Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Program Description

The focus of this course revolves around HIV, public health, gender, and education issues in the Rwandan context. Training also covers social marketing as a public health tool. Project planning, facilitation, and partnerships are covered in the classroom with 2-3 days devoted to “real-life” client projects with Partners in Health, a NGO co-founded by Nobel Peace Prize nominee and author Paul Farmer, and the Rwanda Ministry of Health. Working side by side with African professionals from leading NGOs to develop innovative solutions that address local priorities, you will gain skills in design and project assessment in sustainable development, fostering participatory development (with a focus on education), leading change, measuring progress, crafting attractive funding proposals, and using data to communicate results.

Certificate Program


Program Dates

January 7-18, 2018 (2 weeks; exact dates forthcoming)


Monday – Friday
(Weekends Off)

Application Deadlines

  • Early Review Deadline: September 1, 2017
  • General Application Deadline: October 31, 2017

Program Fees

  • $2,700 for visiting participants
  • $1,700 for students enrolled at the Middlebury Institute or Middlebury College

Fee includes shared lodging, food, and some local transportation.


Partners in Health
Rwinkwavu, Rwanda

Plus two days of site visits in the surrounding region.


Students not currently enrolled at the Middlebury Institute or Middlebury College can apply for a partial scholarship. Email dpmi@miis.edu for information.

Curriculum Modules

Module 1: Designing & Managing Development Projects with elements of social entrepreneurship and participatory community development interwoven in the curriculum. Six days of intensive classroom instruction followed by two to three days of client projects with Rwanda-based organization, Partners in Health. Simulations and case study exercises related to approaches in project development widely used in bilateral and multinational organizations.

Rwanda Workshop

Prerequisite: MIIS students are required to take the following one (1) credit workshop prior to departure and attend the pre-departure administration meeting indicated below.

Dates: November 3-5, 2017
MIIS students should register for this 1 unit course by October 27

A make-up option is available to participants not in Monterey or MIIS students who have a class conflict. 

MIIS students may audit this 1-unit workshop. Contact Carolyn Meyer for more information.

Course Details














DPMI 8575 A


History Politics & Culture Rwanda




Nov 3


 Nov 5

DPMI Rwanda Pre-Departure Administration Meeting

Date: November 17, 1-2pm PT (Zoom webinar option will be available)

Details: Review preparation and expectations for DPMI Rwanda (led by Carolyn Meyer and Sharon Bean)