Volunteers who have served in Zambia consider it to be the ""quintessential Peace Corps experience"" due to living in the most rural communities, the warmth and friendliness of the Zambian people and the supportive professional environment in which they work.
The Rural Aquaculture Promotion (RAP) project is focused primarily on the principles and practices of rural-based, small-scale, integrated agriculture technologies. Volunteers collaborate with Zambia's Department of Fisheries with the goal of improving nutrition and rural livelihoods through fish farming. They live in rural farming communities and provide intensive extension services aimed at increasing farmer capacities to successfully build and manage fishponds to increase production and incomes. Volunteers teach and assist farmers in technical aspects such as site selection, pond construction, stocking, management, and harvesting. They also seek to enhance the integration of fish farming with other agricultural activities such as gardening, animal husbandry, fruit trees, and agro-forestry.
For farmers who are interested in scaling up their activities, Volunteers also provide training in basic business skills such as planning, record keeping, and marketing. In addition, Volunteers teach members of households the importance of improving nutrition by using more food groups and meals that include fish.
Given that 40% of natural water resources in the Southern African Sub-region are found in Zambia, fisheries and aquaculture have gained increased attention as a sub-sector that has potential to uplift food security, nutrition and income levels of people. Volunteers working on this project have an opportunity to transfer new or improved integrated aquaculture-agriculture-related knowledge, skills, and attitudes directly to smallholder farmers, including women, men, and youth.
The most successful Volunteers in Zambia are extremely flexible and adaptable, and have a passion for inspiring others. Peace Corps Zambia offers exceptional technical training during Pre-Service Training for those with the motivation to learn about Aquaculture and Food Security.
Please note that the Government of Zambia requires all Volunteers to hold a College Degree upon arrival in-country. If you have not completed your degree at the time of departure, you will not be able to serve in Zambia.
Health coverage, Housing, Living allowance, Non-competitive eligibility (federal jobs), Stipend, Training
Subject to criminal background check