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Agroforestry Volunteers work with a variety of stakeholders to support this goal, including local cooperatives, individuals, non-governmental organizations (NGO), government field agents, and researchers. As a Volunteer, you will form strong collaborative partnerships with community members in order to analyze community needs and increase their counterpart’s capacity to improve food security and natural resource management.
Depending on the needs of the assigned community, Volunteers can expect to promote sustainable agroforestry practices through some of the following activities:
• Collaborating with individuals, households, and partner organizations to encourage permaculture and organic methods of gardening
• Improving diversity, yield, and sustainability of crops and multi-purpose agroforestry tree production
• Promoting alternative farming practices, such as beekeeping, food transformation, soap making with herbal products or honey
• Increasing household incomes by working with community members to identify and develop income generating activities, develop products, and strengthen basic business practices
• Increasing dietary diversity through nutrition education and food preparation
Volunteers also have the opportunity to pursue secondary projects, based on the needs and resources available in their local community. Cross-sector collaboration with Public Health and Education Volunteers is encouraged, particularly in the area of Nutrition.
Peace Corps Guinea promotes gender awareness and girls’ education and empowerment. Volunteers receive training on gender challenges in their country and they 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. Part of your work in this area will include reporting on your efforts and their impact.
• Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degree in any field
• 5 years' professional work experience
• Experience in forestry, botany, or field work in greenhouse or farming management or staple crop and/or rice production
• Demonstrated leadership experience or experience in community organizing
• Knowledge of natural resource management
• Knowledge of Food Security and household nutrition education
• French language proficiency
Required Language Skills
Cell phones work in almost all areas of the country and internet access, while limited, is becoming more common. Three regional offices are equipped with computers with internet access.
Personal appearance is important to people in Guinea. During pre-service training, the dress code is business casual. Following pre-service training, Volunteers will need to dress appropriately for work situations in their community. Dressing appropriately will help Volunteers gain respect in their host community, facilitate integration, and increase their credibility and effectiveness. It is advised to take cues from Guinean colleagues.
Volunteers are provided funds to purchase bikes for transport should they choose to do so. Almost all work places are within walking distance, so it is NOT required to be able to ride a bike. For long distances, Volunteers rely on bikes or public transportation in small passenger vehicles.
Rice, maize, cassava or a local grain “fonio” is eaten for most main meals, along with spinach, peanut and/or tomato based sauce with vegetables, meat or fish. Fruits such as mangoes, avocado, pineapples, papaya, oranges, and limes are available seasonally.
While people in Guinea may be generally tolerant, values and mores concerning sexual orientation and gender identity may be different from those in some parts of the U.S. Volunteers will need to be mindful of cultural norms, and use their judgment to determine the best way to approach 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.
During your two years in Guinea, you will develop social and working relationships with a variety of people, become familiar with local expectations and customs, develop an appreciation of local foods, struggle with local languages, and learn to live and work with necessities rather than comforts.
Learn more about the Volunteer experience in Guinea: Get detailed information on culture, communications, housing, and safety — including crime statistics [PDF] — in order to make a well-informed decision about serving.
• Public Health Educator
Couples will likely be separated during the nine weeks of Pre-Service Training and live with different host families. Once at site, couples will share a home that meets the same standards for all Volunteers. There will be times during service when couples will spend days and nights apart, such as when one is attending a meeting, routine medical appointments, etc.
Medical Considerations in Guinea
- Guinea may not be able to support Volunteers with the following medical conditions: insulin-dependent diabetes; dermatology; some types of gynecologic support; mammography; requiring a psychiatrist for psychotropic medications support; seizures; ongoing counseling.
- 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: peanuts.
- After arrival in Guinea, 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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