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WHAT WE DO
FSD is a community of development experts, donors, and volunteers who work together to achieve locally-driven goals in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. We employ local assets and work with groups on the ground to develop sustainable and self-reliant models that benefit each community differently.
HOW WE WORK
FSD works with our host communities through international exchange and capacity building programs. We coordinate interns, professional volunteers, and group service trips to support specific projects. We also fund grants and train staff in the community.
Our partners across the world strive to transform their communities; we support their work in various development sectors. In over 20 years of international service, we've developed the best strategies to generate social innovation and produce global change.
NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
This fall, we're looking for people with background, skills, or interest in social entrepreneurship, health, microfinance, education, environmental sustainability, human rights, and gender equity to apply for internships in developing countries.
The next application deadline is August 10. Apply now!
BLOG POST: Dia de la Pachamama
Over the past few weeks this group of college students, professors, engineers, bioconstruction aficionados, curious travelers and Amigos del Arbol members have pooled their respective skills to construct a foundation of dog-food bags filled with gravel and walls of eucalyptus posts and recycled wooden pallets. The structure is taking form.
Today’s task is the messiest of all . . .
FSD is a unique organization that does some very special things; there's a reason why users on greatnonprofits.org made us a top-rated nonprofit in 2015, and why we get consistently high reviews elsewhere. Read about our program from current and former staff members who were once in your shoes.
OFFICES IN 6 COUNTRIES
From Argentina to Uganda, we're working with grassroots organizations to engender sustainability. Each program site has a unique culture and history that affects community development work in the region. Since we select our adept program directors from the local population, they have intimate knowledge of their sites.
We've collected amazing video footage from our communities. We've put together a playlist of some of our favorite stories—as told by our program directors, volunteers, and partners — so you can hear about their experiences and what community, sustainability, and development mean to them.
Service learning trips can be an invaluable part of a student's preparation for global citizenship. In the past, we have hosted interns and volunteers from more than 300 universities across the world. We also have formal partnerships with the following universities: