Start Date Oct - Dec 2017 (flexible)
Length of Placement 12 Months
Language Requirements Spanish
Spanish Reading: Level 2, 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
Our partner in Nicarauga, Promotora de Desarrollo Cooperativo de Las Segovias (PRODECOOP), is a central of cooperatives, offering a variety of services to their producer members as well as their base cooperatives, in the region of Las Segovias, Nicaragua. They offer support on the coffee, honey and other productions value chains, with a specific emphasis on the production, transformation and the commercialization.
In the last years, PRODECOOP has been exploring the tourism potential of the region, specifically with a community called Cante Gallo. They are currently developing a community tourism plan with members of the community, a project that was initiated by a previous Cuso International volunteer. PRODECOOP is looking for someone like you, who can give continuity to the strategic plan and strengthen the community's capacities in developing a touristic package.
You will work closely with PRODECOOP staff to develop support in the tourism value chain to their members. Your expertise in promotion and marketing will also be beneficial to other projects that are currently in the works, such as the hotel that PRODECOOP is currently managing and a coffee tour that is offered to tourists coming to the area.
As a volunteer, you will:
- Strengthen the capacities of Community on rural tourism
- Support Prodecoop on the development of a marketing strategy for the touristic packages
- Support Prodecoop on the development of touristic packages
Essential Academic Qualifications:
- University degree in marketing, tourism
Essential Professional Background:
- Experience developing tourism packages
- Understanding of rural tourism
Promotora de Desarrollo Cooperativo de Las Segovias (PRODECOOP)
PRODECOOP was created in 1993. Its associate producers are located in different communities and coffee regions of Esteli, Madriz, and Nueva Segovia in northern Nicaragua. This organization is formed by 38 cooperatives of 2,300 small producers, 30% of which are women. PRODECOOP offers commercialization and cooperative development services that include technical assistance, training, credit, institutional strengthening, improvements in coffee quality and social projects. PRODECOOP is a certified cooperative organization in which 100% of its associates work with fair trade since 1992, exporting directly to international markets. Currently it has clients in Europe, the United States and Japan.
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.