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 is needed to serve as a Tourism Specialist in Peru. Tourism has become one of the most important economic pillars in the country, so much so that it is considered as a relevant development strategy within the main public policies of the government. In order to maintain this industry, the National Service of Natural Areas Protected by the State (SERNANP) is tasked with directing and establishing the technical and administrative criteria for the conservation of Protected Natural Areas (ANPs), as well maintaining its biological diversity. A section of SERNANP’s organization, the Protected Natural Areas Management Office, is dedicated to tourism management in the ANPs. Furthermore, the Functional Operative Unit (UOF), which the Protected Natural Areas Management works through, aims to contribute to the vision of sustainable tourism through diversification and strengthening of tourism options and through the improvement and empowerment of sectors. These organizations, with the aid of Peace Corps Response, aim to promote the biodiversity and conservation in the Protected Natural Areas, thus securing the economic benefits for the local population that these areas provide, while also providing them with the opportunity to enjoy and value their natural heritage.

As the Tourism Specialist, the Response Volunteer will have several responsibilities, the first of which will be to work with the local organization team to purpose a new methodology to standardize the calculation of economic income from tourism projects within the ANPs. The Response Volunteer will also look into the current financial opportunities of the organization, identifying new financing possibilities through public or private institutions in order to promote tourism projects. With the help of the local organization team, he or she will also prepare an Action Plan to promote private investment in tourism within the PNAs, along with a list of key guidelines to analyze the tourism plans for the organization, ensuring they comply with the regulatory framework of national tourism. Finally, the Response Volunteer is responsible for designing and conducting training for the organization’s staff.

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

Functional Operative Unit (UOF) of the Office of Tourism Management in Protected Natural Areas (PNAs) of the National Service of Protected Natural Areas of Peru – SERNANP.

Required Skills

• Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Administration, Business, or related careers.
• Experience in the development of strategies, plans, guidelines on any of the following topics or related to them: sustainable development, economic development, local development, public management, or relevant topic.
• Experience advising tourism projects, measuring their economic impact.
• Experience working in the identification of financial opportunities for sustainable tourism projects in the Protected Natural Areas.
• Intermediate high to Advanced low 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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