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FCDE’s valued volunteers are a cornerstone of our community development approach. By volunteering your time and talent, you will engage in strategic and meaningful ways to help our grassroots partners change lives in their communities. Join us!
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Virtual volunteers amp up the skills and productivity of our small but mighty team by providing talent outside of our wheelhouse. Catchafire and other partners help us recruit stellar volunteers. Some of our most successful virtual projects include graphic design for marketing materials, data analysis to support Monitoring and Evaluation, and assistance orchestrating our social media.
Fellows and volunteers are an integral part of FCDE’s dynamic team and infuse our work with a diversity of best practices and perspectives. We are honored to partner with prestigious international volunteer institutions and have hosted three Peace Corps Volunteers and six Global Health Corps Fellows. This year we are excited to welcome our first Princeton in Africa Fellow!
This summer FCDE welcomes nine student interns to support grassroots organizations in rural Uganda as part of its Cultural Connections program. Four students are from North Carolina’s Fayetteville State University in the U.S. and five are from local Ugandan universities, including African Ark College of Management Sciences. Cultural Connections advances intercultural understanding between American students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Ugandan university students through the shared experience of internships with rural Ugandan nonprofits. Through a six-week internship with FCDE grassroots partners, students engage in cross-cultural learning, community development and impact-driven projects that provide practical work experience on international teams. American interns work virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and Ugandan interns work locally with host organizations while adhering to safety measures. Students are paired together on projects that provide valuable pro bono support to grassroots organizations as they engage in intercultural exploration and build bridges of understanding that create connection across cultures. 2021 placements are complete. FCDE is not currently accepting applications.
FCDE boasts a robust local volunteer program through which professionals gain hands-on, rural community development experience. As integrated members of our team, Community Program Volunteers are trained in organizational and community development methodology, as well as one-on-one coaching skills and workshop facilitation to effectively support our grassroots partners.
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