Start Date Sep - Nov 2017 (flexible)
Length of Placement 12 Months
Language Requirements Spanish, English
Spanish Reading: Level 3, Writing: Level 3, Speaking: Level 3
English Reading: Level 3, Writing: Level 3, Speaking: Level 3
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
Cuso International Peru is currently looking for a volunteer like you to support the Centro Bartolome de las Casas(CBC) in the development and strengthening of their responsible tourism agency.
The agency is presently in its initial stage of operations and your role will be to its continued presence in the tourism market of Cusco. The agency hopes to strengthen community-based rural tourism in the region of Cusco in order to truly brings economic and socio-cultural benefits to the local communities.
Your expertise will be essential in strengthening and build the capacity of your local colleagues in CBC's Solidarity Economy Department, their responsible tourism agency named CBCtupay, as well as transfer your knowledge to the community members involved who offer tourism services in regards to responsible tourism, corporate social responsibility and fair trade. You'll also use your skills to train the community-based tourism service providers in 4 rural communities in Cusco in sustainable tourism ethics and management.
In addition, you'll be a key advisor in the communications strategy and the integration of the different organizational levels involved (from the CBC organization, to the rural tourism agency all the way to rural communities) to achieve a fruitful 3-way collaboration.
As a volunteer, you will:
- Advise on quality standards and contributions to tourism certification opportunities for rural enterprises.
- Develop tourism products and cooperation agreements between rural communities and the CBC tupay travel agency.
- Train rural tourism service providers in Responsible Tourism and Community-based Rural Tourism.
- Support the promotion and marketing of local tourism products towards Canadian, American, and European markets.
Essential Academic Qualifications:
- University degree in Tourism, Economy, International Development, Sustainable Community Development and/or related field.
Essential Professional Background:
- Affinity for the Quechua culture and community-based Rural Tourism
- Ability to adapt to different contexts and environments (visits to indigenous communities).
- High level of sensitivity to interact with indigenous populations.
- Demonstrated ability to prioritize tasks to meet deadlines.
- Person with creativity, sound judgement and ability to work both independently and in a team.
Centro Bartolome de las Casas
The Centro Center Bartolome de Las Casas (CBC), founded on 25 May 1974, is a private non-profit organization located in Cusco. The organization was created in response to the ongoing need to foster and promote the study and understanding of the cultural, historical, economic and socio-environmental dimensions of the Andean rural world; a world conceived as a specific reality that must be thought both as its past and present, as well as its future possibilities.
CBC´s work focuses on vulnerable rural populations on the following strategic areas:
- Governance and intercultural justice
- Sustainable Tourism and Fair Trade
- Water Management
- Intercultural Education
- Promote community-based rural tourism focusing on Responsible and Sustainable Tourism, through horizontal coordination between the enterprises and the community.
- Advice and support to local governments in the development of tourism management tools.
- Support value chains for small farmers, using the methodology of rural businesses networks and vertical articulation with restaurants and tourist hotels.
- Promote fair trade of traditional artisans from Cusco region
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.