The Arava International Center for Agricultural Training (AICAT) of the Israel government is looking for as many as 25 agriculture-related graduates from Mindanao who will qualify for an 11-month Work-Study Program in Arava, Israel.
Backed by the Foreign Ministry and the Ministry of Agriculture of Israel, the AICAT has been introducing representatives from developing countries such as Thailand, Myanmar, Nepal, Tibet (Tibetans who live in India) and the Philippines to modern agricultural methods for the past decade. Its Work-Study program, which benefited the first batch of 18 participants from Mindanao in August last year, will take effect for an entire agricultural season, from September 2005 to August 2006.
With "learning by doing" as its guiding theme, the program involves on-the-job training, which uses sophisticated agricultural technologies with Arava farmers and field trips to agricultural spots such as farms, irrigation equipment factories, agricultural products processing facilities and historical sites such as Jerusalem, Nazareth and the Galilee, the Dead Sea and the Red Sea.
To qualify, interested parties should be graduates of any agricultural course, not more than 35 years old, and preferably employed in any of the prestigious companies in Mindanao. Interested parties may send their Letter of Intent and resumé, not later than June 2, to Secretary Jesus G. Dureza, Chairperson, Mindanao Economic Development Council (MEDCo), 4F SSS Building, J.P. Laurel Avenue, Davao City.
For more information, they may also contact Ms. Carla Mae Zamora of the MEDCo Secretariat at (082)221-1345 or (082) 221-7060 (telefax).