Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Previous Practica

Members of Team Monterey El Salvador meet with coordinators from the environmental program.

Experiential learning is a cornerstone of the Monterey Way. Whether on-campus or in a developing country, practica provide students with opportunities to explore real world contexts as freelance consultants, field researchers, and junior-level professionals. This page is for previous programs. Click here for our winter & spring practica.


A delegation of students visited Chile for a seminar on the country’s history of democracy and dictatorship, human rights abuse, and transitional justice. The course was offered by MIIS Professor Jan Black in collaboration with Judge Juan Guzman, best known as Chile’s prosecutor of General Pinochet, and MIIS-­‐based NGO Global Majority.


Mision Gaia Ecotourism Project (Student-Led)

This program provided an opportunity for students to support the continuity of findings from last year's tourism assessment completed in concert with local community members in Minca, Colombia. With a substantial increase in tourism in the last three years, Minca residents have identified many foreseen benefits and four main challenges in the face of increased visitation. Through a partnership with Misiòn Gaia, a Colombian non-profit, students worked alongside local community members to support the development and strengthening of community-based rural sustainable tourism initiatives. With proper planning, tourism can be harnessed for good to address poverty, support sustainable livelihoods, contribute to conservation and celebrate cultural heritage.

The trip was open to all MIIS students and alumni, no prerequisites required. This experience is especially appropriate for students interested in small-scale business development, entrepreneurship and international development.


Changing Course for Changing Times Practicum

Cuba has much to teach about the costs and benefits of revolution and the costs and benefits of integrating belatedly a now globalized economy. The nature of the relationship between Cuba and the U.S., 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.

Contact: For more information, contact Professor Jan Black at jblack@miis.edu and cc Carolyn Meyer at cmtaylor@miis.edu.

Check out our ¡Viva Cuba! blog to follow the Cuba practicum adventures.

Watch our video about the 2013 Cuba trip!


We host our intensive DPMI training every January in Monterey, California and Kigali, Rwanda and every May/June in Monterey and Washington, D.C. This year we are launching a DPMI Kenya pilot program.

To learn more contact dpmi@miis.edu or visit the DPMI pages.

East Asia

Japan and China (Spring Break)

Professors Tsuneo Akaha and Wei Lang will offer a 4-credit course on policy challenges facing Japan, China, and other countries in the East Asia and Asia-Pacific.

Who: Open to all student at MIIS. We particularly encourage GSIPM students with an interest in East Asia; T&I-J and T&I-C students are also encouraged to participate.

Contact: Email Professor Tsuneo Akaha and Professor Wei Liang. Find more information.

El Salvador

This is another rotating program which provides opportunities for students from all programs to enhance their development skills, language proficiency, and multicultural competency. Through a partnership with La Coordinadora, a Salvadoran community-based organization, students work on projects that promote sustainable agriculture, micro-business models, natural resource protection, youth empowerment, organizational capacity building, and more.

For more information, visit the Team Monterey El Salvador blog.

Los Angeles

The Praxis of Conflict Transformation: Poverty, Homelessness, and Violence in Los Angeles (Spring Break)

This course is led by Dr. Pushpa Iyer and covers conflict around racial tensions, extreme wealth, gentrification, gang violence, and other structural imbalances in the justice system.

Contact: MIIS Center for Conflict Studies or ccs@miis.edu.


The Nepal Peace Building Practicum focused on understanding challenges to building peace after a Maoist led war in Nepal. Students met with government officials, local and international NGOs, former Maoists members as well as civil society members. Participants also traveled to Kathmandu, the Terai region and the Hill region and visited to the Mountain region.

For more information, visit the Nepal Peace Building blog, or read student stories from the 2012 trip.


Team Perú is a rotating program aimed at developing sustainable programs and projects in collaboration with the indigenous people of the Sacred Valley of Perú. In conjunction with the Andean Alliance for Sustainable Development, students have the opportunity to immerse themselves in a professional environment that caters to their particular area of academic focus.

For more information email andeanalliance@gmail.com or visit the Team Peru blog.


Peacebuilding in the Mindanao, Philippines

Led by Professor Pushpa Iyer, participants will interacts with NGOs, INGOs, religious leaders, government officials, civil society members and members of peace zones in Mindanao. First hand information gained from these meetings will be analyzed as a group through regular debrief session. Outcomes will be presented through presentations at various forums and publications.

Academic credit: 0-4 units.

Contact and more info: visit 2015 Mindanao (Philippines) or email ccs@miis.edu. Program is sponsored by MIIS Center for Conflict Studies.


Vladivostok and Khabarovsk (Spring Break)

As part of the Graduate Initiative in Russian Studies fully funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, four MIIS students traveled with Professor Tsuneo Akaha

Who: Open to all MIIS students with Intermediate to advanced Russian Speaking and Understanding skills.

Contact: Find more information about Russian Initiative in Far East Russia.


Whitney White
IEP/MBA student

and cc

Carolyn Meyer
Director of Professional Immersive Learning and Special Programs, GSIPM