Programs for individuals
International Development Internships
Community Based Participatory Research Internship
FSD Research Internships allow participants to engage with FSD community partners in researching local issues and developing potential solutions. With community-based participatory research, the research question is defined and findings are analyzed together with the community. The goal is knowledge creation which serves to inform community action. Program length can vary from 9 weeks to a full year.
ProCorps is specifically designed for professionals who want to contribute their time and talent to international development projects. Like our international internship program, ProCorps participants will have a fully immersive experience working alongside community members as they contribute their expertise to the mission of one of our 250 international partner organizations.Program length can vary from two weeks to six months. Applicants must have five or more years of work experience and match the qualifications sought by the host organization.
Spanish Immersion Program
Language learners who want to participate in one of FSD's volunteer programs in Latin America can improve their Spanish abilities through FSD’s Spanish Immersion Program. Program participants will take targeted language lessons and practice with local teachers while living with a local host family. The immersion program can precede or run concurrently with the International Internship and ProCorps programs. It is available only at our site in Cochabamba, Bolivia.
Programs for groups
Group Engage combines the benefits of an long-term international development internship with those of working in a team. Participants are placed as a team of 3-5 in a single community development organization. The team works together to complete a sustainable development project and receives all the same support as in the international development internship program. Program length can vary from 9 to 18 weeks.
Group Service Trip
FSD’s GroupService Trip (GST) program provides both theoretical understanding and practical experience in community-driven development. GST’s are a group model where at least 6 participants work together to complete a short-term, high-impact project within the community. Program length varies between 10 days and 3 weeks.