Economic Development and Microfinance Advisor



Time Commitment

Full time (30+ hrs/wk)


Short-Term (few weeks/months)


Calle Mayta Capac 1325
Rio Seco, El Porvenir


We're looking for enthusiastic and motivated volunteers to join our Economic Development Programme. Economic Development helps SKIP families in Northern Peru create sustainable sources of income and provides them with opportunities to develop their business skills. 

Under supervision of the Family Welfare Coordinator, Economic Development and Microfinance Volunteers will be responsible for the projects included in the programme, such as:

  • Microcredit programme – issuing small loans and business consulting to current or potential business owners
  • Health-related loan programs
  • Construction program – small loan to improve housing 
  • Business development and business management workshops, one-on-one consulting

Additionally, volunteers will assist in the children's programme at SKIP once a week by volunteering a morning/afternoon to work at the school as we feel this helps give additional perspective on the community.

Volunteer profile


  • Relevant work or study experience
  • Commitment of one month at minimum
  • Ability to pass on competences and knowledge, but also to listen to suggestions
  • Approachable and friendly demeanor to deal with parents
  • Ability to work as a team, but also to take initiatives and work in an independent manner
  • Be ready to exercise patience and show flexibility in living modestly and working with limited resources
  • Willingness to help with other projects within the EcoDev department when necessary
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Willingness to work flexible hours including some weekends
  • Minimum four week commitment


  • Minimum intermediate level of Spanish
  • Experience in economic development, in particular with small businesses
  • Experience living or working in South America

The benefits of volunteering with us

In return for your invaluable participation in our volunteering programme, SKIP will provide:

  • a thorough induction to the organisation, programmes, department and specific role
  • structured and relevant training from fully qualified and experienced staff members - you can read bios for all our permanent team on the website
  • mentoring and support in the form of regular supervision and staff meetings as well as informal sessions
  • the chance to be a part of a diverse and dedicated team and a welcoming community
  • confirmation of volunteer service

Fee Required


  • Training Provided
  • Housing Available
  • Language/Cultural Support Available


  • Groups
  • Families
  • International Volunteers

How To Apply

We are happy to facilitate student placements for course credit.

If you are ready to take the next step - download an application form here

Feel free to email with any questions