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Position: Medicinal Plant Cultivation Advisor — Volunteer in Bolivia
Type: 12-month intntl. position with living allowance, accom., airfare, more (see below)
Organization: Cuso International

Location: seeking candidates from anywhere in Canada
Work location: Alcalá, Chuquisaca, Bolivia, South America

12 Months | Start Date between Sep - Nov 2018 (flexible)

Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only

The Volunteer’s Role

Our Partner, APAMA is an association made up of 25 women farmers and artisans from the municipality of Alcala, Chuquisaca. APAMA was established on May 13, 2001 and since then the association has been involved in a variety of economic activities. APAMA is an organization consisting of only women, and thus their activities promote the participation of women in business management, ensuring greater economic empowerment and involvement of its members in the socioeconomic and political context of their municipality. Currently, their economic activities are related to obtaining raw material and the production of a variety of herbal medications.

We are now looking for a volunteer to support and provide training to the association in a variety of topics related to the cultivation and harvesting of organically produced medicinal plants.

We are trying to match the perfect volunteer to the perfect experience so our start dates can be flexible. It would just depend on the partner organization’s needs.

As a volunteer, you will:

  • Research to determine what other plants would best grow alongside what is currently cultivated on their piece of land, considering permaculture principles.
  • Train the association on permaculture principles and sustainable wild harvesting methods, such as: creating nutrient dense soil, seed saving, soil damage prevention, mulch, the necessity and importance of promoting worm and bacterial life within soil, companion planting in order to prevent insect damage.
  • Improve their watering system and water collection methods. This might include training on alternative systems of water collection, as there is a problem with drought in the region and designing watering systems based on permaculture principles.
  • Implement and follow-up permaculture systems on current pieces of land.

Essential Academic Qualifications:

  • Degree related to the cultivation of organically grown medicinal plants Permaculture certificate, Master Gardener, Organic Master Gardener, Degree in organic agriculture, etc.) Non-formal education related to the cultivation of organically grown medicinal plants will also be considered (Herbaculture Apprenticeships, Practical work experience on the job, Herb Farmers, etc.)

Essential Professional Background:

  • Experience growing medicinal plants and knowledge related to their needs in distinct areas and growing conditions is required.
  • Experience designing gardens and pieces of land with permaculture principles considered incredibly valuable.
  • Experience designing water-collecting systems also considered extremely valuable.
  • Experience building and strengthening intercultural relationships, and the understanding that these relationships are required to begin any of the other activities

Support Package

  • Modest monthly living allowance (varies depending country)
  • Accommodation while in placement
  • Return airfare and visa/work permit costs
  • Cost of required vaccinations, antimalarial medication and health insurance
  • Pre-departure training and in-country orientation
  • Travel and accommodation for reintegration debriefing weekend
  • Modest support for accompanying partners and dependents going on placement with you for 12 months or longer (Return flight, emergency medical insurance, vaccinations)
  • Access to Employee Assistance Program while in placement and upon return
  • Cuso International assessment day (Candidates must cover the first $200 of the most cost-effective travel expenses and all accommodation costs).
  • Travel and accommodation for the five-day pre-departure training course and for in-country orientation


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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date publiée : Jul 16 2018    Numéro : 46495