Manuel Garcia Minor in non-profit management

About Me

I am a world traveler and outdoor enthusiast and have been to over 15 different countries. I enjoy doing outdoor activities that span from surfing and paddle boarding to rock climbing and mountain biking, but my biggest passion is running.

These experiences combined have helped me create a deep respect for the environment and the different cultures that live and rely in it. Seeing many different communities around the world and how they each interact with their surroundings and the various problems they face I have come to realize that many of the problems face have solutions found in their own local environment, they are just not aware of how to take advantage of them.

That is where I wanna come in and intervene, teach people through various education and community projects how to approach their specific problems and how to attain solutions that are cost effective and sustainable for the community and that will not cause harm to the environment and future generations.

Experience

Working for small non profits is something that I really enjoy doing to really learn how they work and what they do. My first experience with a Non Profit organization was volunteering in Mexico to help clean up a lake in my town that because of heavy rain garbage from the streets ran into the lake, that was simple one day volunteer job but from that I learned so much and opened my eyes to what something so simple of my part could combined with small effort from the rest of the community can have a big impact on our community.

After that I took a summer internship in 2014 with an organization called SARAR which focused on bringing clean drinking water to poor communities high in the mountains as well as creating waste water treatment programs. A few years later I worked with Universidad Autónoma De Occidente located in Cali, Colombia where I did a seminar which goal was to teach students and professors alike how to develop small community projects and how to make them sustainable.

Finally my current internship is with an organization based in Orlando called Fleet Farming. It is a small group of individuals to have asked neighbors to donate their front lawn and convert it into a garden that produces food. Then we sell that food to local businesses and at farmer markets with the goal to solve food waste and the cost of transportation of food by eating and growing locally.

Course of Study

I am currently enrolled at the University of Central Florida in the Interdisciplinary Studies program where my areas of study are Physical and Social Sciences and pursuing a Minor in Nonprofit Management. I have exactly one year left of classes before I graduate and pursue my career. So far I have taken care of all my core classes and finished most of my studies for my two areas of study. After that all I need left is an internship and 12 credits for my Minor.

I wish to take an internship with a nonprofit organization this coming fall to receive credits for the class but most importantly to learn more about the day to day operations of nonprofits.

Content Page

Working with various non profit organizations in the past years has allowed me to see that in order to create a shift in our current environmental problems and the way we view and approach them we must think globally but act locally. It is clear that in order to achieve this we must work with communities, bring the people that live in them together and help them find solutions to their local problem so that they will be more inclined to take actions because the problem affects the directly. Using non profit organizations who have a focus on sustainable issues such as environmental impacts, health and wellbeing, nutrition and agriculture, education and others we can get together and tackle these problems efficiently through collective work between the community, the government and the non profit organizations.

Each non profit organization has a specific goal or mission that it is trying to achieve which will bring benefits to the community it serves but it does not always have solutions to every problem in the community. By working together with other local organizations they can achieve a goal that encompasses various aspect of sustainability, that can be either two organizations working together to solve obesity where one organizations focus is on health, the other is education and even get help form a nutritionist so that they cover all aspects of the underlying problem. This is a situation that I have seen many times with the organizations I have worked with, we approach a community and fix the problem we know exists but we also see that there are other problems in the community that can be addresses but they are just outside our limit of type of work. Working together with other organizations to solve local problems will allow us to create a sustainable solution for communities and step by step this will create a push forward for global sustainability and environmental well being.

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