Housing Program Liaison

Position: Housing Program Liaison
Location:
Fundación Familias de Esperanza/Antigua
Department:
Infrastructure and Appropriate Technology
Reports to
:  Infrastructure and Appropriate Technology Director
Communication:
With Hospitality Department
Condiciones
:  Full-time (40 hours a week), volunteer, with stipend

General Requirements:

  • Commitment to the mission, vision, values, principles and goals of Common Hope
  • Demonstrated attitude of service and commitment to work in a service environment and learn about Guatemalan culture
  • Willingness to work on site and in the villages
  • Willingness to share work experiences with donors, Sponsors, Vision Teams and others to raise consciousness and fund-raise
  • Ability to work effectively in both Spanish and English
  • Integrity, openness, and honesty
  • Flexibility and creativity
  • Direct communication skills
  • Ability to work on a multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary team

Specific Requirements of Position:

  • University studies preferred, minimum high school degree
  • Knowledge of appropriate construction technology and basic home repair skills, or interest in learning about these areas
  • Experience in hospitality industry or education in roles such as volunteer coordination, camp counseling, leading service trips or similar
  • Outgoing personality, patience and high energy; able to transmit your passion for Common Hope’s work to others
  • Excellent communication skills that can be tailored to different groups (affiliated families, Common Hope staff and visitors/volunteers)
  • Openness to change and ability to propose new ideas and methods
  • Quick problem-solving capability
  • High degree of cultural sensitivity
  • Physical strength and good physical condition
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office programs
  • Willingness to work occasional weekends and evenings when teams are in town
  • First aid skills (preferred)
  • Minimum one-year commitment

Functions:

  • Collaborate with the Infrastructure department staff and short-term volunteers in the construction and maintenance of houses, floors, roofs, stoves, retaining walls, etc.
  • Facilitate the placement of short-term volunteers in the Infrastructure Department, coordinating with the Volunteer Coordinator and Infrastructure Department Manager.
  • Facilitate housing activities for vision teams, in coordination with Team Coordinators and Infrastructure Department Manager.
  • Welcome, orient and accompany short-term volunteers and vision team members in the Infrastructure Department, answering their technical and cultural questions and sharing your passion for our work with them.
  • Facilitate communication between visitors/volunteers and Common Hope staff members.
  • Facilitate trainings and practical orientations for the affiliated families and co-workers
  • Maintain excellent communication with the affiliated families and co-workers
  • Help provide a comfortable environment for families, co-workers and visitors
  • Use resources responsibly and take all appropriate safety measures; supervise the safety of all housing volunteers
  • Maintain a clean and orderly work environment
  • Assure the good maintenance of tools and work materials
  • Assist the Hospitality department with tours, interpretation, and data entry as schedule permits.

How to apply:

  • Read through the Long-Term Volunteer section of our website
  • Complete Long-Term Volunteer Application and submit
  • One of our volunteer coordinators will contact you via email within 1-2 weeks to notify you whether your skills are a good fit. If you are a good fit, you will be instructed on the next steps of the application process.
  • If you have further questions, please contact Lisa Hetzel at lisah@guate.commonhope.org or 651.287.0738.