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

Action research concept at IICD , Michigan

The starting point for research conducted at IICD is that the world we live in is in need of solutions to a range of big issues such as ongoing conflicts, social problems, poverty and environmental challenges.

IICD tackles the highly complex and global issues outlined in its mission statement by operating primarily as a research organization. The research model applied is an action research model. The methods are experimental.

The problems of poverty, wars, disease and disregards for human rights have plagued developing countries ever since the term was coined and the world at large for much longer. A great many individuals, organizations and governments, not least of which the United States government, have engaged in finding ways to solve these hard global problems, which persist to this day.

The basic claim made by IICD, a claim to which we have dedicated the efforts of the institute, is to research in great detail, that is, by carefully constructing a program with a range of untraditional elements, by creating what we have termed "Another kind of school", it is possible to transform young participants so that they become capable of solving and ready to act to solve big issues of developing nations and the world, and by so doing, promote international cooperation by practicing international cooperation. Thus the participants are transformed and the wider world becomes a better place.

The fundamental issue under study is whether it is possible by a training program that includes extensive international and national practice to transform the participants, in essence making him or her a better and more capable person while at the same time improving the world we live in.

The research is carried out through the implementation of the programs of the institute while also continuously monitoring and improving the programs by applying an action research model.

The entire operation of the institute and its activities both at the training center in Dowagiac, among people in Africa and with people across the United States is of an experimental nature.

The research carried out at IICD is based on a broad theoretical foundation drawing on theories from within the social sciences and the humanities.

Our research methodologies are built on the action research model first defined in the US by MIT professor Carl Levine in 1944, on social-psychological experimental methods, sociological participant observation in case study methods as well as anthropological field research methodology.

IICD's pedagogical theory is inspired by teachers and activists of times past such as 19th century Danish folk school leader Kristian Kold; 20th century social innovators such as John Dewey, American educational reformer, philosopher and psychologist, and Julius Nyerere, Tanzanian political leader; and 21st century neuroscience, complexity theory and theories about relation between program and learning.

IICD's international development theory is inspired by theories of unequal development, globalization theory and theories of sustainable development.

IICD's international cooperation theory is inspired by theories of human solidarity, Frederick Douglass, Mahatma Ghandi, the UN declaration of Human Rights, Eleanor Roosevelt, Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela, among others.