Micro-Enterprise and Business Skills Development in Peru

Work with local people from communities in Peru to develop their business skills and encourage them to grow their entrepreneurial ventures with a leaning towards a more sustainable future.


Program Information

On this program, you will gain practical experience valuable to your own career aspirations, while assisting in empowering a group of local women to learn more about micro-enterprise management. Your theoretical training skills are exactly what the community needs to assist with amplifying their entrepreneurial ventures. Whether you have experience in the fields of finance, marketing, accounting, management, operations, human resources or something similar, on this program you will make a direct contribution to providing the local community with the skills necessary to succeed in their ventures.

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Overview

This program involves participating in educational workshops and one-on-one business mentoring session on micro-enterprise business skills, training people from local communities and enabling them to become successful entrepreneurs. You will be directly involved in setting up and implementing these workshops and mentorship sessions to create an engaging environment that is conducive to informative and practical business training.

The project focus is specifically geared towards developing your transferable skills, and in particular your leadership skills. You will possibly participate in a leadership course to build on your previous experience and to help you to develop key soft skills that will be crucial for future career prospects. Expect to be challenged and immersed in real projects, so you will need to be creative, agile, and resourceful, all the while mindful that you will be working with community members who have limited resources.

Program Details

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Project Life

This program takes place in the enthralling city of Cusco in Peru. You will be working on the project from Monday to Friday and will be off at weekends. Accommodation is in a centrally located house or apartment with electricity and shared rooms and bathrooms. You will enjoy daily communal meals with your fellow volunteers.

Possible activities you could be involved in, depending on the needs of the community at the time of your participation in the program:

  • Entrepreneurship training

  • Development of public speaking skills

  • Supply chain management of organic produce

  • Developing water protection and management plans

  • Teaching ways of obtaining microcredit

  • Talking to community members about the importance of proper business planning

  • Exploring common challenges faced by most microenterprises and how to overcome them

  • Delivering workshops on creating business plans

  • Facilitating training seminars and interactive activities, including role-playing

  • Encouraging and empowering the local community members regarding the benefits of a successful business and how it can help facilitate long-term sustainability

  • Teaching at local schools and working on community development projects

  • Helping the community develop their local Bed & Breakfast offerings to tourists visiting the area

Project Details

This program allows you to gain unique insight into Peruvian culture while providing an opportunity to make a tangible difference in the lives of the local community. Key sustainable impact opportunities include making a contribution to decent work and economic growth efforts, helping to reduce inequalities and assisting in making Cusco more of a sustainable city.

Peru’s short, mid, and long-term objectives:

All of GVI’s programs have short, mid and long-term objectives that fit with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This enables us to report on our collaborative impact across the world in a streamlined manner, measuring which UN SDGs we are making a substantial contribution to. Furthermore, this will help our local partners and communities measure and visualize their contribution to the UN SDGs.

Upon arrival to base, you will be educated about the history of the UN SDGs. You will learn about the specific goals of your location, the long-, mid- and short-term objectives, and also clarification of how your personal, shorter-term involvement contributes to these goals on a global level.Our aim is to educate you on local and global issues, so that you continue to act as active global citizens after your program, helping to fulfil our mission of building a global network of people united by their passion to make a difference.

Our Ethics

Below is a list of core ethics and best practices we believe are essential to the operation of high quality, ethical volunteer and sustainable development programs. We believe that all responsible volunteer and sustainable development operations should focus upon these principles. If you are considering volunteering, these are some of the key considerations you should question, to ensure that your time and money contributes towards positive change.


Our 10 Ethical Commitments

 

Locally Driven, Collaborative Projects

We aim to design all our projects in collaboration with local organizations and communities and ensure that they are locally driven.


 

Clear Objectives & Sustainable Outcomes

We aim to clearly define short-, mid-, and long-term objectives with sustainable outcomes for all our projects.


 

Impact Reporting

We aim to track, record, and publish the impact of each of our projects.


 

Working Against Dependency

We aim to build in-country capacity by assisting local organizations in becoming self-sustaining.


 

Responsible Exit Strategies

For each local organization we work with, we aim to have a plan in place for withdrawing support responsibly.


 

Clear Roles & Specialized Training

We aim to ensure that ever participant is assigned a clear role and that they are fully trained and supported to carry out their work by specialized staff.


