MIIS students can participate in a wide range of international and domestic immersive learing opportunities during the January term and spring break.

Colombia: Mision Gaia Ecotourism Project (Student-Led)

Dates: January 3-24, 2015; March 14-22, 2015

Columbia stand-in

What: Through a partnership with Mision Gaia, a Colombian non-profit and local community, you can learn about the unique cultural and natural resource challanges facing a biologically rich rural community in Colombia.

Who: Open to all programs.

Contact and more info: visit misiongaia.org, email IEP student, Whitney White, and cc Carolyn Taylor.


DPMI Rwanda

Dates: January 6-10, 2015 (optional); January 12-22, 2015 (training)


What: Training covers project planning, facilitation, and partnerships along with social marketing.  There will be seven days of intensive classroom instruction and 2-3 days devoted to a “real-life” client project for Partners in Health and the Rwandan Ministry of Health. Participants have the option of arriving one week early and visiting Rwandan government and NGO offices in Kigali.


Who: DPMI Rwanda is open to Monterey Institute students, local Rwandan development professionals, and other qualified applicants interested in a career in international development or social change.


Contact: For more information or to apply visit go.miis.edu/dpmi or email dpmi@miis.edu.


Cuba: Changing Course for Changing Times

Dates: January 6-17, 2015


What: 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. Academic Credit: 4 units


Who: All MIIS Students, no prerequisites required, but IPOL88522 and/or IPOL8688 recommended.


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

Check out our ¡Viva Cuba! blog to follow the Spring 2013 Cuba practicum adventures.


Peacebuilding in the Mindanao, Philippines

Dates: January 5-20, 2015

India Tour

What: Led by Professor Pushpa Iyer, participants will interacts with NGOs, INGOs, relikdious leaders, governemnt 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. 

Application deadline: October 31st, @)!%


Contact and more info: visit go.miis.edu/mindanao15 or email ccs@miis.edu. Program is sponsored by MIIS Center for Conflict Studies.


Team El Salvador

Dates: January, 2015


The Team El Salvador Practicum provides a professional, international opportunity for Monterey Institute students from all programs to enhance their development skills, language proficiency, and multicultural competency.  Students will work on projects within communities to promote sustainable agriculture, micro-business models, natural resource protection, youth empowerment, organizational capacity building and more.


Check out Team El Salvador blog to learn more. 

Team Peru

Dates: January 2015


Team Perú aims to develop 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 his or her particular academic area of focus. Based on each individual’s knowledge, interests, and passion, each participant is assigned to a project where, as a group, they are encouraged to take full ownership and responsibility of the planning and implementation of that project.


Check out the Team Perú blog to follow their experience.

East Asia: Japan and China

Dates: March 12-20, 2015

What: 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 particularily encourage GSIPM studnts 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.

Iran: History, Culture, and Society

Dates: March 14-22, 2015


What: This trip will include visits to sites of great beauty and historic significance, as well as visits to governemental, non-governmental, and public sector institutions dealing with international affairs, education, theology, environmental preservation, and commerce. Academic credits: 4 units.

Who: All MIIS students encouraged to apply


Contact: email professor Jan Black, Carolyn Meyer, and Molly Moreland.

The Praxis of Conflict Transformation: Poverty, Homelessness, and Violence in Los Angeles

Dates: March 15-20, 2015

What: This course covers conflict around raciial tensions, extreme wealth, gentrification, gang violence, and other structural imbalances in the justice system. 

Academic credits: 2 units.


Who: All MIIS students encouraged to apply.


Contact: email ccs@miis.edu.


International volunteer placements (1-12 months) with Omprakash are now available!  Contact an advisor at the Center for Career and Academic Advising Services for more information. 

More Practica

Rotating practica include peacebuilding courses in Nepal, Sierra Leone, and Cambodia with Dr. Pushpa Iyer as well as a Development Project Management Institute training at American University in Cairo, Egypt

Chile Practicum: Transitional Injustice and Chile's Vulnerable Populations

Dates: January 5-22, 2014


A delegation of students will visit Chile for a seminar-level practicum on the country’s history of democracy and dictatorship, human rights abuse, and transitional justice. The course will be offered by MIIS Professor Jan Black in collaboration with Judge Juan Guzman, best known as Chile’s prosecutor of General Pinochet, and Monterey-based NGO Global Majority. To apply, email Professor Black at jblack@miis.edu (please cc cmtaylor@miis.edu).

Check out the Chile Practicum blog to follow their experience.