Beginning March 22nd, Global Peace Exchange is carrying out a fundraising effort to support scholarships for students selected participate in INGO Partnerships. Our online campaign will be part of FSU’s Great Give, March 22nd through March 23rd. This 36-hour intensive giving campaign is in support of academic programs, scholarships and student activities at Florida State University. The campaign will continue after this period.
A primary component of GPE is our INGO Partnerships which facilitate experiential learning with community-based international development INGOs. The partnerships culminate in a variety of projects carried out during 2 months with the INGO partner in-country. This can include projects of service, internship, research, social enterprise, creative endeavor, and more. Since our inception, over 100 students have partnered with INGOs based in 8 countries across the globe. GPE is the only organization at Florida State University focussing on international development. We emphasize the importance of learning before serving, solidarity with locally-based grassroots movements, respect for individuals, communities, and cultures, collaboration, and sustainability.
GPE students involved in the partnership process first conduct research to assess the impact, transparency, and sustainability of potential INGO partners. Global Peace Exchange prioritizes participants’ understanding of the culture, context, and issues within a host community as part of the learning service model. This is exemplified through a series of workshops and training activities developed in advance of participants’ in-country experience. GPE also provides support and resources to ensure participants are prepared to live in another country for 2 months.
Through involvement with the partnership process in Tallahassee and abroad, participants have the unique opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look into non-profit sector organizations and the local issues an INGO seeks to address. The in-country projects also allow for immersion into in a new culture and community, improving intercultural competence. INGO Partnerships allow students to reflect about our interconnected world, therefore strengthening students’ personal development as global citizens.
How You Can Help
Funding will go towards scholarships which directly support FSU students working with INGO partners during the summer. Although each of our participants are providing from their own personal savings for this experience, we would sincerely appreciate any contribution. With your support, we intend to sustain and growth our efforts for the years to come.