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Review for Foundation for Sustainable Development, Oakland, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I worked as a microfinance and livelihoods intern with an NGO in Udaipur, India through FSD. Unlike other organizations, FSD's whole approach from recruitment to placement and on-going training was extremely involved. The organization has evolved organically and its core beliefs of sustainable development keep its operations true to its cause, heavily involving the in-country nationals as partners in their work. My program in India was extremely immersive and very expansive in the range of learning and 'doing' opportunities given to me. Their standing as a well-respected NGO in the field allows the partner organizations to form meaningful work and cultural relationships for their interns.

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

the quality of interns/volunteers it places within NGO, and the resulting work they produce.

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

incredibly diverse in professions and motivations, but bound together by a common set of ideals.

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

issue more grants to volunteers, to reduce the cost of their program fees, especially for longer assignments.

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Role:  Volunteer & I interened with a microfinance NGO in the field, creating business plans for another NGO startup, creating a livelihoods project for farmers growing ginger and conducting field surverys.