Frequently Asked Questions
What are the requirements to become a volunteer?
We have an ongoing need for volunteers with agricultural experience, as well as small enterprise development, marketing/communication skills, and group formation/development. The ideal Farmer to Farmer volunteer combines a strong technical or practical background with good communication and inter-personal skills.
Do I need to speak the local language?
We do not require volunteers to speak the local language but language skill (even basic) are a definite plus. English is spoken in Guyana, French-Creole in Haiti and Spanish in Nicaragua and the DR. FTF field staff are bilingual and Interpreters are provided if necessary for volunteers.
In which countries do you need volunteers?
We are currently placing volunteers in Haiti, Guyana, Nicaragua, the DR. Check out the Volunteering page for more details.
How soon will I be chosen to go on an assignment?
Volunteers are chosen entirely based on what is needed by the host country. Your résumé is forwarded to our field offices for review and approval. The process typically takes a few weeks, sometimes longer.
How long are the assignments?
They are typically 2 to 3 weeks.
Will there be any cost for me to volunteer?
No. You are expected to contribute your time, while Farmer to Farmer covers the expenses.
What kind of housing is provided?
It varies from country to country, and depends on if you are in a rural or urban area. Housing could either mean home stays, guesthouses, university dorm, hotels, etc. Hotels are usually used in larger cities whereas alternate housing might be the option available in rural areas. Partners field staff make all your housing arrangements for you.
Where does Farmer to Farmer receive its funding?
The Farmer to Farmer program is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The funding originates from the U.S. Farm Bill.
May I bring a family member with me?
We cannot cover the expenses of any extra people on assignments. If you would like to cover the costs for a family member, if may be possible to bring them with you if this does not interfere with your assignment or if they come and meet you at the end of your assignment. There have also been cases where a husband/wife or parent/child travel as a team as they are both technical experts and they each have a unique volunteer assignment.
How do I apply?
To apply, please send a copy of your résumé/CV to firstname.lastname@example.org an indication of the project or country of interest and we will send you more details. If you are a member of the local Partners chapter in your state, you can contact them for more information as well.
What expenses are paid for?
Farmer to Farmer travel normally consists of economy round-trip airfare, plus allowable travel-related expenses including accommodations, transportation, meals, required vaccinations, and previously approved materials and supplies. Some expenses, such as airfare, will be paid for in advance. For others, volunteers will receive an advance and/or pay for and be reimbursed for approved expenses. The program does not cover costs such as personal phone calls, sightseeing, alcoholic beverages and medical expenses not covered by the medical insurance plan. We do not pay flat per diem rates but we cover all actual costs during your trip.
Is insurance provided?
Partners offers Medical Insurance Coverage for people traveling on approved Partners-funded international travel at no cost to the traveler for the amount of time they are on their Farmer to Farmer assignment overseas.
Can I make my own travel arrangements?
All travel arrangements are handled through Partners and our travel agent - Premiere Travel.
What is expected of me after I complete my trip?
You are expected to submit a trip report detailing your activities, as well as participate in outreach in your community at your own initiative. More details will be sent in your Congratulation Packet once you have been accepted for an assignment.
We hope this answers some of your questions about the Farmer to Farmer Program! Please if you have any additional questions you would like answered.
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This webpage is made possible in part by the generous support of the US Agency for International Development (USAID). The contents are the responsibility of Partners and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government.
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