Global Service Trip Opportunities



GROUP ENROLLMENT—Fish Farming in Kakamega, Kenya
Community Partner: Divine Providence Children's Home
Themes: Appropriate Technology, Economic Development, Health

This GST will work with FSD's partner organization Divine Providence Children's Home to develop an alternative method of farming: fish farming. Through this initiative, an alternative source of protein will be made available and an income generating opportunity will be created. Animal sources of protein in the region include poultry and beef, but poultry in particular is a luxury. Fish is not easily found in Kakamega as there is no lake or river. The implementation of fish farming through the construction of a fish pond will have nutritional benefits while also creating new livelihood opportunities. This fish pond can later serve as a demonstration for other schools, organizations, and groups in the area who want to pursue a similar initiative.

Program Components

  • Presentation from an official from the Ministry of Health on fish as a source of protein
  • Visit to the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, to learn about what species of fish can survive and thrive in the local environment, and to be educated on the care and maintenance of such fish
  • Sourcing of appropriate fish for the project
  • Digging trenches for the fish pond, filling the pond with water and fingerlings
  • Training both the staff and children at Divine Providence on the feeding, maintenance, and harvesting of the fish, as well as on the nutritional benefits of eating fish

This GST project is an opportunity to implement a new technology that is appropriate for the local environment. Kakamega has plentiful rainfall, so possesses one of the main resources a fish farming pond requires: water. Many members of the community like to eat fish, but it is not in abundance in the area and is expensive. This initiative provides capacity building to Divine Providence so they can maintain the pond and earn income through the project, and also allows the staff to provide the children in the home with a diet that includes an alternative source of protein. This project allows GST participants to be involved in the transfer of knowledge and skills as they will be trained by local experts on food issues and fish farming, and then they will pass on what they learn to the local community. Participants will also have the opportunity to live with a host family, participate in cultural activities, and visit local landmarks.

OPEN ENROLLMENT—Medicinal Gardens in Udaipur, India (1.5 Weeks)
Community Partner: Jagran Jan Vikas Samiti (JJVS)
Themes: Environment, Traditional Health
10 days. Cost: $1,495

The goal of this project is to promote sustainable life support systems, such as traditional medicine, income generation, and biodiversity around Udaipur, Rajasthan. Specifically linked with Traditional Healers (Gunis) in the area, JJVS works towards the promotion and revitalization of primary healthcare solutions through traditional medicine and nutritional support.

Project Objectives:

  • Promote the conservation of Sustainable Pockets and conserve the biodiversity of natural life support systems
  • Promote the use of local medicinal and nutritional plants as primary and preventative health care solutions
  • Work with local Gunis to design and establish growth of a Sustainable Pocket in order to promote biodiversity and conservation of medicinal and nutritional plants
  • Introduce the concept of biodiversity and natural life support systems to community members through a community event focused on traditional medicine and healers

Program Components:

  • Days 1-3: Orientation to JJVS includes a field trip to meet Gunis, an introduction to JJVS's work on Traditional Medicine and environmental conservation, and a visit to Guni Clinics
  • Days 4-6: With Gunis, select plants and start plantation and conservation at a Sustainable Pocket, focusing on nutritional and medicinal plants
  • Days 7-9: Finish work at the Sustainable Pocket and present the garden to the local community through an exhibition on Biodiversity and Traditional Medicine

GROUP ENROLLMENT—Water Harvesting in Masaka, Uganda
Community Partner: Renewed Efforts to Alleviate Poverty (REAP)
Themes: Environment and Appropriate Technology, Gender Equity, Health and Education

This GST will work with FSD's partner organization Renewed Efforts to Alleviate Poverty (REAP) to support families in villages of Masaka, Uganda, to enhance access to clean water and sanitation. In these villages, it is the women that literally shoulder the burden of traveling long distances to collect water and firewood; this often requires children to skip school to help out. Participants will help REAP develop rainwater harvesting facilities constructed with locally available resources. The project strives increase access to clean water and enhance sanitation, leading to all-around healthier homes.


  • Support households with low cost safe rainwater harvesting facilities for domestic use and crop irrigation
  • To increase time for the women and female children to engage in more productive household chores and educational activities respectively
  • Reduce rainwater waste and environment degradation through the application of low cost water harvesting skills and technology
  • Construct complementary projects that improve health, hygiene, and aid the environment

OPEN ENROLLMENT—Community Development in Salta, Argentina
Community Partner: Manos Abiertas
Themes: Community Development, Health and Education
14 days. Cost: $1,890

Manos Abiertas, located in the middle of Salta city, has provided a residential facility for underhoused men since 2006. It has provided housing for more than 600 men (with space for 20 men at a time, aged 25 to 60) and it is estimated that half of them are able to successfully obtain housing, work, and/or other support services after their time at the NGO. Just as importantly, Manos Abiertas has helped them reconnect with their families and friends. Now, the facility could use a face-lift. Participants will work with the Manos Abiertas staff and volunteers to put everything in order, paint the building, and ensure compliance with safety standards.

Project Objectives

  • Paint and organize the residential facility
  • Ensure safety and security at the residential facility
  • Organize the kitchen and improve efficiency

Program Components

  • Day 1: Arrive in Salta
  • Days 2-3: Orientation to Salta and Argentina, review of health and safety guidelines, city tour, introduction to community development, introduction to host families
  • Day 4: Introduction and planning meeting with the organization Manos Abiertas
  • Days 5-9: Project work
  • Day 10: Cultural excursion outside the city of Salta
  • Days 11-13: Finish project work
  • Day 14: Goodbye party!
  • Day 15: Leave Salta. Adios!

