Ag & Forestry Extension Agent-Linking Income Food & Environment (LIFE)
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Volunteers serving in Zambia under the Linking Income, Food and Environment (LIFE) project have an opportunity to work with rural communities to improve their food and nutrition security with sustainable agriculture while working to protect one of Zambia’s greatest resources: the forests that cover more than two-thirds of Zambia’s land area.
Volunteers focus on building the capacity of rural community members to be food secure in ways that do not destroy natural resources. Volunteers also work with community partners to promote the incorporation of agroforestry technologies in the farming system, help to enhance soil and water management practices, and teach improved gardening and tree planting techniques. They provide training in basic business skills, such as planning, record keeping, and marketing for farmers who are interested in scaling up their activities. And, they work to increase dietary diversity by conducting trainings and cooking demonstrations at the household level.
The most successful Volunteers in Zambia are extremely flexible and adaptable, and have a passion for inspiring others. Peace Corps Zambia offers exceptional technical training during Pre-Service Training for those with the motivation to learn about the Environment and Food Security.
Please note that the Government of Zambia requires all Volunteers to hold a College Degree upon arrival in-country. If you have not completed your degree at the time of departure, you will not be able to serve in Zambia.
-Experience in organizing/leading environmental education activities
-Experience promoting environmental awareness in schools and communities
-1 to 3 years farm, forestry, or nursery management experience
-5 years professional work experience
Required Language Skills
Volunteers typically live on a large housing compound with two or three other families, but have their own housing structure, cooking area, private washing area, and latrine. Volunteers may choose to share meals with their host neighbors or cook on their own.
Peace Corps Zambia supports its Volunteers in this uniquely rural environment through a strong regional office model. In each province where Volunteers serve, PC/Zambia operates a Provincial Office, which is staffed year round and serves as a resource center for work collaboration and training. Further, having Peace Corps Staff and resources nearby allows for more comprehensive and timely support of volunteers, especially in terms of their health and safety, which are Peace Corps' top priorities.
Zambia has some restrictive laws that target certain sexual acts. Volunteers will need to be mindful of cultural norms and country-specific laws, and use their best judgment to determine how to approach topics related to sexual orientation and gender identity in their communities and host countries. Staff and currently serving Volunteers will address this topic during pre-service training, and identify support mechanisms for incoming trainees. Many LGBTQ Volunteers have served successfully in Zambia.
Learn more about the Volunteer experience in Zambia: Get detailed information on culture, communications, housing, and safety — including crime statistics [PDF] — in order to make a well-informed decision about serving.
Medical Considerations in Zambia
- Zambia may not be able to support Volunteers with the following medical conditions: asthma, including mild or childhood; gastroenterology; insulin-dependent diabetes; mammography; requiring a psychiatrist for psychotropic medications support; some types of gynecologic support; seizure disorder, peanut allergies; ongoing counseling.
- The following medication(s) are not permitted for legal or cultural reasons: Adderall, Ritalin and Vyvanse.
- Volunteers who should avoid the following food(s) may not be able to serve: gluten; peanut.
- After arrival in Zambia, Peace Corps provides and applicants are required to have an annual flu shot, to take daily or weekly medication to prevent malaria, and to receive mandatory immunizations.
Before you apply, please review Medical Information for Applicants to learn about the clearance process and other health conditions that are difficult to accommodate in Peace Corps service.
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