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Institute of Latin American Studies – ILAS Weekly Digest: October 15th, 2018

 Jobs, Internships, Volunteer Opportunities

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5-month Teaching Internship in Isla Mujeres, Mexico.

VolunQuest is recruiting interns for a completely unique opportunity to teach The National English Curriculum in the public schools of Quintana Roo, Mexico. It is the ONLY opportunity that exists for foreigners to teach in the public schools here. All teachers will receive a TEFL Teaching Certificate for young learners accredited by the Mexican Ministry of Education upon successful completion of the program. The value of this program is immeasurable for future scholastic and professional goals.

In order to qualify for our scholarship program, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Intermediate level of Spanish
  • Experience working with children
  • 5 Month commitment
  • A positive attitude

Upon arrival, all interns will receive an intensive orientation and TEFL Training. They will also receive a tour of their new island home and the four different elementary schools. After orientation, interns will collaborate as a group with the directors to prepare and organize materials for the school year, which begins January 7th.

Internship Benefits and Inclusions:

  • Scholarship for VolunQuest’s Gap Year Program (this waives all administration, training, supervision and certification costs)
  • A TEFL Teaching Certificate accredited by the Mexican Ministry of Education
  • A letter of recommendation upon successful completion of the program
  • Shared Intern Living Arrangements
  • Internet, Electric, and Water costs
  • Round-trip Airport Transfer
  • Two cultural excursions in the region
  • Monday-Friday work week (with some exceptions for special events)
  • Access to office materials which include school supplies, a printer/copy machine, teaching materials, etc.
  • Full-immersion in the local community
  • Living and working on an island in the Caribbean!

Job Description:

Teaching Responsibilities: VolunQuest interns are responsible for teaching the National English curriculum to first through sixth graders in the public primary schools. They are required to break down monthly lesson blocks as a team and are also required to do individual lesson plans and material creation for their classes. Additionally, they are required to participate in community outreach events hosted by VolunQuest, federal, state and municipal governments.

Daily Office Hours: This time is required and is meant to be used to discuss with other VQ interns how classes went, offer feedback, discuss how lesson plans are working, planning for the next day, prepping materials, meeting with the director, etc.

Blog: Each intern will be required to write one 300 word blog post a month about their experience working for VQ, living in Mexico, a special student, teacher, or volunteer, one of the current events or campaigns hosted by VQ, etc. This means that writing skills are a requirement for the position.

Additional hours may be expected about twice a week for special events, organizing and creating materials, and for writing blog entries.


The government provides shared intern housing, complete with all basic living furnishings. The apartment is located in the same community where you will be working. Local shopping, restaurants, laundromats, etc. are all within close walking distance. The housing is within 10-15 minutes walking or biking distance from all of the schools.

Interns have access to VQ materials including school supplies, a printer/copy machine, printer paper, teaching materials, prizes for the students, etc.

Upon successful completion of the contract, interns will receive an accredited TEFL Teaching Certificate granted through the Mexican Ministry of Education, as well as a letter of recommendation. This allows for future teaching opportunities all over the world! Former interns have gone on to teach in other cities in Central America, as a university professor in Japan, and as a representative of the British Consulate in Columbia, as well as many other positions internationally and back home.


The four main requirements are a bachelor’s degree in an applicable field, an intermediate level in Spanish, experience working with primary school aged children and to be able to make a 5-month commitment.

Strong writing skills are a must, as well as the ability to work in a team and coexist peacefully with others.

Additional things that we find appealing in applicants are: experience working with children in summer camps, after school activities, swimming lessons, etc; CPR or lifeguard certifications; dental, nutrition, helmet safety knowledge; event planning experience; social media marketing experience; volunteer recruitment experience. Program applicants we seek are adaptable, self-starters, solution seekers and have a positive attitude.
For more information about VolunQuest and what we do, please check out our website and our teacher’s blogs!

