Our organization, the comprehensive agricultural cooperative Ayni Qhochapampa Ltda. (CAIQHO Ltda.), is a non-profit institution that seeks to contribute to sustainable, participatory community development with the goal of supporting the self-determination of its citizens, while preserving natural resources and the environment. We also work in the areas of agroecological production, alternative media, training workshops, as well as support for the organizational strengthening of local groups and social research. Currently we are working with various communities in the Tablas Monte district in the municipality of Colombi in the second section of the province of Chapare and in the Aguirre district in the municipality of Sacaba, supporting the rural farming communities in the areas of organic farming, gender equality, sex education, leadership, political organization, indigenous farmer land management, and comprehensive community development, among other things.
The specific objectives of CAIQHO are related to the following areas:
- Community participation
- Indigenous land management
- Comprehensive community development
- Technical and ecological support for family farmers
- Popular education (i.e.: education for all)
- Communication and dissemination of information
Who does CAIQHO help?
- Rural communities, farmers’ unions, the Bartolina Sisa women’s organization, children, youth, adolescents.
The headquarters of CAIQHO is located 25 minutes from the city of Cochabamba, in the municipality of Sacaba, in the province of Chapare. There are other programs in agricultural areas of the department of Cochabamba. We are developing an experimental center for agroecology in Chulumani, Tablas Monte, a farming area that is located two and a half hours from the city.
The planning of community workshops, educational materials, radio programs, meetings and more, is run by two members of the full-time staff, who are also in charge of coordinating volunteers. The other members of the team are involved in other projects. There are several openings in sustainable agriculture volunteering in Bolivia. Currently we are looking for volunteers to help us systematize and publicize the knowledge we have in the areas of popular education, community participation, management of indigenous lands, and technical and ecological support for family farmers, communication and broadcasting, and gender equality. We are looking for individuals who have an interest in the environment, genetic engineering, and agricultural or rural issues.
- Document projects and workshops (systematize methodologies and produce materials)
- Create an integrated communication plan for the projects and resources of our organization.
- Communicate regularly; adding content to the blog, Facebook; writing news articles.
- Create a website using WordPress in order to share our educational materials, videos, and information.
- Contact similar organizations in order to share information and educational materials.
- Develop fundraising proposals to support the organization of workshops and the operation of the experimental center.
- Workshops and support for training, leadership, gender equality, and local organization in rural communities.
- Communication and radio projects to disseminate practices and information related to the materials and knowledge produced by the workshops and the experimental center and to compare information related to the needs of the communities.
- Strengthening of the links and networks that can increase support for the practices in the area of agro-ecology.
- Through our center for education and production, experimentation with alternative forms of agricultural production that protect the earth, that are economically viable, and that avoid the destruction of native forests for new crops.
- Collaboration with the community regarding the demonstration of alternative practices and the diversification of crops (particularly locoto peppers/ potatoes and subtropical crops).
- Documentation of the results (and the spread) of production methods in the experimental center.
Voluntary activities associated with these programs include developing and implementing educational materials and planning projects that support the communities.
- An advanced level of Spanish
- A minimum commitment period of six months
- Experience/training in the area of communication, writing
- The ability to work in a small team
- The ability to advance objectives with minimal supervision
- A high level of organization
- Being proactive in identifying new projects and responsibilities
- An interest in alternative agricultural production at the family level
- An interest in working with rural populations
- Experience with gender equality programs, providing training to rural communities.