Co-creation of Beekeeping Educational Audio Recordings


Open to all RPCVs

Activity/project background

In order to successfully eradicate the Mediterranean Fruit Fly, MOSCAMED needs to have access to farming plots, place traps to know if the fly is present, and apply pesticide if they find it. Alliances with rural communities and farmers to obtain their permission to access their plots is essential to success. As a way to develop local relationships and gain trust among farmers, MOSCAMED has been implementing a beekeeping project.

Beekeeping activities are used as the introduction of MOSCAMED to a rural community. They are implemented through the Beekeeping Training Center which provides technical training and support to farmers so that they can benefit from bee pollination in their crops, and either improve their skills or become honey producers. Field technicians gain trust by providing these services and are then able to explain MOSCAMED's mission and obtain access to farming plots to control and eradicate the fly.

Peace Corps Guatemala has been collaborating with MOSCAMED since 2019, specifically with the Beekeeping Technology Transfer Center. Through the center, PCVs have implemented small community beekeeping projects. Through these projects, MOSCAMED provided technical training and support directly to small farmers in order to start or improve their honey production. PCVs have played a key role as connectors between the small farmers and the MOSCAMED Beekeeping Center. To formalize this alliance, MOSCAMED and Peace Corps signed a five year MoU in January of this year in order to keep promoting rural community beekeeping.

MOSCAMED's Beekeeping Center is looking to improve their community outreach and training capacity through the co- creation of short educational audio recordings that inform about the relevance of beekeeping, its main components, and the role of MOSCAMED. These recordings will be shared through MOSCAMED’s social networks, local community radios and other platforms. The anticipated beneficiaries are rural farmers that could benefit from the MOSCAMED Beekeeping Program. MOSCAMED understands that the role of a VSPP is very different than a two-year Volunteer, they recognize the value of this shorter term engagement.

Virtual service engagement and tasks

The VSPP will engage in the following tasks, in collaboration with their Host Country Partners:
• Review: Read available information (technical documents and didactic material) to analyze and prioritize elements to include in the script for the 10 topics defined by the MOSCAMED team.
• Co-write: Using the technical information prioritized and taking into account the local context, write the scripts for the 10 educational audio files in Spanish.
• Edit: Share scripts with MOSCAMED for them to review and incorporate feedback as needed.
• Record: Record and edit 10 educational audios to obtain recordings of 5-8 minutes each, following the revised scripts. MOSCAMED team will support with the reviewing of recordings and providing the local voice in Spanish.
• Co-train: Design and deliver a 4-hour training to strengthen MOSCAMED’s beekeeping center staff in storyboard design and basic use of audio recording and editing software.
• Present results: Co-facilitate a presentation to launch the Educational Audio Recordings to the other units in the MOSCAMED Program. This includes preparing and delivering a presentation in Spanish that includes the purpose of the project, details from the process and final products.
• Summarize results: Write a final executive report in Spanish with a description of the activities developed, products developed, observations, conclusions and recommendations.

This engagement is expected to be approximately 20 weeks. VSPPs are expected to engage on the tasks listed above for an estimated 5-15 hours per week.

Meetings between VSPPs and Host Country Counterparts will take place during normal office hours, 8 am to 5 pm, Guatemala’s Time Zone (GMT-6). Specific times will be determined during orientation.

The Host Country Counterpart will have access to computer, smart phone, Whatsapp, internet and Microsoft Teams for regular communication and collaboration.

Per the Child Protection Code of Conduct, when engaging online with minors (0-18), two adults must be present.

Optional additional activities

The Peace Corps mission is to promote world peace and friendship by fulfilling three goals:

  1. To help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women.
  2. To help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.
  3. To help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.

Goal 1 will be achieved through the VSPP's engagement and completion of the above tasks. The counterpart and VSPP may also choose to identify an activity that aligns with Goal 2. Additionally, the VSPP may identify a Goal 3 activity to implement during their engagement. See recommendations and tools for Goal 3 activities.

Essential qualifications

Education: Bachelor's degree in any field

Language: Advanced level Spanish proficiency (written and oral)

Experience: Minimum of 1 years’ experience in audio recording and editing, with access to necessary hardware and software equipment (software and equipment will not be provided)

Intercultural skills and motivation: Flexible, strong cross-cultural agility, high tolerance for ambiguity, able to work independently, resourceful, creative, and genuinely motivated and capable to serve virtually

Desired qualifications

• Bachelor's degree in any field related to media and/or communications;
• or BA/BS in any field with 4 years professional work experience in projects related to the development of audio media elements such as podcasts or radio programming
• Coursework in Entomology or beekeeping

Technical Skills: Familiarity with virtual engagement and communication

• 1 years’ experience with communicating science information
• Experience writing summarized reports in Spanish
• Experience creating multimedia elements and/or didactic material with emphasis in rural community outreach

Partner background

Name: MOSCAMED Guatemala

Type of entity: International NGO

Mission and goals:

MOSCAMED’s Mission is "to prevent and eradicate the Mediterranean fruit fly, using cutting edge technology that is friendly to the environment, to protect the fruit and vegetable heritage of Guatemala and the cooperating countries."

The MOSCAMED (Mosca del Mediterraneo) Program operates under international agreements signed between the Governments of Guatemala, Mexico and the United States. MOSCAMED has been operating in Guatemala since 1975.

MOSCAMED’s main goals are:
• Protect areas in Guatemala, Mexico, and the United States that have eradicated the Mediterranean Fruit Fly.
• Containment and eradicate the Mediterranean Fruit Fly in Guatemala.
• Support preventive release and eradication programs for Mediterranean wild flies and Mexican fruit flies in the United States and Mexico.
• Support the export protocols for fruit and vegetable products from Mexico and Guatemala.
• Reestablish areas free of the Mediterranean Fruit Fly.

Terms and conditions of engagement

VSPPs will be engaging with the host country partner, in coordination with Peace Corps post staff, remotely from the US. They should have access to a computer, internet, and telephone in order to enable direct engagement with the Peace Corps overseas office and the Host Country Counterpart assigned by the host country partner.

Orientation with the host country partner will be provided, within the designated virtual service hours, during the first week of virtual service via an online presentation and discussion. The host country partner will provide an overview of its organization, the local context, and how they envision collaborating with the VSPP.

The VSPP will have regular check-ins with their counterpart and bi-weekly check-ins with Peace Corps staff. Spending unstructured time with counterparts can be critical to relationship-building and is encouraged through activities such as coffee chats and informal calls within the weekly 5-15 hours.

Engagement-specific safety and security

The VSPP will receive an orientation on Peace Corps’ Child Protection Policy and how it relates to online engagement along with IT security best practices. The VSPP will be expected to follow safety and security guidelines for online engagement to ensure their safety and that of the Host Country Partner and their counterpart, and any beneficiaries of the engagement.

Supervision requirements

The VSPP will report to a designated Peace Corps staff member. The VSPP will be expected to abide by the Virtual Service Pilot Participant and Donation Agreement and Participant Principles of Engagement. The VSPP will also be expected to check in with the designated host country counterpart as assigned by the host county partner.

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