FAQs

General FAQs

What are the requirements for participation in the FAMU FTF Program?
The FAMU FTF Program is open to U.S. agriculturists and business professionals.  Applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin and /or physical impairment. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Sample of Farmer-to-Farmer Volunteer Assignments 

  •  Post Harvest Technology
  •  Farm Business Management
  • Organizational Development
  •  Animal Production o Record Keeping
  • Small Enterprise Development
  • Financial Management & Bookkeeping
  • Credit-Finance
  • Crop Production o Marketing
  •  Feasibility Assessment & Strategic Planning
  • Leadership & Advocacy

To travel, volunteers will need a passport, be in good health and be committed to complete eight hours of public awareness and outreach, sharing with stakeholders the benefits of their experience to the U.S. and the host country.  We have ongoing needs for candidates in all areas of agriculture. Opportunities change frequently and current opportunities are listed in the Volunteer Opportunities section.

How long are the assignments?  
South Africa Program assignments are 20 days in length.
Caribbean Program assignments are 14 days in length.

In what countries do you need volunteers?  FAMU's program currently has funding to send U.S. volunteers to South Africa, Guyana, Haiti, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic.


How can I learn more about the program in Guyana, Haiti, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic?  For specific information on the Volunteer Program in Guyana, Haiti, Nicaragua, and the Dominican RepublicJamaica, Guyana, and Haiti, please visit, our partner, the Partners of the Americas website.

How do I apply?
  
Please complete a Volunteer Application and forward it to Elizabeth Robinson, FTF Program Coordinator.  After you complete the application, your name and skills will be entered into our volunteer database. This enables us to contact you regarding future assignments that match your interests and expertise.

How does FAMU cover the cost of the assignments?   
Weidemann Associates, Inc. through the U.S. Agency for International Development Special Programs Support Projects provides funding for FAMU's Farmer-to-Farmer  (FTF) Program. Based upon ability to pay, each host is asked to contribute in some way to the training program. This support can take the form of assisting with the cost of housing for the volunteer during the training program, providing translators, meals, training materials and supplies, etc.

How much does it cost to participate?
  
The FAMU FTF Program provides all assignment-related trip expenses including round-trip international economy airline tickets, en route expenses (including the costs of passports, visas (as necessary), required immunizations, lodging, meals and incidental expenses.

How do I find time to go on an overseas assignment?Volunteers use their vacation time or their employer will often give them time off to complete a career-enhancing volunteer assignment. Many of our volunteers are retired as well.

How soon will I be chosen to provide assistance?That all depends. FAMU's Volunteer Program is demand-driven. Local farmer organizations request assistance, and then we choose the expert most appropriate to fill the host's needs from our volunteer database.



South Africa FAQs

How safe Is South Africa?Generally, South Africa is considered to be a safe travel destination. International visitors are rarely targets of crime.

You should feel free at all times to interact with local people and participate fully in your assignment with the knowledge that you and your belongings are secure.  You will quickly discover that South Africa is a warm, welcoming country.

In South Africa, as elsewhere, common sense should prevail.  Do not walk alone in apparently deserted areas.  Do not carry large sums of cash in your purse or pocket.  Do not leave valuables in your hotel room; most hotels offer safety deposit boxes.  Make photocopies of your passport and airline ticket, and keep them safe but separate from the originals.

Who will meet me at the airport?
You will be met and warmly greeted at the airport in South Africa by one of our FAMU field representatives.  After passing through customs, you should look for the representative, who will have a sign with your name on it.  Simply approach the representative and introduce yourself.  He or she has pre-arranged your transfer, and will escort you to a waiting vehicle for the trip to your hotel.

What type of clothing will I need?
Usually, informal, casual dress is sufficient. During the summer months (October - April), light-weight clothing is sufficient.  This often calls at least for a light jacket, particularly for the evenings. Most of the country receives rain in summer.  The Western Cape Province (i.e., Cape Town and environs) is often an exception to this rule.

Is the water safe to drink?
Yes. Throughout South Africa, tap water is purified and is safe to drink. City supplies are filtered to city standards. However, bottled and spring water is readily available.  Do not drink water from pools or slow-moving streams.  These may contain harmful organisms, including bilharzia.

What about electrical outlets?
Power is supplied on a 220/240-volt, 50-cycle in most parts of South Africa.  Be certain, however, to bring along a transformer you can purchase one from your local Radio Shack.  Although some stores in cities carry transformers, they are not readily available.

What about travel insurance?FAMU provides accident and sickness and medical insurance for the duration of the trip.  Coverage begins when the volunteer leaves his/her home and ends when she/he returns from the assignment.

What kind of housing is provided?This varies from country to country and depends upon whether you are based in an urban or a rural area. In urban areas, volunteers are typically housed in moderate quality hotels or guesthouses.  In rural areas, you may be asked to stay with the host, or in more basic settings.  Lodging information is provided in the Scope of Work for each assignment.

What medical precautions should I take before departing for South Africa?
All the information regarding medical precautions is covered in the country briefing book.  You can also contact the Centers for Disease Control for additional information.

Is It possible to bring my spouse or another family member?Most times yes.  Many hosts actually like it when you bring your spouse along.  Sometimes, it is preferable for your spouse to join you at the end of the assignment.  Talk with the Program Coordinator about bringing along your spouse.  Please note however, that we do not have funding to pay expenses for a spouse or another family member.  If you would like to schedule a post-assignment vacation, we encourage family and friends to meet you after you have completed your obligations.

What kinds of reports are required?
All volunteers are required to submit a Trip Report, describing the activities, the training experience and the results of the assistance provided to the host.  An expense report is also required with documentation/receipts to account for allowable expenses.