Archive for Practica

Friday, April 25th, 2014

Team El Salvador Leadership Applications – Still time to apply! –

– Application deadline EXTENDED to April 29 – 

Team El Salvador Practicum 2014-2015 Call for Leadership Applications

Team El Salvador (TES) is seeking three student leaders to lead the Team El Salvador 9 Practicum during its 2014-2015 program year.

Do you want to gain skills in leadership? International Development? Environmental policy and natural resource management? Survey creation? Improving your Spanish proficiency and communication?

TES leadership is open to all MIIS students, from all departments and fields of study!

How to apply? Please send resume and cover letter to: by Tuesday, April 29th. Visit us at:

Team El Salvador provides a unique, professional opportunity for MIIS students to develop and apply practical skills and enhance language proficiency and multicultural competency in a dynamic international setting.

Team leaders will cultivate a variety of professional skills while gaining real world experience. The ideal candidate has a passion for international development, strong leadership skills, and a willingness to facilitate and manage a variety of program elements, including communication and outreach, program development, fundraising, updating and developing website content and social media sites, event scheduling and management, meeting planning and travel logistics and community engagement.

Ideal Candidates will:

• Speak, write and read Spanish at a 400 level
• Understand the mission and goals of Team El Salvador and
El Salvadoran history and culture
• Have strong communication and organizational skills
• Have experience living and working in rural communities of Latin America (or other developing
• Have a lucid understanding of the unpredictable nature of development work
• Be personable, dynamic, patient, flexible and adaptable to changing program and project
• Have experience with fundraising
• Develop and deliver compelling presentations to MIIS faculty, prospective team members, etc.
Executive management and staff

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Cuba: Changing Course for Changing Times

An introduction to the 2014 spring break opportunity in Cuba by Professor Jan Knippers Black

MIIS Spring Break in Cuba

2014 Spring Break Trip to Cuba

Cuba has always found itself, or placed itself, in the most unusual circumstances. It was among the last of the Western Hemisphere countries to win independence (or at least nominal independence) from the Spanish. It was in part because such independence was largely nominal, hegemony having been passed to the United States that Cuba in 1959 began to experience one of the most thorough-going revolutions the world had seen. And Cuba has held onto its revolutionary profile long after most other governments so assembled have abandoned revolutionary rhetoric as well as revolutionary inclusiveness.

As a consequence of that extraordinary history, Cuba has much to teach about the costs and benefits of revolution and also the costs and benefits of integrating belatedly a now globalized economy. Having been stripped time and again of capital and of markets, Cuba also has much to teach about self-help – about what communities can do for themselves when they have no other recourse. And the nature of therelationship between Cuba and the United States – the relentless continuity despite dramatic change in the world around them – gives away the predominance in both countries of domestic interests and domestic politics in the design and execution of foreign policy.

This narrative will be explored further with an on-site course this spring that will offered to students from all MIIS schools and programs and from Middlebury College.  The onsite portion of the course will take place over spring break: March 15 – 23 and will include visits to various Cuban ministries, including those of foreign affairs and tourism, offices of the United Nations Development Program and other IGOs and NGOs, and sites of historic events, including the Bay of Pigs and the Museum of the Revolution.

This opportunity is co-sponsored by Global Exchange. For inquiries, please contact: Maddie Stoeri at (please cc

Course dates: March 15-23, 2014

Application deadline: December 10, 2013

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Applications to January DPMI Trainings in Rwanda and Monterey Due October 31

Development Project Management Institute

What: Professional certificate training in international development project planning, facilitation, and partnership

Where: Monterey, California or Kigali, Rwanda!

When: Monterey (January 6-24, 2014) or Rwanda (January 14-23)

Who: Aspiring international development and social change practitioners interested in developing a practical skill-set and meeting others interested in this field. Interested graduate students, career-changers, and outstanding undergraduates encouraged to apply.

Program Fees: $1,500 for Monterey or $900 for Rwanda training for MIIS students; $2,500 for non-MIIS students for either program (some scholarships available)

Application Deadline: Apply at by October 31, 2013!

