Sustainable Development Internships in Uganda


February 2016

Meet the Interns: Marlen and Julianna


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Marlen (left) and Julianna (right) are our newest additions to the FCDE/isla family.

Please welcome our newest members to the growing FCDE/isla family! Both of our interns will be working at our new site, Rukungiri, located in southwest Uganda. Learn more about them below.

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Bay Area Internship Available

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Do you want to be involved with International Service-Learning Alliance but you’re not ready to go abroad? Work with us in the Bay Area! We’re looking for an intern that can commit around 20 hours a week. By working in a smaller organization, you have the opportunity to have a greater impact on the work that we do, more interaction with staff members experienced in sustainable international development, and many professional development opportunities. Read more to see if this is right for you!

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Meet the Intern: Victoria


Victoria is a graduate student at Antioch University New England studying Environmental Studies with a concentration in Sustainable Development and Climate Change. She joined FCDE in June 2013 as an environmental initiatives intern. Victoria worked with three partner organizations (OBR, Kiima Foods, and New Eden) over her nine week internship to help build capacities in their environmental campaigns. The topics covered a variety of environmental issues, including irrigation and improved cook stoves.

Victoria also worked with each organization to aid in developing their project campaigns and in community outreach. This grassroots training she developed enabled the partners to understand how to effectively deliver their messages to different groups of people. Each partner organization met with her to discuss their strategic plans followed by the delivery of their message into the community. Victoria worked in a range of settings, from giving a lecture series at a local school (African Ark Open Society Institute) to community gatherings throughout the sub-counties of Kasese.

While Victoria aided these organizations in myriad ways, it was always her goal to make her work sustainable. She made sure that the organizations came up with their own goals and objectives, content information, and determined how she could best support them in their efforts in order to “help them build sustainability within their own campaigns.”

Victoria chose FCDE to do her internship work because she wanted to work abroad in Africa and was interested in FCDE’s approach to development. Looking for more than simply ecotourism, she was able to gain experience at the grassroots level. Taking on a leadership role as well as gaining new skills along the way, it has been a challenging yet rewarding experience. Victoria plans to work in international development in the future, and this internship allowed her to take the theories and concepts from her coursework and put them into practice

How to Write a Support Letter

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You know you want to go abroad. You’ve chosen your destination. You know when you arrive. You’ve planned every meticulous detail to make sure this will be the best experience. You’ve saved for what seems like an eternity, but you still fall short on some hefty expenses. What do you do?

Writing support letters is one of the most effective ways to fundraise for a service experience abroad. (For other ideas, click here). Fundraising letters connect your friends, family, and local businesses to your cause and offers them an opportunity to support you in your fundraising efforts. Not quite sure how to write a letter? Just keep on reading to learn how to formulate one of your own!

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5 Ways to Fundraise for Service Abroad

hanna with Students (1)Have you ever wanted to go abroad and make a difference? Did it ever seem a little out of your reach financially? Today, young people have more debt than ever before, making going abroad seem next to impossible.

But it doesn’t have to be.

With a little elbow grease and ingenuity, going abroad is entirely possible! Below are 5 ways you can fund an experience of a lifetime, like our internships in Uganda!

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Warren Campbell Scholarship

The  Warren R. Campbell Memorial Scholarship applications are being accepted until September 21, 2016 for a 10-12 week internship in sustainable development in Uganda, beginning in January. We offer internships in 7 sectors. These are professional development opportunities to launch your career and enable action in rural communities that you are matched to.

Apply today!

Meal time with a family of friends in the hillside village on Njakazinga in the Rwenzori Mountain rang

Kitchen garden farming on the steep hillside

Meeting with the local change agent! A kind hearted Jaja!

Make a Lasting Impact!

Now, think to yourself – Could this  be me in Uganda?! Do you want to make a change in people’s lives and empower youth? Or if you are an Environment specialist, isla will match you to an environmental organization where you will work side-by-side working to mitigate climate change in rural communities. Another example, is a position as a small business development intern working with our local partner and enabling the creation of a marketing plan for a food security organization.


isla provides career-launching internships that are not for everyone. They are for students who have grit. For students who want to live in a rural setting and make a life-changing impact. You will live with a host family who will take you and guide you on your journey of becoming part of their family and part of the community.

Make an impact and become an isla intern!

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Need a scholarship? Scholarships available for winter or spring start dates.

Apply today!


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