Institute for International Cooperation and Development

IICD Michigan was incorporated in 1997 as a not-for-profit organization in the state of Michigan. IICD Michigan is an independent research non-profit. The Internal Revenue Service has determined that IICD Michigan is an organization as described in the revenue code 501(c) 3. This means that IICD is exempt from federal taxation of its activities and that donors can deduct donations to IICD from the income declared in their tax return. The organization will not discriminate by race, ethnicity, national origins, religious belief, gender or orientation.


Job Opening


International Specialist Educator           

Institute for International Cooperation and Development has a job opening for an International Specialist Educator.



  • §Responsible for teaching English to foreign students as a second language.
  • §Responsible for giving courses about different cultures, ethnic groups, traditions, country development and political structure.
  • §Responsible for hosting and taking part in workshops, instructing about the conditions and challenges in living and working in rural developing communities and introducing simple solutions for issues within health, hygiene, and food production.
  • §Responsible for preparing and delivering lectures and conducting workshops regarding adjusting to life in third-world settings, with emphasis on communication, cultural do's & don’ts based on specific ethnicity, personal health and hygiene, travel arrangements, immigration documentation requirements and procedures, handling of money and personal security.
  • §Prepare course materials and assignments.
  • §Evaluate and grade examinations and assignments.
  • §Responsible for keeping abreast of development in the field by reading current literature, attending talks and conferences, and talking with colleagues.
  • §Conduct data collection, research and analysis regarding the ethnic development projects in Africa and Latin America.
  • §Initiate proposals for implementing new educational methods and methods of instruction in Africa and Latin America. Facilitate promoting the programs of IICD and enrolling participants for future teams.
  • §Assist the Director in monitoring the Institute's teaching program budget.
  • §Responsible for implementing Social Action research projects.


Minimum hiring requirements:

Five years’ experience as a teacher, instructor, or trainer, paid or unpaid, in a third-world country or environment.

Two weeks per year in a 3rd-world country to perform evaluations and teach courses.

Five years / 60 months’ experience as a teacher or instructor or trainer.



Please mail applications to:

Institute for International Cooperation and Development

56968 Dailey Road, Dowagiac, Michigan 49047             



About IICD

IICD Michigan

To obtain food security for the billions of people, the small scale farmers must play a major role.

Food security, food production and environment protection are closely linked and are important not only for the millions of farmers directly affected, but also for the societies at large. The farmers need to learn better farming methods, and they need to be integrated in the economy of their countries.

With climate change having more and more consequences, the environment is threatened at a new level, and the struggle for the immediate food security and for making a surplus food production intensifies.

Some of the bigger environmental problems of the Earth are closely linked to water and food production. They threaten peace and stability in many places and braod and inclusive solutions must be found together with the people.

Agriculture Project

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Farmer's Club

Humana People to People programs train small-scale farmers in sustainable agriculture practices such as conservation farming, and equips the farmers with knowledge they can use to adjust to the changing conditions. As an integrated part of the training, the farmers get organized around exploring and sharing water resources, securing inputs and marketing of their produce. General knowledge and skills within nutrition, health and community development are also included. This concept is called Farmer's Clubs.

The aim is to provide the farmers with such knowledge and organization that they can respond to the needs of their families and communities today, increase their income, and become integrated in the market economy. In many Farmer's Clubs the majority of the farmers are women. Thus the Farmer's Clubs can also be regarded as a gender program, empowering the women, and it includes many club activities, which also focus on the well-being of the whole family with regard to water and sanitation, nutrition, health and education.

The agriculture training of the farmers depends on the local conditions: some concentrate on crop husbandry, others on animal husbandry, some with irrigation, others pure dry-land farming. The farmers are organized in groups of 250 farmers with one project leader, who provides the agriculture training in practice and theory. The project leader also facilitate the organization of the farmers and trains them in self-organizing, so that lasting structures are built among them in the project period.

National agriculture extension services are integrated in the programs for mutual benefit - the farmers learn from the extension workers, and the extension system is reinforced in a dynamic exchange.