Community Development Specialist - Central America


Planeterra is the nonprofit partner of the small-group travel company, G Adventures. Planeterra help local businesses in travel destinations that are making a positive impact on their communities, supporting them to create a successful tourism experience, harnessing the travel industry to invest in rural and underserved communities around the globe, and then linking them into G Adventures travel itineraries.

Reporting in to the Program Manager for Latin America and the Caribbean, the Central America Community Development Specialist will play a support role within the global Planeterra team, to help maintain and monitor existing Planeterra partner relationships with communities and non profit organizations in the Central America and Caribbean region.





  • Monitoring of our existing projects in Central America.
  • Work closely with community partners to support them with technical assistance to maintain and keep growing the community’s businesses and social enterprises supported by Planeterra.
  • Gather Planeterra impact data (via partner and community surveys).
  • Build a strong, friendly and open relationship between communities and our corporate partners (G Adventures).
  • Assist the growth of the social enterprises supported by Planeterra to have more market access.
  • Ensure that Planeterra community partners are continuing to evolve and improve their social enterprise and community businesses based on the current companies that use their services.
  • Be a strong voice of Planeterra among the community members in locations where Planeterra works.
  • Promotion of Planeterra brand among the local partners.
  • Any other activity needed by Planeterra team or Planeterra corporate partner (G Adventures)



  • 2+ years of experience working in tourism with communities – related to tourism projects or community development projects.
  • 2+ years of experience working in tourism industry (Operations, tour leader, etc.)
  • Knowledge of tourism industry.
  • Exceptional communication skills with rural community’s members.
  • Knowledge to lead, support social enterprises in tourism.
  • Advanced Spanish skills, both written and oral.
  • Intermediate English language skills (written and oral) ideal.
  • Ideally living in San Jose or other Central América countries.



  • Estimated time is 1-2 days per week
  • Compensation will be on a monthly basis, invoiced in USD by contractor



Joel Callañaupa,

Kelly Galaski,


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