ACDI/VOCA is a non-profit, international development organization based in Washington DC. We have implemented effective economic and social development projects around the world since 1963. Our mission is to achieve better lives for people and communities by increasing economic prosperity and social inclusion.
ACDI/VOCA has been a key implementer of the Farmer-to-Farmer Program since its inception in 1985. Established by USAID, the Farmer-to-Farmer Program promotes sustainable practices in agriculture and food security through production, processing and marketing in developing countries around the world. To date, we’ve had the pleasure of working with over 7,000 specialists who have volunteered their talent and expertise with us under this program. Volunteers provide high quality technical assistance through short-term assignments where they build the capacity of local organizations and businesses in the host country. The feedback from host beneficiaries has been overwhelmingly positive and we regularly hear about how the guidance received from a volunteer has changed the way they do business and they have seen noticeable improvements in their businesses.
Our Volunteer Program provides for all travel arrangements, lodging and meals for each volunteer for the duration of an assignment, which typically lasts 2-3 weeks. To learn more about current opportunities, please visit www.acdivoca.org/volunteer. If you would like to learn more about our Volunteer Program, please contact me at 202-469-6182 or DShipman@acdivoca.org.
Associate Director of Volunteer Programs
Current opportunities (as of May 27, 2020) include some that are not related to fruit growing, but we know that OFGA members themselves often run diversified farms and have experiences beyond growing fruit, and also that they are meaningfully connected to others who may benefit from these opportunities. Please feel free to share!
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ACDI/VOCA is currently observing a complete travel ban for all international assignments. We are only matching candidates with assignments at this time and will determine an appropriate period of travel once the threat of COVID-19 has passed and international travel restrictions have been lifted.
Kyrgyzstan: Orchard Management Uch Kol Farm
Uch Kol Farm has 2,210 thousand apple and 138 peach trees in addition to growing various types of berries. They are requesting expert assistance to learnadvanced pruning techniques and updated, innovative methods of fruit production. The selected volunteer will conduct theoretical and practical trainings for the Uch Kol Farm staff as well as individual farmers of the Kurshab village. Trainings will include how to choose good quality seedlings, how and when to plant them, and how to complete the first pruning of a newly planted tree. The assignment will begin with remote communication and will be completed during a 2 week visit in country (TBD). Travel and living expenses will be provided for the trip.
Tajikistan: Milk Processing, Tijorati Sorbon
A small processing company is requesting assistance from an experienced dairy expert to provide training on milk processing technology and product packaging. They would also like the selected volunteer to provide guidance on sales and promotion as well as business management. The assignment will begin with remote communication and will be completed during a 2 week visit in country (TBD). Travel and living expenses will be provided for the trip.
Armenia: Cheese Production
ACDI/VOCA is working with four medium-sized enterprises in Armenia to improve their cheese products. The four enterprises want to learn from an experienced Cheese Maker how to monitor food safety and hygiene practices how to improve shelf-life and ideas to improve their product packaging. The selected volunteer will also provide training on best practices in cheese production. The assignment will begin with remote communication and will be completed during a 2 week visit in country (TBD). Travel and living expenses will be provided for the trip.