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April 11, 2009

This is a great organization who I would recommend to anyone who wants to make a sustainable impact on a community in need. Volunteers are able to fully immerse themselves in the culture and learn both the upsides and downsides on working for an NGO.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the schools and clinics of Kenya (although they work is several other developing nations). I have also seen the respect and gratitude local community members have for the work they have done.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

do more advertising and recruitment in the US and other countries.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Truly immersing myself in the culture and being asked to take initiative and be creative.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

knowledgeable and realistic

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

do anything it is now striving to do with limited funds! By supporting community based organizations with the funding, FSD could improve education, health and the environment.

Ways to make it better...

I could speak the local languages(eg. Swahili) fluently

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

lack of funds

One thing I'd also say is that...

my experience with the Foundation for Sustainable development was one of the most challenging times of my life- but I learned a lot. Be prepared- it's not an easy internship.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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i would like write about fsd ,is one of great mission in world.so fsd should do some greate work.people also expecting same.and some verity works.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

sesuld should be 100 percent

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

like to co operate and work with fsd

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

many things

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

there are very nice staff

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

will be number one in this world

Ways to make it better...

i head many things from media about fsd

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

may lack of human and financial resources

One thing I'd also say is that...

wish a good luck for future

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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April 11, 2009

I had an amazing experience last summer as in intern in Uganda through FSD. My integration with my host community was well balanced by the support FSD had available to me during my time there. The FSD grant program available to interns was extremely helpful in allowing me to complete a project with my host organization -- improving sustainable agriculture training sessions for a local farmer's group. FSD's focus on creating sustainable projects was evident, and through periodic workshops with FSD, I was able to write a grant on behalf of my host organization.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the projects their interns (with funding from their grant program) have completed, with emphasis on understanding how the project will be continued after the intern leaves.

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I could have afforded to stay longer... the cost of the program makes it difficult to have a long internship.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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April 11, 2009

FSD is very well-established organisation with a noble vision offering exciting internships to students. It is an excellent gateway for people who want to contribute to humanity through a range of organised and reliable programs. I trust their services and would definitely recommend it!

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand its current programs and allow more students intake per year.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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FSD has been a great model for our organization. We have learned a great deal from them about sustainability, and collaboration within the developing world. We have valued the opportunities we have shared to contribute towards building capacity in communities. FSD has been our fiscal sponsor for 6 years. Their support has been invaluable!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the way they do outreach and recruitment of interns and volunteers

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the people who I have met in the US and within countries we have served.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

fun, capable, honest, and committed

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make a huge impact by broadening their geographic scope

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to spend with the staff

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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April 11, 2009

This organization is one of the best. They work so hard to bring sustainable solutions to those who need it the most.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

are vibrant and enthusiastic about their job.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

pay it's staff and interns.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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FSD is a great organization that really supports sustainable change through partnering young men and women who want to be involved in development work with organizations in countries around the world. Unlike other organizations, FSD really puts an emphasis on working WITH people from the countries that interns are sent, as opposed to starting their own projects that are not connected the community. Much of the work FSD does is connected to the environment, and I know interns who have done work from helping build more sustainable water systems in local communities to getting funding to build greenhouses. FSD is very deserving of this award, and they are a great organization.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the concrete projects that many interns are able to implement when they go abroad to do sustainable development works.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find ways to allow more people the opportunity to be interns, through more financial scholarships.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the connections I made in Bolivia, specifically with the young men and women I worked with in the community where I lived.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

excited and passionate about the organization.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help the hundreds of NGOs in the countries where FSD works, who have limited resources but are doing really important work, expand their programs.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to spend in Bolivia, and could have afforded to extend my internship for longer.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding in order to expand the program, and finding ways to sustain the projects once interns leave.

One thing I'd also say is that...

FSD is awesome, and really helped me decide what I wanted to do with the rest of my life!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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I know a number of people who have volunteered or interned with FSD and they all describe wonderful experiences. FSD works with grassroots and community-based organizations each country in which they work and contributes to vibrant, bottom-up, community-focused development.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

friendly, helpful, passionate about what they do

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April 10, 2009

I Actually waited on this group of people at my restaurant. The crowd was young and vibrate. Everyone seemed to be very excited about the work that they were doing and the group also seemed to have a very healthy dynamic. They answered my questions that i had about their internationally policies of work. I was very pleased with the consciousness they had about working with the communities instead of trying to implement american views on developing communities around the world. All the people were friendly and i would have to say it was a plus that their business card was on recycled paper! that makes me happy to know that their consciousness is representable in all parts of their business.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

were friendly, motivated, excited about their work, informative!

Ways to make it better...

if I would start volunteering with fsd.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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I am in complete agreement with the mission of FSD, looking for sustainable solutions to community issues based on involved and indepth local needs assesments. This however is a very hard mission to accomplish in the small time frame that FSD allows for its volunteers. You cannot sucessfully create and carry though a sucessful needs assesment and sustainable project in two months (when you enter as an untrained intern). Also the organization, while supporting projects that are locally based and based on the COMMUNITIES needs, is very centralized as an organization not allowing flexability in the local chapters, not acknowledging that like local communities, different countries are different and you can´t stick to the same formula for all of them. The local teams need to have more flexability, or the organization itself does not adhere to its own mission. Over all however, I find the work that FSD VERY important and it does have a strong impact in the areas it works in. The mission and the goal are incredible, there are just a few minor flaws in the exectution which could be improved.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

It has improved the lives of many community members in La Plata, where I worked with the organization. In my personal experience I have seen children on the edge of repeating school years not repeat and gain an enthusiasm to continue studying or even go back to school. I was also involved in a project that brought more doctors to a local neighborhood and improved local medical knowledge and community mobilization.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give more flexability to the local site teams, allowing them to access the needs of the local community/program and allowing them to respond to those needs. Less hierarchical rigidity.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The community network that it has created which provides local NGO´s the oppurtunity to network, interlink, and work together. The personel at the local FSD site in Argentina where a charm to work with, provided EXCELENT support both with the internship, in learning about sustainable developement and in adjusting to a new culture.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The personel at the local FSD site in Argentina where a charm to work with, provided EXCELENT support both with the internship, in learning about sustainable developement and in adjusting to a new culture. The volunteers have all been well selected and motivated people, giving alot to the communities that host them.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand into more sites, in more third world communities.

Ways to make it better...

The organization had been more flexable with parts of my internship.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

The specificity of their mission and the dificulty in maintaining and developing programs in the local communities. The job position unfortunately are very specific and when personel turn over it is very hard to replace them, which is very valuable because they value there personal, but is also very difficult because they can´t find people that specifically qualified.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I would also like to see them pay their local host families better, since it is a hard job and a big and very important sacrifice and service that the host families do for the interns. More and better quality host families could be found if the job paid what it was worth.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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