Click here to read more

Sunday, December 11th, 2011

Going Abroad? Register Your Plans and Emergency Contact Information

Given events around the world over the last year, the Monterey Institute, in collaboration with Middlebury College has reevaluated the ways in which we support Institute students during the periods of time they are abroad.   Because our students engage the world in a wide variety of ways, it is important that we manage the risks that students take when going abroad.  To this end, in those instances when students are participating in an activity that is sponsored or supported by the Institute in any way, we are introducing new protocols designed to better manage the inherent risks of traveling abroad.

Beginning with the fall 2011 semester, we will initiate a new Institute policy requiring all students traveling abroad on any Institute-sponsored activity to register their plans and all contact information with the Institute prior to departure. We need this information in the event of any natural or man-made emergencies. 

Click here to read more

Sunday, December 4th, 2011

GSIPM Honors Summer and Fall Frontier Market Scouts and DPMI Plus Fellows!

With 2012 upon us, the Graduate School of International Policy and Management would like to honor the  service of Frontier Market Scouts and Development Project Management Institute professional immersive learning participants.

DPMI Plus Participants (summer-fall 2011)

Miho Yoshimura – Foundation for Older Persons Development, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Monique Ouffoue – INT, World Bank Group, Washington, DC and The Phillipines

Paul Bonwich – Peace Corps, Macedonia

Grant Ennis – Youth Iniatives Kenya (YIKES), Nairobi, Kenya

Kathleen Gordon – All Hands Volunteers, Belval Plaza, Rue Belval, Haiti

Tanilee Eichelberger – Centro Ecologico Akumal, Mexico

Rebecca Marcus – Futures and Options, New York, New York

Emily Patrick – Root Change and Legal Action Services, Windhoek, Namibia


Frontier Market Scouts (summer-fall 2011)

Grace Andrews (MPA ’12)
San Paolo, Brazil
Artsemisia Foundation

Megan Christenson (MBA ’12)
Yachana Foundation

Sean Brownlee (MBA ’12)
Cairo, Egypt
Nahdet El Mahrousa

Huston Hedinger (MAIPS ’12)
Beirut, Lebanon

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

January 2012 Practica and Trainings

This January the Monterey Institute will offer practica in Chile, Egypt, Nepal, and El Salvador as well as two intensive on-campus training programs (FMS and DPMI).

Learn more about these opportunities.

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Team El Salvador 6 is Looking for New Applicants!

We are now accepting applicants for Team El Salvador 6!  Our online application is up and running.  We are looking forward to hearing from you!

Application Process:

  • Complete the online application and submit all materials (listed on online application) by October 1st.
  • Applicants will be notified via email if they have been selected for an in-person interview.  A portion of the interview will be conducted in Spanish.
  • Applicants will be notified if they have been accepted into the program.

About us:

Team El Salvador is a three-week practicum that provides professional, international opportunities for MIIS students to enhance development expertise, language skills, and multicultural competency through a partnership with La Coordinadora, a community-based organization in the Bajo Lempa region of El Salvador.

Through ongoing projects, we offer invaluable practical experience for burgeoning development professionals and linguists, while benefiting Salvadoran communities.

Contact us at:

Visit our blog:

Friday, October 1st, 2010

MIIS Southern Cone Study Tour Planned for January 2011

Assistant Dean Toni Thomas and Profs. Jan Black, William Arrocha, and Harvey Arbelaez will lead a MIIS study tour entitled “Southern Exposure” this January 2011 for 17-18 days. The group will travel to the Southern Cone of South America (Chile, Argentina, and Brazil).  

A student information session is tenatively scheduled for Tuesday, October 26 from 12-1pm in MG 102. Please check the GSIPM blog and Institute Events Calendar for the most up-to-date information.

