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
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ACDI/VOCA is currently observing a complete travel ban for all international assignments. However, opportunities to volunteer are still available, and once it is safe to do so, we will return to in-person assignments overseas. Read on for more information!
The Farmer to Farmer Program was designed to not only support agricultural strengthening in developing countries, but also to promote cultural understanding between US farmers and their counterparts abroad.
During these extraordinary times, we are pairing US experts with local volunteers, using technology to continue with our mission. With ACDI/VOCA field staff available to help with communications (for example, if the host farmers don’t speak English), host farmers will still learn from the rich knowledge and experience of US volunteers, and local volunteers will strengthen their skills providing hands-on training.
At the same time, US volunteers can get a feel for the types of issues and questions that arise during an assignment, so they can travel more confidently if they are interested to do so in the future.
Update (08/24/2020): the paired assignments are off to a fast and furious start with exciting (and some unexpected) advantages to both volunteers and hosts. Contact me (email@example.com) or Diana for more information!
Check out the sample of current (as of August 24, 2020) opportunities below, with more on the ACDI/VOCA website!
ACDI/VOCA is currently seeking a Fruit Orchard Specialist for an upcoming volunteer assignment in Kyrygyzstan. Local farmers are requesting volunteer assistance to learn proper pruning and grafting techniques as well as updated methods for fruit production. The host farm has over 2,000 apple and peach trees in addition to berry bushes.
Local farmers are requesting volunteer assistance to train them on modern practices in preserving fruits, berries, vegetables and herbs such as home canning, dehydrating, etc.
A small group of individual beekeepers in Kotayk Marz expressed an interest to exchange experiences about the Armenian and American beekeeping practices, learn about the treatment of different diseases and hive decline as well as learn new practices.
More opportunities are available here: