What is the IAEFP?
About the Program:
The International Agricultural Education Fellowship Program (IAEFP) is founded in partnership with AgriCorps, and hosted at the Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture and Development. IAEFP is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Foreign Agriculture Service (FAS).
IAEFP trains and supports Fellows to become teachers abroad during the Ghana school year. These Fellows work in agriculture, and with students in their communities. These communities are selected as prime placement locations by IAEFP and our in-country partner, 4-H Ghana. Fellows are trained thoroughly before and during their experience using AgriCorps established training programs.
If you know someone who may be interested in becoming a fellow, are interested in a fellowship yourself, want to attend a Zoom informational, or have the Program Coordinator speak about this opportunity in a class or organization, please fill out this form, or email Jessica.Spence@ag.tamu.edu.
The Ideal Fellow
Ideal IAEFP Fellows are motivated individuals with an interest in international agriculture development and education. Fellows will be a class of premiere individuals who strive to be leaders, coupled with a passion for agriculture. It is important our Fellows know the task ahead of them is not an easy one, but the rewards, personal growth, and experience of this opportunity will play a major role in their lives’ future success.
What to expect as a Fellow
Post application, interview, offer and acceptance of offer, Fellows will spend five weeks in the summer of 2021 undergoing various training in the U.S., and in Ghana. These trainings will be a virtual high impact experience training, orientation in the U.S., cross-cultural training in Ghana, site visits, local agriculture training in Ghana. Fellows will use the 200-page AgriCorps training curriculum manual which is based on the integration of four components essential to a successful Fellowship experience: interior formation, teaching pedagogy, cultural awareness, and agriculture enhancement. The training workshops will equip Fellows with the basic tools needed for success, but more importantly, it will connect them to human resources they can call upon throughout the year as needed.
In Ghana, Fellows will work daily as agriculture extension agents, agriculture teachers and 4-H Chapter leaders in their communities. They will be actively engaging in their communities to improve agriculture development, and leading the youth through agriculture education and the implementation of a demonstration garden. Fellows will meet once a month to check-in and assess their progress at the residence of Program Coordinator Jessica Spence. Fellows will also receive routine visits from Jessica in their own communities.
Fellows will be given a monthly stipend, live with a host family within their respective communities, and be given a 2-week leave in December/January where they may travel to the U.S.
Meet the Team
Fellow Class 2021-2022
Frequently Asked Questions(FAQs):
How close will I be to other IAEFs? Will I be the only IAEF in the village?
There will be one IAEF per school and therefore one IAEF per village. Some IAEFs may live closer to other IAEFs, but all IAEFs will be approximately one hour driving distance from at least one other IAEF. Program Coordinator Jessica Spence will be routinely traveling to each Fellow to check-in and assess their progress. Fellows will also come together at the Program Coordinators location to engage in group reflections.
What will Internet connection and communication look like in my village? Are cell phones utilized via satellite or local phone towers?
There will be cell phone coverage via local phone towers everywhere IAEFs are placed. Internet connection will be limited and varied. There will be the ability to call the Director of Programs for Ghana, other IAEFs, and even the U.S. by cell phone. Calling the United States is actually inexpensive from West Africa.
What does the agriculture curriculum look like? What resources will be available for us to teach?
Each IAEF will have school garden curriculum. This is not enough to teach every day for an entire year, but it is valuable curriculum to be used. Schools may provide for an agriculture class taught by the IAEF, but IAEFs will likely be teaching alongside a science teacher in a middle school, incorporating agriculture into the science lessons. Fellows will also be provided with a USB that contains additional teaching, development and agricultural resources.
Can we travel around the country and perhaps to adjoining countries during long weekends or short breaks?
Each IAEF is given two weeks of vacation over the Christmas holiday to travel home or other countries at your own expense. There may also be some time to travel around the country throughout the year. However, you are a teacher. You are not allowed to miss school days for leisure travel.
How do IAEFs receive their monthly allowance?
Monthly allowances will be direct-deposited into the IAEF’s bank account at the beginning of each month. IAEFs will use ATMs to pull out their allowance–this allows you to pull out Ghanaian Cedis. IAEFP will get your banking and routing information from you at the U.S. training.
What about my cell phone, can I use my current phone in West Africa?
Once in-country you will buy a local SIM card that will allow you to have a Ghanaian phone number and you will buy phone credit throughout the year. As long as your cell phone is unlocked you should not have any problem with a foreign SIM. You will need to contact your U.S. service provider to verify your phone is unlocked. Also, your phone must be capable of using Whatsapp (any smart phone is fine).
How will COVID-19 impact this program?
COVID-19 has changed the landscape and realities of how this program will operate. Due to limitations, trainings will be adapted to an online format. Travel to Ghana is currently allowed, and program leadership will maintain moderating any changes and limitations that may occur.
For any further questions, please email the program coordinator at Jessica.Spence@ag.tamu.edu
Requirements to be eligible for this Fellowship are:
○ US Citizenship
○ A completed bachelor’s degree from an accredited university on or before August 1, 2021
○Ability to pass a physical exam by a licensed physician
○Ability to hold a passport and travel internationally
○Have experience with 4-H, FFA, or develop a plan to acquire the experience
○A degree in agriculture or extensive coursework in agriculture
The IAEFP application cycle for the 2021-2022 program is now closed. Please email Jessica Spence at Jessica.Spence@ag.tamu.edu if you are interested in the 2022-2023 cycle.
○Completed application form
○Official transcript of undergraduate and/or graduate degree
○Essay (Prompts included on application form)
○Resume or CV
○Two letters of reference including reference contact information