By sharing your professional knowledge and expertise, you can make a positive difference in Canada and around the world. We’ve been successfully matching our expert Volunteer Advisors (VAs) with clients and partners in 122 countries for since 1967. Our volunteers make real improvements where they work, which ripple out in meaningful and lasting ways, driving both economic and social change.
Our expert VAs are highly-skilled professionals who advise, mentor and share strategic and technical expertise with partners and clients through a planned sequence of short-term, strategic assignments. They are Canadian citizens (or permanent residents) who represent a wide range of industries and professional skill sets.
Fill out the CESO Volunteer application form and attach your resume.
Each application is carefully reviewed to ensure a strong match between a volunteer’s skills and the needs of the project.
You will be invited to a one-hour virtual orientation session to learn more about CESO, followed by a phone interview and reference check.
Pay the $100 through PayPal.
Successful candidates will receive a welcome letter and log-in information for the myCESO online information portal.
Congratulations – you are now eligible to apply for assignments!
Upon becoming an active Volunteer Advisor (VA), you will be asked to pay the one-time $100 Administration Fee.
All volunteers applying to CESO for the first time pay a $100 Administration Fee. This fee is to cover the costs associated with the services that help make your entire volunteer experience a positive one. Please note, your payment of the fee does not guarantee that you will be selected for an assignment, however, you will be eligible to see a full list of current assignment opportunities in our internal myCESO portal.
International assignments – CESO covers the costs associated with:
National assignments – CESO covers the costs associated with:
When booking airfares, CESO must comply with the requirements stipulated in our funding agreement with our program funder, which states:
“Global Affairs Canada will limit the reimbursement of plane tickets to the lowest fare available at the time of reservation even when the Organization chooses not to use this fare”
This means that you must accept the most direct and cost effective route to and from the assignment and travel will be in economy class. If you would like to book upgraded seats, you will be responsible to pay the difference. Please speak with your Program Coordinator if you would like to learn more.
CESO is not able to provide insurance for Volunteer Advisors who are 79 years of age or older as the eligibility for medical coverage and AD&D (Accidental Death & Dismemberment) insurance through our provider, AIG, ceases at 79 years of age.
In the past, CESO may have permitted VA’s, over the age of 79 or residing outside of Canada, to arrange and pay for their own medical insurance in order to fulfill assignments. However, effective immediately and in keeping with our risk management practices, we will no longer be able to accommodate this independent option.
All Volunteer Advisors must be covered under a Canadian provincial health program (e.g. BC Services Plan, OHIP, Quebec Health Insurance Plan). Applicants without this will not be permitted to go on assignment.
Yes, you can bring your spouse/partner at their own expense and only with the permission of both CESO and the client. Our funding applies only to the expenses of the volunteer, not the spouse/partner.
International assignments typically last from two weeks to four weeks (with some exceptions, where assignments may last up to 6 months). National assignments typically last from two days to two weeks.
Our assignments are driven by client demand and as such we cannot guarantee a certain number of assignments over any period of time. We regularly speak with program partners and communities in need to see where we are able to provide services, and the number of available assignments is constantly changing.
As a volunteer you are expected to:
We try to provide volunteers with as much notice as possible about a potential assignment. Typically, for national assignments successful candidates will be given two weeks to one month’s notice to prepare and deploy for assignments. For international assignments, successful candidates will typically be given two weeks up to a few month’s notice.
myCESO is our internal web portal that gives you access to all current volunteer opportunities, as well as detailed information and any documents necessary for your assignments. You will gain access to myCESO upon becoming an active Volunteer Advisor (VA).
If you are experiencing difficulties logging into your myCESO account, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for immediate assistance.
For questions in English, please contact our recruitment manager Jennifer Rovet at 1-800-268-9052, ext. 4100, or at email@example.com