The Melanesian Institute,through its Education Unit, offers annual Cultural Orientation Courses (COC) for expatriates missionaries (3-week Course in January) and overseas NGO workers in varying fields or projects (5-day Course in September), and offers thematic and block courses upon request from interested missionary societies, seminaries, universities, NGOs, state and civil agencies (see Course). It also conducts workshops and enhances critical consciousness of grassroots communities by empowering local communities with research and analytical skills (see Field School).