Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Human Rights Accompaniers in Guatemala

The Guatemalan Accompaniment Project (GAP) of the Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala (NISGUA) trains and places qualified volunteers as human rights accompaniers. Accompaniers work as human rights observers, providing an international presence alongside Guatemalans organizing in defense of their rights, including precedent- setting genocide trials and local opposition to mega-projects.  
Accompaniment is one tool used in response to the threats, harassment  and violence faced by survivors of Guatemala’s 36-year-long internal  armed conflict, grassroots organizations working for justice, and  indigenous communities defending their right to life and territory.
 
For more information and an application, visit: nisgua.org/get_involved/join_gap
 
Next training: January 2016 in Bay Area, CA
Application Deadline: October 15, 2015
 
 
The role of human rights accompaniers:
 
Accompaniers work as human rights observers, providing an international presence to Guatemalans  organizing in defense of their rights in a variety of contexts, including precedent-setting genocide  cases and local opposition to mega-projects. Accompaniers work in pairs, travel between the capital and rural  regions, connect with a diversity of organizations, observe and report on conditions, monitor the human rights  situation and provide a crucial link to the international community. NISGUA trains volunteers and matches them with groups in the U.S. that support the accompanier’s stay, both financially and personally.
 
Candidates should have:
 
·      The ability to document and analyze events and conditions in order to produce quality written reports and educational materials
·      Cultural sensitivity, excellent judgment skills, physical stamina, ability to work flexibly in dynamic and changing situations, resourceful in self-care and relational dynamics
·      A high level of verbal and written Spanish or the ability to develop it with six weeks of intensive study
·      A familiarity with the history of Central America/U.S. relations, the current situation in Guatemala,  and a basic understanding of human rights and accompaniment
·      Previous experience in Latin America (especially rural areas) strongly preferred
·      Awareness of security issues, a willingness to work in a situation which might involve risk, and an  interest in individual and team analysis
 
Benefits:  A monthly stipend is provided to cover in-country costs, health insurance, and a portion of pre-departure expenses.
 
About GAP:
NISGUA is one of many organizations around the world that employs accompaniment as a vital tool in the global struggle for the respect for human rights, and supports qualified volunteers through its Guatemala  Accompaniment Project (GAP). We are committed to growing GAP’s inclusion of people in the U.S. who are similarly impacted by the systems that put Guatemalan human rights defenders at risk; women, people of  color, LGBTQ people, and individuals who are involved with U.S. social movements are strongly encouraged to apply.
 
Next training: January 2016 in Bay Area, CA
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis - apply early!
Final Application Deadline: October 15, 2015
Placements are available throughout 2016, with a six-month minimum commitment required.
 
For more information:  www.nisgua.org/get_involved/join_gap 



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