After working in international development for five years, the questions “How do I break into the industry?”, never fails to raise itself in conversation. “Well, how do you break into the industry?” you may ask. Step one is getting field experience abroad and learning to live outside your comfort zone. Continue reading “Meet the Intern: Lauren”
If you saw this title and were worried about the state of global climate, no need to pack for the snow if you’re heading to East Africa. I guess, unless you plan on summiting Rwenzori, Mt. Kenya, or Kilimanjaro. But, this post doesn’t focus on snowflakes or snow packed mountains, rather it focuses on leadership and cultural organizing.
Going aboard to work with non-profit organizations is an experience unlike any other. Tackling some of the world’s greatest issues sometimes takes collaboration from a diverse group of people. Here are some reasons why you should do service abroad.
Farming differs all over the world. What is similar, is the need for farmers to have nutritious and affordable food security and grow crops free of pesticides. Training the local population to follow these principles of farming is what KIIMA Foods is doing in Kasese, Uganda. And they are doing it well!!
From the arid Northeastern region, to the snowcapped Rwenzori mountains in the southwest, Uganda is a host to a range of biomes, supporting over 1000 species of birds and the Big 5. The southwest region, near the Rwandan border, boasts the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, the home of some of the last 300 mountains gorillas in the world.
Roughly the size of the state of Oregon, and predominately rural, the Ugandan countryside is a mix of sustainable and subsistence farming, and cash crops, sprinkled with a few national parks. As any place in the world, wildlife rarely remains within national park borders, making caring for the general land important in order to preserve natural biodiversity.
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.
Want to work with isla but can’t make the time commitment? Looking to do a short-term, but meaningful, service experience? Prefer to travel with a group? Then service-learning trips (SLTs) are for you! SLTs are short-term, impactful collaborations between students/working professionals and local Ugandan community leaders, with a little bit of travel in-between.
This year we are partnering with Boomerang Communities to conduct an SLT July 2016, and we need your expertise! What do you think about civic engagement? Our local community partners are itching to know. Check out our working itinerary below.*