Cuso International is a non-profit organization based in Ottawa that has worked in international development since 1961. They are one of North America’s largest non-profit groups that promotes long-term development through volunteers. CUSO places people who collaborate with local groups on projects in Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa and Asia. Volunteers share expertise and perspectives and unlock potential! **Most of this wording is taken directly from CUSO’s website.
My previous employer is one of CUSO’s business partners. While employed with them I tapped into a program they offer which allows their employees to take a leave of absence in order to work with CUSO to volunteer in the developing world.
- Peru 2013: I spent 3 months as a Small Business Adviser in rural Peru, supporting a small group of entrepreneurial women who produce artisanal chocolates. This was through CUSO’s Diaspora for Development Program, which provides diaspora communities with the opportunity to volunteer and contribute to development initiatives in their country or region of heritage. Given my strong ties to Latin America, I was able to participate in this program and offer my time to support this organization in Peru.
Explore my experience living and working in Tarapoto and Chazuta, San Martin, Peru:
It’s not all work. Weekends and holidays provided plenty of opportunity to get out and about:
Sunday Side Trip: Sauce
Sunday Side Trip: Moyobamba
Chachapoyas, Chachapoyas II, Chachapoyas III
Riverboat trip to Iquitos: The Hammock Boat, River Commerce, City of Iquitos
Reserva Santa Elena
**All posts from these two experiences express opinions and thoughts entirely my own, which are not necessarily shared by CUSO.