Mission: The Institute for International Cooperation and Development was founded in 1986 by Eric Newman to address the issues of Third World poverty, education, health and environment, and the low awareness of Third World issues in the US. IICD has sent almost 1400 volunteers overseas to work in community development projects in ten countries during the past ten years. IICD programs include: 1) an intensive/live-in 2-6 months training period for volunteers, including language, culture, technical skills, and fundraising, 2) 5-12 month international period working in a Third world community development project and 3) 2 month follow-up dedicated to public education projects in the United States.
Programs: IICD offers programs designed to provide a comprehensive introduction to global issues of developing countries, development, education and inter-cultural understanding. IICD seeks to promote global understanding through involving volunteers in assistance to communities in developing countries. Currently IICD runs six global education programs: Central america (9 months) includes working in preschools and educational programs, health education, and improving the economy of families; Angola Zambia. Mozambique and South Africa (12 months) includes work in rural areas in a project position doing childcare, literacy training, tree planting, farm extension, latrine building etc...Mozambique (20 months) includes 12 months teaching in vocational schools, teacher training colleges or schools for street children; and Brazil (9 months) includes travel and work in rural and urban communities.
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I became involved with this organization in 1994. At the time they had volunteered panhandling for donations on the street. Everyone got a 5 or 10 dollar daily food stipend which was barely enough for one meal. Even back at the site there was very little food. The "training" was a joke and they had us wasting time breaking up rocks that they said would be used for grass which never happened. It was one of the strangest experiences of my life. I left during the fundraising phase and the recruiter at the time kept calling me wanting me to return. Run for your life from this one, there are much better organizations worth your time!