 

Respect for all

In all our actions we aim to respect the skills and efforts of all and seek to protect the rights, culture and dignity of everyone who engages with GVI.


 

Local Ownership

We work to ensure that credit for the results of any project, along with any data collected, research conduct, or Intellectual Property developed, remains the property of local organizations.


 

Transitioning from the Orphanage Model

We do not condone and aim to withdraw support of orphanages and residential care centers.


 

Child and Vulnerable adult policies

We will live by our Child Protection and Vulnerable Adult policies.


Continual Development

As an organization, GVI is committed to striving toward best practice, and to educating both our potential participants, our partners, and the world at large about them. Both the volunteering and sustainable development sectors are increasingly, and rightly, under scrutiny. Many recent local and global articles highlight poor practices and questionable ethics GVI is widely recognized for striving to apply global best practice in the volunteering, education and sustainable development sectors throughout our operations by reputable organizations such as ChildSafe.


However, global best practice is always evolving and we dedicate both time and resources to engage with internationally respected experts and learn from the latest research to ensure our programs both fulfil their potential to create maximum positive impact, and minimise their potential to create unintentional negative impact. Along with and as part of the sustainable development and volunteering community, we are constantly learning and applying this learning to practice. We do not always get everything right, but we seek feedback from our community members, partners, participants and our staff, and react accordingly. We know are already doing a great job, and feedback we have received confirms this, but we aim to do even better and are continuously refining our operations to improve upon our already excellent reputation.


What's Included

  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Access to Alumni Services and Discounts
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • Location orientation
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Meals while on project (except on work placements for long term internships)
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • Welcome meeting

What's Not Included

  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • Flights
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Personal kit
  • Police or background check (where necessary)
  • Visa costs

Exploration

Many GVI participants decide to travel before or after their program, solidifying the lifetime friendships they have established on program. Our long term field staff has provided the advice below to assist you in discovering the vast beauty of Peru before or after your program, or alternatively during weekends or off time:

Optional Side Trips

  • Cusco boasts a wide array of cultural attractions, such as Museo Inka, home to some of the best-presented displays of ceramic artifacts, jewelry, and hand-woven textiles.

  • Spoil your taste buds and indulge in Cusco’s tantalising cuisine, usually made with fresh organic fruits, vegetables and herbs. Some of the local favourites include papa rellena, a twice-baked potato; baked chicken empanadas with a squeeze of lemon; and cocadas, giant coconut macaroons.

  • Head over to La Catedral, an ancient cathedral that displays amazing architecture and is and unique brickwork.

  • Why not go see the wondrous colour of the Rainbow Mountains, and do a trek to 4800 meters!

  • Take a class in traditional Andean medicine or a pottery workshop, to create something special to take home with you.


Further Travelling Opportunities
There are a number of opportunities to explore the rest of Peru as well. These could include taking a tour of the renowned Inca city of Machu Picchu, one of the best-known archaeological sites in the world. Outdoors enthusiasts can enjoy a hike up Cordillera Blanca, the world’s highest tropical mountain range. Lake Titicaca’s floating reed islands are also an attraction not to be missed. If your time and budget allows it, make a point to see these sights, as you will not be disappointed!

The Team

Shayle Havemann

Director of Programs
Meet Shayle, our innovative and driven director for all our projects around the world. She has two honours degrees, one in Industrial and Organisational Psycology, and another in Developmental and Education Psycology. Shayle also has over 10 years experience in setting up, managing and evaluating environmental and community programs across Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America.

She is well-practiced in facilitating meaningful and effective intercultural engagement and this makes her the perfect person for overseeing our operations in the multicultural country of South Africa.

When not attending meetings or planning her next endeavour, Shayle can be found spending time with her family or taking part in some or other exciting outdoors activity!

Alejandro Vazquez

Logistics Coordinator
Meet Alejandro, our logistics coordinator in Playa del Carmen. He started out with GVI as one of our National Scholarship Program participants in 2007. With a degree in Tourism Management and a passionate commitment to improving our world, we just had to keep him!

Alejandro’s favourite aspect of his job? Our Partners. “The opportunity to partner with organisations that share our goal to make the world better is amazing, also seeing the way volunteers connect with the children and the huge effect they have on their development, even over a short period of time. They’re a great resource for the children’s education.”

When he’s not working, Alejandro likes to explore the local area, visiting the Mayan ruins and national parks, or relaxing at the beach.

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