Location Juanjui, San Martin, Peru
Spanish Reading: Level 4, Writing: Level 4, Speaking: Level 4
Language Scale: http://www.cusointernational.org/languageratingscale
Please submit a Spanish Cover Letter and Statement of Interest
Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents only
Youth are the future of Peru’s rural poverty reduction. However, few young people see a future for themselves in agriculture or rural areas, where they face numerous obstacles in accessing knowledge and training, meaningful economic opportunities and participation in decision-making
Our local partner ACOPAGRO, a cocoa cooperative located in Peru’s steamy Amazon jungle, is working to harness rural young people’s energy and inspiration by creating a supportive environment for them to create a future for themselves and contribute to the communities in which they live.
Your role will be to support ACOPAGRO in empowering rural young people through life and business skills training. As such, you will play a key role in helping young people overcome specific challenges to engage in cocoa farming and entrepreneurship initiatives.
During your volunteer placement, you will live in the town of Juanjui, which is surrounded by luxuriant tropical vegetation and located nearby the Río Abiseo National Park, recognized as a World Heritage Site for its archaeological sites, flora and fauna.
As a volunteer, you will:
- Develop a life and business skills training program for rural young people
- Visit different rural communities to identify youth interested in participating in the life and business skills training program
- Design and deliver engaging workshops on business planning and management, marketing, finance, innovation and other relevant topics
- Work one-on-one with program participants to develop easy-to-use tools to track their progress
- Provide ongoing support to youth entrepreneurs
Essential Academic Qualifications:
Degree in economics, business administration, rural or international development, finance, marketing or equivalent experience.
Essential Professional Background:
- Experience working with entrepreneurs and/or start-ups
Cooperativa Agraria Cacaotera Acopagro
Cooperativa Agraria Cacaotera Acopagro or Acopagro Agricultural Cooperative of Cocoa is an organization of small cocoa producers located in the Central Huallaga Valley, in the region of San Martín that started in 1997 with only 27 members. Their growth has been quick and now count with over 2,000 members (producers) distributed among 4 provinces in Peru: Mariscal Cáceres, Huallaga, Bellavista and Picota.
The cooperative focuses on promoting the production of cocoa, from planting, maintenance, harvesting and export of organic cocoa beans with amazing flavor and aroma to achieve the satisfaction of their customers.
Acopagro's success has reached international markets and now export to Italy, France, Switzerland, The Netherlands and the United States.
Cuso International terms and conditions allow you to lead a modest and healthy lifestyle while being effective in your placement. This support package will cover basic living expenses for one volunteer and is not intended to cover home-based expenses (ex. loans, support payments, etc.) or luxury items such as imported items in placement or international personal travel.
- 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
- 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
We ask each volunteer, regardless of placement length, to raise $2,000. All volunteers receive support from Cuso International to help achieve the goal through fundraising. If the volunteer chooses not to fundraise or is unable to achieve the fundraising goal, he/she can make a one-time donation or become a monthly donor to support our work.
Depending on the nature of the placement, volunteers are encouraged to provide e-volunteering support to the local partner or Cuso International before or after the field placement. Volunteers also have the option of requesting support from an e-volunteer to help them with their work while they are in placement.
Residency and Citizenship
The majority of Cuso International volunteer applicants are residing in Canada at the time of application and during the pre-departure process. Occasionally we received applications from volunteer applicants who are residing outside of Canada at the time of application. In both instances, between your application date and placement start date, we must be able to contact you and you must be able to contact us easily and promptly throughout the process.
We may require your passport and would need to be aware of your current place of residence and any travel plans you may have during this time. You will also require unrestricted access to Canada during this time for assessment and training, as applicable.
Leaving your country of residence can have significant effects on your citizenship status in that country. It is your responsibility to research the consequences of travelling to Canada during the pre-departure process if you are living outside of Canada and of leaving your country of residence for a placement with the immigration authority where you live.
By applying to this placement, you accept full responsibility for any consequences related to your citizenship, residency and immigration status or penalties as a result of travel to an assessment day, training course, international placement or other Cuso International related travel.
You must check the implications that apply to you, but examples include:
- Canadian permanent residents may need to make arrangements with immigration authorities before travelling. These arrangements allow them to travel without risk to their status in Canada. Without them, residency status may be withdrawn.
- Citizens of other countries, including those visiting Canada on a visa, may have travel restrictions.