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Environment Volunteers become leaders in grassroots efforts to protect and conserve the environment, engaging in projects that establish forest conservation plans, help integrate environmental curricula in schools, and promote alternative energy practices. They also collaborate with various organizations to promote environmental awareness activities such as wastewater management, recycling, environmental youth clubs, and park management. Volunteers strengthen communities' understanding of environmental issues, providing people with the knowledge to develop their own programs and make their own choices about how best to protect and conserve the local environment and adapt to climate change.
Agriculture Volunteers work with small-scale farmers and families to increase food security and production and adapt to climate change while promoting environmental conservation practices. They introduce farmers to techniques that prevent soil erosion, reduce the use of harmful pesticides, and replenish the soil. They work alongside farmers on integrated projects that often combine vegetable gardening, livestock management, agroforestry, and food security. Agriculture Volunteers promote fruit and vegetable crops that provide valuable micronutrients, alleviating iodine, iron, and vitamin A deficiencies among children. They also help implement agribusiness programs to market and sell surplus food and cash crops.
Required Academic Coursework:
You are required to complete 15 credits of coursework in one or more of the following areas related to Environment and Agriculture:
- Natural World
- Watershed or Natural Resource Management
Required Enhancement Activities:
You are required to complete 200 hours of internship, study abroad, employment, or volunteer experience in one (or more) of these relevant areas.
- Biological Surveys
- Eco-tourism or Park Administration
- Environmental Education
- Livestock or Fisheries Cultivation
- Natural Restoration/Conservation
- Nursery Management
Opportunities and Resources Specific to Volunteering in Environment:
- Learn more about how to qualify for the different types of Peace Corps Environment Volunteer assignments including Environment Education and Awareness, Forestry, and Protected-Areas Management: http://www.peacecorps.gov/volunteer/learn/whatvol/env/assignments/
- The UW Tacoma Giving Garden provides an example of affordable urban gardening, an educational research plot for determining best practices and as a community resource for fresh produce. Volunteers help the garden progress through each stage of the growing cycle. All produce raised is donated to Tacoma's Good Neighbor Café; a facility providing breakfast and dinner to homeless and low-income individuals. For more information, visit: http://www.tacoma.uw.edu/interdisciplinary-arts-and-sciences/uw-tacoma-giving-garden
- Hilltop Urban Gardens: http://www.hilltopurbangardens.com/
- Green Tacoma Partnership: http://www.forterra.org/get_involved/volunteer
Opportunities and Resources Specific to Volunteering in Agriculture:
- Learn more about how to qualify for the different types of Peace Corps Agriculture Volunteer assignments including Agriculture and Forestry Extension, Applied Agricultural Science, and Farm Management and Agribusiness: http://www.peacecorps.gov/volunteer/learn/whatvol/agr/assignments/