English Language and Business Literacy for Tourism Specialist

Project Description

The Ministry of Culture, Tourism, and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) in Nepal has requested the support of Peace Corps Response Volunteers (PCRVs) to support small business owners and workers in tourism-dependent communities in the Gandaki Province. One of Nepal’s tourism sector priorities is to expand community-based rural and home-stay tourism. Rural area-based tourism, trekking, mountaineering and homestays have been instrumental in creating rural job opportunities. However, rural tourism faces a number of challenges including inadequate language skills and inability to link entrepreneurship development with tourism development.

The PCRV will will work closely with the assigned community counterparts to teach small group and one-on-one sessions of English language to homestay operators, porters, trekking guides, restauranteurs, and other small enterprise owners involved in commercial tourism and hospitality activities. The PCRVs will also assist business owners and operators to improve business operations by teaching basic business literacy and marketing skills. The overall goal of the project is to support small businesses and tourism workers to improve their English and business understanding to increase not only the income from tourism in these communities but also to enhance the experience of tourists visiting these communities for trekking, Nepali culture, and Himalayan mountain views.

Please note that departure dates and other details of this project could change because of the uncertainties as Peace Corps and local partners resume volunteer operations. Candidates selected for this position will be arriving in Nepal together as a group, so while the departure dates for the whole group could change, dates cannot be changed for individual candidates.

Partner Information

Ministry of Culture, Tourism, and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA)

Required Skills

• High tolerance for ambiguity and high level of flexibility – some details of this project could change because of the uncertainties as Peace Corps and local partners resume volunteer operations
• Bachelor’s degree in any relevant field
• At least 3 months of experience in teaching English as a Second Language or tutoring
• Strong coordination and community integration skills
• Demonstrated ability to live and work in a multi-cultural settings
• Excellent people skills with demonstrated flexibility and patience
• Experience with navigating social media

The Peace Corps embraces and leverages the diversity of its volunteers as a reflection of America's diversity. Peace Corps Response is committed to reflecting the diversity of the United States in the professionals we send into the field to support the mission of world peace and friendship. Applicants with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

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Medical Considerations

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