April 23, 2009
Like everyone else has said, FSD focuses on grassroots development which is the ideal form of providing sustainable initiatives. From the perspective of an intern, I can say that when FSD says that they focus on grassroots development, they mean it. They encouraged all of the interns to wait a week or two before starting any kind of project so that we could get to know our organizations and the people in them and to really find out their specific needs. I interned in Argentina and relationships are a very important part of their culture. They focus on building relationships first, therefore it would have been disastrous for me or any of the other interns to go in with a project in mind and trying to implement it without the support of the organization. I think the people at FSD have the right idea when it comes to grassroots development, it is not just development on a small scale, it is development that is wholly supported by the people where the development is taking place.
The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...
very passionate about and experienced in development issues.
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
MY ROLE:Volunteer & I worked with a local organization in Argentina in their area of health promotion and teamed up with a municipal clinic to provide diabetes screenings and a workshop on diabetes and nutrition education.