As an Environment and Food Security Educator, you will help to address some of Malawi’s most critical environmental and food security issues. Working as a representative of a community agricultural extension office (known as an Extension Planning Area -- EPA), you will teach environmental education at primary and secondary schools in your community to foster your students’ knowledge of and values for environmental conservation and dietary diversity. You and your students will plant trees and conduct lively community campaigns to promote environmental awareness throughout your community. The central focus of your work with students will be the construction of school gardens that teach and demonstrate sustainable agricultural techniques, such as composting, intercropping, bio-intensive planting, and organic pest management. You will work with your students and school to devise a system to share the produce grown from these gardens and encourage the students to use the sustainable agricultural techniques at their homes to support their own families.
Additionally, you will educate mothers in your community on the importance of nutrition and dietary diversity by promoting production and consumption of vitamin rich foods. You will work together with EPA staff create a demonstration garden at the Extension Planning Area office to teach mothers how to grow and consume nutritious foods at their own homes. You will also work with them to grow trees at their homesteads that can provide nutritious fruits or firewood fuel for cooking and help them to use less firewood by working with them to construct fuel-efficient cook stoves with locally-found materials.
This work is vitally important, but not easy. Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world, and people have very few resources with which to work. During the planting and harvesting times of the year, you may work very long hours. In the rainy season, you may have a slower pace due to the fact that most of the people you work with being subsistence farmers will be heavily engaged in their fields. Use the time to engage your community members on HIV and malaria prevention activities and gender equity issues. Additionally, most of the work may be physically demanding. But, remember, you will never conduct your work alone. The friendliness of its people has given Malawi the title of the “Warm Heart of Africa.” You’ll always be working alongside the people of your community to create a better and more secure environment for themselves and their children.
Health coverage, Housing, Living allowance, Non-competitive eligibility (federal jobs), Stipend, Student loan forbearance, Training
Prohibits paid work outside of the sponsoring agency at any time
Subject to criminal background check