What We Do / Volunteering with Farmer to Farmer

The USAID-funded Partners of the Americas Farmer-to-Farmer Program in the Caribbean Basin Region provides technical agricultural assistance to individual farmers, farmer associations, agricultural cooperatives, education institutions, and others in Nicaragua, Guatemala, Haiti and the Dominican Republic, as well as select other countries.  Farmer-to-Farmer recruits experienced agriculturalists who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents to complete short-term assignments (2-3 weeks).  In exchange for volunteers' time, Farmer-to-Farmer covers all assignment-related expenses.  Volunteers may travel individually or in teams.

The 2013-2018 Farmer-to-Farmer Program kicked off on October 1, 2013.  We are currently accepting resumes or CVs from individuals with expertise in variety of program areas. Some current open assignments include:

Animal Welfare Expert - Dominican Republic (September 2014: 2-3 weeks)
A volunteer with a postgraduate degree in animal welfare or a related subject area (and with bovine and equine experience) is needed to work with La Salle University in Colombia.  The volunteer will review the University's current animal welfare and handling practices and assist in the development or improved animal welfare and management plans and protocols. To apply for this opening please send your resume to Courtney Dunham.

Coffee Specialists – Haiti (August - October 2014: 2-3 weeks)
Working with local coffee cooperatives in the North, the volunteer(s) will evaluate the health of Haitian coffee trees and determine the roots causes of poor coffee production. This will allow volunteers and cooperative members to create a plan to ensure that future activities address all aspects of coffee production. Through volunteer-led trainings and field visits, beneficiaries will gain a deeper understanding of the factors that impact coffee production including: age of the coffee plantation, shade, technical practices, harvest practices, and pest and disease management.  To apply for this opening please send your resume to Andi Sullivan.

Climate Change Expert - Dominican Republic (August - October 2014: 2-4 weeks)
A volunteer experienced in conducting workshops and/or presentations on climate change, and who is proficient in Spanish, is needed to train F2F host organizations on measures to mitigate and/or adapt to the impacts of climate change at the farm, household, and community level.  To apply to this opening please send your resume to Courtney Dunham.

Don't see something that matches your skills? Other volunteer assignment areas include:

  • natural resource management
  • horticulture
  • dairy and livestock marketing
  • small animal production
  • beekeeping
  • agribusiness & enterprise development
  • organizational development
  • water management
  • climate-adapted agriculture
  • and more.

If you are interested in volunteering with the Farmer-to-Farmer Program, please send your resume and all program inquiries to Adriana Robertson at Partners Headquarters in Washington, DC, or call (202) 524-5562.

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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.