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My Experience Working With An United States Volunteer

Nigerian National volunteer shares his experience as a Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer

Idris Barau

What was the best part about contributing to Farmer-to-Farmer as a national volunteer in your country/region?

The best part was to have played my part in moving the beekeeping industry forward despite Covid 19 which made it impossible for the international volunteer to be on ground.

What was the best part about working with a remote US based volunteer?

The best part was that I had the chances of combining my training experience on African methodology and that of the volunteer synergy for delivering a better package for the farmers purposes

What did you learn/were there any cultural exchanges with the US volunteer and/or your host?

Despite the fact that am a Northern Nigerian and having the same dialect with the host — We have different cultures most especially in the having different  names of equipment and language gestures that made me understood what approaches were needed in making impacts during the training.

What lasting impact did volunteering with Winrock have on you?

The lasting impact is that working as a Winrock International volunteer has raised my status from National to International which is presently boosting my activities with large scale farmers. An example was that immediately after the training , I was called to evaluate the beekeeping activities of former President Abdulsalam Abubakar.