FSD envisions a world where all people have the opportunity and capacity to direct economic, social, and environmental resources toward sustainable outcomes that improve lives and communities.
Over 8 million dollars invested in communities in 9 countries to advance local causes
500+ ORGS TRAINED
FSD has trained over 500 organizations and funded more than 2,000 projects aimed at improving the quality of life in communities around the world.
495 GRANTS AWARDED
FSD has awarded 495 competitive grants for projects proposed by community organizations that show strong potential for replication, sustainability, and effective impact in the community
Over 3,500 volunteers and interns from 50 countries have been trained by FSD’s experienced field staff and connected to grassroots organizations around the world.
FSD achieves community-driven goals through asset-based development and international exchange in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
Start With Assets, Not Problems:
We take an asset-based approach to development work. We begin by listening to the priorities set by our community-based partners at our international program sites. We then identify and utilize existing assets and capacity to address those priorities.
Motivate Community Ownership:
We partner with leaders, organizations, and stakeholders committed to change, action, and social justice. We stress community ownership and participation before launching initiatives, especially in our volunteer and student programs.
Generate Enduring Results and Impact:
We ensure the outcomes of our support have long-lasting benefits for our partners. We think hard on how to participate appropriately and effectively in development, and on how to become redundant so that our initiatives outlast our involvement.
We strengthen the skills, competencies, and abilities of the leaders at our community-based partners and of our student and professional volunteers. We educate and train, facilitating the sharing of best practices across all of our stakeholders to support our partners’ priorities.
Be A Bridge:
We relentlessly build a network of students, professionals, and passionate advocates for our community-based partners to access. We connect this network of assets and volunteers with the work of our partners through our international exchange and grantmaking programs.
We share our experiences and learnings about the complexities of development with friends, family, and colleagues. We promote cultural exchange and sensitivity, encouraging a reflective approach to navigating cross-cultural issues, confusions, and tensions.
We operate on our founding principle that producing strong community outcomes must be the priority. We base all partnerships, strategies, and decisions on the Fair Trade Learning concept that we must be ethical and reciprocal in our planning, implementation, and outcomes.
Emusanda Health Centre is a dispensary owned by Kenya’s Ministry of Health and serves 1500-2000 patients a month in Shibuli Kakamega, Kenya. The center offers many basic health services such as comprehensive care, diagnostic services, …
Photography during programs abroad is almost inextricably linked to the program itself. Photographs will help you situate memories, people, projects—they can be a tool by which you can deliver a message, an aesthetic …
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Dyonne Pennings interned at the Institute for Therapy and Investigation (ITEI) in Cochabamba, Bolivia in 2011. She supported ITEI’s efforts by researching international human rights …
Welcome to the FSD International Intern and Volunteer Abroad program. This page contains essential information for the application and pre-departure process. Please review all sections below as they pertain to all program applicants.Program Basics FSD Internship …