Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Please refer to “Steps to Become a Volunteer” earlier on this page.

All Catalyste+ Advisors must be covered under a Canadian provincial health program (e.g. BC Services Plan, OHIP, Quebec Health Insurance Plan). Applicants without this coverage will not be permitted to go on assignment.

In-person international assignments typically last from two to four weeks. In-person assignments in Canada typically last from two days to two weeks. Virtual assignments vary from one to two months depending on the program and assignment type. There are some exceptions for mentoring assignments, which could last up to a year with a few site visits.

We try to provide Advisors with as much notice as possible about a potential assignment. Typically, for assignments in Canada, successful candidates will be given two weeks to one month’s notice to prepare for and deploy to assignments. For international assignments, successful candidates will typically be given two weeks up to a few month’s notice.

myCatalyste+ is our internal web portal that gives you access to all current Advisor opportunities, as well as detailed information and any documents necessary for your assignments. You will gain access to myCatalyste+ upon becoming an active Catalyste+ Advisor (CA).

For questions in English, please contact Volunteer Services at For questions in French, please contact

For international assignments, Catalyste+ covers the costs associated with: 1. *Flights to and from the country of assignment 2. Entry visas 3. Health and accident insurance 4. Medical clearance/vaccinations 5. In-country travel related to the assignment (not including personal travel) 6. Food and accommodation up to a maximum of the established country daily rate 7. A per diem spending allowance. For national assignments, Catalyste+ covers the costs associated with: 1. **Travel to and from the assignment 2. Food and accommodation (up to a maximum of the established daily rate) 3. Travel and accident insurance 4. Incidental costs *When booking airfares, Catalyste+ 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.

Yes, you can bring your spouse/partner at their own expense and only with the permission of both Catalyste+ and the client. Our funding applies only to the expenses of the Advisor, not the spouse/partner.

As an Advisor you are expected to: 1. Work cooperatively with Catalyste+ staff, clients and partners in order to meet their defined needs 2. Act as a mentor and/or advisor to the client/partner you are working with. 3. Execute your assignment to the best of your ability, including pre- and post-assignment planning and requirements. 4. Represent Catalyste+ to the best of your ability at all times in accordance with our Code of Conduct.

With an internet connection and the proper tools, Catalyste+ Advisors can facilitate a transfer of knowledge and offer their expertise to support partners in a remote capacity. You can apply for a virtual assignment using the same process as an in-person assignment.

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