Volunteer Position – SDG Bootcamp Assistant

SDG Bootcamp Assistant

If you are interested in global issues and social justice, want to engage with the big issues in a practical setting and want an opportunity to network with civil society professionals we want you to volunteer with us!

As a network of over 100 members, the BC Council for International Cooperation seeks to provide opportunities for British Columbians to engage with global issues and get a taste of what it’s like to be part of the civil society sector. With 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to tackle locally and globally by 2030, there is much to be done – get involved today!

Description & Context:

BCCIC is looking for a qualified volunteer to play a key role in supporting the Youth SDG Bootcamp. The Bootcamp is a youth-training program, hosted by BCCIC, and which adopts a transformative change approach to train and educate inspired and motivated youth across B.C. The purpose of the Bootcamp is to provide local youth with the practical skills, tools, and know-how to become truly global changemakers working towards the SDGs in their own communities, across Canada, or globally. The SDG Bootcamp Assistant will be actively involved in the planning and coordination of the next Bootcamp which will take place between April and October 2018. The role will involve supporting the organization of Bootcamp logistics, communication and coordination with Bootcamp participants, development of communications and course materials, and participation in Bootcamp sessions and activities.

In order to volunteer in this position the SDG Bootcamp Assistant will need to be available to participate in the following three SDG Bootcamp training retreats:

  • Retreat 1 – April 11 to14 (To be held in Gibsons BC)
  • Retreat 2 – May 24 to 30 (A Road trip beginning in Gibsons and travelling through the Okanagan before returning to Vancouver)
  • Retreat 3 – July 12 to 18 (Travelling to the United Nations Headquarters in New York)

Possible Responsibilities and Tasks:

  • Help with planning and design of SDG Bootcamp curriculum and activities.
  • Organizing Bootcamp logistics including venues, travel arrangements, meals and refreshments.
  • Developing promotional materials and course materials (handouts etc.) for the Bootcamp.
  • Liaising with Bootcamp participants by email/phone to answer questions and provide updates.
  • Preparing and assisting in the facilitation of Bootcamp activities including training workshops, team and leadership building activities and public engagement events.
  • Gathering and analysing feedback and evaluation from Bootcamp participants.
  • Participating in and supporting all three of the Bootcamp retreats listed above.

What makes a good fit:

  • Passionate about sustainability and social justice issues and looking for an opportunity to pursue these interests and gain experience.
  • Knowledge of the Sustainable Development Goals or a strong interest in learning about and working with the SDGs.
  • Experience participating in personal development, team building or leadership retreats etc.
  • Interest in the role that the self and personal development plays in social justice and sustainable development work.
  • Adaptable with a high degree of tolerance for fluid and changing work tasks, priorities and challenges.
  • Able to work with a diverse range of personalities with an ability or curiosity for working with difference, disagreement and conflict.
  • Experienced at organizing events and logistics
  • Ideally comfortable with graphic design and Google apps.

Volunteer Benefits:

Volunteering with BCCIC is an unpaid experience for which no monetary compensation is provided. Understanding and appreciating those who volunteer with us are seeking to gain experience and contribute to moving toward a better world, BCCIC staff work with each of our volunteers to make the experience of volunteering with us as meaningful as possible. Our volunteers set their own schedules and decide collaboratively with a BCCIC staff member as to the tasks they wish to perform.

In your time us, you can expect:

  • To travel as a BCCIC delegate to New York and to attend the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) on the SDGs at the United Nations Headquarters.
  • All travel, accommodation and meals expenses covered by BCCIC during your participation in the three SDG Bootcamp retreats (this may require preparing and cooking your own meals) including travel to and from the retreats which will include airfare and travel to and from New York during Retreat 3. Travel costs outside of the retreats will not be covered.
  • Free membership to BCCIC during the time that volunteering is taking place;
  • Free attendance to events organized by BCCIC for its members while volunteering with BCCIC;
  • Opportunity to build one’s skills and CV as part of the BCCIC team;
  • Opportunity to learn more about the international development context in BC as part of a provincial network


The SDG Bootcamp Assistant will begin volunteering with BCCIC from the week of January 7th onward. Volunteering with BCCIC is flexible, but to reduce volunteer turnover we hope for the SDG Bootcamp Assistant to stay with us for the duration of the Bootcamp ending at the end of October. Please include the time commitment you are able to make within the body of your statement of interest. During your orientation, BCCIC staff will work with you to set the number of hours you wish to commit to on a weekly or monthly basis. In the past, BCCIC volunteers have generally committed to 7-14 hours a week.


All BCCIC volunteers have a half-day orientation session to better understand the organization and what it means to be a volunteer with us.

To express interest:

Please email your CV, a short (not to exceed one page) statement of interest to dan@bccic.ca. The statement of interest must include your time commitment including when you are able to start volunteering, when you want to finish volunteering, how many hours a week you would like to volunteer, and on which days/time you want to volunteer (e.g. morning or afternoons).  You must also state whether you will be able to attend all three of the SDG Bootcamp Retreats.

Deadline to express interest is Friday January 4th at 5:00 PM. Successful applicants will be contacted by Monday January 7th to arrange a follow-up interview.


BCCIC is a network of British Columbia voluntary international development organizations and provincial branches of such organizations committed to achieving sustainable global development in a peaceful and healthy environment, with social justice, human dignity and participation for all. For more information on BCCIC visit http://bccic.ca/