Volunteer Program Highlights

Coffee Quality Institute (CQI):

CQI Coffee Corps volunteers (volunteer consultants) are experts in their field and help CQI deliver training and technical assistance to coffee growers, association, and stakeholders within coffee producing countries. Coffee Corps volunteers consult in a variety of areas including coffee agronomics, processing and milling, cupping, business planning and association development, consumption, roasting and sustainable practices. Our volunteers donate their time to help growers improve their production and processing methods, cup their coffee against internationals standards, train roasters and baristas, and work with exporters on quality control issues. Coffee Corps volunteers help CQI create, strengthen and deliver on strategies for improving the quality and availability of coffee, and improving the lives of coffee producers.

Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F):

Seven VEGA Members (ACDI/VOCA, CNFA, FAVACA, IESC, NCBA CLUSA International, Partners of the Americas, and Winrock International) are active implementers of this program, which enlists U.S. farmers, extension service personnel and agribusiness experts to share their expertise with counterparts overseas. Funded through the Farm Bill and managed by USAID, F2F has sponsored 12,000 volunteer assignments in over 80 countries. Evaluations suggest that approximately one million farmer families have directly benefitted from the F2F program

Financial Services Volunteer Corps (FSVC):

FSVC structures practical, results-oriented technical assistance and training missions staffed by senior financial sector practitioners who serve as unpaid volunteers. Since FSVC’s inception in1990, over 8,500 experts from the international financial, legal, and regulatory communities have taken part in more than 2,500 FSVC missions, reaching more than 35,000 counterparts in over 50 developing and transition countries. FSVC’s core work concentrates on strengthening commercial banking systems, developing central bank capabilities, expanding access to finance, and building capital markets.

Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA):

MEDA’s expertise includes a full range of economic development tools: financial services, improved technology, business training, better access to markets and equity investment. Drawing from existing experience, a Mentorship Program can be designed for MEDA’s Senior Business Members. The mentorship creates opportunities for Members to be involved in projects underway internationally in more practical ways. Creating a more focused Mentorship Program directed at MEDA’s Executive Business Members is the goal.

Interest in a Mentorship Program at MEDA evolved more strongly partly as a result of a recent public-private partnership, Impact Investing in Frontier Markets (INFRONT), with MaRs Centre for Impact Investing and Sarona Asset Management. INFRONT responds to the pivotal role small and medium enterprises play in driving economic growth in emerging economies and the challenges they face in accessing investment capital, adopting and implementing enlightened business practices, and measuring social impact. In launching INFRONT, we are building on MEDA’s long experience in impact investing and supporting Global Enterprise Development.

SAVE (Scientific, Academic, Volunteer, and Educational) Travel Alliance:

Travel is more than movement from one place to another—it is a means to explore, to learn, to help and to grow. Most importantly, travel has the power to change. Now more than ever, travelers and destinations alike want to properly harness the power of travel to make positive impacts on people and places. The SAVE Travel Alliance is a network designed to connect responsible groups of volunteer travelers with scientific, academic, or educational expertise to sustainable destinations to provide a wealth of knowledge and experience on how to optimize travel experience for everyone.

Global Pro Bono/International Corporate Volunteering (ICV):

PYXERA Global

PYXERA Global is a key partner for private, public and social sector organizations that want to leverage the expertise of international corporate volunteers to develop new solutions, resources and tools to address global challenges. In addition to facilitating programs for clients such as DOW, IBM, Medtronic, MERCK, PEPSICO, and SAP, PYXERA Global also facilitates the 21 member ICV Leadership Council to promote the expanding field of ICV and highlight ICV impacts on participants, communities, corporations, and global challenges. In 2013, ICV Leadership Council member companies sent more than 1,000 volunteers to help local clients deliver solutions and services that improved: access to education, finance, health, technology and water; entrepreneurship and economic development; agriculture and food security; and local sustainable development initiatives.

PYXERA Global’s 2014 report Corporate Global Pro Bono: The State of the Practice, revealed three key trends:

    1. Interest in cross-corporate collaboration
    2. Exploration of effective quantitative measurement
    3. Emphasis on effective stories of impact

The report notes a significant increase in the number of participants deployed by Global Pro Bono programs annually, from 574 in 2009 to close to 2100 (estimated) in 2014.