Women’s Program Assistant (Volunteer)

from Light and Leadership Initiative
Closing date: 04 Feb 2020

Are you passionate about women’s empowerment? Education and community development? We want to hear from you!

Since we launched our Women's Empowerment program in 2009, we have held the belief that they key to empowerment is through education. ‘Mujeres Emprendedoras’ is an ongoing entrepreneurship program that runs in three month cycles for women from low-income backgrounds. We have developed the program to focus on empowering women to start or improve their own businesses whilst improving self esteem, and gaining computer skills. Throughout the program, women acquire skills such as how to develop a business plan, track their own finances and create an excel document, as well as building self-confidence, developing a captivating business elevator pitch, and the importance of customer service skills.

The Women’s Program Assistant works closely alongside the Program Manager to administer and develop the Women’s Program. It is the ideal internship for somebody with an interest in women’s empowerment looking to gain more experience in the nonprofit world.

Key tasks:

  • Work closely alongside Women’s Program Manager to help coordinate weekly classes, events and workshops

  • Help with administration tasks related to the day to day running of the program

  • Manage the Women’s Program Facebook

  • Help with recruiting and registering women for the program (we focus on this twice a year, but recruitment and promoting the program in the community is also an ongoing process)

  • Keep the Salesforce Database updated

  • Participate in weekly meetings with the Program Manager

Depending on your skills and experience, you may also be asked to:

  • Teach computer classes to the women

  • Help with curriculum development

  • Help with Monitoring and Evaluation of the Program

  • Help develop new partnerships for the Women’s Program in the local community

  • Help plan childcare activities

  • Organize team building activities for the women


  • Higher Intermediate - Advanced Spanish (must be confident to make a phone call in Spanish)

  • Must have a relevant BA degree (eg. languages, development studies, economics, social science, education, business studies) or be currently studying towards this. Volunteers who haven’t studied at University but have a lot of relevant experience will also be considered.

  • Must be able to work independently

  • Time management skills

  • Strong interpersonal skills (developing relationships with the women is an important part of the role)

  • Experience working in a multicultural team

  • Business knowledge, or experience in a small startup would be helpful, but not required.

  • Previous experience working or volunteering abroad would be helpful, but not required.

Minimum time commitment:

  • Three months (but the longer the better)

  • Start date on the 20th of January (qualified applicants with availability later in 2020 will also be considered)


  • Training on arrival

  • Opportunities to help with other areas/ program in the NGO

  • Opportunities to bring your own ideas to the program, eg classes, trips (as long as these ideas are sustainable, affordable and in line with our Program Goals)

  • Opportunity to request feedback and one-on-one meetings with the Program Manager

  • Bilingual management experience

Volunteer Fees required to cover housing/food expenses. Please note the The Light and Leadership Initiative does not discriminate against gender, ethnicity, nationality, income-level, religion, or sexual orientation for this position. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds with the relevant experience!

How to apply:

Send a CV and cover letter (in English or Spanish) to vcm@lightandleadership.org for consideration. Please feel to direct any questions to this email as well.