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Hiring: Agriculture Advisor - Volunteer in Peru (Spanish)
Type: 12-month intntl. position with living allowance, accom., airfare, more (see below)
Organization: Cuso International
Location: Lima, Peru

  • Start Date: May/June 2024
  • Placement Length: 12 Months
  • Language Requirements: Spanish Level 4-Advanced

Please submit a Spanish Resume and Statement of Interest: . Please indicate you saw this posting at GoodWork.

Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada Only.

The Volunteer’s Role

Are you interested in the opportunity to contribute to an initiative that promotes urban agriculture in the second-largest city situated in a desert, to a significant impact? If this sounds appealing to you, then this position is the perfect fit! We are searching for individuals who possess dedication, respect, and a genuine passion for people.

Under the guidance of our partner organization, INGEC, you will play a vital role in executing urban agriculture projects in the southern districts of Lima, specifically Villa El Salvador, Villa Maria del Triunfo, and San Juan de Miraflores. These projects involve establishing and fortifying agroecological community gardens, as well as forming and strengthening agroecological school brigades.

Join Cuso International and apply for this volunteer position to provide support to our partner organization in Peru!

As a volunteer, you will:

  • Organize and conduct agroecological production workshops in community gardens and using shared pots.
  • Promote the implementation of enhancements in agroecological gardens.

  • Create visual aids for farmers to support garden production, such as annual planting plans and posters showcasing good agroecological practices.

  • Facilitate seed exchange activities and internships, among other initiatives.

  • Support farmers in obtaining the PAUL agroecological label.

  • Facilitate the organization of marketing fairs for promoting agricultural products.

Essential Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in agronomy, agriculture, farming, agriculture, environment or other related fields.

Essential Background:

  • 2-5 years of professional experience in related subjects.
  • Experience working in a developing country
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines
  • Creativity, judgement and ability to work both independently and in teams
  • Strong Spanish language (written and oral)

What’s in it for YOU? A life-changing experience!

About Us, the Project and the Partner

Cuso International

Cuso International is an international cooperation and development organization that works to create economic and social opportunities for marginalized groups. Together with our partners, we are focused on efforts to advance gender equality and social inclusion, improve economic resilience, and deliver progress on climate action. We believe that by sharing skills, we can build better futures. Founded in 1961, Cuso International works in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Canada.

Project - Sharing Canadian Expertise for Inclusive Development and Gender Equality (SHARE)

Cuso International will deliver the Sharing Canadian Expertise for Inclusive Development and Gender Equality (SHARE) project, with a contribution from Global Affairs Canada (GAC) over seven years (2020-2027). SHARE aims to improve the economic and/or social well-being of the poorest, most marginalized and vulnerable people, particularly women and girls, in developing countries, with a view to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals. In addition to increasing engagement of Canadians in international development and key global issues, this project will aim to increase the performance of country partners to deliver more inclusive, innovative and environmentally sustainable development initiatives that advance gender equality, in support of the action areas of Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy.

Partner - Integración, Gobernabilidad y Economía Circular (INGEC)

Integration, Governance and Circular Economy (INGEC) is a development promotion organisation made up of professionals with many years of experience in the fields of governance, territorial development, urban agriculture and circular economy, with a cross-cutting approach to equity and participation.

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 on country)
  • Accommodation while in placement
  • Return airfare and visa/work permit costs
  • Cost of required vaccinations, antimalarial medication, and health insurance
  • Pre-departure training, in-country orientation, and reintegration debriefing, including travel and accommodation (more details below)
  • On the ground support through our Cuso International country program office
  • Access to Employee Assistance Program while in placement and upon return
  • Bonus: Additional return flight home or cash in lieu after 12 months of service for volunteers who extend for another 6 months

Other Requirements:

  • Please note that if you are shortlisted for the placement, you will be required to:
  • Provide two Professional References and one Personal Reference
  • Complete an oral assessment during your preliminary telephone interview in the language required for your placement
  • Obtain a Police Check at our request
  • Complete a full medical exam and be medically cleared by the Cuso International Medical Advisor prior to your departure
  • Due to the COVID-19 situation, be double vaccinated in accordance with the World Health Organization-approved vaccines.


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.

Pre-departure Training and Briefing

We commit to helping you prepare as best as possible for your placement. You will have an advisor to support you through the process and will receive essential training as part of your preparation. This training is designed to maximize your understanding of your placement and culture, help you identify and plan your own learning, and help you stay safe and healthy during your placement.

Overview of pre-departure training:

  1. Skills and Knowledge for Working in Development (SKWID) program: blended online and in-person training, including 3-day training in Ottawa (Friday, Saturday and Sunday)
  2. Self-directed briefing documents, online training and external resources accessed through the volunteer portal
  3. Online health briefing
  4. Fundraising 101 Webinar

In-Country Training and Learning

You will receive an In-Country Orientation (ICO) that builds upon the pre-departure training. This will be conducted by either the country program office or the supporting partner organization. This normally lasts for 2-10 days (depending on language learning requirements and other factors). In some countries, volunteers will be able to access ongoing language training opportunities. In-Country Orientation equips you with the relevant skills, knowledge, and country-specific information to be successful in your placement. Furthermore, our Country Program Office or local partner will provide you with continuous in-country support throughout the duration of your placement.


Please submit a Spanish Resume and Statement of Interest: . Please indicate you saw this posting at GoodWork.


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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Mar 8 2023    ID: 67346