Volunteer Application: Intensive Experience We are glad that you are interested in joining the dynamic team of VE Global (VE) volunteers and are looking forward to learning more about you! Information about VE and the Intensive Experience program You can find detailed information about VE and the work we are doing on our website: http://www.ve-global.org. For more detailed information about this program we would like to direct you to the corresponding section of our website: http://www.ve-global.org/volunteer2/ Basic Requirements Please take a look over the basic requirements in order to be sure that you are eligible to participate in our volunteer program. Age of 18 years or higher Ability to speak in English or Spanish at an upper-intermediate level or higher Minimum stay of 3 months (minimum of 6 months strongly recommended) Full time involvement in an institution (approx. 30 hrs/wk) Involvement in VE committees and program events (approx.10hrs/week) Participation in orientation week (March, September, June, or December) General volunteer meetings, every 2 weeks Participation in one weekend retreat (Jornada) Welcoming in the next class of volunteers! Criminal background check (upon acceptance) Application Instructions To ensure that you correctly fill out the application form, please be sure to download and carefully read the Application Instructions: http://www.ve-global.org/storage/applicationinstructions.pdf The Application Form and further documents needed The application form itself has six different sections that solicit a variety of information. The six sections are: Section 1: Personal Information Section 2: Start Date and Duration Section 3: Spanish Abilities Section 4: Preferences and Interests Section 5: Skills and Experience Section 6: Short Essays Information submitted on this form will be shared with the relevant partner institutions and staff members of VE Global. Please fill out these sections with honesty to aid us in our selection process, as well as to ensure that you are placed in the most appropriate setting. Exaggeration may result in you being placed in an environment that is not appropriately aligned with your strengths and interests. Along with the application form, you will also need to send in: 1. A CV or resume 2. A signed letter of recommendation (can be scanned or mailed) 3. The contact information for three references (one can be the same person who wrote the letter of recommendation) Please take your time to fill out the application and compile the materials carefully! Your completed application materials should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org The Selection Process: In order to begin processing your application we need to receive each of the above items. Once we receive all your application materials, they will be reviewed by our Selection Process Team, after which you may be invited to an interview. Once the interview is complete, the Executive Director makes all final acceptance decisions. __________________________________________________________ Section 1: Personal Information First Name: Last Name: Nationality: Date of Birth (mm/dd/yyyy): Age: Gender: Email Address: Home Address: Address: City/Town: State/Province: Zip/Postal Code: Country: Home Phone: Mobile: Information submitted on this form will be shared with the relevant partner institutions and staff members of VE Global. Emergency Contact: Name and relationship to you: Address: City/Town: State/Province: Zip/Postal Code: Country: Cell Phone: Additional Information: Marital Status (Single, Engaged, Married, Other): Driver’s License #: Expires: Occupation or year in school: Physical or Emotional Health needs/Allergies/Dietary Requirements (Please specify): Have you ever been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor? If yes, please explain. VE requires a criminal background check upon acceptance. How did you hear about Voluntarios de la Esperanza? __ Search Engine (e.g. Google, Yahoo, etc.) __ Website (please specify): __ Friend (please specify): __ Other (please specify): __________________________________________________________ Section 2: Start Date and Duration Volunteer Session (select one, or mark by preference): ___ March 2010 (Orientation begins March 1st) ___June 2010 (Orientation begins June 7th) ___September 2010 (Orientation begins September 6th) ___January 2011 (Orientation begins January 3rd) ___ May 2011(Orientation begins May 2nd)*1 Duration: Although volunteers can come for a minimum of three months*2, we highly recommend that volunteers consider a stay of 6 months or longer. ___3 Months ___6 Months ___12 Months ___ More than 12 months ___ Other (please specify) Information submitted on this form will be shared with the relevant partner institutions and staff members of VE Global. If you are applying for a stay of less than six months, what factors have determined your desired length of stay? What makes you feel that it is the appropriate amount of time? *1 Note: VE changes its class system as of the year 2011. Instead of four classes a year (March, June, September, December) there will be three classes a year (January, May, September) *2 Note: with the change of the class system the minimum stay will be changed to four months instead of three months. ________________________________________________________ Section 3: Spanish Abilities Please mark the appropriate level: (All volunteers with intermediate or lower level Spanish are expected to take at least 30 hours of a formal Spanish course within six months prior to arrival.) ___No Speaking Ability ___Beginner (Some class or other exposure) ___Low-Intermediate (basic grammar and vocabulary, basic conversation) ___Intermediate (good grammar/vocabulary, social conversation, good comprehension) ___Upper-Intermediate (strong grammar/vocabulary, clear expression of ideas) ___Advanced (Fluent or Native Speaker) 1. What classroom or other exposure (travel etc.) do you have to the Spanish language? 