Communications Volunteer

  • Photography workshops

We are currently looking for people??with a background in journalism, web design, communications and/or media studies who can develop new communication materials and maintain those that we have (website, newsletter etc).

The position

Under supervision of the SKIP Director, the volunteer will liaise with every department from the SKIP programme and carry out visits in order to gain insight into their work, create stories and report accurately on the overall status of SKIP. The Communication Officer will use SKIP website and partners' websites, newsletter, Google Adwords as well as online and offline media in order to report on and promote the work of SKIP. This is an exciting and dynamic role in which volunteers??will have a lot of freedom in creating and developing communications strategies, contacting media, writing stories and reports.

We are always open to new ideas and suggestions, so there is room for you to use your own creativity in this position! A key to success in this position is to be highly motivated, self-directed and results driven, as there are no set office hours.

The benefits of volunteering with us

In return for your invaluable participation in our volunteering programme, SKIP will provide:

  • A thorough induction to the organisation, programmes, department and specific role
  • Structured and relevant training from qualified and experienced staff members????? you can read??bios for all our permanent team??on the website
  • Mentoring and support in the form of regular supervision and staff meetings as well as informal sessions
  • The chance to be a part of a diverse and dedicated team and a welcoming community
  • A letter of confirmation of volunteer service

Volunteer profile

Required:

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Relevant studies or work experience in marketing, public relations, advertising, journalism, etc.
  • Interest in our work at SKIP, and our mission
  • Highly motivated, self-directed and results-driven
  • The ability to reformulate ideas through various communication channels
  • Experience in writing reports/newsletters
  • Ability to work to deadlines
  • Excellent organisational skills and problem-solving skills
  • Creativity

Desired:

  • Intermediate Spanish and English
  • Experience of working with Google Ads programmes
  • Experience in website maintenance and layout design
  • An understanding of social media
  • Photography skills

Ready to apply - download an application form

Feel free to email contact@skipperu.org with any questions.

Read more about programme outcomes in our annual reports

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volunteer blog: communications officer

Hi! I'm Sam Webb from the UK and I returned to volunteer with SKIP for 6 months in 2013. I had previously spent 10 months volunteering as an English teacher with SKIP and the experience had a lasting impression on me. Therefore, I leapt at the opportunity to go back to Trujillo in the slightly different capacity of communications coordinator. This role included many of the usual activities of charity communications; including managing and updating the website, writing the newsletter, maintaining the social media platforms and putting the annual report together. In this capacity I learnt a great deal about how a small organisation like SKIP can use the powerful tools that the internet has to offer, such as google analytics, to target certain audiences and help spread the word of the wonderful work that SKIP is involved with in Peru.

However, I'm pleased to say that my involvement in the project did not simply involve sitting around behind a computer. As well as helping out the primary programme with the homework club and library activities, I ran a photography workshop with a group of secondary children. With the aid of 10 compact cameras and some very skilled, passionate and enthusiastic volunteers - something that SKIP never seems to be lacking in - we were able to help the young people explore themselves and their community through photography. By using some techniques of participatory photography and video they were able to tell the world about themselves, El Porvenir and SKIP in their own words and images.

With the output form these workshops we were able to: produce a video to be shown at an event in London; create to SKIP calendar for 2014 and participate in an InsideOut action which involved sticking giant portrait photographs around Trujillo. This was a wonderful opportunity for these young people to engage with people, albeit indirectly, both within their own community and the wider world. For me, delivering these workshops and seeing the outcomes was a wonderful and fascinating experience. An experience that was made extra-special when I was able to display these photos and show the video at a fundraising event that I helped organise back in the UK when I returned.

I have learned an incredible amount from my work with SKIP and I have found working with the young people and families within this community a truly inspiring experience. Being able to help the young people of El Porvenir tell their own stories, has changed my perception of what it means to do charity communications. SKIP works with the community to help them 'be the principal agents of change in their own lives' and therefore it needs to communicate this accordingly. It does this, not by using exploitative images of hardship and poverty, but rather by showing the community as it is: vibrant, hardworking and struggling against the odds to better their situation for themselves, their families and their neighbours. This is exactly why SKIP's work is so important and also why I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to work here and learn all that I have learnt.