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“If you have only ever travelled as a tourist, it can be quite overwhelming,” says Hilborn after returning from Tanzania. “Be flexible and adapt to conditions. You can’t panic.”

Volunteering overseas?

Volunteering in a developing country can be a life-defining experience. Here’s what to know before you sign up

Reading Time: 5 minutes In winter 2019, Donald Hilborn spent three months volunteering on an agricultural research project in Morogoro, Tanzania. It was a gratifying experience for Hilborn but he cautions that it’s essential to do your homework and choose carefully when travelling on a volunteer mission to a developing country. “You need a support system,” says Hilborn, who […] Read more

How volunteering is good for you

Reading Time: 4 minutes It can seem like there’s no end of stories, opinions and advice to help farmers transition the farm business to the next generation. But how do you transition yourself? How do you live with retirement? Volunteering helped Shirley Lahn and her late husband Howard when they were busy farming, and then through the transition and […] Read more


The main reason why most people don’t volunteer is simply because no one has ever asked them, Kirkwood-Whyte points out. Everyone has a gift, she says. The goal is to identify those gifts, and ask them to share.

Time to volunteer!!

There’s a critical need for farmers and farm families to give their time to protect and enhance the quality of rural life

Reading Time: 5 minutes Volunteers are the heart of a community. Despite their isolation and sparse populations — or maybe because of it — farm communities in particular have been held up for generations as models of neighbourliness, with families supporting each other in times of need. Now, neighbourliness may not be enough. Something more structured is needed, with […] Read more