18-Month Program

Our 18-Month Program focuses on working together with developing countries to create a sustainable world, while offering people like you the opportunity to join our collective efforts and volunteer at a development project abroad.

Through a combination of study and volunteering, this program aims to train people who want a deeper understanding of the world today along with international development ideals, strategies and practices.

Program Structure

Learn more about the three periods of the program in the tabs below:

6 Months – USA

The first part of the course is based at our Michigan campus. Here participants will join a team of others training to be development instructors. This unique learning and research opportunity will bring together a diverse and vibrant group of people all interested in development and humanitarian work. Studies will include the global affairs, politics, and economic development. Using different sources of expression including report writing, essays and speeches – participants will be encouraged to debate and formulate their own conclusions. Participants will also use this time to fundraise for their training and travels.

6 Months – Project Work

Once participants are equipped with all the knowledge needed, they will embark on the next stage of the journey. Participants will be placed in projects in Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique or Brazil. Projects in the respective countries will include farming work, education and health. Participants will join a range of activities, including engaging with local farmers to increase food production; start sustainable and income generating projects; train teachers and set up pre-schools. The projects work with children, parents, farmers, teachers, local leaders, national governments and international partners to tackle the root causes of poverty and build sustainable and thriving communities. Find out more about the work and its impact here.

6 Months – USA

The participants will return to the Michigan campus to digest their experiences. This final stage of the cycle allows students to share their findings and evaluate the effectiveness and impact of the work in the field. This allows for the continual improvement of the program; whilst ensures students gain a thorough understanding of development projects and their impact. This phase also helps participants prepare for their next steps in their careers.

What You Will Learn

Through two different subject modules, learn about:

The situation of being poor, what created poverty and why it is still exists today, how to elevate poverty, and working shoulder to shoulder with the Poor. Additionally, the first module discusses development aid ideals, strategies and solutions.

Next, learn more about working shoulder to shoulder with the Poor on the ground in communities and learning their life, struggles, victories and dreams. Also, gain an understanding of your project country and creating positive change with solidarity and action.

Learn some of the big issues of our time, such as: inequality, war, poverty, inequality and social injustices, and the consequences of global warming and climate change. It is about people’s movements, solutions, and what we as individuals think comes next in our nation and around the world.

Learn about leadership mentalities, the tools of good leadership, and debate which leadership skills and methods could be used in different situations by studying great leaders from the past and present.

Learn about how new technologies could help elevate poverty, organic farming, sustainable solutions for modern living, and the science of global warming and climate change.

Learn about healthy lifestyles, building physical and mental stamina, creating an understanding of a sustainable world and the power of community. Additionally, learn about the health crisis in the USA and and why viruses such as HIV and COVID-19 appear in humans, how to deal with malaria and other tropical diseases, and how to stay healthy while working at the project sites.

Learn about a number of practical skills that are useful working on the ground at the project site, and the humanitarian field in general. These topics are presented as practical workshops.

Learn about creating a message of importance while enhancing your English language skills, both written and oral, along with becoming a public speaker. Dive into some of the literature connected with people and poverty.

Learn how art can be used to bring a message and its unique language which makes impressions on the people who meet it. It is about performing with art and getting outside of the box and your comfort zone.

Learn that what we do today as individuals and societies is built on what others did before us. The concept of Open Future is built on the understanding that there is no “end goal” and “isms” and that people in the present create the future by their choice and actions, as will the future generations.

Learn a practical approach to the importance of being productive. Gain an understanding that, most often, it is humble work is what matters most and that being a community leader is doing whatever work is necessary. It is about planning, implementing, using our hands, and learning new practical skills.

Learn about the history, cultures and people from the African or Latin American continents, along with an understanding of the situation in your project site country and its people.

10 Things You Will Gain
  • A deeper understanding of the world we live in by combining history and the future in order to act in the moment.

  • Knowledge and understanding of international aid and development, and why there is a continuous need for development aid.

  • Volunteer experience in the field abroad and in the USA.

  • Knowledge and understanding of global warming and climate change, and how to become a Steward of Tomorrow.

  • Knowledge about sustainable living and growing food organically.

  • Practice and develop leadership skills.

  • Train your public speaking skills.

  • Build stamina and the ability to do whatever it takes to reach goals.

  • Realize your power and become the driving force in your life.

  • Come together with like-minded people and build your teamwork capabilities.

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