Sustainable Rural Tourism Advisor

City  Cusco, Peru

Start Date Jun - Aug 2019 (flexible)

Length of Placement 9 Months

Language Requirements English, Spanish

English Reading: Level 3, Writing: Level 3, Speaking: Level 3

Spanish Reading: Level 3, Writing: Level 3, Speaking: Level 3

Language Scale:

Please submit a Spanish Resume and Statement of Interest

Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only

The Volunteer’s Role


Cuso International Peru is currently looking for a volunteer like you to support Centro Bartolome de las Casas (CBC),  an agency that is currently in the initial stage of their tourism operations. Your skills will be needed to help boost their presence in the tourism market of Cusco.

The agency aims to strengthen community-based rural tourism in the region to ultimately benefit local communities and improve the economic and socio-cultural factors in the area.

Your expertise will be essential in  strengthening and building the capacity of local colleagues in the Solidarity Economy Department as well as the tourism agency itself (named CBCtupay). In addition, your aim will be to share your knowledge with community members who  offer tourism services related to Responsible Tourism, Corporate Social  Responsibility, and Fair Trade. Your skills will help train  service providers in 4 rural communities in Cusco in sustainable tourism, ethics, and management.

You will play a key role in the communications strategy and the integration of the different organizational levels involved (from the CBC organization, to the rural tourism agency, and 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 CBCtupay travel agency.

- Train rural tourism service providers in Responsible Tourism and Community-based Rural Tourism.

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.

- Creativity, sound judgment and ability to work both independently and in a team.


About Our Partner


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

Key actions:

- 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

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.