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

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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.

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.

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

Role:  Volunteer & I was an intern for this organization.