Culture and Language

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B.U.I.L.D.: Beyond yoUrself in Language Development

Our aim is to provide a starting point for those who want to study other languages, but never had the chance to do it. For students we provide a highly informal, but effective language learning environment. For future teachers we provide an opportunity to put all of the theory they have been learning into practice and gain valuable professional experience while honing their teaching skills in a relaxed, nonthreatening environment. Teachers will plan lessons, gather materials, collaborate with fellow teachers, and gain valuable feedback from real-life learners. They will do all this and more with one goal in mind: to provide students with what they need in their language learning while promoting effective cross–cultural communication. Email:

Club President: Leah Depue

Club Treasurer: Yiwei Xie

Club Administrative Coordinator: Rae Sterrett & Leah Depue

Club Events Coordinators: Leah Depue & Yiwei Xie

Club Marketing/Outreach Coordinators, Web & Tech Support: Alcide Guillory III & Rae Sterrett

Teacher Support Coordinators:Ozzie Diaz and Alcide Guillory III


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Campus Christian Fellowship

To provide an environment for Christian and non-Christian students on the MIIS campus to develop lasting and meaningful friendships; to spread an awareness of Christianity and its relevance to students today; to create a safe space for students interested in Christianity, Jesus, and/or other religions to be able to discuss and ask questions; and to be an outreach to the MIIS community through ISI or on-campus events.

Club Presidents: Jia Kang

Club Treasurer: Vivian Wang

Japan Club

The Japan Forum’s goal is to promote interest and awareness in Japan and its rich traditional culture with students and friends of the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Beyond than just a social club, we hope to connect Japanese students (MIIS, and special guest students alike) with the community of Monterey, creating a fun and peaceful atmosphere for everyone.

Club President: Cameron Chien

Club Treasurer: Lauren Thompson

Latin Dance Club

The Latin dance Club will serve as an opportunity for students to forget the stress of school for a couple hours every few weeks so that they can recharge, re-energize and continue to succeed in their academic pursuits.

Club President: Fidel Quintanilla

Club Treasurer: Tim Ditter

Slavic Culture Club

We focus mainly on Russian culture, but also delve into former USSR nations too! Activities will include fundraising to help organizations based in Eastern Europe, movie screenings, cooking sessions, conversation "parties", etc. A great way to share what everyone already knows from growing up, living in, and studying Russian: we all come from different and diverse backgrounds.

Club Co-President: Josh Potter

Club Co-President: Lewis Dorman

Stammtisch German Club

This club shall give students who are interested in the German language and culture the opportunity to get together with Germans and German speakers at the Monterey Institute.

Club President: Gerrit Tschirner

Club Vice President: Melanie Popp

Club Treasurer: Jared Vucina

Taiwanese Student Association

The Monterey Taiwanese Student Association promotes Taiwanese culture and language, and are open to all who love or take an interest in Taiwan, its culture, and its people. We hope that people of all nationalities and backgrounds may become better acquainted with Taiwan through us and may come to appreciate Taiwan, its beauty, and the friendliness and helpfulness of its people. We are not a politically motivated association and do not wish to engage in any political bantering, particularly in regards to Taiwan/China relations, although we will not prevent people from discussing these issues amongst themselves in an educated way.

Club President: Grace Soong

Club Treasurer: Yiray Wu


Team Peru seeks to promote awareness and begin a dialogue for solutions around development issues in Peru. The club informs the community and thinks critically about issues pertaining to strategic NGO networks, health and wellness, social enterprise, agriculture initiatives, and women and empowerment in Peru. The goal is to actively engage students in an immersive learning experience, inspiring students to apply their educational skills to solving real world problems whether in team meetings, classroom projects, or working on the ground in Peru with the club and a Peruvian based partner, The Andean Alliance for Sustainable Development.

Club President: Gaelan Hayes

Club Treasurer: Liz Martinis