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International Volunteer Opportunities

As part of our commitment to continued global social impact, NPCA is proud to partner with a variety of organizations to offer 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.
 

Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F)

 

DUE TO COVID-19, ALL FARMER-TO-FARMER (F2F) ACTIVITIES HAVE PIVOTED TO REMOTE ASSIGNMENTS. 

PLEASE SEE OUR CURRENT OFFERINGS LISTED BELOW.

IN-COUNTRY ASSIGNMENTS WILL RESUME ONCE IT IS SAFE TO DO SO.


NPCA is partnering with Winrock International and NCBA CLUSA to recruit qualified RPCVs for F2F assignments in West Africa and South America. Farmer-to-Farmer assignments are designed to provide opportunity for US technical experts to conduct short term consultancies that focus on capacity building of organizations and individuals globally. This work focuses on agricultural extension training, livelihood development, cooperative development, and horticulture, among others. 

This is a five-year partnership to implement the Farmer-to-Farmer USAID funded program. NPCA and Winrock International will focus on assignments in Ghana, Guinea, Mali, Nigeria, and Senegal, and NPCA and NCBA CLUSA will focus on assignments in Peru, Ecuador, and Cambodia.

Assignments generally last one to four weeks. While the volunteer consultants donate their time and expertise, all travel and living expenses are covered, 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 and/or a language requirement.  Winrock International and NCBA CLUSA recognize the unique experience RPCVs bring to these short term assignments, having long standing relationships and working experience in their countries of Peace Corps service and professional careers.  NPCA is proud to partner with Winrock International and NCBA CLUSA to provide opportunities for RPCVs to make continued global social impacts.  

If you are interested in serving in a short-term assignment, or would like to apply for one of the assignments listed below, send a brief cover letter and resume to service@peacecorpsconnect.org.

 






 

 

 

Current Opportunities

Short Term Farmer-to-Farmer Assignments:

Important Note:  All assignments listed will be conducted remotely at this time, however, all US based volunteers will be paired with a local volunteer in the location of the assignment to complete the scope of work. The US based volunteer will collaborate with the local volunteer, who will conduct the in person requirements of the assignment. These assignments do not include travel to the country at this time and will be conducted completely remote.

 

PERU

Remote Digital Advertising/Virtual Store Specialist 

Country: Peru (will be a remote assignment, unless located in Peru)
Location: Huánuco
Implementing Partner: NCBA CLUSA

Language Requirement: English and Spanish preferred

Length of Assignment: 2 weeks in June-August, 2021


Assignment Description: NCBA CLUSA is currently seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Digital Advertising Specialist/Virtual Stores Strategy to support the National Commission for Development and Life without Drugs – DEVIDA, based in Huánuco, Peru. The Digital Advertising Specialist, alongside a local counterpart, will help thee organization finalize their cost-efficient advertisement plan which will continue to support their cacao cooperatives. Despite DEVIDA sponsoring the design of 4 virtual stores and 6 websites including links to VISA card payment options, they do not have a commercialization strategy that their members may use. To make DEVIDA initiatives sustainable, they need a commercialization strategy to make virtual stores sustainable and profitable for Huánuco's cooperatives and entrepreneurs. By the end of this assignment, the volunteer will, have taught cooperative members 1) How to advertise and promote their virtual stores.  2) How to revitalize virtual stores to increase their sales and 3) How to develop trustworthy and profitable distribution channels for virtual stores.

 

Branding and Logo Specialist

Country: Peru (will be a remote assignment, unless located in Peru)
Location: San Martin
Implementing Partner: NCBA CLUSA

Language Requirement: English, Spanish a plus

Length of Assignment: 2 weeks in June-August, 2021


Assignment Description: NPCA and NCBA CLUSA are currently seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Remote Branding and Logo Specialist to support the Asociación de Mujeres Emprendedoras de Nuevo Progreso (AMUJENP) team, based in San Martin, Peru. The Branding and Logo Specialist, alongside a local counterpart, will provide branding and logo training to the association’s members and staff. By the end of the assignment the volunteer will help the Association establish what  their value proposition is to identify themselves with the public; how to establish a brand, name and logo; and how to utilize a logo in packaging and other advertising materials.

 

Sensory Characteristics in Cacao Specialist

Country: Peru (will be a remote assignment, unless located in Peru)
Location: San Martin
Implementing Partner: NCBA CLUSA

Language Requirement: English, Spanish a plus

Length of Assignment: 2 weeks in June-August, 2021


Assignment Description: NPCA and NCBA CLUSA are currently seeking a qualified candidate to fulfill a volunteer assignment in Sensory Characteristics, to support Cocoa de Aroma team, based in San Martin, Peru. The Sensory Characteristics Specialist will assist the coop in learning how to diminish astringency in fermented cacao beans, learn chemical compound changes that could contribute to aroma and flavour in coop cacao beans, and differentiate fermentation/drying protocols to increase flavor, quality and guarantee consistency.

 

ECUADOR

Cacao Processing Expert

Country: Ecuador (will be a remote assignment, unless located in Ecuador)
Location: Guayas
Implementing Partner: NCBA CLUSA

Language Requirement: English, Spanish desirable

Length of Assignment: 2 weeks in June-September, 2021


Assignment Description: NPCA and NCBA CLUSA are currently seeking a qualified candidate for the volunteer positon of Cacao Processing Expert to support Asociación de Trabajadores Agrícolas “Luis Vargas Torres,” based in Guayas, Ecuador. The Cacao Processing Expert will provide training on the production process of cacao paste and its derivatives through practical and technical knowledge. By the end of the training, the participants will be able to elaborate a strategic plan to improve the cocoa paste process and enhance their current production.

