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

Rating: 5 stars  

After graduation, I was stuck with the “world is your oyster” mindset, but I didn’t know how to take advantage of it. I looked into many different opportunities, one idea I had was traveling around Latin America making my way from one development organization to the next as a volunteer until I felt I had “found” what I was looking for. I also looked into the Peace Corp, but it seemed as though the Peace Corp can be hit or miss with its placement, and the two-year commitment was a little too daunting. So after much research I discovered the Foundation for Sustainable Development, it gave me the structure I needed, the education I wanted, and the experience I hoped for. FSD is an organization that has found the necessary, yet difficult, balance between foreign support and community empowerment. They work with a model that ensures the education of its volunteers, interns, and host organizations so that all understand the design and power of sustainable projects. Volunteering with FSD has given me the opportunity to gain a new perspective on international development work, and it has inspired to continue my journey into the world of development work.

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

the inspiration it has provided many past volunteers to continue their education in sustainable development, creating a group of FSD alumni who are making a positive change in the world.

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

the opportunity to work along side local Nicaraguans to develop sustainable solutions to improve the community and the efficiency of the organization.

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

inspiring, interested, dedicated, educated, down to earth, and diverse.

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

Provide more opportunities to organizations to develop project proposals to compete for funding, using this as an educational tool to give the organizations the confidence and ability to develop sustainable projects, and apply for outside funding.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

Role:  Volunteer & I worked with a community development organization, supporting their microfinance branch, aswell as their reforestation initiative.