked to participate in those projects.Work will vary depending on the candidate’s skills and the foundation’s current needs.
Volunteer will receive a modest monthly stipend for transportation expenses, but are expected to find their own accommodation.
Responsibilities
• Each volunteer will be individually responsible for planning and leading several afterschool clubs.
• Volunteers will also be expected to be present to help out during school hours in class and leading class alone when necessary.
• Volunteers should expect to help plan cultural events for the schools (Valentines day celebration, etc.) to help teach about their culture.
• Volunteers are expected to put together the monthly report for their school.
Qualifications
Required:
• Hold citizenship in a country other than Colombia or have lived abroad for more than 5 consecutive years
• Speak English fluently
Desirable:
• Experience working with children
• Teaching experience
• English teaching certificates (TOEFL, etc.)
• Knowledge of technology
• B1/B2level of Spanish
Character and Personal Qualities
• Self-motivated
• Flexible
• Organized
• Ability to work in a team and independently
• Good communication skills
• Open to new cultural experiences and accepting of cultural differences

BECOMING A MARINA ORTH INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER: FROM APPLICATION TO FIRST DAY

Step 1: Introduction. Read about the foundation and the possible volunteer roles.
Step 2: Application. Fill in the Application Form and send to contactus@fundaorth.org The application form can be found at (LINK HERE)
Step 3: Interview. If your application is of interest, you will be invited to interview. The interviews can take place over Skype for applicants overseas.
Step 4: Application acceptance. You will be advised if your application has been successful and your references will be checked. Conversations (through email or Skype) with past or current volunteers can be facilitated if you have further questions and you will receive a Pre Arrival Pack to answer some of your questions about the volunteer experience.
Step 5: Acceptance of volunteer position. You will write an email to the foundation to confirm you acceptance. This email will explicitly state the type of volunteer role you are accepting and your anticipated length of stay.
Step 6: Visa Documents. You will receive the necessary documents from the foundation needed to apply for your visa.
Step 7: Visa application. Gather the rest of the required documents for the visa and complete the process in your country of residency. This will require a trip to the nearest Colombian consulate or embassy before your departure.
Step 8: Induction and orientation. When you arrive you will be introduced to both the school where you will be volunteering and the main office.
After arriving in Colombia you will have 15 days to present your passport in the Migration office in Medellin, to register your visa and apply for your cédula (identification card).
You will receive an Arrival Pack with more useful information.
Step 9: Finalization of your timetable and responsibilities. You will receive a schedule with the clubs and classes you are responsible for, as well as any other projects you will be participating in.


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