University of Texas-Austin: Academic Program Coordinator – Graduate Program Coordinator

Apply Here:
Hiring department: Inst Latin Amer Stds
Monthly salary: $3,333+ depending on qualifications
Hours per week: 40.00 Standard from 800AM to 500PM
Posting number: 18-10-04-01-9702
Job Status: Open
FLSA status: Exempt
Earliest Start Date: 11/01/2019
Position Duration: Funding expected to continue
Position open: to all applicants
Location: Austin (main campus)
Number of vacancies: 1


Coordinates the administrative activities of the Latin American Studies graduate programs.

Essential Functions

Academic advising management for MA, dual degree MA, and PhD students. Reviews degree requirements with students, advises students on registration and add drops, and processes advising bars. Handles all aspects of graduate program record keeping including but not limited to student progress, alumni employment, annual evaluations, advisor committees, and funding commitments. Responsible for doctoral and master’s candidacy processing, and providing program of work for candidacy applications. Coordinates graduate admissions process. Handles all queries from prospective students and the public regarding the admissions process, program eligibility, program requirements, and financial support. Works with admissions committee on applicant review and admissions decisions. Coordinates fellowships, scholarships and travel grants. Works closely with the LLILAS Director and staff to appoint Teaching Assistants and Graduate Research Assistants. Administers FLAS grant. Coordinates new student orientation and welcome activities. Coordinates supportive programming for students throughout the academic year, including thesis workshops and study abroad and research workshops. Coordinates LLILAS graduation ceremony and activities. Interacts frequently with university students, faculty, staff and outside agencies. Represents the graduate program to the Office of Graduate Studies and the International Office. Provides in-depth information and is responsible for clarification and interpretation and ensures compliance with institutional rules, regulations and procedures. Serves as staff liaison to student association, ILASSA. Coordinates career development, internship, and placement programs for graduate students. Tracks graduate professional placement and coordinates LLILAS alumni program, including alumni events. Designs and implements procedures for improvement to program activities. Gathers information and prepares reports for program analysis. Prepares and maintains statistical reports. Updates graduate catalog. Assists with various projects and committees as assigned. Participates in professional conferences and individual professional development. Serves as back-up course scheduler as necessary.

Marginal/Incidental functions

Other related functions as assigned.

Required qualifications

Bachelor’s degree. Three years of experience working with college students, ideally graduate students, in an administrative or advising capacity. Ability to interact in a professional manner with faculty, staff, students and the public. Excellent verbal and written communication skills using tact, diplomacy, and discretion at all times, including the ability to communicate with diverse populations. Independent decision making and problem solving ability. Demonstrated, recent, exemplary work record. Ability to organize short- and long-term priorities and projects and work with deadlines. Experience dealing with confidential and sensitive information. Ability to work independently and as a team member. Must be flexible and willing to take on new responsibilities. Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications

Master’s degree, preferably in Latin American Studies or a related discipline. More than five years of above experience. Experience as a graduate coordinator. Experience with EASI, FaSet, NRRECS, GSADM, HRMS, VIP, FRMS, Filemaker and Microsoft Office. Thorough knowledge of UT rules, policies, and procedures. Bilingual English and Spanish, or English and Portuguese, or trilingual. Basic understanding of Latin American cultures and societies. Experience working with alumni programs.

Working conditions

May work around standard office conditions Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation occasional evening and weekend hours




University of Florida: College of Liberal Arts & Sciences: 16880000 – LS-SPANISH & PORTUGUESE STUDIES


Gainesville, Florida

Open Date

Oct 8, 2018


The Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies at the University of Florida invites applications for a full-time instructor at the rank of Lecturer in the area of Portuguese language and culture, beginning August 16, 2019. This is a 9-month, renewable, non-tenure-track position.

Responsibilities of the position include:

  • Teaching three courses per semester, mainly in the Lower Division Portuguese program, with an occasional advanced course (dependent on departmental needs)
  • Participating in departmental activities, including committee work, ongoing training in pedagogy, curriculum development and supervision of adjunct instructors or teaching assistants
  • Working closely with the Portuguese faculty to promote Portuguese language and/or Brazilian studies through campus venues and social media, with a focus on student recruitment.
  • Additional desirable qualities include a working knowledge of Spanish, experience with Languages for Specific Purposes, familiarity with proficiency testing such as Celpe-Bras, and experience or interest in teaching and developing curriculum for study-abroad programs in Brazil.

