Help Wanted: Apply To Peace Corps Agriculture

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Are you ready to feed the future?

Become an agriculture Volunteer and lead grassroots efforts to fight hunger.

Agriculture Volunteers work with small-scale farmers and families to increase food security, food production and adapt to climate change while promoting environmental conservation.

Can’t make our event? Learn about Peace Corps agriculture service through the eyes of current and returned Peace Corps Volunteers.

Lynn Newlon served as an agriculture teacher in Swaziland, 1979-82

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At her retirement party, Lynne Newlon thought she was saying goodbye to her 30-year career in public service. For her, retirement meant more time at home with family and friends and finally tackling the stubborn home projects she had put off for years.

But plans change. Less than a year after retiring, the Indiana native will depart for South Africa on May 7 to serve in the Peace Corps – for the second time– and she couldn’t be more excited.

“I think it’s my time now,” said Newlon. “Through my previous jobs I did a lot of bridge building, encouraging politicians and many state and federal agencies to talk to each other – that taught me a lot. I have something to offer, and I know I can gain a lot from the community I serve.”

Read more about Newlon’s service the second time around here.

Daniel Stevenson is currently serving as an agriculture volunteer in Cameroon

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Serving as a volunteer in Cameroon altered misconceptions Daniel Stevenson had about what agriculture in Africa looked like, and motivated him to pursue a career in public policy, specifically in food security issues.

A year into his service, Stevenson has created tree nurseries, produced trainings for farmer groups, and is involved in the Feed the Future project to introduce the moringa oleifera tree to his community. Stevenson’s work with the moringa oleifera tree – which reaps a number of benefits, from preventing soil erosion, to containing over 90 nutrients, 46 antioxidants, and 35 anti-inflammatory compounds – has been the most inspiring.

Read more about Daniel’s service here.

Rita Argus served as an agriculture volunteer in Senegal, 2014-16

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While serving in Senegal, Rita Argus advised farmers on their farming techniques, facilitated research groups, and worked to improve her community’s way of life through agriculture. Through the Master Farm Program in Senegal, Argus showcased Peace Corps agriculture technologies through demonstrations and trainings.

She also facilitated two leadership camps that focused on health, the environment, and the future. But Argus’ defining moment was facilitating Girls’ Camp. The five-day camp brought in 40 girls to tackle topics such as leadership development, health, the environment, and self-identity.

Read more about Rita’s service here.

Tia Sandoval served as a food security Volunteer in Nepal, 2012-14

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Tia Sandoval wanted more than just an office job after graduation.

After studying abroad throughout her undergraduate career, she longed for more adventure and wonder. But it wasn’t until she sat down with her mother to discuss her post-grad opportunities that it all clicked.

“I was looking for a job that allowed me to travel,” Sandoval said. “After doing some research, I realized Peace Corps was that job. I could learn more about agriculture in Nepal, learn another language, and really integrate into another culture. My mom had always been supportive of my desire to be aboard and experience the world. She was integral in leading me toward the Peace Corps.”

Read her full story here.

Caroline Shier is serving as an agriculture Volunteer in Zambia

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Get to know Peace Corps Volunteer, Caroline Shier, a 2014 Purdue University graduate, who is currently serving as an agriculture extension Volunteer in Zambia.

“Studying agriculture at Purdue gave me exposure to farming issues on a global scale. Throughout my time at Purdue I took part in projects and study abroad that enabled me to travel and see how other people live. More especially, I witnessed how agriculture is the foundation of livelihoods worldwide, and how those systems can impact the future of our environment and society. This inspired me to seek out Peace Corps as a way to get an even deeper understanding of agricultural on at an international level.”

Read more about Caroline here.

Amber Sattelberg is serving as an agriculture Volunteer in Paraguay

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“Throughout my time at The Ohio State, I discovered that the classes I enjoyed most focused on the production of food, animals, agriculture and the global need for efficient, sustainable farming practices,” Sattelberg said. “It was through these courses and discussions that I realized my desire to assist in establishing efficient and environmentally sound methods of food production around the world.”

Read about Amber Sattelberg’s acceptance into Peace Corps agriculture here.