LWB recruits third and fourth year university and college graduates from Canada who are prepared to devote 12 months of their time to work abroad and implement sustainable literacy programs in communities in developing nations. For 2012 we will focus on Belize.
Once students complete a five-week training institute, held here in Edmonton, they will become Literacy Ambassadors for their placement in Belize. LWB will determine teams of Literacy Ambassadors, comprised of one Canadian and one Belizean, to work together in a community for the ensuing 10.5 months. The work of each Literacy Ambassador team will be to train local volunteers in a range of literacy models and to then support these volunteers to ensure the sustainability of literacy programming in their communities.
The four models we are currently working with are as follows:
We have developed partnerships locally and abroad to enable us to place one team of Literacy Ambassadors in as many as four communities in Belize in 2012-13.
- You want to live abroad for up to a year.
- You want to make a difference in the lives of adults and children in a developing country.
- You want to test your limits as a facilitator, leader, and community builder
- You are passionate about literacy and its ability to shape the lives of others
To be considered a literacy ambassador candidate, you must meet the following criteria:
- Registered student at a recognized Canadian university. For purposes of the 2012/13 pilot, you must be enrolled in studies at one of the following universities: University of Alberta, University of Calgary, University of Lethbridge, MacEwan University.
- You must be in the third or fourth years of studies in a social sciences, humanity, education, or community services learning degree program.
Application details coming soon!