In the busy world of international agricultural development, thousands of individuals are volunteering their time to provide technical assistance to farmers and agricultural businesses. Whether they're sharing decades of agricultural experience with a fellow farmer halfway around the world or starting fresh in the field and still building their resume, volunteers provide much needed knowledge and capacity. This #AskAg Twitter Chat featured returned volunteers and organizations that connect individuals to international agricultural volunteer opportunities. It brought together potential, existing, and returned volunteers who have spent time overseas working on agriculture and food security. The chat gave an opportunity to share stories, discuss what makes for a good volunteer, and learn more about the non-monetary benefits of giving your time.
Watch the video below to better understand what Agrilinks #AskAg Twitter chats are, and read the guiding questions that were addressed during the chat. Also, as part of our efforts to get everyone comfortable with using Twitter, Agrilinks produced 101/102 trainings that can be accessed by clicking here.
What are #AskAg Twitter chats?
- What do volunteers gain from their service?
- What type of traits/skills make for an effective volunteer?
- What does an AgDev Volunteer experience look like, and how does this differ from paid work?
- What sort of challenges do volunteers face, and what resources help them address these challenges?
The chat was organized around these four guiding questions. If you've got additional questions you'd like to ask our experts, tweet @Agrilinks using the #AskAg hashtag!
Twitter accounts to follow
How to participate
- If you are new to Twitter, visit Twitter.com to sign up for an account. (For more tips on getting started, check out our Twitter training.)
- Explore the guiding questions that will be discussed during the chat.
- Join us for discussion by using the hashtag #AskAg and following @Agrilinks.
- You can also follow on Twubs or through the livestream below.
Molly Mattessich @Mollymali
Chris Robinson @chrisarrr
Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Washington
Eric Wallace @FarmertoFarmer