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.
For more information visit the Chile Practicum blog.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.