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GIS Field Research in Peru

Organisation: The Andean Alliance for Sustainable Development

Country: Peru

Type: Agriculture & Forestry, Humanitarian & Community Development

GIS Field Research in Peru

Indigenous communities in the Andes are culturally, economically, climatically diverse. Disparities between communities are high due to geographic location. More remote and isolated communities have less access to goods, information, health care and quality education. While one community has cell phone, Internet, and health care access another community will have none of these and their connection to the outside world is only linked by the monthly arrival of a truck selling and purchasing goods.

The AASD is leading an initiative utilizing GIS technology to harness the power of data in order to demonstrate geospatially, the challenges and opportunities faced by indigenous communities. The AASD will be training and facilitating GIS volunteers to collect data on sustainable agriculture projects throughout Lares Peru. Data collection methods will include tagging GIS points, surveys, and site analysis. This information will be utilized to better understand the effectiveness of sustainable agriculture projects and allow the AASD to better design the projects with local governments and indigenous communities.


  1. Minimum Spanish language abilities: intermediate
  2. Knowledge and experience using GPS data collection equipment.
  3. Good physical health: Ability to hike hours at very high altitudes up to 15,000ft.
  4. Motivated hard working individuals who see the value in collecting data to support indigenous people in the area.
  5. Volunteers can apply for a minimum 3 week and maximum 6 week program

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    GIS Volunteers will be conducting site analyses throughout the Sacred Valley and high altitude communities nearby. Volunteers will be using mixed method research combining GIS data point collection with social science surveys in order to answer the question “what grows where?” Due to the varying effects of altitude and climate in the Andes, this information will help build a database of agricultural capacity in the region. We will be able to track ongoing changes, isolate and explore anomalies, and utilize community members as field researchers.

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