City Cusco, Peru
Start Date Apr – Jun 2019 (flexible)
Length of Placement 11 Months
Language Requirements English, Spanish
Please cite PCDN as the source of the posting in your application.
Please submit a Spanish Resume and Statement of Interest
Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only
|The Volunteer’s Role|
Cuso International Peru is currently looking for a volunteer like you to support Centro Bartolome de las Casas (CBC), an agency that is currently in the initial stage of their tourism operations. Your skills will be needed to help boost their presence in the tourism market of Cusco.
The agency aims to strengthen community-based rural tourism in the region to ultimately benefit local communities and improve the economic and socio-cultural factors in the area.
Your expertise will be essential in strengthening and building the capacity of local colleagues in the Solidarity Economy Department as well as the tourism agency itself (named CBCtupay). In addition, your aim will be to share your knowledge with community members who offer tourism services related to Responsible Tourism, Corporate Social Responsibility, and Fair Trade. Your skills will help train service providers in 4 rural communities in Cusco in sustainable tourism, ethics, and management.
You will play a key role in the communications strategy and the integration of the different organizational levels involved (from the CBC organization, to the rural tourism agency, and all the way to rural communities) to achieve a fruitful 3-way collaboration.
As a volunteer, you will:
– Advise on quality standards and contributions to tourism certification opportunities for rural enterprises.
– Develop tourism products and cooperation agreements between rural communities and the CBCtupay travel agency.
– Train rural tourism service providers in Responsible Tourism and Community-based Rural Tourism.
Essential Academic Qualifications:
– University degree in Tourism, Economy, International Development, Sustainable Community Development and/or related field.
Essential Professional Background:
– Affinity for the Quechua culture and community-based Rural Tourism
– Ability to adapt to different contexts and environments (visits to indigenous communities).
– High level of sensitivity to interact with indigenous populations.
– Creativity, sound judgment and ability to work both independently and in a team.
– Modest monthly living allowance (varies depending country)
– Accommodation while in placement
– Return airfare and visa/work permit costs
– Cost of required vaccinations, antimalarial medication and health insurance
– Pre-departure training and in-country orientation
– Travel and accommodation for reintegration debriefing weekend
– Modest support for accompanying partners and dependents going on placement with you for 12 months or longer (Return flight, emergency medical insurance, vaccinations)
– Access to Employee Assistance Program while in placement and upon return
– Cuso International assessment day (Candidates must cover the first $200 of the most cost-effective travel expenses and all accommodation costs).
– Travel and accommodation for the five-day pre-departure training course and for in-country orientation
– Bonus: Additional return flight home or cash in lieu after 12 months of service for volunteers who extend for another 6 months