2. Describe your Spanish conversational ability. 3. What are you currently doing or planning to do to improve your Spanish? 4. Do you speak any other languages? Please indicate language and fluency. Information submitted on this form will be shared with the relevant partner institutions and staff members of VE Global. __________________________________________________________ Section 4: Preferences and Interests Housing Preference (please number by preference): ___Volunteer Apartments (price varies, no food included, apartment shared with other VE volunteers) ___VE-arranged shared apartment (price varies, housed with local non-volunteers) ___Host family (limited availability) ___Own Arrangement ___Residency (long-term hostel) *When making housing placements, VE takes into account your preferences, proximity to work location, and the size of your volunteer class. At any given time, these housing options may vary depending on our current volunteers and room availability. VE will try its best to satisfy all housing requests, though cannot guarantee every volunteer’s first choice. Regardless, VE commits to finding one reasonably priced and reasonably comfortable housing option for all incoming volunteers. Volunteer Committees: Along with the responsibilities of the general volunteering position, VE volunteers are also expected to work with a committee on specified projects. Below is a list of VE committees; please number each committee in order of preference. Please refer to our website for more information on each committee. ____Education Committee (Including our English and Reading programs) ____Arts and Sports Committee ____Volunteer Relations Committee ____Resource Development Committee __________________________________________________________ Section 5: Skills and Experience Please mark any and all skills that apply: __Web design __Teaching __Outdoor/Nature __Computer Skills __Music __Stick Shift Driver __Woodworking __Fundraising/Grant __Conflict Management __Carpentry Writing __First Aid/CPR __Construction __Project Management __Photography/Video __Automotive Repair __Administrative Skills __Training/Human __Cooking __Acting Resources __Dance __Sports __Peer Counseling Information submitted on this form will be shared with the relevant partner institutions and staff members of VE Global. Please use this space to elaborate on your selections or to mention any additional skills you possess that you feel can contribute to the organization: Relevant Experience: 1. Describe any previous volunteering experience: 2. Describe any experience you have had working with children and include their ages. 3. VE works with a diverse network of institutions ranging from well structured and funded to struggling and disordered. Describe your preferred work environment. 4. With which age group(s) of children do you feel most comfortable? ___ 0 – 2 years ___ 10 – 14 years ___ 2 – 6 years ___ 14 years or older ___ 6 – 10 years 5. Do you have any preference/experience to work with specific groups of children (gender, disabilities, behavioral issues etc.)? _________________________________________________________ Section 6: Short Essays Please answer the following questions; we expect responses of approximately 250 words per question. 1. What motivates you to serve children at social risk, particularly in Chile through VE? Why is now the right time for you to volunteer? 2. What do you hope to accomplish in your time with VE in Chile? Please comment on your goals working with the children and the Chilean community as well as your personal development goals. Information submitted on this form will be shared with the relevant partner institutions and staff members of VE Global. 3. Living in a foreign country can be very difficult, especially when faced with challenging and sometimes unexpected work situations. VE seeks volunteers able to handle the demanding volunteer experience both through their independence to take initiative when lacking support as well as being able to strongly contribute to a team. Explain with concrete examples how you are ready for this experience and what qualities and strengths you possess to help advance the mission of VE. 4. What is one of your weaknesses and what do you try to do to overcome it? 5. What is your favorite quote and why is it meaningful to you? Thank you for your interest in VE Global! Information submitted on this form will be shared with the relevant partner institutions and staff members of VE Global.
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