Over the last few weeks, I’ve traveled down the road of searching for jobs locally, state-wide, and nationally in the early childhood organizations, agencies, and communities of practice. These explorations have helped me imagine my in a “variety of jobs that foster the well-being of children, families, and the early childhood field” (Laureate, 2011).
Today, I will explore the international community of early childhood. I’m a bit excited because this opportunity not only will inspire my thinking about places you might like to work and live, but also the roles I might like to take on anywhere in the world.
Three international organizations and/or communities of practice that appealed to me that work for positive change for children and their families are:
- Save the Children : this organization serves also as a community of practice. They have the ability to organize, delegate, and execute plans for making the world a better place for children. They “work in the hardest-to-reach places, where it’s toughest to be a child” (Save the Children, 2020). While employment opportunities aren’t mentioned on their site, there many ways to help support their mission and get involved. Two that caught my attention were volunteering and becoming an advocate for the children. Advocates help “to take action on critical issues and urge government leaders to make children a top priority” (Save the Children, 2020).
- United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) : This organization provides information and articles on the struggles against stigmatization on children with disabilities; like autism. Their purpose is to “save children’s lives, defend their rights, and to help them fulfill their potential” throughout life (UNICEF, n.d.). This organization also does not mention job opportunities on their site. However, volunteering “to help us reach the children and young people in greatest need” is encouraged and supported. No prior experience is required to volunteer. Once placed at a UNICEF country office, you are provided with the support and necessary training to become an advocate for positive change (UNICEF, n.d.).
- Autism Behavioral Intervention NSW : This organization provides assessments and behavioral interventions piloted behind the ABA principles. Their mission is to “provide A family centered approach to delivering the evidence-based practice of ABA to families” (Autism Behavioral Intervention, 2021). To join their team you’re “required to have a NDIS Worker Screening Check” (Autism Behavioral Intervention, 2021). One that sparked interest with this organization was the Senior Behaviour Specialist. For this position, you have to have a degree in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) or Positive Behaviour Support (PBS); in addition to having prior experience working with children in a behavioral therapy framework.
Autism Behavioral Intervention. (2021). Retrieved from https://behaviourplus.org
Save the Children. (2020). Retrieved from http://www.savethechildren.org/
United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.unicef.org/