Goat Production Farmer-to-Farmer Volunteer Opportunities in Guatemala

Asked July 27, 2016, 1:33 PM EDT

Dear Extentionists,

I hope this email finds you well. I am the Program Recruiter for the Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) program at Partners of the Americas in Washington, DC. F2F is a US Agency of International Development (USAID) funded program that promotes economic development and food security abroad by sending volunteer agricultural specialists from the U.S. to provide technical assistance to foreign producers, cooperatives, agribusinesses, NGO’s, and educational institutions. Assignment goals vary depending on the needs of in-country host organizations and typically last 2-3 weeks. In appreciation of the volunteer’s service, F2F covers the cost of all assignment-related expenses including travel, food, and lodging.

I am reaching out to see if anyone would be interested in carrying out anyof the following assignments:

Expert in Artificial Insemination (Goats) (Guatemala, September-November 2016: 2-3 Weeks)

F2F seeks a volunteer with technical and scientific knowledge of goat breeding, specifically using artificial insemination. The purpose of this assignment is to follow-up on the current artificial insemination techniques used and to provide further training to the hosts to reinforce the best practices for the techniques they use and to ensure that the techniques are being done properly. If the volunteer thinks new techniques are necessary, he or she will provide trainings on them. The volunteer will give presentations on best practices for goat breeding and genetic improvement, focusing on the use of artificial insemination. The expected deliverables for this project are trainings and presentations on goat breeding and artificial insemination techniques, an outreach activity, a trip report, and recommendations for further work.

Expert in Goat Nutrition (Guatemala, September-November 2016: 2-3 Weeks)

F2F seeks an expert in goat nutrition and production, preferably with Spanish-speaking skills, to provide technical trainings on goat nutrition best practices. More specifically, the purpose of this assignment is to train hosts on best strategies for feeding goats at different phases of growth and production, nutritional requirements of dairy goats, and the factors affecting nutrition in goat production. The volunteer will present on these topics and assist in developing a technical assistance plan for future trainings of technicians on these subjects. The expected deliverables for this assignment are trainings and presentations on the above topics, an outreach activity, a trip report, and recommendations for further work.

Expert in Goat Cheese Manufacturing (Guatemala, September-November 2016: 2-3 Weeks)

The purpose of this assignment is to improve the goat cheese and goat’s milk yogurt processing techniques used at the host facilities, reinforce best manufacturing practices for these products, and provide any necessary training that will improve production. The ideal volunteer will have experience manufacturing goat’s milk products, specifically cheese and yogurt, and will have an understanding of safe goat’s milk handling practices, particularly in rural areas. Experience managing small cheese manufacturing facilities, producing different varieties of cheese, and the ability to provide trainings on goat cheese manufacturing, are all important as well. The expected deliverables for this product are trainings and presentations on the above topics, an outreach activity, a trip report, and recommendations for further work.

FOR INTERESTED PARTIES: If you are interested, please send me a copy of your CV and let me know which assignment interests you and when you would be available. Please let me know if you have any questions or if you would like to discuss the program or any assignment in further detail. If you cannot complete anyassignment at this time and there is anyone in your network that might be interested in any of them, please let me know. I would be happy to reach out to them as well. Furthermore, if these are not the right opportunities for you, but you would be interested in being considered for other future F2F opportunities, please let me know.

Thank you in advance! I look forward to hearing from you soon and possibly working with you in the future!



Orli Handmaker

Program Recruiter, Agriculture and Food Security
Partners of the Americas
1424 K Street, NW, #700
Washington, DC 20005


District of Columbia County District of Columbia

1 Response

I delayed in replying until this went out to the whole group. Please understand that these questions are assigned to a single individual and not sent out to the whole community unless not answered within he assigned time.

This is generally considered a producer question board so your question is not really appropriate for this method of communication.