Global Partner or Representative - Pre-Application Survey
Thank you for contacting MESA to begin a new program with your home country!
MESA is a non-profit organization based in Berkeley, California. MESA's mission is to cultivate a global grassroots network of food and farming leaders dedicated to transforming community food systems. MESA is designated by the US Department of State to sponsor agricultural "trainees" on a J1 visa in the United States for up to one full year.
MESA is not funded by the US government. Our exchange program is funded by Steward and US Host fees, small foundation grants, and individual donations.
*** SPECIAL NOTE FOR AFRICAN AND EASTERN EUROPEAN NATIONS: In recent years, the majority of our NGO's exchange candidates from Africa, Nepal, and parts of Eastern Europe have been denied visas. This is due to U.S. Consul bias that J1 visa applicants will not return home. This is a very unfortunate -- but not entirely unfounded -- bias throughout most of the developing world; one that MESA regrettably cannot overcome.
For this reason, if you're from a developing country with high risk of visa rejection, PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT THIS FORM; IT WILL NOT BE PROCESSED. We are a small non-profit; we do not have the resources to expend on candidates whose chances to receive visa authorization are far below the average of candidates from other parts of the world.***
MESA has a very limited capacity to partner with new representatives and countries. MESA's Global Partners (NGOs) and Representatives (for-profit companies and/or individual MESA Steward alumni) are ALL expected to have:
1) Resources (meeting space, phone, internet, etc.) to recruit, interview and help prepare eligible candidates for MESA's US program and apply at the US Embassy for the J1 visa;
2) Strong connections with farm communities and/or agricultural institutions, and interest in promoting sustainable agriculture;
3) Excellent and verifiable professional references;
4) Access to grants or resources to help financially-limited candidates pay MESA's full program fee, round-trip international travel and Embassy fees.
Lastly, MESA does not partner with individuals with no prior connection to our organization. If you are applying for yourself to represent our program but don't have any direct affiliation with MESA, we are unlikely to respond or approve your request.
Please proceed only if you are confident that you meet all of the above criteria!
Business or Organization Name (if none, write "None")
How familiar are you with MESA's Certificate in Applied Agroecolgy Program (CAAP)? CAAP fees?
Training in sustainable agriculture is highly competitive; many college-age Americans intern with organic farms that offer little or no pay. This is a very different reality than interning with "conventional" larger-scale farms or agribusinesses that typically pay wages. MESA CAAP trainees ("Stewards") may receive lodging and food, plus a small monthly stipend, depending on the placement. Please be sure to review the Frequently Asked Questions in the Global Partner section of MESA's web site <
> PLEASE CHECK ALL BOXES THAT APPLY:
Candidates I/we recruit can pay MESA's $1850USD CAAP fee
Candidates I/we recruit will receive financial support from our organization/company
Candidates I/we recruit will receive financial support from our government/academic institution
None of the candidates can pay more than $500 of the $1850 CAAP fee prior to US arrival
None of the candidates can pay any part of the CAAP fee
In addition to MESA's CAAP fee, candidates must also pay their own international travel and Embassy fees. How confident are you that your candidates can pay those addtional program costs?
Very confident, most candidates can pay these costs themselves
Very confident, most candidates will receive additional funding support to pay these costs
Somewhat confident - we can try to help raise funds
Most candidates cannot afford international travel or US Embassy fees
How many candidates do you hope to recruit for MESA's CAAP in the coming year?
20 or more candidates
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