Volunteering With CESO: A Rewarding Experience
CESO (Canadian Executive Service Organization) is one of Canada’s leading volunteer-based development organizations. For more than 45 years, CESO has offered Canadians a unique opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others. Our volunteers (Volunteer Advisors) work with a diverse range of partners around the world to improve the economic health of businesses and communities, and consequently, the lives of individuals.
CESO’s greatest asset is our volunteers, who often have more than 25 years’ experience in their respective professions. Through sharing their wealth of knowledge and skill, CESO has been able to complete more than 47,000 assignments across Canada and in more than 120 countries.
Your Skills Could Make a Difference
Volunteering changes lives. If you have more than 10 years in a specific industry or in the public sector and are looking for a meaningful way to share those skills, becoming a Volunteer Advisor may be right for you.
All potential CESO volunteers must be:
- Eligible to work in Canada
- Able and willing to volunteer both in Canada and overseas
- An expert (at least 10 years of experience) in one of our high-demand skills areas
- Able to adapt to new cultures and environments
- Able to spend anywhere from two days to three months on an assignment
- Able to communicate regularly online
- Less than 80 years old (for insurance purposes)
How to Apply
Applying to become a volunteer is an easy three-step process that ensures that you are well informed about CESO and your responsibilities as a Volunteer Advisor.
Step 1: You will complete an online Volunteer Application Form, which will then be reviewed.
Step 2: You will be invited to a one-hour information session, during which you will have the opportunity to ask questions about CESO.
Step 3: You will then be asked to participate in a telephone or Skype interview with one of our recruiters. At this point we will also follow up with your professional references.
Once approved as a volunteer, Volunteer Advisors can apply for assignments.
- Business development
- Food processing and safety
- Natural Resource Management
- Tourism and Hospitality
- Hotel management
- Food and beverage management,
- Executive chefs and pastry chefs
What makes volunteering with CESO unique is our ability to provide an experience – either internationally or domestically – where you have the opportunity to share your professional knowledge and experience in meaningful ways, ultimately making a positive difference in the lives of others.
Reflecting on his volunteer work with CESO in the Philippines, Mike Garrett, previously the Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Toronto, says, “The fact that some of my recommendations [to clients] that were made years ago actually came to fruition and made a difference in people’s lives – is why I volunteer.”