The Coffee Corps™ Program is a unique private-public partnership that matches experts in the industry with producers and associations at origin seeking technical assistance. These generous volunteers help producers and other industry constituents improve their coffee and their business, while at the same time are exposed to the challenges and issues affecting coffee origins. In some cases, these volunteers develop friendships and business relationships they carry with them for the rest of their career. To learn more, click here.
WE'RE LOOKING FOR
We are always looking for highly qualified individuals, including expertise in the following areas:
- Post-harvest processing, agronomics, and environmental issues
- Quality control
- Management and marketing practices
- Cupping training
- Barista training
- Roaster training
- Strategic planning and institutional development
Volunteer assignments depend on the types of requests we receive from our funding partners. CQI does not deploy volunteers unless there is project funding from outside CQI to do so. In general, CQI sends out about 30-40 volunteers annually.
To become a Coffee Corps™ volunteer, you’ll need to complete our online application and send a current resume or CV here. References are checked; international travel experience is required. For more details, click here.
Your information will be placed into our volunteer database, so that we can contact you if we receive a request that matches your skill set. You can also contact Lisa Conway @ email@example.com with any questions.
Any coffee producer, growers association, or other coffee organization can request assistance from Coffee Corps. Although our ability to provide that assistance may be affected by funding restrictions, we do our best to meet your needs.
Our volunteers are industry experts who have years and years of hands-on experience as farm operators, roasters, cuppers, marketers and more. Please specify the skills you believe are necessary in your application.
To request a volunteer, complete the online application. If approved, we will locate an appropriate volunteer and confirm that he or she is available to travel before contacting you. Please note: Our ability to provide assistance depends on the number of requests received and the availability of volunteers.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
BECOMING A VOLUNTEER
I’m interested in becoming a Coffee Corps volunteer, but what do I do?
To become a potential Coffee Corps candidate, you need to fill out the application online. Once we review your application, and if your experience and skills fit a project, we will contact you directly to discuss more.
How do you match volunteers with assignments?
CQI selects volunteers based on their expert level experience in the subject matter, as well as teaching experience and previous work at origin.
If I get chosen for an assignment, how long does it typically last?
Most volunteer assignments are about two weeks long; however, some vary and you will be notified of all details prior to departure.
Do I need to speak the local language?
Language skills are not required in all situations. If you accept a volunteer assignment and do not speak the language, an interpreter will be provided by the host. However, a volunteer must be fluent in Spanish for most assignments in Central and South America.
Am I responsible for costs incurred as part of the volunteer assignment?
No. We pay for all assignment related expenses. These include round-trip coach airfare, passport, visas, lodging, country-specific per diems for meals and incidentals, project materials, required immunizations, and supplemental health insurance (including emergency medical evacuation coverage).
What kind of lodging is provided?
Accommodations vary from one region to another. In urban areas, you are typically housed in moderate quality hotels or guesthouses. In rural areas, you may be asked to stay with the host or in more rustic settings. Lodging information is provided as part of the pre-trip briefing.
May I take my spouse or other family members?
No. We do not have the resources to accommodate non-volunteers. However, if you would like to schedule a post-assignment vacation, family and friends are free to meet you after you have completed your Coffee Corps obligations.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Will the Coffee Corps volunteer speak the local language?
While some volunteers are multi-lingual, most speak only English. We expect that the origin group making the request will be able to provide a translator. If they cannot, we may be able to provide someone to assist.
How long can the volunteer assignments be?
Most volunteer assignments are between two and three weeks long. However, if your project requires more or less time, please complete the application anyway. We will try to locate a volunteer who matches your needs.
Is the origin group responsible for any costs?
Coffee Corps will pay all assignment-related expenses for the volunteer. These include round-trip coach airfare, passport, visas, lodging, meals and incidentals, project materials, required immunizations, and supplemental health insurance (including emergency medical evacuation coverage). All costs accounted for in the project budget will be covered by CQI directly.
An organization at origin MAY be responsible for some assignment-related costs, such as in-country transportation or local lodging, that is not covered as part of the project funding. The host is responsible for transportation during the assignment and may be asked to provide lodging.
Can we request volunteers for a project that might require more than one visit?
Yes, but please explain how many visits you anticipate, as well as the length of time between each visit in your application.