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Volunteers Learn Too

Jen Snow

“I have learned a lot of new information from each of the local populations I interact with during the [Farmer-to-Farmer] assignments. It is interesting how local people are able to devise simple solutions suitable for local conditions. Such information is helpful to me in teaching and research efforts. The stories I carry with me are wholesome, as although they are science related, they are closely connected to the society and their norms and beliefs. The experiences are great case studies in interdisciplinary courses. I am able to explore the farming practices with a commonality as well as regional differences.”

-from Ken Ayers, upon his return from his volunteer assignment in Ethiopia