 

Plantain Integrated Management

Country: Ecuador (will be a remote assignment, unless located in Ecuador)
Location:  Manabí
Implementing Partner: NCBA CLUSA

Language Requirement: English, Spanish desirable

Length of Assignment: 2 weeks in June-December, 2021


Assignment Description: NPCA and NCBA CLUSA are currently seeking a qualified candidate for the volunteer position of Plantain integrated management specialist to support the ASOEXPLA team, based in Manabí, Ecuador. The Plantain Integrated Management specialist will provide training for participants on integrated pest management of plantain so they are able to identify and prevent pests and diseases that affect plantations. They should also be equipped with knowledge to properly use agrochemicals.

 

GHANA

Value-Added Processing of Organic Fruits and Vegetables

Country: Ghana (will be a remote assignment, paired with a local volunteer)

Location: Nsawam
Implementing Partner: Winrock International

Language Requirement: English

Length of Assignment: 2 weeks, May-June, 2021


Assignment Description: Winrock International requests the support of a remote Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer for a paired remote volunteer assignment.  All activities for the assignment will be carried out remotely, there is no expectation of in-person travel for the American volunteer. This assignment is planned as a paired assignment to work in conjunction with a local Ghanaian volunteer who will provide on-ground support. The two volunteers will collaboratively train 60 Darsfield Village Farms & Outgrowers (Darsfarm) members on adding value to organic fruits and vegetables (tomatoes, cucumber, garden eggs, chili pepper, papaya okra, oyster mushrooms) into puree, paste or powder, fruit salad, jam and dry fruit biscuits. The volunteers will also work in collaboration with the members to prepare a manual for the training of farmers in this regard. A full Scope of Work is available upon request.

 

Construction of Solar Crop Dryer for Organic Fruits and Vegetables

Country: Ghana (will be a remote assignment, paired with a local volunteer)

Location: Nsawam
Implementing Partner: Winrock International

Language Requirement: English

Length of Assignment: 2 weeks, May-June, 2021


Assignment Description: Winrock International requests the support of a remote Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer for a paired remote volunteer assignment.  This assignment assumes that an American remote volunteer will work collaboratively with a local Ghanaian volunteer to jointly implement the training. All activities for the U.S. volunteer will be carried out remotely, there is no expectation of in-person travel for the American volunteer. The local Ghanaian counterpart will provide on-the-ground support directly to the host. Together, the volunteers will  train 60 members of Darsfield Village Farms & Outgrowers (Darsfarm) on the construction and operation of a solar crop dryer for organic fruits (papaya, pineapple, mango) and vegetables (chili pepper, tomato, okra, garden eggs). It is expected that the crop solar dryer will be built during the assignment timeframe. The volunteers will also work in collaboration with the members to prepare a training manual for the training of farmers in the construction and operation of the crop solar dryer. The volunteers and the host will communicate with the host in advance of the assignment to indicate what equipment, components, and/or tools will be necessary for the host to acquire before the training. A full Scope of Work is available upon request.

 

GUINEA

Tropical Fruit Processing 

Country: Guinea (will be a remote assignment, paired with a local volunteer)

Location: Kindia
Implementing Partner: Winrock International

Language Requirement: English, French a plus

Length of Assignment: 2 weeks, March-May, 2021


Assignment Description: Winrock International requests the support of a remote Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer for volunteer assignment supporting a host located in Kindia, Guinea. The volunteer will provide remote technical assistance to a youth entrepreneur (AVENIR) and her nascent business Enterprise Fatou and Kadija (EFK-SARL) on tropical fruit processing to increase the quality of juices and jams through use of low-cost equipment, extend the shelf life of pineapple, mango, ginger, cucumber and other fruit juices, conduct nutritional data testing for products, and make recommendations for purchasing equipment such as grinders, juice extractors, water treatment, concentrations, homogenizers, pulp collection tanks, bottle filling and capping equipment, etc.  

 

 

Long Term Farmer-to-Farmer Assignments:

Project Implementation Support

NPCA, in partnership with Winrock International, places long term volunteers in Francophone West Africa to support the Farmer-to-Farmer country offices with project implementation.  We are not currently accepting applications for this assignment, but if you are interested in learning more about long term volunteer opportunities in 2021, please fill out this expression of interest form.  

Countries: Senegal, Guinea, Mali
Length of Assignment: 6-9 Months

Implementing Partner: Winrock International

Language Requirement: French
Assignment Description: Assisting the Winrock Farmer-to-Farmer country office with project implementation support.  Duties may include: document translation, report writing, scope of work development, host organization assessment, and data collection. Applicants should have a strong background in agriculture.

**As part of the Farmer-to-Farmer Consortium, these assignments are made possible through USAID funding. In accordance to USAID guidelines, any candidates submitted for consideration under this project must have a valid US passport or Green Card.**

 

If you are interested in serving in a Farmer-to-Farmer assignment, or would like to apply for one of the assignments listed above, send a brief cover letter and resume to service@peacecorpsconnect.org.  All application materials must be submitted in English.

 

If you are interested in learning about upcoming international volunteers opportunities, please update your NPCA 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.

 

National Peace Corps Association is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, creed, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristic.