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Join us at the Massachusetts campus which is located on 300 acres of forest land in the beautiful Berkshire Mountains. Here people come together from all over the world to dig into the big issues of our time and to expand our knowledge so we can turn this into actions for a better world.

We build cooperation and comradeship across cultures, languages and borders and challenge ourselves to think and act outside the box.

Each year 7 international teams of Development Instructors go to Africa and Brazil to work shoulder to shoulder with the Poor in creating sustainable development. Join us today to help end poverty and begin your humanitarian career!

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Our Massachusetts campus is located in Williamstown in the western part of the state. Since our campus opened in 1987 we have trained thousands of Development Instructors who have worked to help the poor in both Africa and South America.

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  • Mission Statement One World Center is a non-profit organization with a mission to inspire and empower ordinary people to take action against worldwide poverty. We address the issues of our time with unique teaching and learning environments that cultivate social change and support our global vision: a sustainable future.Apply Now1117 Hancock Road Williamstown, MA, USA 01267 info(at)oneworldcenter.org Phone: 1-413-441-5126
  • 18 Months ProgramThis program is a comprehensive study of global poverty. You will learn about the conditions of the billions of people living in poverty and how it affects their health, education, freedom, economic opportunity and even-whether they live or die.
    At one of our campuses you will join teams of humanitarians from around the world to live in a communal environment where everyone works together to live, learn and serve The Poor.
    The program has four periods 6 months in US - You will begin studies, learning assignments and set out into society to ask questions and learn about The Poor.

    6 months in Africa - You and your teammates set off to live for six months in Mozambique or Malawi. You may find yourself working in health, HIV/AIDS, farming, water projects, sanitation, teaching or other development programs.

    6 months in US - We call this The Journal period. You will want to reflect on all that you have experienced and take the time to integrate your service into your new world-view. You will finish studies for certification and create a final project to share with others.

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  • 9 Months ProgramThis program is a shorter term study of global poverty. You will learn about the conditions of the billions of people living in poverty and how it affects their health, education, freedom, economic opportunity and even--whether they live or die.
    At our campus you will join teams of humanitarians from around the world to live in a communal environment where everyone works together to live, learn and serve The Poor.
    The program has four periods 3 months in US - You learn about rich and poor in the world, the causes and faces of poverty, as well as concrete ways to take action along with the Poor.

    1 month in Brazil - Together your team will have a one month travel and investigation period in Brazil.

    4 months in Brazil - You are assigned to a specific community in Brazil where you will live for four months. You work together with 25 poor families. You start by interviews with the families where you learn the 30 conditions listed by Humana as the minimum standard for each family. You will help to fulfill these basic conditions: securing that each family has a vegetable garden, access to toilets and clean water, creating a family income generating activity, assisting with the children going to school and receiving regular health checks.

    1 month in US - The program ends with one month back at the school campus. You contemplate what you have learned and how to pass this on to new generations of Development Instructors and the people in the US.

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  • MozambiqueMozambique is located in Southeast Africa and is one of the world's poorest countries. With a population of 24 million--the majority of the citizens live in rural with extreme poverty (70%). The poor in Mozambique have little access to water, sustainable food solutions, healthcare, sanitation, education, developed roadways and little access to goods, services or employment. In addition war, disease and natural disasters afflict this population.ZambiaZambia is located in Southern Africa, east of Angola. With a population of 12 million--8 million live in rural poverty. We work with partners to deal with major social and economic issues that include HIV and AIDS, water and sanitation projects, food sustainability and agriculture, education and the environment.BrazilBrazil is located in eastern South America bordering the Atlantic Ocean. Although a strong agricultural and industrial power, with the strongest economy in Latin America, poverty is still widespread in Brazil. The population is 196 million with 51 percent of the nation living in rural areas with extreme poverty-- the largest number in the Western Hemisphere.
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IICD Inc. was incorporated in November 1986 as a Massachusetts not-for-profit educational organization. IICD, Inc. is an independent non-profit. August 1987 the IRS determined that IICD is an organization as described in the revenue code 501(c) 3.

In June 2013 we changed our name to One World Center to celebrate over 25 years in the United States.

The IICD ethos: Globally, everyone who is willing and able to contribute - independent of the "who, what, where, when, why and how" of birth or of any political, economical, social, technical, environmental and/or cultural barriers and boarders - has the right to be given equal opportunity to participate in and gain from the development process. It is upon this human first ethos that we design and shape a structure of mutual responsibility, respect, support and understanding that we can build our lives upon. Learning how to live and work - to recognize, to do, to be - in an environment of cross-cultural diversity; and budding in bloom as we evolve a more expansive and liberated world perspective, is the foundation of the 6 months training program.