Agriculture Extension Volunteer
Volunteers will collaborate with community leaders to identify their community’s needs and implement appropriate interventions. As such, Volunteers will play the role of catalyst for a wide range of activities, limited only by the creativity of the community and the Volunteers. Activities may include but are not limited to:
• Train farmers to employ climate smart agricultural techniques to improve crop production and food security
• Create model vegetable and/or perma-garden(s) and use it to train community members on small scale gardening
• Train farmers on increasing profitability by adding value, selecting for quality, and monitoring markets
• Encourage farmers to implement small scale income generating projects (i.e. animal husbandry, beekeeping)
• Teach community members to construct and use appropriate technologies (i.e. energy efficient stoves)
Successful Volunteers have a willingness to work with farmers and farming input suppliers to test ways to increase production using fertilizers, herbicides, and improved seed varieties. They also have a willingness to work with farmers on improving business practices, including accessing micro-credit if appropriate.
Volunteers also work with community members to develop secondary projects. Examples of secondary projects include: teaching at local schools, promoting sports for boys and girls, improving school or health center facilities, construction of wells and latrines, or working on local capacity building projects. Of great importance in any community development work is the time one takes just being there, developing relationships, and building trust.
Ghana is one of the Peace Corps countries participating in Let Girls Learn, an important initiative promoting gender awareness and girls’ education and empowerment. You will receive training on gender challenges in your country and you will have the opportunity to implement gender-related activities that are contextually appropriate. During your service, you will look for ways to work with community members to promote gender-equitable norms and increase girls’ sense of agency. As part of the initiative, you will also report on these efforts and their impact.
• Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degree in any field
• 5 years' professional work experience
• Familiarity with agriculture and farm work focusing vegetable gardening, animal husbandry and/or integrated agriculture systems
• Experience talking to groups of people about agricultural practices and technologies
• Experience delivering training on agricultural topics
• Experience with small scale field experiments
• Knowledge of basic field crop, tree crop or vegetable production practices and technologies
• Willingness to work in a team environment as well as be a dedicated self-starter
• Strong communication and interpersonal skills
• Flexibility and willingness to learn new knowledge, skills and attitudes
• Experience in project planning is an added advantage
Required Language Skills
Additional Language Information
Climate: The climate of Ghana is tropical, with two main seasons—the dry season from November through March and the rainy season from May through August. It is hot and comparatively dry along the southeast coast. It is hot and humid in the southwest and dry in the north. During the dry season, the Harmattan affects the northern regions with days of continual cool air, haze, and fine dust.
Culture: Culture in Ghana is rich, vibrant and social, and life in Ghana is largely lived outside of the homes. Ghanaians have a well-deserved reputation for being open people. Welcoming visitors is a point of cultural identity. Hosting visitors is the ultimate expression of Ghanaian culture. Acknowledging the presence of another human being by greeting them honors their existence. You will be expected to take on this practice. Indeed, your ability to greet and to form relationships will be a significant factor in your success. Especially in the local communities, visitors will be welcomed into families and quickly be made to feel at home.
Transportation: Transportation is primarily via public vehicles, which, depending on the remoteness of the site, can have irregular schedules and may or may not be well maintained. Often, placement requires long hours of travel on rough roads. Volunteers generally walk or bike in and around their communities.
Dress: Ghanaians are very meticulous about their dress in the workplace and wear their good clothes. They are particular about their personal hygiene (a real accomplishment in communities of mud-brick houses and no running water), and cleanliness is a sign of respect. Volunteers are expected to dress and behave accordingly.
Learn more about the Volunteer experience in Ghana: 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 Ghana
- Ghana may not be able to support Volunteers with the following medical conditions: insulin-dependent diabetes, HIV.
- The following medication(s) are not permitted for legal or cultural reasons: none identified.
- Volunteers who should avoid the following food(s) may not be able to serve: none identified.
- After arrival in Ghana, 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 also review Important Medical Information for Applicants (PDF) to learn about other health conditions typically not supported in Peace Corps service.
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