Location Mambele/Lobeke, Cameroon
Start Date Jul - Sep 2017 (flexible)
Length of Placement 12 Months
Language Requirements English, French
French Reading: Level 5, Writing: Level 5, Speaking: Level 5
English Reading: Level 3, Writing: Level 3, Speaking: Level 3
Language Scale: http://www.cusointernational.org/languageratingscale
Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents only
We are looking for a volunteer who is able to support the development of an ecotourism strategy for the Lobeke National Park and its periphery by analyzing and promoting its economic viability and identifying and promoting related options for livelihood improvements of local Baka communities.
- Ecotourism options evaluated with regard to their socio-economic impacts
- Ecotourism strategy developed in cooperation with MINFOF park services, WWF team, 2nd Cuso International ecologist volunteer and local communities
- Benefit sharing mechanisms with local communities developed and tested
- Necessary infrastructure investments identified and calculated
- Options for private-public partnerships to foster ecotourism investments evaluated and support from potential investors initiated
The position is expected to complement tourist development support by a 2nd Cuso International volunteer who will focus on ecological aspects and the further development of wildlife and nature-related tourist attractions. Both positions will be integrated in the local WWF team and will support the WWF Program Manager in all tourism-related activities.
We are trying to match the perfect volunteer to the perfect experience so our start dates can be flexible. It would just depend on the partner organization’s needs.
As a volunteer, you will:
- Hold meetings with stakeholders and review relevant documents, reports, studies on ecotourism activities in and around Lobeke NP
- Identify and prioritize current and potential ecotourism attractions to be targeted for further development according to their economic viability
- Assess the feasibility of ‘ethno ecotourism’ in consultation with local communities, initiate and supervise corresponding activities
- Carry out economic analyses of different ecotourism activities (tour packages) and discuss ecotourism development options with private tour operators and safari hunters and seek cooperation
- Document an ecotourism development strategy for Lobeke with emphasis on sustainable financing
Essential Academic Qualifications:
College or Univeristy degree in Tourism, Business Management or related subject with strong competence for economic cost/benefit analysis
Essential Professional Background:
- At least 3-5 years of practical experience in eco- and/or ethno tourism
- Proficient in calculating the profitability of tourism activities, also under consideration of necessary investments
- Fluent in French, able to write in English
World Wildlife Fund
The World Wildlife Fund's mission is to stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature. WWF is one of the world's largest conservation organizations. The Green Heart of Africa Global Initiative (GHoA GI) is a joint effort by the WWF Network to promote conservation of Congo Basin forests and associated habitats, species and services. It currently focuses on the following countries: Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon and the Republic of Congo.
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.