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Program Assistant with Amigos de las Americas

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Experience Junior
Working time Full time
Language(s) spoken Spanish (Fluent)
Salary range $550/month


AMIGOS is a leader in international youth development, creating a world in which young people realize their full potential as leaders and global citizens. We provide extraordinary opportunities for youth to design and lead projects in collaboration with US and Latin American peers and partner organizations across the Americas. Our strong partner network, built over 50 years, enables authentic engagements in communities across the region.


AMIGOS is looking for someone who has experience with and passion for working with diverse high school & college-aged young people and collaborating with partner organizations.

The Program Assistant plays a key role in supporting the Program Coordinator to implement a comprehensive and enriching program for Gap students in Ecuador and provides general support for other AMIGOS priority projects in Ecuador. This person will be based in Cuenca and supports partner agencies and participants in and around the city. The ideal Program Assistant will be a recent college graduate and will use this opportunity to further their studies and gain work experience.

The Program Assistant directly reports to the Program Coordinator. This is a full-time position with an after-hours on-call component and some weekend and evening work.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES (including but not limited to):

Gap Program (85%)

Program Implementation and Management

Support in the implementation of the Gap Year Program in Ecuador, including on-site coordination and the monitoring of health and safety of the program participants.
Track expenses by submitting bi-monthly reports and receipts.
Conduct follow up interviews with families and partner agencies post participant departure in order to evaluate program.
Maintain regular contact with partner agencies about the performance of Gap Year program participants.
Conduct meetings with Gap Program participants at their work sites, and fill out appropriate paperwork.
Provide timely and appropriate communication with a wide range of individuals and ensure prompt follow-up of inquiries and actions.


Serve as a public ambassador for AMIGOS within Ecuador. Interact with program participants, community contacts, and the entire network of AMIGOS stakeholders.
Maintain collaborative relationships with partner organizations and other AMIGOS contacts in Ecuador.

Other Programs (15%):

Co-plan and facilitate in Spanish a leadership reflection workshop for Ecuadorean National Summer Participants.
Support in the recruitment, screening and training of Latin American National Participants for the 2018 Summer Program.
Help coordinate additional AMIGOS projects in Ecuador.

Fluency in written and spoken English & Spanish.

Experience working cross-culturally.

Experience facilitating experiential educational activities for high school and/or college students.

Basic computer proficiency, including word processing and spreadsheet software.

Must be willing to work some evenings and some weekends for the duration of the program. During operation of the program, extended vacation leave cannot be taken.
Undergraduate degree in a related field (international relations, nonprofit studies, communication, etc.)
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