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

However out of whack and outside our influence, modern globalization thrusts forward, seemingly on a course and with a speed of its own, powered by huge economic interests and directed by powerful political elites, steamrolling human needs and noble aspirations in its track, and on its way selling out our natural and only habitat. It is, for good and for worse, our world, and we cannot just escape it, pretending to go off on a private tangent, busy with our own life, avoiding to see the consequences of world politics as they are acted out in our time, or to take a personal stand to the realities of The Poor, who constitute more than half of mankind; caught in a whirlwind of wars, hunger, illness and repression, without land, without means, without work or education, and without basic human rights.

This course ‘Fighting Shoulder to Shoulder with the Poor’ takes a courageous and futuristic view of the world. You will dare to look the problems and the big issues of our present time right in the eye, understanding the forces and politics at play, acknowledging the real consequences, and not just seen from one place but on a global scale. You will study and dig into the problems and potentials of our future world, not just using conventional narratives, but finding your own way to new knowledge, using your own experiences and own reasoning. You will dare to dream and envision a future for “We the People” while you battle with the big issues at hand, pointing to modern, lively, inclusive, and sustainable ways and solutions that we can be proud to represent. You will be a contributing member of a team of participants who come from vastly different backgrounds, experiences, and countries, who have left their comfort zones to fulfill the need to do for others. You will live in a community that is moving towards being self sufficient in food, water, and energy, and you will be involved in the practicalities and implementation of achieving IICD’s sustainability. You will be an important part of governing IICD, delegating and taking responsibilities for the running of this project, and you will go out with your team conducting investigations, contributing to local communities, and organizing outreach and fundraising activities to secure the economy of your program.

Through your studies during the first 6 months at IICD, you hone your understanding of the big issues of our time and add to your general knowledge base, thus training your ability to act in the present time and in the future. You study diligently, dig to the core of the matter, and find your own truth and understanding of the complicated questions and issues that we all face now and in the future.