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Call for Applications: Conservation Leadership Practicum Jan. 10-21

The Conservation Leadership Practicum (CLP) is an innovative two week certificate course focused on delivering the necessary skills for current and future environmental leaders. Students in the program may be eligible for up to 6 units of credit from the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

The program’s two weeks are divided into ten key skill areas taught by Monterey Institute professor Jeffrey Langholz and leading local and global conservation practitioners. CLP trainers are qualified professionals in the field from such organizations as Foundations of Success, Pact, Elkhorn Slough Foundation, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Big Sur Land Trust.

Cost: $1,800 for non-Monterey Institute participants, with a deposit of $500 due December 1st. $200 for Monterey Institute students, added to spring semester tuition.

When: January 10 through January 21, 2010

Where: Monterey Institute of International Studies

Application deadline: October 31, 2010

For more information, visit:

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

Chile J-term Presentation: “Incomplete Transition and Indigenous Rights: Chile’s Mapuche Nation” May 4th

Who: All Students
What: Chile J-term Presentation
When: Tuesday, May 4th, 2010 6:15 PM (Please note the date change)
Where: Irvine Auditorium, Reception to Follow

MIIS Professor Jan Black’s 2010 Chile J-term class, in collaboration with Judge Juan Guzman’s Center for Human Rights Studies and Global Majority invite you to: “Incomplete Transition and Indigenous Rights: Chile’s Mapuche Nation.” Through videos and individual and team presentations, students will recount their experiences and findings about the challenges to and defense of Mapuche land and cultural integrity gleaned from interviews, lectures, field trips, and home stays in Mapuche communities.

For more information on this onsite course, please go to:

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

El Salvador J-term Team Monterey 4 Spanish Presentations, Thursday, April 22nd

Who: All Students
What: Team Monterey 4 Spanish Presentations
When: Thursday, April 22nd, 12 PM -2 PM
Where: Irvine Auditorium

Team Monterey 4 will be presenting in Spanish on Thursday, April 22nd regarding their different development projects realized during their time in El Salvador during January 2010.  Each team member will give a synopsis of his/her project and the different aspects of the project.  The presentations will be interpreted by a Translation & Interpretation team into English.

Come learn about the El Salvador J-term Development Practicum!

Monday, April 12th, 2010

Team Monterey 5: Seeking Leadership Candidates

Team Monterey El Salvador 2010 is accepting applications from individuals interested in a leadership position for the January 2011 Practicum.  Team Monterey leaders are responsible for program development, fundraising and marketing, communication and outreach, updating and developing website content and social media sites, logistics, recruitment and community engagement, etc.  The deadline to apply is Friday, April 16th.

Ideal Candidates will:

  • Speak, write and read Spanish at a 400 level
  • Understand the mission and goals of TM El Salvador and El Salvadoran history and culture
  • Have strong communication and organizational skills
  • Have experience living and working in rural communities of Latin America (or other developing countries)
  • Have a lucid understanding of the unpredictable nature of development work
  • Be personable, dynamic, patient, flexible and adaptable to changing program and project demands

Further information can be found on the attached announcement flyer and the Team Monterey blog:

If interested, please send your resume and cover letter to

Monday, April 5th, 2010

“Lost in the Mist of War” – Sierra Leone Field Notes and Reflections, April 6th

Who: All Students
What: “Lost in the Mist of War” – Sierra Leone Field Notes and Reflections
When: Tuesday, April 6th, 6:15 PM
Where: Irvine Auditorium with reception to follow in the McCone Atrium

This past January, Professor Iyer led 14 students from MIIS and Middlebury to Sierra Leone on a field research practicum.  The team spent two weeks studying the challenges this war-torn country faces in building peace.  Dr. Iyer and the practicum team will present their experiences and research findings.

For further inquiries, please contact Dr. Pushpa Iyer at or (831) 647-7104.

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

Team Monterey Photo Exhibition

Who: Team Monterey in El Salvador
What: A Photographic Exhibition
When: Friday, February 26, 2010, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Where: Pacific Grove Arts Center, 568 Lighthouse Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA

Team Monterey El Salvador would like to cordially invite all friends, family, faculty, colleagues, and the entire MIIS community to join us for the opening reception of Team Monterey in El Salvador: a Photographic Exhibition.   The exhibit, kicking off on the evening of February 26th, will display photographs taken by the participants of the Team Monterey J-term Development Practicum in El Salvador.   The images will chronicle three weeks of Team Monterey’s development projects and the communities & people of the Bajo Lempa region.

