International Volunteer Programs in Sustainable Agriculture
World Endeavors Sustainable Agriculture programs pair volunteers with farmers, cooperatives, and communities that practice environmentally friendly farming methods. Volunteers are involved in several tasks ranging from assisting on farms with the care and harvesting of crops, to helping at local cooperatives with the preparation of the final product to be taken to market. Volunteers not only help support the local economy, but, most importantly, the livelihoods of the people who depend upon it. Sustainable agriculture is vital to countless communities around the world, and volunteers can make a difference by helping nurture agriculturally-dependent economies and offering assistance to small farmers working to get their products on the market.
With any volunteer project, the nature of volunteers’ work begins with the needs of the community. The specific tasks volunteers carry out depend on the project, the time of year, the country, and most importantly, the needs of the individuals they are helping.
The Value of Volunteering Abroad
World Endeavors’ international volunteer programs have lasting benefits for both host communities and individual volunteers. Volunteering abroad is a valuable way to contribute energy and enthusiasm to projects that host communities have identified as important. In addition to serving the needs of communities around the world, volunteers gain a better understanding of other cultures and become more engaged global citizens.
In the Spotlight: Sustainable Agriculture Abroad
Volunteers participating in sustainable agriculture projects do hands-on work that leaves a lasting impact on farming communities in need. By assisting throughout the numerous steps of the agricultural process, volunteers are able to be immersed in the local agriculture scene, learn about sustainable farming methods and agriculture processes from around the world, volunteer alongside local workers, and see the literal fruits of their labor. Participants not only serve their host community directly—by helping raise food and crops to nourish and support members of the community, but also indirectly—by becoming advocates for the efforts of sustainable, environmentally friendly farming practices.
Eligibility for Volunteering Abroad
A World Endeavors volunteer project in sustainable agriculture is an excellent fit for participants who are interested in farming, agriculture, and sustainable practices. Volunteers who are curious about agricultural procedures and how they play a role in communities around the world find these projects engaging and informative. Participants with any or no experience with farming or sustainable agriculture can contribute in invaluable ways to these projects; the most important qualifications are that volunteers are not averse to rolling up their sleeves, getting their hands dirty, and spending time outdoors.
Where Can I Do this Project?
World Endeavors offers the following Sustainable Agriculture volunteer projects: