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Sustainable Agriculture Research Advisor


7 Month | Start Date between Jun - Aug 2018

Location Peru

Start Date Jun - Aug 2018 (flexible)

Length of Placement 7 Months

Language Requirements Spanish

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


The Volunteer’s Role


We are looking for someone with a passion for agroecology and urban agriculture!

As a volunteer, you’ll be working with the Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina (UNALM) –Peru’s best university in the fields of agricultural, biological, and forestry sciences– to contribute to research projects that will directly benefit small-scale urban producers.

This volunteer placement will be located out of the UNALM’s “el Huerto” (the Garden), a 10-hectare plot of land used organic farming research. You will work with a dedicated team of agronomists, extension agents and students. It’s a great small-team environment, with plenty of opportunity to lead and learn.

As a volunteer, you will:

- Contribute to the design and implementation of a participative research project on four emblematic crops: atacco (amaranthus dubius), verdolaga (portulaca oleracea), quinua silvestre (chenopodium spp.) and tomatillo (solanum pimpinellifolium).

- Provide training and support to urban producer groups and associations involved in the participative research.

- Analyze research findings and write report.

Essential Academic Qualifications:

Degree in agronomy, biology, ecology, plant or social science, environmental studies, urban agriculture, other related fields or equivalent experience.

Essential Professional Background:

- Experience in participative research

- Strong communication skills


About Our Partner


Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina - Programa de Hortalizas

The National Agrarian University (UNALM for its acronym in Spanish) is a public university located in Peru’s capital, Lima. It is the Andean country’s best university in the fields of agricultural, biological, and forestry sciences.

El Huerto is the university’s vegetable crops research program. Its main goal is to promote sustainable and organic agriculture, including urban agriculture. El Huerto has 10 acres of land where organic agriculture is practiced.

For more information, please visit: http://www.lamolina.edu.pe/hortalizas/


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.