Entrance is free and open to the public. There will also be complimentary snacks and live music.  For more information, please contact or visit the related blog at

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

J-Term 2010 Course Options

All courses listed below are offered on campus during the January 4th – 29th term.

Registration is concurrent with Spring 2010 course registration.

For complete listing,

Click here to read more

Friday, November 13th, 2009

Support MIIS to go to Sierra Leone

Challenges to Peacebuilding in Sierra Leone

An evening of fine food, wine, music, and conversation.
A special prix fixe menu, including wine, $40.

5pm on Sunday, December 6, 2009

Bistro 211
211 Crossroads Blvd., Carmel CA

RSVP (831) 625-303

Your contributions will support the Monterey Institute of International Studies students in their field research exploring conflict in Sierra Leone.  MIIS students will be on hand to present their proposed research examining a society recovering from conflict and the challenges to peacebuilding in Sierra Leone.  Upon their return from Sierra Leone, the MIIS students will look forward to sharing their experiences and findings with the Monterey Peninsula community.  For more information, including last year’s Peacebuilding seminar based in Cambodia, please visit

View the flier!  Dinner_Flyer_1

Friday, October 30th, 2009

Call for Applications: Sustainable Development Projects in China

The Graduate School of International Policy & Management (GSIPM) is undertaking two studies that will result in presentations in China during the J-Term:  The Cashmere/Inner Mongolia Sustainable Fibers Project & the CSR Ranking Project. 

The primary contacts for both projects will be Dean Yuwei Shi and Dr. Randy Kritkausky, a Middlebury Research Scholar and President of ECOLOGIA, an NGO which facilitates long-term sustainable development projects.

We expect that the results from both of these studies will be presented by the student teams in China in January 2010.  The projects are unpaid but there may be funds to defray travel expenses to China. Directed Study credit options are available for interested students.  Dr. Yuwei Shi, Dean of GSIPM, will be the instructor of record for any proposed Directed Study.

If you have an interest in participating in one or both of the projects detailed below, send your resume with a cover letter which indicates the project(s) of interest and the reasons for your interest to Nina Dutra, Dean’s Assistant, GSIPM, no later than Friday, November 6th. 

Once your resume has been received, you will be invited to attend a preparatory meeting with Dr. Randy Kritkausky during the week of November 9th – 12th.

Cashmere/Inner Mongolia Sustainable Fibers Project

The above link includes an RFP for the project.  The RFP provides a broad description of the issues. 

For this project, we will narrow the scope to focus on an analysis and comparison of a few scenarios based on production caps and related supply chain and marketing strategies. More specifically, we will build on the substantial data already collected by Professor Kritkausky to construct a profile of the business as it would operate under each product cap.

The variables used to construct the profile may include attributes related to the raw fiber, production methods, supply chain, end-product characteristics, and the marketing characteristics derived from those attributes, such as target markets, distribution channels, promotion, pricing, etc.

Once the profiles are constructed, we will run a comparative analysis to seek optimal profitability under different outlooks about the environment, policy, and industry competition. We expect that the current practice of overproduction, overgrazing and declining quality of product will be determined to be a suboptimal strategy.

CSR Ranking Project (click to view concept paper)

The second project is to rank Chinese companies regarding their sustainability practices.  The concept paper is entitled, “CCRREC Concept Paper and Strategic Plan”.  The first stage of this effort will be to study best practices in selected industries and existing rankings schemes, and then develop criteria for reviewing and ranking Chinese companies in these industries. 

The objective will be to publish the rankings on an ongoing basis so that US companies can identify Chinese companies that employ high quality, sustainable business processes and practices.

