The Project

In the remote, south coast subdistrict of Uatucarbau, staff of the Uatucarbau English School have requested the assistance of a qualified agriculture specialist to join the faculty and train local youth in sustainable farming.

The successful applicant will work to improve student’s farming skills and develop student appreciation for the importance of sustainable farming for the region. The staff in Uatucarbau also expect students to have a greater awareness of the economic opportunities they can access through agriculture and farming.

This is one of two roles in Uatucarbau. The successful candidate will be joined by another Palms volunteer who will be training local English language teachers.

Note: The monthly living allowance enables you to live a modest local lifestyle. Based on the cost of living in a particular country, it covers food, your daily commute, communication and other local costs. It is not set to enable you to meet financial commitments at home, such as a mortgage or a personal loan.  It will not cover the costs of eating out and other entertainment. Read more about what is covered in our FAQ.

The Location

Uatucarbau is a remote subdistrict of the Municipality of Viqueque, Timor Leste. It sits on the southern coast, a few hours from the town of Viqueque and Los Palos, the capital of neighbouring Lautem Municipality.

Access to Uatucarbau may be difficult during the wet season, as heavy rains force closures of some roads along the coast. The region is a rich area for growing rice. The town has basic amenities and markets. The nearest major hospital is located in Dili, approximately a day’s drive away.

Uatubarcau English School supports students from two junior high schools and one senior high school. Students currently study regular classes in both Tetum (local language) and Portuguese and will be assisted in English language tuition by an Australian volunteer from 2020.

The Challenge

Timor Leste faces a high unemployment rate, particularly among the youth. This challenge is exacerbated in remote areas, such as Uatucarbau. Training and retaining staff is a challenge as talented staff often leave remote areas for better pay in national and international organisations in the capital or larger towns.

Local agricultural expertise suffers as young people are encouraged to pursue education and interest in agriculture and farming loses out to IT and other high-paying subjects. This expertise is valuable in enabling the next generation both to become self-reliant (reducing dependence on imported food which is difficult and time-consuming to transport from ports near Dili) and to earn a living.


About You

Uatucarbau English School has asked Palms to recruit a qualified and experienced agriculturist to support the delivery of quality agricultural training to local students.

The successful candidate will demonstrate:

  • Suitable degree or qualification in agriculture, agribusiness or farming,
  • Experience with training youth and/or working with school students,
  • Adaptability and flexibility,
  • Willingness to work in remote Timor Leste for two years
  • Willingness to engage their Australian community in promoting the work of the host organisation and their role.

Prior knowledge of Tetum (local language) is not required. However, the successful candidate must be willing to learn the local language. You will be joined by a fellow Palms volunteer working with the school as an English language teacher.

How You Will Help

The successful candidate will live and work with the staff at Uatucarbau English School for up to two years. This project will enable local students to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills in effective, sustainable farming practices.
  • Recognise the economic and nutritional benefits of creating sustainable agriculture processes within their community.
  • Earn a living through farming following completion of their education.

At the conclusion of this project, the staff of Uatucarbau English School will be able to independently manage the agriculture training program and train new staff members to deliver the program to future students.

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