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“Job descriptions” for Yachaqui Wayi volunteers

 

First of all, we would like to thank all our ex, actual and future volunteers for their important support and effort in order to make Yachaqui Wayi a unique place in Peru!

    • If you are interested in a vacancy, you can apply for a volunteer position by sending your letter of motivation to info@yachaquiwayi.org, preferably in Spanish. Please include a CV in Spanish as well.
    • Half-time positions can be combined with other half-time positions, or enable people to perform an investigation besides their work at Yachaqui Wayi.
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Process:

  • After you apply you will receive an email from us about the status of the specific position you applied for. Some positions have an A.S.A.P.-status, which means that if we think you are a suitable candidate you can start as soon as you want. Some positions, however, have a certain date ate which should be started, and we will wait for other volunteers to apply before we decide.
  • Before you arrive in Huaraz we will have contact about your exact responsibilities, completed with a conversation on your first day in Huaraz. These responsibilities will be put in your contract, which will mention the responsibilities and the amount of time you have to accomplish them. This construction assures us that we are giving a free room to a motivated volunteer. Of course we can change the arrangement, if necessary and all parties agree.
  • While you’re in Huaraz you’ll get an orienting tour about Yachaqui Wayi and its activities on the first day. We will set up a work plan and give you all the information you need in order to perform your job. We will ask you to write reports at certain times, and together we will evaluate your work and progress. Of course, you can ask us any question at any time.
  • At the end of your stay we will evaluate your work together and, if completed successfully, give you your certificate. We would be happy to write recommendation letters or other documents you want.

If you have any more questions, please check the FAQ at the bottom of this page or write us. Thank you very much!

Marketer
CBT projects quality Officer
Weaver’s Demonstration Site and Shop
English teacher.
Hospitality trainer
Frequently Asked Questions:

 

 
 

Marketer

Position:                      Half or full-time
Duration:                     Three or six months
Possible period:           Between December and June 2006
Place:                          Yachaqui Wayi, Huaraz

Responsibilities:          Marketing the project Yachaqui Wayi and the projects that YW promotes: the community-based sustainable tourism projects (Vicos, Humacchuco and Inka Naani) and the Weaver’s Demonstration Site and Shop. Improving our website, and linking it to important travel and sustainable tourism websites, contacting tour operators nationally and internationally, organizing promotional events, writing to guidebooks, and so on.

Candidate’s profile:     A tourism study or marketing study, affinity with sustainable tourism and community-based tourism, wide knowledge of different languages (Spanish, English and French or German), very good writing skills.

 

CBT projects quality Officer

Position:                      Half or full-time
Duration:                     Two or four months
Possible period:           Whenever
Place:                          Yachaqui Wayi, Huaraz


Responsibilities:          Improving the quality of the tourism projects of Vicos and Humacchuco by giving workshops to the project members based on the tourist evaluations and former workshops, with practical guidelines in order to motivate them to keep on improving their products. These workshops will be given within the communities.


Candidate’s profile:     Affinity with community-based tourism, experience in working with local communities and giving participative workshops. A motivator, fluent in Spanish.

Weaver’s Demonstration Site and Shop

Position:                      Full-time
Duration:                     Two to three months
Possible period:           Between January and April 2006
Place:                          Yachaqui Wayi, Huaraz


Responsibilities:          The weavers have had a hard time organizing themselves within their community. Even though they get the opportunity to have a shop to sell their products in Yachaqui Wayi, there have been problems with their participation, and many have not complied with their responsibilities. A re-organization of the two weaver’s groups is probably on its way, but at the moment it’s hard to say how things will develop.
In January, we would like to start the workshops with the weavers. The first workshop should deal with the problems that existed, and motivate them to start working in an organized way with the ones that have shown responsibility and enthusiasm. This workshop will be done together with the Yachaqui Wayi Project Coordinator. After this workshop, other workshops are necessary dealing with themes like: design of the shop, organization of their work, and other themes necessary to make their shop work. The volunteer should accompany the weavers in the whole process and assist with everything they need. The volunteer will also be partly responsible for marketing the shop, developing marketing materials, etc, probably in co-operation with the marketing volunteer.


Candidate’s profile:     Experience in working with traditional communities and knowing the dynamics of campesino villages is very important. You have to speak excellent Spanish, as well. Affinity with weaving projects or other local businesses is a pro. You have to understand our participative approach within our project: your role is advising and supporting the weavers in developing their shop, which they feel they designed and developed. Experiences in marketing small local businesses will also help you a lot.

English teacher

Position:                      Half-time
Duration:                     Doesn’t matter
Possible period:           Always
Place:                          Yachaqui Wayi, Huaraz


Responsibilities:          Giving general and “Yachaqui Wayi-specific” English classes to our two campesino project coordinators and separately to other interested project members, all campesinos. These workshops will be given once a week at set times, communicated to all project members on forehand, and will have a very basic level. The two campesino project coordinators, however, have enjoyed some English lessons already and are improving their English. Yachaqui Wayi-specific classes means getting them ready for conversations with tourists in the Educational Room, receiving people for the hostel and promoting the sustainable tourism projects in their communities. The campesino coordinators should get one or two hours of English every day of the week. You will need to prepare the classes, materials like exercises and tapes, etc.


Candidate’s profile:     Proven experience with giving classes English as a second language, lots of patience and a good knowledge of the Spanish language is necessary.

Hospitality trainer

Position:                      Half-time
Duration:                     One month
Possible period:           Always
Place:                          Yachaqui Wayi, Huaraz


Responsibilities:          Giving trainings to the campesino workers of Yachaqui Wayi in different aspects of hospitality, to make the hostel part of Yachaqui Wayi functioning perfectly. These trainings should take place every working day, one or two hours. You are responsible of preparing the classes and necessary materials and if necessary making contacts with local hostel owners which offered to let our campesino coordinators come to visit their hostels to see the practice.


Candidate’s profile:     Experience and/ or studies in hospitality management, experience in training people, good communication skills and good knowledge of Spanish.

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

What kind of room do I get?
We have three volunteer rooms, each with two beds. You might need to divide your room with another volunteer. The rooms are simple but clean, and have no private bathroom. We have three public showers with hot water 24/7. And there are four public toilets.
If you wish to have a private bathroom, we can give you one of the tourist rooms with a discount, but only during the low season. The guests get priority, of course. There are also two tourist rooms with internet connection.

What do I need to bring?
Your bed comes with sheets and blankets, of course, but we do ask you to bring a towel for your personal use.
If you have a laptop, it would be wise to bring it. We have only three computers, of which one is in use almost full-time, and another one half-time. Depending on the amount of volunteers, having your own laptop would be of great use!
Living in Peru means living in a stunningly beautiful natural environment. So bring your hiking boots, hat, and other hiking attributes. But it also means living in a country in development. So do not bring too much luxury goods or beautiful clothes.

Is there a computer/ internet connection I can use?
Yes, we have three computers, but one of them is used full-time and the other one half-time. Depending on the amount of volunteers at Yachaqui Wayi at the same time, it might come out handy to bring your own computer. We are hoping to get more computers donated in the future.
We do have a cable internet connection with eight outlets. Five in the office, one in a small office next to it (ideal for independent investigating volunteers) and two connections in rooms, of which one is available for tourists and, during the low season, for volunteers. Use of internet is free and 24 hours a day.