Volunteer Impact

VEGA Volunteers Support UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

  • VEGA Volunteers Support UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)


VEGA Volunteers are bridging the talent gap, putting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) within reach:

Goal 1: Sri Lanka: post-conflict enterprise development
Goal 2: Egypt: agriculture and food security
Goal 5: Tanzania: supporting women in the dairy sector
Goal 7: Kenya: geothermal energy
Goal 8: Mali: increasing access to productive credit
Goal 10: Lebanon: stronger microfinance institutions
Goal 11: Mexico: more effective city management
Goal 13: Southeast Asia: lowering emissions in Asia’s forests

VEGA Volunteers are Citizen Diplomats and Peer-to-Peer Mentors


VEGA has a network of 100,000 Volunteers. Former volunteers include:

  • Former State Senator, South Dakota
  • Former Ambassador, Greece
  • Lead Economist, Colorado Futures Center
  • Senior Vice President, McCormick Spices
  • Vice President Policy and Industry Relations, United Natural Foods
  • City Manager of Oakley, CA
  • Founder, Research & Development Manager, Full Belly Project
  • Market Manager, Hoosier Harvest Market
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Minnesota
  • Director, TechGROWTH Ohio
  • President, Western Mutual Fire Insurance Company
  • Managing Director, Citibank/Citigroup
  • Executive Director, DC Small Business Development Center
  • President & CEO, Ten Thousand Villages
  • Executive Coach, Executive Coach Network

Focus Areas

  • Agriculture and Agribusiness
  • Economic Governance
  • Environment and Energy
  • Tourism
  • Trade and Investment
  • Workforce Development

Cross-Cutting Themes

  • Volunteerism
  • Youth
  • Gender
  • Sustainability
  • Scaling Innovation and Technology Transfer


  • Taxpayer Dollars Saved
  • Citizen Diplomacy
  • Market Access Improved
  • Jobs Created
  • Export Promotion
  • Supply Chain Development
  • Sister City Partnerships
  • International Business to Business Partnerships Created
  • Women-to-Women Networks
  • Cross-Cultural/Institutional Collaboration
  • Institutional Strengthening
  • HACCP Certification
  • Improved Food Safety

From my perspective as a program manager, I think that volunteers have enormous potential for impact. We look at the various components of a business and determine what is needed to create a healthy, holistic, sustainable set of assignments that will really allow that business to grow and expand, and be viable after we have left the project.
– Jane Podolosky, program manager, NCBA CLUSA