Location Tarapoto, Peru
Start Date Apr - Jun 2019 (flexible)
Length of Placement 11 Months
Language Requirements English, Spanish
English Reading: Level 3, Writing: Level 3, Speaking: Level 3
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
We are looking for a volunteer that is passionate about community-based development, tourism and local agriculture! Help us support the ALLIMA CACAO cooperative and the Chazuta community become the next tourism destination in the region!
Green Amazon Association (Association of Agricultural Cooperatives of the Peruvian Amazon - Verde Amazónico (AVA) is a second level organization that groups that represents the cocoa producers of the San Martín region. Their mission is to represent and defend the partner organizations and provide them with specialized strategic services, contributing to the integral well-being of the cooperative families while also ensuring the sustainable development of rural communities and the agro-forestry chains of the San Martín region.
One of the cooperative members with potential for growth and diversification of income sources is the cooperative called ALLIMA CACAO that was created to eradicate the illicit cultivation of coca. This cooperative is located in the district of Chazula which is an area with great tourism potential and strong possibilities for alternative use of land.
As a volunteer, you will:
- Review the strategic plan of the partner organization and attend strategic meetings with the staff to make suggestions.
- Research the local legislation regarding the development of tourism at the local and national levels.
- Design a strategic plan to develop a community-based tourism project with a gender approach based on the needs of the ALLIMA CACAO cooperative.
- Support in the creation of projects with clear sets of intervention strategies to develop a new tourism network.
- Facilitate capacity building workshops related to community-based tourism services.
Essential Academic Qualifications:
- University degree in Tourism, Economy, International Development, Sustainable Community Development and/or related field.
Essential Professional Background:
- Planning tourism programs or projects - eco-friendly sustainable tourism.
- High level of sensitivity to interact with indigenous populations.
Asociacion Verde Amazonico
VERDE AMAZÓNICO, is a second level organization that groups and represents the cooperative of cocoa producers of San Martín region and it was established in 2009 by the cooperatives of ACOPAGRO, CAC Oro Verde, CAT Tocache and CAC La Divisoria. AVA has 17 cooperatives groups, representing 6,300 cocoa producers and other agroforestry crops in the San Martin region.
The member cooperatives are strategically located in the main cocoa valleys of the region.
Verde Amazónico, focuses its activities on two main areas:
- Strengthening of associativity and cooperativism
- Business and commercial development
In addition, AVA promotes the participation and articulation of policy advocacy and influenced by the development of research, proposal design and development.
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 (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
- Bonus: Additional return flight home or cash in lieu after 12 months of service for volunteers who extend for another 6 months
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.