Sustainable Development Internships in Uganda

Meet the Intern: Lauren

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”


Snowflakes in Uganda??

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.

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A Mentor to Many

Sylvia Kabugho

Sylvia is our newest Program Director at FCDE of Foundation for Community Development and Empowerment, isla‘s parent organization, who is heading up our Rukungiri site, now in its second year.

“When you know better, you do better.”  Continue reading “A Mentor to Many”

A Leader to Many

Esther Kabugho

“Education empowers a woman; I am empowered and living a better life” As one of Esther’s favorite quotes, it illustrates the importance that education has played in her life and her successes. Continue reading “A Leader to Many”

5 Reasons to do Service Abroad

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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.

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Aggies in Kasese – KIIMA Foods

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!!

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Good for the Community, Good for the Earth



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.

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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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