As part of our commitment to continued global social impact, NPCA is proud to partner with a variety of organizations to offer short-term international volunteer opportunities for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, former Peace Corps staff, and others who are interested. Please note: these are not Peace Corps Volunteer or Peace Corps Response postings.
NPCA partnered with Winrock International to recruit qualified RPCVs (and others) for F2F assignments in West Africa and Latin America. The work will be focused on agricultural extension training, livelihood development, cooperative development, and horticulture, among others. This is an anticipated five-year partnership.
Assignments generally last one to four weeks. While the volunteer consultants donate their time and expertise, NPCA covers all travel and living expenses, including round-trip airfare, lodging, meals, local transportation, and incidentals. Some assignments require at least 10 years of professional experience in the technical area requested.
If you would like to apply for these assignments, send a brief cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Development of A Training Program on Local Cereals Processing & Preservation (Senegal) - The volunteer will develop curriculum and training module focusing on processing and preservation of local cereals, as well as train cereals processors in processing techniques. The volunteer will help build the capacity of two hosts, Foundiougne Vocational Training Center (FVTC) and Alliance of the Integrated Masses for the Development of Women's Entrepreneurship Network (AMIDEF). For FVTC, the training should focus on local cereals processing, as well as developing a curriculum and training module to replicate the training. For AMIDEF, the training should focus on effectively developing local cereals processing skills, such as understanding how different processing treatments affect products’ behavior; the role and behavior of different ingredients; processing methods; and quality standards, including nutritional aspects and the means for their evaluation. Also for AMIDEF, the volunteer should teach participants about the structure, composition, and utilization of rice, maize, millet and other cereal grains for the production of starches, flours, milling by‐products, and cereal‐based human food products; cereal processing technologies such as dry and wet milling, baking, extrusion cooking, and manufacturing of breakfast cereals, noodles, and pasta; and quality/sanitary control and quality assurance aspects of production.
- Fruit and Vegetable Processing and Storage (Senegal) - The volunteer will assess Kedougou Management Orientation and Human Development Association’s (KEOH) fruit and vegetable processing methods and train them on improved performance. The volunteer will train processors on how to process fruits and vegetables, while maintaining the produce’s flavor, with natural methods following food safety and hygienic practices. KEOH is especially interested in making homemade preserves, jams, juice, concentrate juice. They would also like to learn about drying, processing and storying mango, okra, tomato, onion, hibiscus, tamarin, and baobab. The volunteer will provide participants with theoretical and technical knowledge that will allow them to work independently. The volunteer will also advise on the procurement of raw material, how to ensure safety regulations regarding food preparation, quality control and manufacturing processes.
- Essential Oils Making Techniques for Soap and Cosmetics (Senegal) - The volunteer will provide theoretical and practical training on essential oil production, extraction, and distillation, including what essential oils are, what plants, herbs, flowers, or spices can be used to extract essential oils, how to extract essential oils from various types of plants, and tools needed to do so. The volunteer will train AMIDEF members and develop a training guide/manual for future use and reference.
- Training of Trainers on Maintenance of Agricultural Equipment for Vegetable Production (Senegal) - The volunteer will provide Community Agricultural Areas Program and staff training on maintenance of agricultural equipment (plows, sprayers, rototiller, and tractors).
- Training of Trainers in Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture and Behavior Change (Guinea) - The volunteer will assist in the organization and facilitation of a week-long Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture through Behavior Change Training of Trainers (TOT) for Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs) and their host country national counterparts. The TOT in Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture and Behavior Change is organized in collaboration with Peace Corps/Washington in order to support the initiative of PNIASA (Politique Nationale des Investissements Agricoles et de la Securite Alimentaire) to significantly reduce the number of malnourished people in Guinea through community participatory projects assisted by Peace Corps Volunteers placed in remote areas of Guinea.
If you are interested in learning about upcoming opportunities, please update your profile section "International Volunteer Activities" at the bottom of the page. You can upload your resume as well as sync to your LinkedIn profile. While updating your profile, please make sure your country of service information is correct. While you may update your privacy settings to make some information on your profile visible to members of the Peace Corps community and/or to the public, information under "International Volunteer Activities"and your resume are visible to NPCA administration only.