Purdue-University of Los Llanos Farmer to Farmer Project in Meta, Colombia
September 2014 - 2017
Volunteering in Meta, Colombia
If you are interested in volunteering, fill out the Volunteer Registry. Registering does not commit you to accept an assignment.
Volunteer assignments cover all expenses, including per diem, but do not cover salary. Purdue extension educators’ international volunteer time is considered professional development and is covered by their district directors as such. Other volunteers (from Purdue, from other
institutions, or from among the general population) will need to understand that these are volunteer assignments.
Purdue and the University of Los Llanos develop Scopes of Work for volunteer assignments, based on needs identified by farmer associations, individual farmers, and others. For this project, these assignments will comprise training workshops, hands-on demonstrations, and other means of technical assistance in agricultural production methods; control of pests and diseases; soil productivity; water resources management; horticultural issues; post-harvest handling, storage and processing, including sanitation procedures; market linkages; entrepreneurship; organizational capacity;
permaculture; regional food hub strategies; etc. Scopes of work detail all tasks to be conducted in the assignment, the number of days (usually two weeks), and the deliverables (such as the end of assignment report with recommendations).We count on professionals with substantial experience in these areas. Once a suitable candidate has been identified, and has accepted the assignment, Purdue makes travel arrangements and provides orientation. The University of Los Llanos ensures that the volunteer is met at the airport, brought to the hotel, picked up in the morning and driven to Villavicencio, Meta. There s/he will be met by our partner’s project coordinators and will review and finalize the tasks for the assignment. The volunteer
will be accompanied in Meta at all times by at least one project coordinator, and an interpreter if needed. Once the assignment is concluded, volunteers are expected to complete a short end of assignment report before leaving the assignment region, and to write a blog (with photos) about their experience. The volunteer is then driven back to a hotel in Bogota, and driven to the airport the next morning.
Scopes of work (SOW) for available assignments:
Purdue University, International Programs in Agriculture/Cooperative Extension Service