Volunteers who have served in Zambia consider it to be the "quintessential Peace Corps" experience.
The Rural Aquaculture Promotion (RAP) project is focused primarily on the principles and practices of rural-based, small-scale, integrated agriculture technologies. Volunteers collaborate with Zambia's Department of Fisheries with the goal of improving nutrition and rural livelihoods through fish farming. Volunteers live in rural farming communities and provide intensive extension services aimed at increasing farmer capacities to successfully build and manage fishponds to increase production and incomes. Volunteers teach and assist farmers in technical aspects such as site selection, pond construction, stocking, management, and harvesting. Volunteers seek to enhance the integration of fish farming with other agricultural activities such as gardening, animal husbandry, fruit trees, and agro-forestry.
For farmers who are interested in scaling up their activities, Volunteers also provide training in basic business skills such as planning, record keeping, and marketing. In addition, Volunteers teach members of households the importance of improving nutrition by using more food groups and meals that include fish.
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.
Competitive candidates will have an expressed interest in working in agriculture and a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degree in any field.
• Degree in Environmental Education, Environmental Studies, or Natural Resources
• Experience organizing/leading environmental education activities
• Experience promoting environmental awareness in schools and communities
• 5 Years of professional work experience Required Language Skills
Required Language Skills
There are no pre-requisite language requirements for this position. Please take a moment to explore the Language Comments section below to find out more on how local language(s) will be utilized during service.
Additional Language Information
While English is the official language of Zambia, most Volunteers will need to speak the local language in order to effectively communicate in their community. Some community members may have intermediate or advanced levels of English, most will not. Therefore, Volunteers will be most effective when conversing and working in the local language and all Trainees must come prepared to learn a local Zambian language. Trainees are provided with one of the most comprehensive language immersion programs in the world. They will receive three months of language learning from native speakers in the predominant language spoken at the site they will be placed in and will be required to attain language skills in listening and speaking. They will also receive a survival language kit for the dialect found in their site and encouraged to engage the services of a tutor once they get to their site.
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