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Rural Tourism Advisor

12 Month | Start Date between Jun - Aug 2017

Nicaragua - Natural Resources 1  

Location Nicaragua

Start Date Jun - Aug  2017 (flexible)

Length of Placement 12 Months

Language Requirements Spanish

Spanish Reading: Level 3, Writing: Level 3, Speaking: Level 2


Language Scale: http://www.cusointernational.org/languageratingscale

Candidates that have the right background for this placement but are not at the right level of fluency may be offered Spanish classes while in country provided they are willing to invest time to learn Spanish before their placement.

Please submit a Spanish Resume and Statement of Interest

Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents only  

The Volunteer’s Role


The Instituto de Promocion Humana (INPRHU) in Somoto has been working with Cuso Nicaragua for several years. The organization is aiming at improving living and working conditions, as well as facilitating the participation of marginalized and vulnerable populations in the department of Madriz, Nicaragua. Their programs are developed with the participation of families and community members, and cover a wide range of areas that will improve their lives. These include access to decent housing, improvement of health services, support of agro-ecological approaches in agriculture, food security and business development.

As a Rural Tourism Advisor, you will be working on a recent initiative in community tourism. You will be supporting four communities in San Lucas and identify their potential to develop a touristic package. You will be working directly with the four participating communities to train them in customer service, coach champions for the project in each community and accompany them in the process of developing an attractive touristic package that will support the economy of the communities.


As a volunteer, you will:

- Identify the touristic potential in the four communities of San Lucas

- Develop rural and sustainable touristic packages

- Organize groups of tourism champions with youth leaders

- Train families on customer services

Essential Academic Qualifications:

Degree or Diploma in Archeology, Cultural Management, Tourism, Travel or Hospitality

Essential Professional Background:

-Experience in the tourism and travel industry

-Strong writing skills

-Experience with design and facilitation of workshops and non-formal education sessions

-Experience with development of educational/learning material

-Sensitivity towards gender and generational equality

-Understanding of and sensitivity towards issues related to poverty


About Our Partner


Instituto de Promocion Humana

Founded in 1966, the Instiuto de Promotion Humana has been operating autonomously with respect to financial management and follows the philosophy and action lines of the national branch.

While headquarted in Managua, they have chapters in: Managua, Nueva Segovia, Estelí, Condega, Madriz and Bluefields.

Their objectives are aimed at improving living and working conditions, and facilitating participation of the most vulnerable sectors of the department of Madriz. They operate in partnership with local governments, government institutions and other development organizations that have a presence in the same target areas.

The organization, carries out its work with a model of integrated community development that facilitates the participation of families in the area who are most vulnerable and socially excluded, to improve their standard of living through access to land, decent housing and health infrastructure, and technical assistance. It also provides inputs to agricultural production using a diversified agro-ecological approach, to ensure food safety, and to support product processing and marketing.

The Instiuto de Promotion Humana also contributes to ensuring access to and quality of health and education services and in the prevention and eradication of child labor and trafficking. In recent years, it has incorporated community tourism projects and adaptation to climate change into its work.


Terms and Conditions


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.


Support Package

- 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.