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Business Advisor

12 Months | Start Date between Sep - Nov 2017

Peru - CuscoLocation:  Toronto

Start Date Sep - Nov 2017 (flexible)

Length of Placement 12 Months

Language Requirements Spanish

Spanish Reading: Level 3, Writing: Level 3, 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


Cuso International Peru is currently looking for a volunteer like you to support our partner, Takiwasi Laboratory in their implemention of a business plan.

For almost 9 years, the Takiwasi Laboratory has been producing and marketing natural health and personal care products, progressively developing a business unit within a non-governmental organization. Currently, the laboratory is initiating a process to formally become an independent social enterprise of the Takiwasi Association. In addition, after several years specializing in the phyto-pharmaceutical industry, the Takiwasi Laboratory is now transitioning into the dietary supplements sector by introducing new products to the consumer market that are already developed in a pilot scale, and others that are still in final stages of development.

Your role will be to support the team at Takiwasi Laboratory in becoming a financially sustainable social enterprise through the implementation of their business plan that establishes a reliable flow of income generation.

Additionally, you will work towards uniting every part of the production chain to strengthen Laboratorio Takiwasi and the partner communities that they work with. Your expertise will be essential in supporting the older generations in transferring their knowledge of traditional medicines to new eager ones, aiding your colleagues in forest conservation and regeneration, building the skills of the community and guiding the indigenous community partners in their certifications of fair-trade.

As a volunteer, you will:

- Strengthen the capacity and readiness of the Takiwasi Laboratory to operate as a social enterprise.

- Support the implementation of the Business Plan.

- Evaluate the costs and the financial strategy of the Takiwasi Laboratory.

- Support the consolidation of the medicinal and aromatic plants value chain.

Essential Academic Qualifications:

- University Degree in Business Administration

- Specialization in social enterprises and / or social economy

Essential Professional Background:

- Experience in organizational development, strategic support and business plans.

- High level of sensitivity to interact with indigenous populations.


About Our Partner


Our local partner, the Takiwasi Laboratory, produces natural health and personal care products using plants and natural ingredients from Peru’s steamy Amazon rainforest. The lab works with Indigenous Lamas Quechua and Awajún families in the sustainable cultivation and harvesting of plants, providing them with the opportunity to protect their forests, plant biodiversity, cultural identity and traditions, as well as build sustainable livelihoods.

The lab, which is a nonprofit organization, aims to formally become a social enterprise – a business that puts people and community first, ahead of private or personal gain, while operating in a commercially viable and sustainable way. Takiwasi is also transitioning into the herbal sector of the dietary supplement market. Just recently, Cuso International volunteers helped the lab launch Sumak, a fair brand of Amazonian herbal infusions. You can check it out here: http://bit.ly/2ifO7rb and take a look at this inspiring video about Takiwasi here: http://bit.ly/2i5OPEm    

For more information, please visit: http://www.laboratorio.takiwasi.com/english/


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.