Isla builds upon the organizational capacity-building work of our local partner organizations in developing countries by placing university students and professionals in career-launching global development internships of 9-26+ weeks and mid- and post-career professionals in short-term gap service positions of 1-4+ weeks. Isla also leads university faculty-led programs.
Isla immerses participants with local partner non-governmental organizations, social enterprises and other institutions East Africa, Southeastern Europe, and India. Participants work on substantive projects with organizations in Uganda, Kosovo, Bulgaria, and India working in one or more of the following interrelated global development sectors:
- Quality Education & Youth Development
- Social Enterprise Development
- Health & Well-Being
- HIV/AIDS Advocacy
- Gender Equality
- Peace and Social Justice
- Environmental Conservation and Agriculture
Isla participants also fill the gaps with skills related to the needs of the organization, such as resource mobilization, fundraising, grant writing, business and strategic planning, marketing and social media, communications, research., and more.
How does it work? Isla’s philosophy derives from the knowledge that local people, organizations and communities are best equipped to guide development in their communities. Isla consults with local partners to help identify their organizational needs. Based on these needs, Isla places skilled international people to execute the scope of work developed by the host organization, thus improving the partner’s capacity to serve their beneficiaries and communities, and advance strategic objectives and priorities.
Isla participants gain on-the-job training, improve their skills and experience in global development while helping their host organization improve operations and outcomes. Placing talented people inside idealistic, humanitarian organizations, Isla creates opportunities for greater global understanding, cooperation, and community service.