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.

ONCE THE SITUATION HAS RESOLVED, IN COUNTRY ASSIGNMENTS WILL RESUME.


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:

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

 

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


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.  

 

Remote Chocolate Sales and Marketing Strategist

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 February-April 2021


Assignment Description: NCBA CLUSA is currently seeking qualified Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer candidates for the position of Chocolate Sales and Marketing Strategist to support Cooperativa Agroindustrial y de Servicios del Centro Poblado de Bella (CAI BELLA) based in Huanuco, Peru. The Sales & Marketing Strategist provides guidance to a busy cooperative that grows cacao and sells their Chocopasion line.  Cai Bella offers full tours and tastings of their chocolate manufacturing plant where visitors get to experience all phases of the cacao bean transformation; from fermentation, drying and toasting, to butter, powder and chocolate production. At the end of the tour, visitors stop at CAI BELLA store to taste and purchase Chocopasion chocolates as they desire.  The problem is that the workers need guidance on marketing and sales techniques to yield greater profits.  Based on the comparison of visitors to the area and number of sales, CAI BELLA knows there is room for improvement to ensure they are able to reach a larger client base.  They are willing to redesign their tours and potentially their store layout to be more appealing and convince visitors to purchase their chocolate.  The volunteer will focus on sales trainings for members and staff of CAI BELLA which will improve their position in the chocotourism sector.

 

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 March-April


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 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.

 

Remote Ecotourism/Agritourism Management Specialist

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

Language Requirement: English and Spanish preferred

Length of Assignment: 2 weeks in March-April


Assignment Description: NCBA CLUSA is currently seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Ecotourism/Agritourism Management Volunteer to support Asociación de Productores Ecológicos (APROECO) based in Moyobamba, Peru. The Ecotourism/Agritourism Management Volunteer will provide guidance to this coffee association, nestled in the jungle, that has been producing and selling coffee under the KUNTU coffee label.  Due to rezoning in Moyobamba APROECO had to determine a way to save their office and warehouse space. Using funds from a government issued grant they converted the building into a coffee shop that would contribute to the local tourism industry.  They also developed an ecolodge, Cascadas del Fuego, which they hope to have up and running soon. The volunteer is expected to assist APROECO is developing a strategic plan so that both the coffee shop and ecolodge will be staples within the local tourism sector.

 

Remote Translation Support  

Country: Guinea, Senegal, Mali
Location: Remote
Implementing Partner: Winrock International

Language Requirement: Fluent French, local language a plus

Length of Assignment: approximately 2 months; 3-15 hours a week


Assignment Description: Winrock International requests the support of remote Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer assignments, supporting hosts located in Francophone West African countries. Translation volunteers will support the F2F in country teams in the implementation of the F2F project, including tasks related to translation for remote technical assignments, pre-produced materials, and/or live remote trainings. This would enable the hosts to remotely receive the necessary information from the technical volunteer or allow a deliverable a technical volunteer has created to be translated into a language understandable to the beneficiaries.  This translator volunteer assignment will work in tandem with F2F country staff and other technical experts supporting F2F host beneficiaries. The translator volunteer will assist technical experts to present their trainings/ materials in a language understood by the host beneficiaries.  

 

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.