|8 weeks. Current dates are in the column to the right.|
- Empower people in your communities to change their lives,
- develop impact-oriented projects from the ground-up,
- use proven methods that produce sustainable results,
- attract donors, and
- collaborate with colleagues from the North and South.
OL 101: From the Ground Up
The course will lead you through the development of a real project, in real time, and leave you with the practical field tools to sustain it.
We are committed to results-based development and sustainability. You will learn to incorporate community-identified need into the design of your project and research project activities that have shown evidence of having worked at solving challenges..
|Student Projects||Become the Solution|
For example, student projects have included efforts to help communities in Europe and North America with community development projects—and communities in Africa, Asia, and Latin America that face the challenges of drought, hunger and poverty. The course will lead you through the development of similar real projects, in real time, in your own country.
Online Field Course. Students develop real field projects in the course. See a complete list of over 270 types of projects that students have developed.
|Course Outline||Designing and Funding Sustainable Development Projects
Course leaders have gained their development expertise providing face-to-face consulting services to NGOs & nonprofits in the field and will also provide you with personalized consulting to ensure your project has a solid beginning.
OL 101/201 comes in two tracks: A Northern Nonprofit and an International Development track.
You can choose to work on a project in a developed nation (Northern Nonprofit) or a project in a developing nation (International Development) no matter where you live. It's your choice! You can work locally in your own backyard or if you would prefer we can partner you with a classmate from another part of the world.
Northern Nonprofit Track. If you work with a nonprofit in a northern country working on traditional programs such as food banks, animal rescue, teen drop-in centers, homeless shelters, day care centers, community development, environmental conservation—this track will help you develop an impact oriented local project.
International Development Track: If your interests are working with communities in developing nations on projects as diverse as food security, water, health, income generation or education—this track is for you. We've worked with course participants from 147 different countries who've worked on 270 different kinds of projects.
If you're from a northern country and would prefer to work on international project, but don't have contact with a developing nation community—don't worry—enroll in the International Development track and we will we will partner you with a classmate from a developing nation who does have community access—and you can develop a project together. Read more about student partnerships.
Read more about where developing nations students have come from and the projects that they have worked on.
If you are from a northern country and would like to partner on a northern nonprofit project—we will do that too!
All that you need to do to enroll in a northern or international track is to indicate your preference on the student information form—and the course facilitator will take care of the rest.
In the next course, OL 102/202: Project Architecture: Planning for Impact, you will transform your project with the real management tools of logframes, budgets, and fact sheets into a project ready to formally present to a donor.
Certificate. Course participants who successfully complete the course on time will receive a course certificate. Learn more. Your certificate will be e-mailed within 30 days of the end of your course.
Developed Nation Course Fees
The 8-week course is $150.00 for citizens of developed nations. Are you from a developing nation? You may qualify for a $50 Scholarship.
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