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MicroFinance and MicroEnterprise Intern & Volunteer in Kenya

Locations

Kenya: Kakamega, Mombasa

Program Duration

5-8 Weeks, 9-12 Weeks, 7-12 Months

Term

Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter, May Term

Qualifications

Internship Requirements:
- 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

Intern Types

  • Accounting
  • Business
  • Development
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Finance
  • Sustainable Development

Languages

  • English

Cost in US$:

USD 4,995 - USD 8,280+, varies by duration

Program Fees Include:

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.

Salary/Pay

Unpaid

Experience Required

no

Volunteer Types

  • Business
  • Community Centers
  • Community Development
  • Economic Development
  • Education
  • Grassroots Organization
  • Microfinance
  • Small Business Development
  • Teaching
  • Volunteer Management

Typical Volunteer

FSD supports participants who boldly wish to initiate the change they believe is necessary in the developing world. Interns are passionate about sharing their practical knowledge, heart-felt enthusiasm, and economic resources with communities abroad that suffer unnecessary hardship. They wish to gain hands-on, grassroots development experience because they believe change is most powerfully cultivated on a community level. The aim is to experientially learn how their work can empower the community toward applying sustainable development solutions, rather than increasing reliance on foreign aid. Participants choose FSD because the program structure enables them to design and implement their own sustainable projects in collaboration with their host organization and the FSD Site Team. They are able to test their ideas and theories in the most direct way possible, giving them the experience and knowledge they seek. The flexibility of the host organizations allows for participants at all stages and levels of experience in international development to participate, thus opening the programs to a diverse group of capable applicants.

Age Range

17+

This Program is open to

Worldwide Participants. This Program is also open to Couples and Individuals.

Typical Living Arrangements

  • Home-stays

Application Process Involves

  • In-Person Interview when Feasible
  • Resume
  • Online Application

Typically The Application Process Time is

1 months

Post Services Include

  • Alumni Network