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FSD training programs are highly immersive, bringing students, professionals, and retirees on-site to support critical grassroots initiatives. Rather than work on aid-based, short-term projects, participants collaborate with community partners to enhance local capacity to address health, social, environmental, and economic issues. With ongoing support from FSD Site Teams, all programs include: orientation, family homestay, language and grassroots development trainings, seed Grant + access to additional funding for strong projects, hands-on project development experience, debriefing sessions, cultural activities, and access to FSD's Alumni Connect program.Meet some of our current and past internship participants > >
Fund your FSD experience: explore our Funding Resources page to learn more about scholarships, grants, and fundraising campaigns.
|Ways to Get Involved|
International Internships •
Gap Year •
Global Service Trips
|Salta • Cochabamba • Jodhpur • Udaipur • Kakamega • Mombasa • Jinja • Masaka • Ciudad • Tola|
|Program Focus Areas|
Microfinance & Microenterprise •
Youth Development & Education
Gender Equity • Human Rights
Environmental Sustainability • Appropriate Technology
(9-52 Weeks for students & recent grads)
Our world wide volunteer internship program offers students and young professionals intensive training and comprehensive experience working with an FSD Community Partner on local development projects. Learn more ►
(9-52 Weeks for pre-college students)
Our Gap Year program offers pre-college students outstanding opportunities to work on development projects with our community partners—from nine weeks to a full academic year. Learn more ►
(10 Days-12 Weeks for professionals with expertise in specific areas)
ProCorps Volunteering is an ideal short-term international volunteer experience, where you work directly with our partners to effectively apply your expertise to pressing community needs worldwide. Learn more ►
Global Service Trips
(1-5 Weeks for groups of 8+)
Global Service Trips allow groups to provide short-term, high-impact support to pressing community development initiatives.
After a successful pilot program in 2014, FSD is excited to offer Spanish immersion training for our participants who seek to increase their Spanish language skills before and during their international development field work. Download the PDF for program options and pricing.
FSD offers additional programs for colleges and universities around the world. Please visit our University Partner section to learn more about these programs.