Jobs at the Temple
The Chaikuni Institute – Call for a Volunteer Communications Coordinator
Do you also believe we need to promote and protect alternative ways of living and thinking in today’s world? Do you understand the importance of the Amazon, its ecosystems and its inhabitants for our present and future? Are you a person committed to social change? Do you have proven experience with reporting and writing? Do you know how to use social media? Are you fluent in both English and Spanish? Are you not afraid of bugs, intense humidity or long boat travels? Free to commit for at least six months?
Well this could be an opportunity of a lifetime for you…
The Chaikuni Institute, the non-profit sister organization of the Temple of the Way of Light, is seeking a long term volunteer to join our local team as Communications Coordinator, starting in the summer 2016.
The Chaikuni Institute is a grassroots collective that investigates, promotes and protects equitable, inclusive, interrelated, and abundant living systems. By honoring indigenous wisdom and enacting the principles of permaculture, we support a form of life known in Quechua as sumak kawsay – a mindful approach to ‘good living’ that emphasizes community focus, harmony, and social responsibility to the Earth and her people.
Working hand in hand with indigenous people and like-minded organizations, we pursue our holistic vision of health and happiness in the Amazon along three distinct paths: Intercultural Education, Permaculture, and Human and Nature Rights.
We are currently developing our new website and setting out new communication and fundraising strategies.
- To join our community based at the Temple of the Way of Light, a shamanic healing center near the jungle city of Iquitos for at least 6 months. Some time would also be spent in Iquitos, as well as infrequent field trips.
- All accommodation and food included (whilst staying at the Temple).
- Traditional Amazonian healing and 2 to 4 ayahuasca ceremonies per month offered by our team of Shipibo healers.
- To gain/reinforce your experiences in grassroots work, coordinating with indigenous and local Amazonian communities and organizations.
- To learn from and be coached by our Director.
- To learn from our permaculture coordinators and staff.
- All local travel expenses for work covered.
- Work closely with our team in planning, developing and implementing.
communication strategies, campaigns and materials.
- Help in the organization of meetings, conferences and workshops.
- Help with documenting and communicating about our work in all three programs.
- Manage social media sites and website (updates: blogs, news).
- Collaborate with local/international media (photographers, documentary makers…).
- Develop quarterly newsletters.
- Plan and implement fundraising appeals.
- Help with investigation/research.
- Help with systematizing information.
- Implement and maintain visual data bank.
- Traveling between the Temple and Iquitos would typically be required each week – a 2 hour trip by boat and mototaxi.
Your Skills and Experience:
- Fluency in both English and Spanish (written and spoken).
- Commitment for at least 6 months, preferably 12 months.
- Understanding of other ways of communication and of our role behind the scenes
- Experience with intercultural work.
- Proven experience with communication and/or journalism work (publications required).
- Experience/interest with research.
- Experience with social media and multimedia use.
- Experience in relevant subjects such permaculture, Amazonian traditions and cultures, indigenous peoples’ rights, extractive industries, and “El Buen Vivir” (as a traditionally indigenous understanding of a fulfilling model of Life different to the current model of development) and permaculture principles.
- Flexibility, patience, creativity and self-motivation.
- Ability to work in extreme conditions (field trips).
- Heart, humility and humor.
Chaikuni is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, nationality, ethnicity, religion, political belief, age, gender, sexual orientation or class. People of color and indigenous people strongly encouraged to apply.
Send your CV, a cover letter and responses to the questions below to: Sarah Kerremans – [email protected]
(Please respond to the 10 questions below, keeping each of your responses within a limit of 150 words per question).
- Availability (best period for you to come)
- Describe what skills you possess that are important to our work.
- Describe why working with us is important to you.
- What experience do you have working with people from another culture?
- What is your level of Spanish/English?
- Describe a peak experience when you thought life couldn’t possibly get any sweeter.
- What do you like to do for fun?
- How do you deal with conflict and discomfort?
- What do you want to teach the world, and what would you like to learn?
- Where do you imagine yourself in five years from now?