The Department is committed to creating an environment that affirms diversity across a variety of dimensions, including ability, class, ethnicity/race, gender identity and expression. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service. Applicants are encouraged to visit the departmental website ( to learn more about the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies.


Candidates are required to have a Ph.D. in Portuguese or closely related field (M.A. or M.Ed. will be considered if other qualifications are outstanding), native or native-like fluency in Portuguese and English, demonstrated excellence as a Portuguese language instructor, and a strong commitment to working with diverse populations.

Application Instructions

For full consideration, applications must be submitted online at

A complete application includes (1) a letter of application summarizing the applicant’s qualifications, interests, and suitability for this specific position, (2) a complete curriculum vitae, (3) a teaching statement, (4) complete and unabridged course evaluations demonstrating excellence in teaching, and (5) a list of at least three references. After initial review, applicants who are chosen to receive further consideration will be asked to request confidential letters of recommendation from the references.

Applications will be reviewed beginning November 1, 2018, and the position will remain open until filled. Applications received after this date may be considered at the discretion of the committee and/or hiring authority.

All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment screening, which includes a review of criminal records, reference checks, and verification of education.

The selected candidate will be required to provide an official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an educational institution outside of the United States require evaluation by a professional credentialing service provider approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida’s Sunshine Law. If an accommodation due to disability is needed in order to apply for this position, please call (352) 392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at (800) 955-8771 (TDD).

The Department particularly welcomes applicants who can contribute to a diverse and inclusive environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service. The university and greater Gainesville communities enjoy a diversity of cultural events, restaurants, year-round outdoor recreational activities, and social opportunities.


Application Process

This institution is using Interfolio’s Faculty Search to conduct this search. Applicants to this position receive a free Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge.



University of Florida Latin American Studies Center

Job Title: Conference Event Planner

Job Responsibilities

Coordinate annual conferences, symposia, receptions, travel grants, and other events.  Duties include: securing date and location of event, corresponding with speakers and participants (sometimes communicating in Spanish and/or Portuguese), overseeing registration processes, making catering arrangements, attending events, coordinating with Communications Specialist in preparing and disseminating advertisements to appropriate campus and community media outlets, managing event budgets, and ensuring that fiscal paperwork is processed by staff after event is completed.

Collect data for evaluation, reporting, and proposal-writing.  Duties include: collecting existing data from campus offices and implementing surveys or other instruments to collect new data.

Coordinate a variety of activities related to the international education programs sponsored by the Center, including managing reciprocal student exchanges with Latin American universities, assisting with administration of study abroad programs held in Latin America, and supporting the Florida-Brazil International Linkage Institute.

Supervise one graduate assistant during Fall and Spring semester.

Coordinate with Center’s communication team to update, edit, and write new text for the Center’s website using content management software.

ADVERTISED SALARY: $16.94 – $20.11 hourly

Bachelor’s degree and two years of relevant experience; or a high school diploma and six years of relevant experience. Appropriate college coursework may substitute at an equivalent rate for the required experience.


Preferred qualifications include previous event planning and administrative experience, preferably in higher education; excellent writing and editing skills; strong attention to detail; good organizational and budget management skills; a command of Spanish and/or Portuguese; and computer literacy in Windows, Microsoft Office, and e-mail; and the ability to work and collaborate with a diverse range of people, including students, faculty, alumni, administrators, support staff, visiting scholars and dignitaries, and community members.

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS TO APPLICANTS: In order to be considered, applicants must upload a cover letter and resume.

Application must be submitted by 11:55 p.m. (ET) of the posting end date.

This position is eligible for veteran’s preference. If you are claiming veteran’s preference, please upload a copy of your DD-214 Member Copy 4 with your application for consideration. See our Veteran’s Preference Page for more specific information.



