Nexos Voluntarios (NeVo) is a non-profit organization supported by the Inter-American Development Bank that seeks to promote Peruvian development through diverse social projects. These projects benefit from the participation of volunteers and interns who contribute skills and knowledge from their respective areas of study, a process that also helps strengthen multilateral relations between Latin America and the Northern Hemisphere.
Media Luna is a small community of about 145 families just seven kilometers from Urubamba in the Sacred Valley of Peru. NeVo began its work in this community in 2009.
Green Power (GPower)
Green Power (Gpower) is a Non Governmental Organization registered with the Kenyan NGO Co-ordination Board. The organization’s foundation was inspired in 2002 by engineers Robert Mutsaers from the Netherlands, Nyaga Ndiga from Kenya and several communities on the slopes of Mt. Kenya which had taken the initiative to set up CBOs (Community Based Organizations) to advance community based micro-hydro electrification in the Mt. Kenya region. Today Gpower collaborates with researchers at McGill on a socio-economic impact evaluation of its project. This partnership provides substantial pro bono capacity building and community outreach support (e.g. holding informational assembly meetings for the communities, using media (video) to inform community members, providing computer training, etc.) and is in the process of carrying out a socio-economic impact evaluation of electricity in the REAM partner communities using the randomized controlled trial method.
Green Power is a young organization with ambitious goals that can benefit from the enthusiasm and energy of motivated students.
AUCC Students for Development Program
The Students for Development (SFD) Program is financed by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and managed by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC). The AUCC-SFD Program aims to increase collaboration between Canadian universities and developing country partners to build capacity in three CIDA priority areas: 1) Increasing food security; 2) Securing the future of children and youth; and 3) Stimulating sustainable economic growth. The program grants $6,500 (for a three-month internship) to up to five McGill students who gain academic credit through internships in developing countries. Since 2007, 26 McGill students have taken advantage of this opportunity provided by the SFD Program to gain experience in the field of international development. The program at McGill is a partnership between the Institute for the Study of International Development, the Internship Offices Network and either NeVo or Green Power.