Here is some more information for those of you who either a) Have yet to receive a shrieking phone call from me or b) failed to understand what I was saying during the shrieking phone call...I think that covers everyone I know.
For starters, I'm going to MALAWI. It's a small country in Southeastern Africa that is about the size of Pennsylvania. Here is a site with more information if you want it: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/mi.html
Anyway, back to my assignment:
Job Title: Community NRM/Forestry and Parks Extension Volunteer
Orientation Dates: February 24th, 2010
February 25th, 2010
Pre-Service Training: February 27th, 2010
The Primary Aspects of your job include:
A. Teamwork: Working, learning and planning with local Malawian residents to ensure project sustainability;
B. Community Forestry: Building the capacity of existing community groups to plan for and understand appropriate natural resource management.
C. Conservation Awareness: Learning and extending local technical information as a means of extending locally appropriate natural resources management technologies. Encouraging the use of sustainable building practices that discourage deforestation;
D. Government staff and local relationships: Contributing to the creation of positive relationships between local communities and parks,. forest reserves, NGO staff. Helping staff and community residents to understand policy changes.
E. Enterprise Development: Assisting rural Malawians to develop and implement strategies for improving their livelihoods. Small business start ups, community savings programs, basic marketing and sales education, as well as improving financial literacy, will help to achieve this goal.
I hope that fills you in! If you have any more questions, ask me!