The initial phase of the CSR project will include the following tasks:

-Literature review of the cross-cultural, cross-border and cross-industry perspectives and practices on CSR

-Comparative study of major CSR standards currently in place

-Study the China CSR cases written or collected by Ecologia and CEU, with a particular attention to strategic performance of the companies.

-Develop materials and design for a 1-2 day seminar targeting enterprise audiences in China.


ECOLOGIA (ECOlogists Linked for Organizing Grassroots Initiatives and Action) was founded in 1989 by grassroots environmental activists in order to support grassroots environmental initiatives across the Soviet Union and eastern Europe.  In early 2000, ECOLOGIA moved its US headquarters to Middlebury, Vermont and increasingly shifted its geographic focus from the former Soviet Union and central Europe, to China.  ECOLOGIA maintains a locally staffed affiliate office in Chengu (China) and works with a network of on-the-ground partner organizations on projects with promote long-term sustainable development in China and partner countries.

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

Sierra Leone J-Term Course Blog Address

Interested in learning more about the Sierra Leone Peacebuilding J-term course…?

Visit course blog to apply:

Applications due Friday, October 9 by 5pm (PT).

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

Oct. 9 Team Monterey Application Deadline

If you are interested in participating in the JTerm Team Monterey El Salvador course, please note the upcoming Application Deadline.  Applications must be submitted by this Friday, Oct. 9th at 5:00pm. The electronic application may be accessed on the Team Monterey blog at:

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

Applications now being accepted for the January Development Project Management Institute training program.

**Develop a skill set to change your world.
**Learn “state-of-the-art” tools and techniques for promoting sustainable development.
**Earn a professional certificate under the guidance of renowned international development practitioners in a highly interactive, participatory setting.
**Next Program Offering: January 4-22, 2010 Monterey, CA
**Application deadline October 31, 2009.

The Development Project Management Institute (DPMI) is a professional certificate program is for those seeking training for careers in humanitarian relief, emergency response, poverty alleviation, and long-term community development. It combines guided individual readings (completed prior to the commencement of class meetings), three weeks of intensive classroom instruction, and a personal reflection paper submitted three months after the conclusion of classroom work.

The intensive DPMI-training, organized as three separate modules, lasts three weeks. DPMI instructors include director, Dr. Beryl Levinger, from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and fellow development practitioners, Evan Bloom, co-founder of Root Change and Claudia Liebler, a consultant for USAID, Peace Corps, and an array of international development organizations. Combined, these instructors have over 100 years of experience in over 50 countries.

Past participants include local non-governmental leaders, graduate students, development practitioners, career-changers and those interested in expanding their professional skill-set in the areas of strategy development and facilitation. Participants receive a Certificate of Completion from the Development Project Management Institute upon fulfillment of program requirements.

Module #1: Managing Development Projects. In this training module, participants will gain an understanding of the project cycle and how to identify and analyze project opportunities. Participants will become proficient in using the Results Framework, related tools and advanced software to guide project design and monitoring. They also learn how to use indicators to assess projects and accompanying monitoring plans consistent with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Module #2: Social Entrepreneurship and Strategic Partnering. Participants, working within a context of social entrepreneurship, become proficient in the use of tools and techniques to conduct an analysis of vision and mission; identifying core competencies; and forge strategic partnerships to enhance organizational effectiveness. Innovative software applications are introduced to support a simulation.

Module #3: Facilitating Participatory Development. Participants master tools and skills needed to effectively assume the roles of facilitator, trainer, and change agent. Local human resource development is an important component in every development project. The module focuses on transferring skills to participants so they can conduct their own training programs. Topics covered include needs assessment, adult learning practices, community mobilization, stakeholder negotiation, conflict mediation, and the training of trainers.

This is a professional certificate program. Interested undergraduate and graduate students as well as professionals are encouraged to apply. The program fee is $1,300 for MIIS students. Academic credit is available (Monterey Institute tuition fees apply).

Apply online today!

For more information please email or call Carolyn Taylor, Special Programs Manager at 831-647-6417. You may also visit our website: