Through its mission of service International Education Corps is “Building Bridges of Knowledge.”
In many parts of the world, particularly in developing countries, professional expertise is notably unavailable. Developed countries often have a reservoir of expertise that is underutilized and which could be usefully shared in productive ways. One component of this reservoir is the growing number of semi-retired professionals in the U.S. and elsewhere. These are often people with discretionary time and comfortable economic circumstances, who may be willing to share their experience where it would be most useful. The purpose of the International Education Corps is to facilitate the match between these needs and resources.
- The International Education Corps (IEC) is a group of professional specialists and educators with a broad range of experience who are willing to share their expertise, training and wisdom with partners in developing countries. The nucleus of the Corps is a group of senior experts in academia, private industry and government who serve as volunteer advisors in partner nations. The scope of our expertise is listed in “Areas of Expertise.”
- The IEC mission is to advise and assist host countries in uplifting the physical environment, facilitating use of technology, improving the health of the population, supporting economic development and promoting education.
- Key to our vision is informal mentorship at a very high level wherein the IEC offers a community of expertise, experience, and wisdom for a developmental relationship to its partners throughout the world. Through the IEC, host countries and organizations have access to a continuum of expert advice and educational services.
- After a match is made and expectations are made clear, our specialists provide advice and assistance, face-to-face and pro bono, to address partner needs and IEC areas of expertise. IEC members are carefully vetted and trained to pay concerted attention to the host country and it’s identified objectives. To assure continuity, after an on-site visit, IEC members remain available to provide help for subsequent emerging needs. Follow-up and information exchange are available through access to the IEC website.
- The International Education Corps (IEC) and its members take on a wide variety of short-term, consulting and research projects. We tend to focus on the issues that arise when institutions are undergoing rapid change and development or are in transition from one type of organization to another.
- Projects and consultancies are developed through on-going communication and are always the choice and decision of the institution. Projects, led by highly experienced, U.S.-based experts, can be general in nature or highly specific, and are as varied as questions of institutional governance, strategic and operational planning, program development and design, financial management and controls, and evaluation strategies.
- While we generally limit our projects to short-term consultancies and approaches, many do evolve into long-term mentoring relationships. We believe these relationships are a natural outcome of successful projects and which we use as one measure of our long-term impact upon the institution. Follow-up and information exchanges are available through access to the IEC website.
- After a match is made and expectations are clarified, our specialists provide advice and assistance, face-to-face and pro bono, to address partner needs and IEC areas of expertise. IEC members are carefully vetted and trained to pay concerted attention to the host institution and it’s identified objectives. T
The IEC has sent missions to Namibia, Vietnam, Mexico, Brazil, Cameroon, Poland and China.. The IEC is a 501-c-3 non-profit corporation. The IEC actively seeks support from individuals, foundations and institutions.