VEGA’s Volunteers Impact 360 Campaign launch features NCBA CLUSA Zambia volunteers

VEGA Impact 360 500 f44feVEGA Impact 360 500 f44feInterviewing volunteers and in-country organizations over the past year, Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance (VEGA) released it’s Volunteer Impact 360 campaign last week to highlight the importance of skilled volunteers as a part of international development work.

Featured as part of that campaign are 2015 Volunteer of the Year Award Winners Jock Brandis and Randy Shackelford of Full Belly Project, who NCBA CLUSA recruited to train the farmers from the Chipata Farmers Organization in Zambia last year.

Through the campaign’s videos, highlights and downloadable one-pagers, Volunteer Impact 360 illustrates how volunteers not only spur economic growth, but also represent the best of American values.

“[Volunteers] cultivate cross-cultural understanding and are at the forefront of U.S. foreign assistance and achieving the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals,” Michael Deal, President and CEO of VEGA, said in a press release announcing the campaign.

VEGA, an alliance of volunteer recruitment organizations, including NCBA CLUSA, has demonstrated the impact of volunteers across sectors. Between all the alliance members, a network of over 100,000 skilled volunteers has resulted in over $30 million in taxpayer savings for international development work.

“It’s no surprise that President Kennedy and every president since has extolled the important role that America’s volunteers can play in building bridges for a more prosperous, peaceful globe,” Deal said.

NCBA CLUSA has a long history working with volunteers. As one of the first training organizations to work with the Peace Corps, NCBA CLUSA professionals trained Peace Corps volunteers on cooperative development throughout the 1960s and 1970s. Today, we continue to recruit volunteers through our Farmer to Farmer programs, many of whom partner with our projects already on the ground, supporting the work being done at the local level and requested by local organizations.

If you are interested in volunteering for a short two-week assignment, check out the volunteer opportunities requested from the field and contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


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