Foundation for Sustainable Developmenthttp://www.fsdinternational.org/country/bo...
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One of the most pressing environmental sustainability concerns in Bolivia is soil erosion from overgrazing and poor cultivation methods, including slash and burn agriculture. Over the past few decades, use of chemical fertilizers and overexploitation of renewable resources has all but destroyed the sustainability of agricultural lands in the Cochabamba region by creating a gaping deficit between nutrients added and nutrients taken from the soil. Due to the very poor soil quality, local agricultural communities surrounding Cochabamba produce consistently low crop yields year after year, afflicting the health of local farmers, their children, and the land they live on.
Alternatively, FSD supports grassroots environmental organizations that listen to and reflect the needs of struggling rural farmers and community members hit hard by the current conditions. Interns and volunteers work to improve the sustainable management of soil, water, and land use. An overreaching goal of our environmental sustainability program is to create public awareness and conduct outreach projects that offer easily integrated solutions. This is done through several channels, from working directly with the local university to teach courses and offering farmers micro-loans, to cultivating new water, irrigation, and sewage systems. By strengthening Cochabamba’s natural capital and educating/empowering rural communities, FSD aims to support the development of a strong, sustainable agricultural economy and ensure proper use of land in the present and the future.
Interns, volunteers, and donors work with FSD to:
1) Assist professors at the local university who teach undergraduate and post graduate classes in the sustainable management of natural resources, while supporting research into new practices and technology of agro-ecology preservation.
2) Investigate and implement cost-effective approaches to improve community habitats through ecological sanitation systems, composting, and proper management of water systems.
3) Raise awareness in society and the government about sustainable management of natural resources for the increased production and consumption of ecologically aware products.
4) Implement sustainable agriculture and ecology projects at local schools. Projects include crop diversification, fertilization methods, and soil maintenance.
5) Provide environmental legal consulting for the purpose of shifting local land use policies.
6) Build and maintain organic gardens in the community of Maria Auxiliadora, a cooperatively run neighborhood for women who have experienced intra-familial violence.
- 17+ years old
- Intermediate Spanish speaking and comprehension for Latin American locations
- 9-week minimum commitment
To be a Competitive Applicant:
- Working towards or having completed a Bachelors Degree
- Educational background in Finance, Business, Economics, International Development, or related field
- 9+ week commitment to working in host community
- Past work, volunteer, or field experience abroad
- Basic understanding of grassroots development and experience with cultural and economic diversity
USD 4995 - USD 8280+, varies by duration
The program fee covers: airport pickup upon arrival; a one-week orientation; family homestay with all meals provided; language lessons; development trainings; midterm retreat (9+ weeks only); on-going in-country support from FSD site team and U.S. staff; Project Seed Grant; eligibility for additional project funding up to USD 800; medical evacuation and limited health insurance. Our program fees also contribute to the capacity-building of our partner organizations, and include a USD 300 seed grant for all interns' work abroad.
Founded in 1995, the Foundation for Sustainable Development (FSD) supports the efforts of more than 300 grassroots, community-based partner organizations throughout Africa, Asia, and Latin America. FSD's programs provide multi-faceted support that relies on active community participation to mobilize lasting solutions. FSD programs include:
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