ACM Nicaragua: Call for Applicants

AgriCorps Member, Nicaragua

Job Description:  The AgriCorps Member will work in close partnership and support the work of the Fabretto organization to further establish agriculture education and 4-S programs in rural schools and communities in Nicaragua. AgriCorps and Fabretto will both support and guide the work of the AgriCorps Member throughout the term. The AgriCorps Member responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conduct research to gain understanding of agricultural education in Nicaragua
  • Facilitate Strategic Planning Session with 4-S stakeholders
  • Improve the leadership development and 4-S Club models
  • Conduct trainings on experiential teaching and Positive Youth Development
  • Support Texas Tech University Agricultural Education Study Abroad in Nicaragua

Required Qualifications:  

  • College Degree in Agriculture
  • Agricultural Education, 4-H, or FFA background
  • Fluency in Spanish language

Recommended Qualifications:  

  • Facilitation skills
  • Strategic planning and organizational development skills
  • Strong proficiency in Agricultural Education
  • Experience living in a developing country

Term: Four month assignment commencing around March 1, 2016 with one week of prior training in Texas.

Salary and Benefits: Non-paid, volunteer position with all expenses covered including: International Healthcare Insurance, Emergency Evacuation Insurance, housing, and a small stipend to cover Meals and Incidentals.

Deadline: If interested, please email your resume to John Romo by December 30, 2015 with “AgriCorps Nicaragua” in the subject line.

Contact: John Romo

Managua, Nicaragua

Inspired by the legacy of Padre Fabretto, the organization’s mission is to empower underserved children and their families in Nicaragua to reach their full potential, improve their livelihoods, and take advantage of economic opportunities through education and nutrition. The mission is achieved through five strategic program areas: Early and Primary Education Enrichment, Rural Secondary Education, Vocational and Life Skills Education, Food Security and Nutrition, and Community Well-being and Development.

For over 60 years, Fabretto has been building relationships within the Nicaraguan urban and rural communities served in order to provide hope and a better future to the children and youth in need. Today, the organization serves over 19,000 children and youth through work in seven Fabretto Education Centers and more than 250 local public schools.

Rural Secondary Education or SAT:
In 2007, Fabretto began to implement an innovative high-school program called the SAT program for its initials in Spanish (Sistema de Aprendizaje Tutorial) in remote, rural communities. The SAT curriculum is built on four main pillars: mathematics, science, language & communication, and community service. Students also learn how to identify economic opportunities in their communities and develop small business initiatives (such as cash crops, bee keeping, raising chickens, etc.) through student-run cooperatives.

4-S Nicaragua:
In the 1960s, 4-S was created as an agricultural education organization in a partnership between the Nicaraguan and US governments. 4-S stands for: Saber (Head), Sentir (Heart), Servicio (Hands) and Salud (Health). Due to war in the 1980s, the organization was discontinued but Fabretto has begun to re-establish 4-S Clubs in both SAT and primary schools with more than 400 students participating. SAT empowers youth to become agents of change in their communities through 4H type programming and service activities