Study or Vounteer with INEPAS Guatemala

Attention students, if you’re interested in learning Spanish, volunteering abroad, or doing an internship with a development program- Listen up!

INEPAS Guatemala is a self-sustaining non-profit organization which was founded in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. It is fully recognized by the Guatemalan government for performing a range of social, legal, and humanitarian projects within the framework of developing rural communities in and around Quetzaltenango. which offers a variety of programs based on your interest.

The Language Immersion Program: for those whose primary aim is to learn Spanish.

This is tailored to meet the needs of the individual, comprising of structured, intensive one-to-one tuition daily. Daily socio-cultural activities are arranged according to the interests of the students, including visits to local villages, trips to areas of natural beauty, films, sports and conferences on various aspects of Guatemalan life.

The Service Learning Program: for those who wish to learn Spanish in the context of voluntary work.

This consists of intensive one-to-one Spanish tuition each weekday morning and in the afternoons, students can participate in one of our social aid programs. Working directly with communities increases the desire and motivation to learn the Spanish language, whilst the classroom time enables participants to be more effective in their work in those communities. Thus both occupations complement and enhance each other.

Voluntary Internships: both in Social Projects and as an InternationalCo-ordination Assistant. More information about these can be found on our website.

This may be for gap-year students of social work, education, teaching or psychology, or for students seeking experience in administration, marketing or tourism within a development organization.

As a non profit-making organization, we rely heavily on independent sources of promotion and would therefore greatly appreciate your displaying of this letter and poster in an appropriate place. Thank you for taking the time to read this and in anticipation of your immensely important support.

If you would like to receive more information about our organization, please visit our website at or contact us at

We have more information on our blog posted in our Upcoming Application Deadlines, General Opportunities tab.


Internship Opportunities at IRC

Have you thought about how you are going to fulfill your practicum requirement, though you’re not sure where to even begin?

The MIDCM blog offers a resource page that has several internship opportunities for you to scan through that we have collected from across the web. However, we wanted to highlight the following internship and volunteer opportunities through the International Rescue Committee (IRC). The IRC responds to the world’s worst crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives.  For over 75 years, IRC has offered lifesaving care and life-changing help to refugees forced to flee from conflict or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and in 22 U.S. cities, the IRC leads the way from harm to home.

You’re in luck! Of those 22 US cities, UMD is close to two of their locations in Maryland: Baltimore and Silver Spring.

The IRC is looking for committed volunteers to support their family mentorship programs, ESL and tutoring programs, and other opportunities To read more about volunteer opportunities in Baltimore, read here. For opportunities in Silver Spring, read here.

Fall 2012 Semester – Welcome Back!

Welcome back to campus, MIDCM students!

As you may know, there have been changes here at MIDCM over the summer. In the wake of these changes, let us introduce the leadership team of MIDCM for the upcoming year:

  • Dr. David Backer, the new Director of MIDCM, will be responsible for the overall management and development of the program.
  • Dr. Stacy Kosko, MIDCM Lecturer, will contribute to program management and design and student advising, in addition to teaching GVPT354 and GVPT356 during fall semester, as well as GVPT356 in the spring.
  • Ms. Nikole Seitz, Assistant to the Director of MIDCM, will support students and programming, plus serve as the instructor for BSOS388E during both the fall and spring semesters.

We are currently planning a variety of activities for the benefit of MIDCM students, including a number that partner with other programs on campus.  Input about events and opportunities you would like to see offered is welcome.  Of course, we are always available to answer any questions regarding the minor, from enrolling in classes to thinking about careers in international development.  Please feel free to contact us at

One final note: Over the summer, Paul Rowe, the CIDCM student worker, helped support the efforts of MIDCM and responded to several of your email requests.  Please offer up a big “thank you!” to Paul!