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Rural Development Advisor

Cusco Peru

12 Months | Start Date between Oct - Dec 2018

Location:  Toronto

City  Cusco, Peru

Start Date Oct -Dec 2018 (flexible)

Length of Placement 12 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 Resume and Statement of Interest

Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only

The Volunteer’s Role


We are looking for a volunteer to work with our local partner, the Arariwa Association, to improve the livelihoods of small indigenous dairy and guinea pig farmers living in acute poverty in Peru’s Andes. Key elements of this work include capacity-building of farmers as individuals or collectively as groups, and the promotion of indigenous women’s empowerment and economic leadership. During your volunteer placement, you will live in a small Andean town or in the city of Cusco –known as the Lost city of the Incas—, and work in different rural Indigenous communities in collaboration with local Arariwa staff.  

Dairy is one of the most important value chains in the Acomayo and Canas provinces, and the growing market demand for milk products (e.g. cheese) provides an opportunity for sustainable income-generation. Guinea pigs, which are high in protein and low in fat, show great potential to improve the nutrition and livelihoods of smallholder farmers by providing food and income, but also in the wider community with more affordable meat for sale at local markets.

In addition, you will support smallholder farmers to increase their income and power in the dairy and guinea pig value chains, thereby contributing to overall poverty reduction.


As a volunteer, you will:

- Conduct a value chain mapping exercise for the dairy and guinea pig value chains

- In collaboration with Arariwa and other relevant stakeholders, develop an action plan for each of the value chains

- Provide organizational development assistance and training to dairy and guinea pigs producers´ associations.

- Help Arariwa implement innovative and sustainable business models, and promote women’s economic leadership.

Essential Academic Qualifications:

Degree in Economics, Social Sciences, Business Administration, Agribusiness, International Development, Rural Development, Community Development or a related fields or equivalent experience.

Essential Professional Background:

- Experience in the agriculture sector and/or in rural business development

- Experience in organizational development

- Experience in capacity-building with participatory approaches

About Our Partner


Arariwa Association

The Arariwa Association has been working for over 30 years with small-scale producers from the region of Cusco; the organization has trained and strengthened producer associations, contributed to improving production, supporting technological innovation and ensuring increased supply of raw materials for processing and generation of added value.

The Arariwa Association is a non-governmental organization based out of the region of Cusco in Peru with more than 15 years of experience in providing financial services using the Community Bank Methodology. Its primary interest lies with rural producers, particularly indigenous or campesino female entrepreneurs. Arariwa's mission is to contribute to improving the living conditions of low-income women and their families by providing microfinance services and training on an ongoing basis.

The association believes that providing financial services is a tool that can be used to eradicate poverty, and not an objective in its own right.

Arariwa's Microfinance Project is organized into five agencies: Cusco, Urubamba, Paucartambo, Quillabamba and Sicuani the last of which will lead the project's implementation and they strive for it to be self-sustainable, with dedicated staff committed to working with low-income families.

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 (Return flight, emergency medical insurance, vaccinations)

- 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.