You will be helping with Fundraising, Grant Writing, Promotion, Social Media Management, Audio-Visual promotion Projects, Website Development etc.
1. Introduction of the volunteer job
a) The purpose of the volunteer job is to provide Communications and IT support to programs of Performing Life International, Inc. (PLI) which currently include Social Circus, Music, Education Enrichment, Integral Health, Social Work, and Art Therapy. Except for Social Circus and Music, all programs are managed by volunteers.
b) Currently PLI is offering Communications and IT volunteer positions. Volunteers work with staff and youth to overcome the social exclusion of poverty while promoting youth integration into society. The Communications and IT volunteer will use media to disseminate awareness that, supported by positive values, children and youth can use their creative and artistic skills to be an engine of social change and a catalyst for community development.
c) The program of Performing Life International, Inc. (PLI) is about helping children and adolescents who are working and/or living on the streets of Cochabamba, Bolivia to improve their daily lives and create better futures for themselves and their families through the arts.
d) The Volunteer Position helps to fulfill PLI’s mission by creating media and IT programs that promote the social development of working children and youth and tools that help youth improve their economic and educational opportunities.
2. Description of the program
a) As a volunteer, your job is to understand the Communications and IT needs of PLI programs and create a Plan of Action and Results for your time with the organization.
b) The volunteers will help with out one or more of the following tasks: develop and implement one or two social crowd funding campaigns per year; develop and implement a campaign selling tickets donated to us by Cirque du Monde, the social circus affiliate of Cirque du Soleil; prepare and send monthly newsletters; promote at least two social circus and music events per year in Cochabamba; develop a promotional campaign for the PLI social circus and music troupe that can be contracted by businesses, organizations, and private individuals.
c) The program is about empowering youth by teaching them productive skills that keep them in school and away from drugs while improving their chances for economic independence.
d) The role of the volunteer is to develop short- and long-term Communications and IT projects that can achieve program objectives; communications strategies to create diverse support groups; platforms to fundraise for capital improvements; develop IT outreach for gathering community interests and values.
e) The Volunteer will be working with the National Director and program Directors to improve media infrastructure, global outreach to potential supporters, and international communications networks.
3. Volunteer Tasks
Since Volunteers can work off-site Create your own schedule, plan of action, and timeline in collaboration with the National Director and/or the specific Program Directors. Details of the volunteer tasks depend on where the volunteer choses to locate, whether off-site in Bolivia or another country, on-site in Cochabamba, or in the Cochabamba office and studio.
Each of these activities can be designed to advance the development of new circus and music centers or specific program components.
4. The Location
a) PLI programs currently take place in the Department of Cochabamba. There is an office and music studio located in the city and circus and educational centers located in Montenegro and Alto Buena Vista, each approximately one hour by public transportation from the city center.
b) Volunteers working in this post may be off-site or on-site; therefore, the surroundings depend on the volunteer's choices. Volunteers who chose to work from Cochabamba can come to the office and studio in Zona Sarcobamba. The current office is small with only one computer for volunteer use. It is recommended that the volunteer bring their own computer and schedule a specific time between 9:00 - 17:00, Tuesday through Friday, to meet with relevant staff on the current work plan. The volunteer is not required to work full time in the office.
Volunteers who work off-site make their own hours and check in with the National Director and/or Program Directors on a regular basis via skype and e-mail.
a) While enjoying themselves in whatever location they chose, the expectations are that the volunteer will develop and manage social media campaigns; create innovative ways to reach diverse audiences with the FE/PLI story; direct, produce, and disseminate media programs in diverse formats; create sustainable support for youth projects; market FE/PLI organization to supporters, collaborators, and volunteers; and develop creative Communications and IT projects to assist PLI with benefitting youth and their families.
b) The volunteer who choses to come to Bolivia must have a passport valid for at least six months from the date of entrance to the country. A tourist visa must be purchased from Bolivia immigration at the point of entry. DO NOT request a volunteer visa, as that requires much more paperwork and time. The cost of a tourist visa varies with the country that issues the volunteer’s passport. Usually, the Bolivian visa is valid for ten years, for visits of up to three months per year. However, it is possible to overstay the visa and pay a small fine upon leaving. PLI assumes that Volunteer World is advising on these issues, including computer and cell phone compatibility. More details are in the PLI Volunteer Handbook.
Activities: Identify funding sources and write proposals; develop and manage social media campaigns; create innovative ways to reach diverse audiences with the FE/PLI story; direct and produce short films, documentaries and/or a feature film with FE/PLI youth; create sustainable support for youth projects; market FE/PLI organization to supporters, collaborators, and volunteers, and so forth, (your ideas here).
Create your own schedule, plan of action, and timeline in collaboration with the National Director and/or the specific Program Directors. Work off site in a location of your own choice. If you want to come to Cochabamba, you can work at our office and studio in Zona Sarcobamba. The current office is small and we have only a few computers for volunteers to use. It is recommended to bring your own computer and schedule a specific morning or afternoon, between 9:00 - 17:00, Tuesday through Friday, to meet with relevant staff on your current work plan. We usually run one or two social crowd funding campaigns per year and one campaign selling tickets donated to us by Cirque du Monde, the social circus affiliate of Cirque du Soleil. We send out monthly newsletters. We also promote at least two social circus and music events per year in Cochabamba. In the future, we would like to begin promoting a social circus and music troupe of the best Performing Life youth entertainers that can be contracted by businesses, organizations, and private individuals in the Cochabamba area.
Volunteers are accepted in the programs any time during the year, except during vacations when no one is in the office. Some volunteers arrive during vacations and use that time to travel around Bolivia before beginning work in the program. Our schedule runs according to the public school year. Volunteers who arrive at the beginning of the year should plan to be here the last full week of January when the team assembles and prepares to begin the program the first part of February. Those who are here at the end of the program, usually the first week in December, should plan to stay for another week to prepare program documentation, help with year-end wrap up, and prepare sections of the annual report. During the two-week vacation in July, many volunteers organize sightseeing and exploring ventures. The other major holiday is Carnaval, when most volunteers go to Oruro for the world-renowned folkloric parade. Many volunteers come individually, while others come in groups of two to four.
Cochabamba is a very interesting, lively place. There are plenty of sports and outdoor activities for those who like to be physically active. There nice restaurants, interesting public markets, and well-stocked supermarkets for those who enjoy good food and cooking. There are clubs for those who like dancing and nightlife. And there are lots of other activities such as lectures, films, games nights, poker tournaments, dance classes, and concerts presented by local groups of all kinds. Several countries maintain centers in Cochabamba, offering regular programs and opportunities to meet new people. There are numerous museums and cultural exhibits that are a good introduction to the region. The surrounding villages and countryside offer beautiful places to visit.
Volunteers frequently organize weekend trips to towns, national parks, and other attractions nearby. For example, Toro Toro features caves, waterfalls and dinosaur footprints; Chapare offers rainforests with monkeys, birds, and other wild animals; while the archaeology site of Incallajta and nearby Pocono provide the contrasts and connections between the people of pre-colonial times and current populations.
We pick you up depends on what mode of transportation you chose for arrival to Cochabamba. We will transport you to the location of your lodging. How long it takes depends on where you chose to stay.