Tourism Development Advisor

Location Vientiane, Laos

Start Date  Jun - Aug 2019 (flexible)

Length of Placement 9 Months

Language Requirements English

English Reading: Level 5, Writing: Level 5, Speaking: Level 5

Language Scale:

Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only

The Volunteer’s Role


As the Tourism Development Advisor, you will support tourism activities at the  national and provincial level for the Swisscontact tourism program: Mekong Inclusive Growth and Innovation Program (MIGIP). Cuso International has been  closely  collaborating with Swiss Contact to implement the programme since February 2017 to help them in areas of Tourism Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Tourism Destination Management & Network Development. This is an exciting opportunity for anyone looking to expand and use their tourism skills.

As a volunteer, you will:

- Support National Destination Management Network intervention (Vientiane) and Southern Laos Destination Management Network (Pakse).

- Lead the  implementation of selected Lao National Marketing activities - drawn from Lao National Tourism Marketing Strategy.

- Support responsible tourism interventions in MIGIP field sites - Southern Laos and Khammouanne (Hin Nam No National Protected Area). MIGIP will continue activities in Southern Laos until December 2020 and will be engaging with local stakeholders in the Hin Nam No National Protected Area to develop sustainable tourism options (from April 2019).

- Contribute to Cuso International's VOICE project (Volunteers for International Cooperation and Empowerment) broader strategy implementation and identify measures to address gender and inclusion within the placement.

Essential Academic Qualifications:

- Master’s Degree in Tourism Management (Although a Degree in Tourism backed up by substantial relevant experience at a senior level would be considered)

Essential Professional Background:

- Work experience in tourism destination management

- Desirable experience in organizational development



About Our Partner



Swisscontact is the business-oriented independent foundation for international development cooperation founded by the Swiss private sector in 1959 with more than 100 projects in 33 countries around the globe. At the core of Swisscontact’s work stands a strong belief in the strength of the private sector, in particular micro, small and medium enterprises, as income generators, and creators, and overall engines for a more inclusive, sustainable growth, Swisscontact is based in Zurich, Switzerland.

Swisscontact’s expansion into the Mekong region has started in 2012 and offices were set-up in Lao PDR in December 2012, in Myanmar in October 2013, while the process in Cambodia has been started during 2014. Over the recent past Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia have experienced stronger political, as well as economic opening and integration, accompanied by impressive GDP growth rates.

Swisscontact’s Mekong Inclusive Growth and Innovation Programme (MIGIP) focuses on enterprise development in tourism and agriculture sectors. The aim of MIGIP is a more inclusive growth, contributing a job creation and income generation for smaller firms and farms in tourism and agriculture.

The four main intervention areas of the project are as follows:

Intervention area 1: Skills Development

Intervention area 2: Product Development

Intervention area 3: Marketing, promotion and information management

Intervention area 4: Destination Management

A profile of Swisscontact as a global organization is included as an uploaded document at this site and further details are also available at: and

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

- 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 to Cuso International before or after their field placement. Volunteers can also request e-volunteer support to help them with their work, or any other partner-requested task 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 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 pre-departure training, an 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.