Plan-B Project Defense - Anel Guel - April 29

Date: April 29, 2015
Location: Natural Resources RM 130

A Manual on Community-Based Ecotourism Development for Peace Corps Volunteers Using the Case Study of Mount Hualcán and Lake 513 in the Peruvian Andes
Peace Corps Master’s International (PCMI) Plan-B Project Defense

Anel Guel

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
9:30 a.m.
Room 130, Natural Resources Building 

This Plan B project paper serves as a manual for Peace Corps volunteers in Peru working with community-based ecotourism in their respective communities. This manual was created in response to the lack of ecotourism resources in Peace Corps headquarters located in Surco, Lima, during my service in 2012-2014.  Interwoven throughout this manual is the case study example of Project Trek 513, a project I was involved in during my service located near my site placement in Carhuaz, Ancash. This proposed touristic trail falls within Huascarán National Park boundaries, which encompasses the Cordillera Blanca, a 340,000 ha glaciated mountain region in the Peruvian Andes. Project Trek 513 aimed at implementing a trail, along with signs, camp zones, and a control post up to Mount Hualcán and Lake 513.

Chapter 1 of the manual introduces Project Trek 513 and the multidisciplinary array of stakeholders and their interests in the project. Chapter 2 guides readers in drafting appropriate Peruvian work documents, which serve as Peru’s main mode of professional communication and include oficios, solicitudes, memorandos, and informes. Chapter 3 shows volunteers how to construct a Peruvian project work plan (including project goals and objectives, monitoring and evaluation, timeline framing, budgeting, etc.), while Chapter 4 is a step-by-step demonstration on how to integrate geographic field work and geospatial technologies onto a project similar to Project Trek 513. Chapter 4 is written for someone who has zero experience working with geospatial technologies, and includes the use of GPS, DNRGPS, ArcMap, and Google Earth.  Lastly, Chapter 5 concludes with a list of additional resources, as well as conclusions, recommendations, and critiques of Project Trek 513. Interwoven throughout the manual are tips and lessons learned, as well as project sustainability and actual examples from Project Trek 513.

The goal in developing this manual is to have it serve as a valuable resource to Peace Corps volunteers working with ecotourism, or really, any project during their service in their communities. Upon degree completion, this manual will be part of Peace Corps Peru’s Resource Library in Surco, Lima, Peru.  


Committee Members:

  • Dr. René Rosenbaum, Chairperson
  • Dr. John Kerr
  • Dr. Robert Richardson