Winter & Spring Practica

During the January term and spring break, we organize opportunities for students to gain real-world experience and practice their languages of study in-country.  Practica dates and application deadlines for the 2013-2014 academic year are detailed below.

Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone

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Dates: 

March 15-22, 2014 (Spring Break)

Details

The Shanghai FTZ is an immersive learning courses aimed at creating a unique, high-impact learning experiences that will result in real-world solutions. Students are expected to think up a practical problem in the real world. Faculty advisors will help students to turn knowledge into judgment and judgment into action through project research papers. To experience the real world issues, impacts and policy implications of Shanghai FTZ.  For more information, contact Professor Lijuan Zhang at lzhang@miis.edu or Carolyn Taylor at  cmtaylor@miis.edu.


Check out the Shanghai FTZ blog for more information.

DPMI Rwanda

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Dates: 

January 18-24, 2014

Details

The DPMI Rwanda training will cover 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. Training content will cover topics in health, gender, and education.  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. For more information contact Carolyn Taylor at cmtaylor@miis.edu.

Chile Practicum: Transitional Injustice and Chile’s Vulnerable Populations

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Dates: 

January 5-22, 2014

Details

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.

Cuba: Changing Course for Changing Times

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Dates: 

March 15-23, 2014 (Spring Break)

Details

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.


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

India Tour: Journey through Gandhi's Land 

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Dates

January 2015

Details

This tour is an opportunity to experience the cultural, social and political history and environment in Gujarat, as well as to work with Professor Pushpa Iyer. The tour will start in Ahmedabad city and will move to the rural areas of the state. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss the on-­‐going conflict between Hindus and Muslims in Gujarat with various religious and community leaders. 

 

International Translation and Conference Interpretation Practicum 

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Dates

January 2014

Details

Led by Professor Cas Shulman-Mora, this immersive professional course provides hands on interpretation and translation experience for conferences held at the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and the IPS J-term course "Transitional (in) Justice" in Santiago, Chile.   

Team El Salvador

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Dates

January 4-25, 2014

Details

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

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Dates

Summer 2014

Details

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.


Omprakash

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