ADVERTISED: Eastern Daylight Time
APPLICATIONS CLOSE:Eastern Daylight Time

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Events and Communications Officer, Center for Latin American Studies


The Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) at Stanford University is a U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center committed to outreach to the scholarly community in California and the United States. The Center is a vibrant international hub that fosters an academic community and supports research and teaching, in all fields of study, as they relate to Latin America and the Caribbean. CLAS is one of the larger centers within Stanford Global Studies, with robust events and outreach programming that foster collaborations within the university and with academic communities in the U.S. and in Latin America. The Center’s academic programs encourage multidisciplinary approaches and draw on the expertise of active affiliated faculty members representing Stanford’s various schools and departments. CLAS offers two degree programs: an Undergraduate Minor and a Master of Arts degree. Every year the Center hosts a number of Tinker Visiting Professors, as well as other highly distinguished Latin American and Iberian scholars.  Candidates strongly encouraged to submit cover letter and resume.


CLAS Events and Communications Officer manages CLAS’ complex and diverse events programming and written public communications. This position works with a variety of constituents, including faculty, students, visiting professors, and other communications events planning personnel within SGS, H&S, and other schools, as well as with academic institutions in the U.S. and abroad. This position is responsible for planning and executing the Center’s events, including seminars, conferences, alumni engagement, commencement ceremony, and other related activities from inception to execution, including budget preparation and tracking, vendor negotiation, advertising, social media, event setup, presentation and materials support, and registration and attendee tracking. Under minimal supervision, this position will also provide support in planning, coordinating, and implementing the Center’s communications strategy, including the development of external written communications (e.g., assist in preparing content for internal or external newsletters), design and coordination of media relations efforts (e.g., understand email and digital content distribution), and social media presence. Successful applicants will have excellent project management skills, in addition to a demonstrated high-level of professional written communications experience.


  • Initiate and lead meetings with stakeholders to plan scope and format of events, establish and monitor budgets, and/or review administrative procedures and event progress.
  • Identify individuals/groups to attend and/or speak at public meetings or other events.
  • Serve as project leader on specific events, coordinating teams that plan, implement, and manage all aspects of events such as: marketing, vendors, fan experience, ticket office, concessions, press and/or media.
  • Responsible for budget planning and management, venue management and equipment and facilities management for specific events.
  • Develop, execute and oversee written communications of moderate complexity, including presentations, speeches, news stories, web content, talking points, and correspondence and social media posts.
  • Research and provide recommendations for potential event locations, and evaluate alternatives.
  • Procure and coordinate vendor services. Negotiate vendor contracts to minimize liability and risks.


Education & Experience:

Bachelor’s degree and three years of relevant experience or combination of education and relevant experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated success managing event teams and planning, developing budgets, and meeting budget goals.
  • Excellent project management skills, and the ability to manage complex timelines and multiple projects.
  • Excellent written communication skills, reporting skills, and skills in conceptual editing, copy editing, and proof reading are strongly preferred.
  • The capacity to write and synthesize materials and communicate information in a manner easily understood is strongly preferred.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, time management, and customer service skills. Must be well organized and detailed oriented.
  • Demonstrated high level of confidence in making strategic decisions, good judgment, and innovative and creative problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to interact and successfully collaborate with a broad spectrum of contributing groups and customers.

Certifications and Licenses:

  • Valid Non-Commercial Class California Driver’s License.


  • Frequently stand/walk, sit, perform desk-based computer tasks, and use a telephone.
  • Occasionally kneel/crawl, twist/bend/stoop/squat, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, and grasp forcefully, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh 21-40 pounds.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a California Non-commercial Class license and drive day or night.

* – Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.


  • May require some travel and working evenings and weekends.
  • On certain occasions, there may be times when you are expected to work off hours.


  • When conducting university business, must comply with the California Vehicle Code and Stanford University driving requirements.
  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University’s Administrative Guide,

Final offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of national criminal background check, national sex offender registry search and, where applicable, driving record.



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