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

The training is based on the following pedagogical principles:

  • You must go exploring to acquire new ideas - and to explore further to form better ideas.
  • You must get close to the things you want to learn about, the closer you get - the more you learn.
  • Together with your fellow students you must be the driving force behind everything- in order to learn much, the teacher's tricks won’t be enough, and your life is too important for that.
  • You should be forewarned- once you build up momentum you’ll want to do more and more, the deeper you dig into a question, the more you’ll want to know. There is much work in this but you’ll avoid being superficial and half-awake.
  • It isn’t possible to learn everything in the classroom- like the tip of an iceberg, perhaps only one tenth will be acquired in a classroom, and the rest comes later.
  • Only Adam was alone in the world- the rest of us are here together.
  • The things you learn should be put to use as soon as possible- so that others may learn from you, and you will learn these things twice as well when you teach them to others.
  • You must be mobile to encounter many things- otherwise things come to a halt. Even though your eyes may be popping out of your head, from just one place your vision is limited.
  • The above applies to the teachers as well.