Rural Aquaculture Promotion Volunteer
Rural Aquaculture Promotion Volunteer
- Apply By September 30, 2014
- Know By October 15, 2014
- Depart By February 9, 2015
The "Rural Aquaculture Promotion" project is concerned primarily with extension of principles and practices of rural based, small scale, integrated aquaculture-agriculture technologies. Volunteers work in close collaboration with Zambia's Department of Fisheries with the goal of improving the rural livelihoods through fish farming. Volunteers live in villages among rural farming communities and provide intensive extension services aimed at increasing farmer capacities to successfully build and manage fishponds so that they can increase production and incomes. Volunteers teach and assist farmers in technical aspects that include site selection, pond construction, stocking, management and harvesting. The Volunteers seek to enhance the integration of fish farming with other agricultural activities such as gardening, animal husbandry, fruit trees, and agro-forestry. For farmers who are interested in scaling up their activity, Volunteers also provide training in basic business skills such as planning, record keeping and marketing. As most farmers belong to aquaculture cooperatives or associations, Volunteers are involved in strengthening the organizational capacity of such local groups through providing training in aspects such as needs assessment, action planning, organizational structure, leadership and project implementation.
Volunteers’ projects include establishing and maintaining soil and water conservation structures and practices, fruit tree production, live fences, and other agriculture-related forestry practices, fish cultivation, raising trees in small nurseries, apiculture and honey production, livestock health, meat and wool production, range management, vegetable gardening and nutrition education.
Competitive candidates will meet or exceed the following criteria:
• BA/BS in any discipline with full time experience in large-scale commercial or family-run business including vegetable gardening, nursery work/management, tree planting, tree care, urban forestry, livestock care/management, fish (fresh or marine) cultivation/production, OR
• Full time experience in large-scale commercial or family-run business including vegetable gardening, nursery work/management, tree planting, tree care, urban forestry, fish (fresh or marine) cultivation/production.
Familiarity with principles and practices of rural based, small scale, integrated aquaculture-agriculture technologies.
Ability and desire to work in low-resource environment to assess needs and develop creative solutions.
Resilient and dedicated with strong communication and relationship skills.
The official langue of Zambia is English. However, Volunteers will be trained in and use the local language of his or her site. While some locals may have intermediate or advanced levels of English, most will not. Therefore, Volunteers will be most effective when conversing and working in the local language.
Trainees must be ready for long biking (up to 20 km in one direction), working and living in rural Zambian villages. In addition, this position requires commitment to work in remote areas with a mentally and physically challenging environment. Housing will be mud huts with thatched roofs and no electricity. Water will be from a nearby well or stream and all Volunteers are given a Peace Corps-issued water filter. Cell phone coverage may not exist at site but most Volunteers report having cell phone coverage. Volunteers are supported in this uniquely rural environment through a Provincial House model, a Peace Corps Zambia policy essential to supporting its Volunteers. Volunteers are allowed four days per month at their respective Provincial Houses, which contain (1) guard services (2) free Wi-Fi (3) cots and (4) medical supplies. A Peace Corps Volunteer Liaison, Provincial Coordinator, and driver work at each Provincial House year-round, ensuring constant Volunteer support.
Medical Considerations in Zambia
- Volunteers whose long-term health is maintained with access to care or services related to any of the following conditions or sub-specialties may not be able to serve: asthma; cardiology; dermatology; gastroenterology; urology; some types of gynecologic support; mammography; ophthalmology; ongoing behavioral health support; hematology; seizure disorder.
- The following medication(s) are not permitted for legal, cultural or religious reasons: Adderall and Ritalin.
- Volunteers who should avoid the following food(s) may not be able to serve: eggs, peanuts and gluten.