Design and Launch an International Development Project in a True Field Context
Who: Donor and NGO staff, university students of development—and for people seeking a career change into development.

9 day Hands-on Field Course in Guatemala
Scenic lake and mountains in Guatemala.Visit beautiful Guatemala and work side-by-side with villagers in the true context of a rural development project: a remote mountain village. Experience firsthand the real-life needs of community members and the challenge faced by an implementing NGO.

Create a World Class Project
Conducting a Ten Seed Participatory Needs Assessment with rural community members in Guatemala.
Design and Launch an International Development Project. This hands-on field course has been designed specially for staff of NGO and donor organizations, university students of development, and people considering a career change into development.

The course is designed to be used as a vehicle for you to develop a real project, in real time during this training program.

You will combine theory with practice by working in the field to design and launch your project and you will develop a range of skill sets: needs assessments, leading capacity building workshops, and discovering evidence-based activities.

Project Launch and Management
Tim Magee summarizing a participatory needs assessment in rural Guatemala.Then, you will embed impact into your project design with a set of powerful management tools: logframe, budget, and a compelling fact sheet. They will communicate to donors & stakeholders exactly what you are going to accomplish and can be used for effective management of the project once funded.

The Service Learning Component
Two women from the US receiving a weaving lesson during a Guatemala with a Purpose trip.
You will be designing a real project for a community of people that will be appropriate for solving some of their greatest needs. We will partner with a local NGO who will seek funding for and implement the project that you design.

What you will do
Village Elders in a remote village in Guatemala.
We will work with community members in assessing need and developing a project strategy. Your project design will incorporate solution-oriented, evidence-based best practices, and include delivering a capacity building community workshop to launch the project. You will receive all of the background materials, activities, handouts and exercises on an easy to take home memory stick.

Step-by Step:
1. Overview of community based development
2. Conduct a Participatory Needs Assessment with community members in a real village
3. Project Design Phase I: Design a project based upon community identified need and solution oriented, evidence based best practices
4. Feedback: Revisit the community and present the concept to gain community input
5. Project Design Phase II: Design workshops and detailed activities for the project
6. Develop a set of powerful management tools: logframe, budget, and a compelling fact sheet
7. Knowledge Transfer: Write a lesson plan for the first workshop and develop workshop materials
8. Launch: Deliver to community members the first capacity building workshop tailored to the thrust of your project design
9. Develop a project presentation booklet for presentation to donors and colleagues
10. Review the week’s work and assess the impact and sustainability of the project

The workshop syllabus can be downloaded here.

Participant Profile
Educators from Colorado standing in front of a Spanish Colonial Church in Chichicastenango Guatemala.This training experience is for self contained groups of 12 to 20 people. If you are an individual—we want to work with you too! Please look into our Distance Learning Programs.

The workshop is open to all groups with an interest in sustainable development. You do not need to have field experience, just a willingness to participate, learn, and have a lot of fun. This is an opportunity to get out of your office and into the field.

Who are these training programs for?

  • Students in development programs
  • NGO staff wishing to sharpen their development skills
  • Consultants and grant writers
  • Project managers
  • Organizational directors
  • Donor staff
  • Government agency staff
  • Individuals considering a career change into the world of development

Time Frame and Venue
Dinner with the group at a Private Natural Reserve called Los TarralesDuration of the workshop will be 9 days, excluding travel time to and from Guatemala. The training will alternate between paradise—lodging on a beautiful tropical farm—and a remote mountain village in Guatemala. The workshop will be conducted in English. Locations will change as we reach out to new villages.

Participants are responsible for travel costs to and from Guatemala. The cost of the training includes 9 nights accommodation, 8 days ground transportation, meals and training materials. Costs will range from $1,600 to $1,800 per person depending on the size of the group and specific requirements you may have.

Please write to me directly for full details. Describe the size of your group and your schedule and we will respond with a quotation.

Please feel free to contact me if you are interested in learning more about how my Field Courses can increase your program impact.