Location: Kingston, Jamaica
Start Date: As soon as possible
Placement Length: 12 Months
Language Requirements: English Level 5-Fluent
Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada Only
The Volunteer’s Role
Support our museum partner, the Alpha Institute’s Music Department by training young Jamaican musicians on playing musical instruments.
As a volunteer, you will support at-risk youth and musicians to learn valuable music skills for use in the entertainment and education sectors. Alpha’s mission is the empowerment and personal transformation of young people through education and skills training. Most students reside in inner-city communities where social conditions are very challenging. The training program at Alpha is designed to generate holistic development and career advancement in various relevant employment areas.
Your support will strengthen the Alpha Music Institute in its capacity to provide consistent and quality education to these at-risk youth.
As a volunteer, you will:
- Support the development and implementation of the music training program
- Contribute to the development of teaching materials and written methods of music instruction
- Bachelor’s degree in music education, arts, or related social sciences area
- Formal training in instrumental music
- Experience teaching students in wind, string or percussion instruments
- Excellent interpersonal skills and experience working with teams
- Experience teaching music, conducting training and developing resource materials
What’s in it for YOU? A life-changing experience!
About Us, the Project and the Partner
Cuso International is an international cooperation and development organization that works to create economic and social opportunities for marginalized groups. Together with our partners, we are focused on efforts to advance gender equality and social inclusion, improve economic resilience, and deliver progress on climate action. We believe that by sharing skills, we can build better futures. Founded in 1961, Cuso International works in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Canada.
Project – Sharing Canadian Expertise for Inclusive Development and Gender Equality (SHARE)
Cuso International will deliver the Sharing Canadian Expertise for Inclusive Development and Gender Equality (SHARE) project, with a contribution from Global Affairs Canada (GAC) over seven years (2020-2027). SHARE aims to improve the economic and/or social well-being of the poorest, most marginalized and vulnerable people, particularly women and girls, in developing countries, with a view to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals. In addition to increasing engagement of Canadians in international development and key global issues, this project will aim to increase the performance of country partners to deliver more inclusive, innovative and environmentally sustainable development initiatives that advance gender equality, in support of the action areas of Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy.
Partner – Alpha Institute
The Alpha Institute is a non-profit vocational and general education school for 150 at-risk teen boys and young men from Kingston’s impoverished inner-city communities. Since the early 1890s, the Alpha music program has produced graduates who are respected internationally for their accomplishments in jazz, ska, reggae and pop music. The partnership between Cuso International and The Alpha Institute is to strengthen the industry connections, vocational, educational and social resources provided by the Institute, in order to enable students to acquire the skills needed to sustain themselves and their families. The intent is to encourage music students to learn to read and perform music and work effectively as a member of a team. Students will receive support and be prepared for suitable employment in the music industry.