Rural Tourism Specialist

Before You Apply

Peace Corps Response positions are open to returned Volunteers or U.S. citizens with significant professional and technical experience.

Project Description

A Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) who speaks advanced Spanish is needed to serve as a Rural Tourism Specialist for the Laraos community in Peru. Tourism in Laraos has been growing for some years and the community is seeking to sustainably develop their tourism sector through the use of resources, keeping traditional terracing alive, and the diffusion of Laraos’ culture, tradition, and history. By 2023, Laraos aims to be a tourist destination of quality and comfort, offering diverse tourism activities. Achieving this goal will boost the local economy, develop entrepreneurship, and empower local leaders. Laraos faces several challenges preventing them from reaching their goals, primarily a lack of structured and innovative ideas for how to achieve their purpose with their available resources.

A Rural Tourism Specialist with experience in the tourism sector is needed to develop a strategy of entrepreneurship, develop community workshops, and provide ongoing support to stakeholders in order to increase tourism linked to the rural environment. After assessing the community, the Rural Tourism Specialist will develop a plan to strengthen business and marketing skills and train community trainers in tourism opportunities. They will also provide training to community leaders on managing innovative financial strategies that may strengthen small and medium-sized local businesses. The PCRV will also advocate for rural community tourism in the district of Laraos by promoting, disseminating, and supporting rural lodgings, tourist restaurants, boat ride services, tour guides, and other tourist resources in the area. The goal of this assignment is to build the capacity of the Laraos community members in order to increase tourism to the area.

Please note that this position is one of several that will depart for service in Peru at the same time. It is unlikely that the departure date will change but applicants will be notified if the date does change. Please only apply if you are available on the date listed and if you can serve for the entire duration of the project.

Partner Information

Laraos Community

Required Skills

The minimum profile required for the volunteer is:
• Bachelor’s degree in Tourism, Business Administration, Economy, Finance and/or related fields
• 1 to 3 years’ experience in social and economic development of communities with a rural tourism focus
• Strong experience in business development capacity building with small groups and/or associations
• Proven skills in educating adults on financial education using non-formal education strategies
• Effective organizational skills, leadership and dedicated personality to work in a dynamic environment and friendly team
• Advanced-mid level Spanish

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.

Medical Considerations in Peru

  • Peru may not be able to support Volunteers with the following medical conditions: insulin-dependent diabetes; requiring a psychiatrist for psychotropic medications support; ongoing counseling.
  • The following medication(s) are not permitted for legal or cultural reasons: none identified. 
  • Volunteers who should avoid the following food(s) may not be able to serve: none identified.
  • After arrival in Peru, Peace Corps provides and applicants are required to have an annual flu shot, to take daily or weekly medication to prevent malaria, and to receive mandatory immunizations.

Before you apply, please review Medical Information for Applicants to learn about the clearance process and other health conditions that are difficult to accommodate in Peace Corps service.

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