A tag for student, alumni, faculty, and staff stories with an international setting for the "Monterey Abroad" pages.

Lynn McDonald: Returning to Chile after Mastering Spanish

I struggled at first, started taking Spanish classes and benefited from good friendships with kind people. While these friendships helped me communicate during my two months abroad, people mostly smiled at my childish mistakes and dealt with my butchering of their language.

Location

Valparaíso
Chile
33° 3' 16.9776" S, 71° 37' 31.3176" W

Ravi Dutta: Implementing Theory and Practice at Save the Children

As an MPA student, I've developed a strong foundation in program design.  In my internship with Save the Children in Indonesia, I'm learned how program management relates to program design.   To be successful, a program needs to be designed well.  However, it still needs to be properly managed and executed well.  One can only learn a little about management from classes and books, but much of what you learn about management comes from experience.  It’s great that my classes involved practical projects in groups, and I can get credit for going out to the field for 6 months.  I met many other

Location

Banda Aceh
Indonesia
5° 33' 19.0008" N, 95° 19' 4.0008" E

Chile Practicum: Confronting Transitional (In)Justice

Twenty students from the Monterey Institute accompanied Professor Jan Black and Judge Juan Guzman Tapia, most notable for prosecuting former Dictator Augusto Pinochet, on a research tour of Mapuche communities in southern Chile last January. The Mapuche are an indigenous group, comprising about 4% of Chile's total population. Their communities now face environmental, socio-economic, and human rights issues.

Location

Santiago
Chile
33° 25' 31.296" S, 70° 33' 59.2776" W

Cambodia Practicum: Challenges to Peacebuilding

Thirteen students traveled to Cambodia last January with Dr. Pushpa Iyer for two weeks of fieldwork entitled “Challenges to Peacebuilding.” They immersed themselves in post-conflict Cambodian society, merging their studied assumptions with grassroots realities. They also met with representatives from non-profit organizations such as The Asia Foundation, World Vision, and Youth for Peace. Professor Iyer encouraged her students to blog about their impressions, intuitions. and research subjects.

Location

Phnom Penh
Cambodia
11° 31' 43.7844" N, 105° 3' 4.572" E

Alison Cameron: Sustainable Development in Jordan

Alison Cameron (MAIPS ‘09) interned in Amman, Jordan for Friends of the Earth Middle East through our DPMI Development Practicum.

Location

Amman
Jordan
31° 56' 51.0036" N, 35° 56' 10.6044" E

Cory and Craig Belden: Adventures in Southern Sudan

Cory and Craig Belden (MAIPS '10) interned at Action Africa Help International, an organization promoting development and peace-building projects in Southern Sudan. They also worked with the American Refugee Committee (ARC) to conduct research on gender-based violence in the Boma region. They spent the summer interviewing community members, convening focus groups, and distributing surveys.

Location

Yei
Sudan
4° 5' 29.004" N, 30° 40' 42.96" E

West Bank Practicum: Building Community Across Borders

Nicole Ketcham (MAIPS '10), Nikki Hodgson (MAIEP '09), and Kate Holland (MAIPS '10) traveled to the West Bank in January 2009 with the goal of exploring future internship opportunities for our students. They established relationships with officials from Bethlehem University and local organizations.

Location

Bethlehem
Israel
31° 16' 37.7112" N, 35° 4' 47.622" E

Rebekah Hunt: A Summer in South Africa

Rebekah Hunt (MPA '10) interned last summer for the Center for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation and researched the best practices for memorialization, the creation of monuments or memorial sites, in South Africa. She explored how honoring the past educates future generations and, therefore, may transform communities divided by conflict.

Location

Johannesburg
South Africa
26° 11' 60" S, 28° 4' 59.9988" E

El Salvador Practicum: Collaborating for Sustainable Community Development

Last January fifteen intrepid graduate students (aka Team Monterey 4) traveled to the Bajo Lempa region of El Salvador to tackle agricultural, water access, and conservation issues. Visit the Equipo Monterey blog to explore their adventures searching for illicit turtle eggs at the local markets, or designing workshops for food producers to share knowledge and potential growth strategies.

Location

El Salvador
13° 20' 13.9884" N, 88° 42' 10.3824" W