Empowering people to succeed in the global economy

A private, nonprofit organization that promotes broad-based economic growth and the development of civil society in emerging democracies and developing countries. Offering a comprehensive range of technical assistance services, ACDI/VOCA addresses the most pressing and intractable development problems.

Full Name: Agricultural Cooperative Development International / Volunteers in Overseas Cooperative Assistance

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Volunteer assignments are usually two to four weeks in length (a few longer-term assignments are also available). ACDI/VOCA looks for new volunteers to support international development assistance activities in business, agriculture, banking and financial services, marketing, cooperative development, food processing and other areas.


Volunteers typically are mid-career and senior professionals in their respective fields and donate 2-4 weeks of their time and talent to work side by side with the farmers and entrepreneurs who are pushing for economic progress and democratic reforms around the world. Volunteer opportunities for non-U.S. residents are limited.

Financial Arrangements

Volunteers contribute their time and expertise on a pro-bono basis. ACDI/VOCA pays for all assignment-related expenses. These include round-trip coach airfare, passport, visas, lodging, meals and incidentals, project materials, required immunizations, emergency medical evacuation, and supplemental health insurance, etc.

Contact Information

Web Site:


Address of the ACDI/VOCA Headquarters. For regional and overseas offices, consult their web site.
50 F Street, N.W., Suite 1075
Washington, D.C. 20001

Phone: 202-383-4961

Fax: 202-626-8726

Registration / Application

Volunteers can complete an on-line application at the ACDI/VOCA web site. Current international opportunities are also listed. You will need to attach a description of your professional experience (résumé or CV). After you complete the application, your name and skills will be entered into the ACDI/VOCA national volunteer database. This enables ACDI/VOCA to contact you regarding future assignments that match your interests and expertise. A willingness to volunteer, however, does not guarantee automatic placement since the process is driven by the overseas clients' demand for particular skills.


History: ACDI/VOCA resulted from the 1997 merger of Agricultural Cooperative Development International and Volunteers in Overseas Cooperative Assistance. The merger blended ACDI's systemic, long-term approach to development and VOCA's people-to-people volunteer activities.

Current age range of advisors: 25 to 70 years

Current average advisor age: 50 years

Volunteers registered: 8,700 (as of 22-Feb-02).

Field Projects executed: 480 in 2001.

Advisors sent on field projects: 480 in 2001.

Budget: $56,080,537 (fiscal 2000) - 78% international

Total USAID Funding: $4,692,000 (1999)
Cooperative Development Program: $450,000
Farmer-to-Farmer Program: $4,242,000

Regional Activitiy: ACDI / VOCA currently has projects in 36 countries in 7 Regions (Africa: 13, Asia: 6, Central America: 1, Eastern Europe: 8, Middle East: 1, South America: 4, Southeast Asia: 3)

Mission Statement

ACDI/VOCA identifies and opens economic opportunities for farmers and other entrepreneurs worldwide by promoting democratic principles and market liberalization, building international cooperative partnerships, and encouraging the sound management of natural resources.

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