Tag Archives: Volunteering Overseas

ACDI/VOCA Assignment: Cocoa farmer financial record keeping & GAP

This summer, I had the good fortune to do another ACDI/VOCA Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer assignment. I evaluated financial record keeping, and Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) adoption and cost-benefit, among Ghanaian cocoa farmers. It was a great experience that allowed me to … Continue reading

Posted in Chocolate & Cacao, International Development/Agricultural Development | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Cacao Travels: Grenada – Cacao Enterprises & Other Sites

This is blog#3 on my Grenada-Dominican Republic cacao trip, highlighting my travels around Grenada, including visits to cacao/chocolate enterprises. (Part one covers my experience volunteering on a cacao farm.) Grenada is beautiful. Check out some photos of the natural environs here (scroll … Continue reading

Posted in Agriculture & Food, Chocolate & Cacao, Sourcing & Supply Chain | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Cacao Travels: Grenada – Cacao Farm Stay

In mid-January, I stayed on a cacao farm in Grenada for a week to get involved in its daily operations and increase my understanding of producer/community dynamics. (See other posts for background on the purpose of the trip, and visits to cacao … Continue reading

Posted in Agriculture & Food, Chocolate & Cacao, Sourcing & Supply Chain | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Media Coverage on ACDI/VOCA volunteer placement in Jordan

The Mail Tribune and Daily Tidings ran articles on my volunteer placement in Jordan through ACDI/VOCA. Mail Tribune piece below. Ashland woman helps Jordanian farmers It’s a lesson in marketing and the possibility for growth  September 13, 2011 By John … Continue reading

Posted in Agriculture & Food, Freelance Work & Media Placements, Life | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

ACDI/VOCA Jordan Farmer-to-Farmer Volunteer Assignment Recap

ACDI/VOCA sent me to Amman, Jordan for three weeks to work with the Jordan Exporters and Producers Association for Fruit and Vegetables (JEPA), a nonprofit association of producers, exporters and allied service providers that promotes the export of fruit, vegetables, … Continue reading

Posted in Agriculture & Food, Life | Tagged , | 4 Comments

ACDI/VOCA Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer program – and upcoming assignment

In a previous post, I mentioned my plans to volunteer overseas with CUSO-VSO. Well, life is full of the unexpected. Unfortunately for CUSO-VSO, they lost the funding that supported placements for Americans. As such, my placement is effectively on hold for … Continue reading

Posted in Life | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Changing Directions: Preparing to Volunteer Overseas

Working to build greater social equity has been a strong interest for as long as I can remember. I became involved in international economic justice efforts as coordinator of Global Exchange’s fair trade campaigns, and learned about underlying issues and … Continue reading

Posted in Life | Tagged , , | 1 Comment