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

Rating: 3 stars  

I have never participated in an intern abroad program, but as one of my assignments within the SF office, I have read a lot about what kinds of environmental projects FSD's NGOs carry out in the field. Things from eco-tourism to raise environmental awareness, and garden planting and environmental education for grade school kids, to sustainable methods in agriculture and improved resource management for local farmers. These projects, if carried out well, I believe would be a huge benefit to those community members and to future generations of those communities. Although I cannot say first-hand that the environmental programs were successfully executed and sustainable, I believe that FSD's support of these programs is at least a first step to making a difference. Though, I can 100% say for certain that the FSD headquarters in San Francisco recycles and composts everything! Working at the FSD San Francisco office has given me a huge insight to the workings of small, growing nonprofits. The staff works hectically and is constantly, collaboratively multi-tasking to churn out and improve the programs it offers. During my time there, it was amazing to see that a staff of less than 10 in the main office worked endlessly in an effort to maintain communication at a personal level with people interested in FSD programs and with FSD participants before their programs began. The passion and ideals of the staff are what kept me motivated in this nonprofit and what made me keep coming back to do my best work.

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

terms of the growing number of applicants FSD was receiving during my time there.

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

the different job hats I've worn within the office and the opportunity to learn more about nonprofit development and international development.

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

very cool people who were passionate about what they were doing.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

Role:  Volunteer & I worked in the FSD office, helping with website and marketing material development.