GROUP ENROLLMENT—Nutrition Education in Jodhpur, India
Community Partner: Sambhali Trust
Themes: Nutrition, Health, Education, Community Research

Sambhali Trust provides underprivileged Rajasthani women and girls with educational, vocational, and social skills to help them become confident and financially independent. The organization specifically works with lower caste community Harijan women and girls, who usually have little or no access to basic health services or education, and are often malnourished. Sambhali Trust strives to educate these women about health, and also to provide a support network for them to nurture their hopes and ambitions.

The objective of this GST project is to improve nutritional practices in households with malnourished children. Sambhali Trust hopes to do this by sharing local wisdom and reinforcing good feeding practices for infants and youth living in marginalized communities of Jodhpur. GST participants will conduct interviews with community members to assess the nutritional practices and situations of individuals. Information gathered will guide Sambhali Trust in the expansion of their nutrition initiative, helping them develop new ways to raise awareness and knowledge about proper nutrition.

Program Components

  • Days 1-2: Orientation: learn about cultural integration, health and safety, and about local Indian culture; visit the food market to assess available resources; meet with Sambhali Trust staff and beneficiaries; learn how to conduct a community assessment; move in with host families
  • Days 3-4: Conduct assessments of community nutritional health; visit community members for Q&A and educational seminars. Also, take a break to visit the breath-taking Mehrangarh Fort and explore the Blue City
  • Days 6-9: Develop interactive workshops to present to women's groups and report on nutritional findings. End the program with debriefing and cultural activities

GROUP ENROLLMENT—Health and Hygiene in Udaipur, India
Community Partner: Seva Mandir
Themes: Health and Hygiene

This GST group will collaborate with Seva Mandir to provide trainings on hygiene practices. Project beneficiaries include youth and instructors of the "balwadi" pre-school, Non-Formal Education centre (NFE), Activity Centre and their families. Project beneficiaries will be instructed on how to maintain water filters and improve hygiene. The FSD site team will guide GST participant in intentional reflections, tours of the beautiful city of lakes, and meaningful cross-cultural exchange.

Program Components

  • Days 1-3: Orientation to Udaipur and FSD, followed by a city tour and cultural events. Settle into host families, meet partner organizations, participate in workshops about clean water issues, and visit the project beneficiaries. Also participate in an exposure trek and purchase Indian clothing.
  • Days 4-6: Work with the partner organization and go on field visits to monitor hygiene practices. Meet with water sanitation experts and engage with the local community to create awareness materials and training modules to promote good hygiene practices. Develop workshops for the Youth Resource Centers and install water filters at the centers.
  • Days 7-9: Work with the local community to construct soap pits to allow for water to percolate underground near hand pumps, a good hygiene practice. Final reflection session, recreational activity, and closing dinner.

GROUP ENROLLMENT—Public Health, Youth Development in Jinja, Uganda
Community Partner: KIDRON
Theme: Health

The group will engage in maternity ward construction, to meet the pressing need for a safe and well equipped environment for child-delivery. With the new ward, local mothers will not have to face the significant challenge of traveling long distance to reach government hospitals. Another component of the project is a safe motherhood education campaign.

The GST group will work with a team of energetic youth in the community in the construction of the ward and the educational activities. Construction of the ward is already underway, but desperately requires completion.

Program Components

  • Days 1-3: Orientation
  • Days 4-6: Develop a work plan with the participants (outsource an engineer who will give technical advice during construction, mobilize youths within the community to give support (pottery works), purchase construction materials)
  • Days 7-9: Finalize masonry work, carry out mother-to-mother campaign (organize a one-day workshop for mothers to talk about facts of maternal mortality and care of newborn babies. Launch the maternity ward and organize a farewell party with the organization.

GROUP ENROLLMENT—Public Health, Environmental Sustainability in Jinja, Uganda
Community Partner: St. Francis Health Care Centre
Themes: Health, Appropriate technology

St. Francis Health Care Centre is proposing the installation of a 100,000 litre underground water harvest tank to increase and improve the health facility's water supply. Enabling sufficient access to water will lead to better sanitation for the increasing number of patients at the clinic, mothers at the maternity ward, children at the rehabilitation home, and the staff at the facility.

Community Assessment

St. Francis provides medical care to more than 10,000 Ugandans in the Buikwe district, but has a water supply that realistically and sufficiently can only cater for less than half of that number. The only existing water source is the national water corporation that provides us with pay-bill water, which the facility can no longer afford.

This problem of limited water supply at the facility has put patients and health care workers at a risk of exposure to many infectious diseases while at the facility, which has numerous other poor sanitation indicators. Since we are running the biggest maternity ward in the area, we have high turn ups of pregnant mothers who come to give birth on a daily basis. The issue of limited water supply always brings about poor sanitation, putting many mothers and their new-born babies at a risk of a number of infections.

Project Benefits

The project will work to install an underground water harvest tank with a capacity of about 100,000 litres. This process will also involve a guttering process that will enable water harvesting from all roofed structures at the facility. We will also install a diesel generator for back-up power. This supply of water will be able to sustainably run the facility at no extra cost.

Potential Long-Term Impact

  • Rates of transmission of infectious diseases will be reduced because of improved supply of water within the hospital
  • There will be no more costs incurred on water consumption since we will be using harvested water
  • There will be increased number of community members accessing the facility since we will not be having shortages of water supply
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