FW: Volunteer in Mexico
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Clay Lenhart [SMTP:lenhart@...]
> Sent: Saturday, July 10, 1999 8:54 PM
> Subject: Volunteer in Mexico
> Are you interested in volunteering for human rights in Mexico? This
> is a reminder that Peace Brigades International is conducting a
> training for prospective volunteers August 20 - 26 in Indiana. The
> deadline to apply is July 16th. Please see below for more
> information, or call us at (510) 663-2362. Thank you!
> VOLUNTEER FOR PEACE AND HUMAN RIGHTS!
> TRAINING DATES: August 20 - 26, 1999
> LOCATION: Lutheran Hills, Indiana
> COST: $200*
> APPLICATION DEADLINE: July 16, 1999
> * Scholarships may be available.
> WHAT IS PBI?
> Peace Brigades International (PBI) is an international, non-partisan,
> human rights and peace organization. Founded in 1981, PBI
> pioneered and practices a unique model for the protection and
> promotion of human rights - international accompaniment. PBI
> fields teams of international volunteers trained in nonviolence to
> accompany individuals and organizations persecuted as a result of
> their nonviolent efforts in pursuit of peace. PBI's "unarmed
> bodyguards" accompany threatened human rights leaders
> sometimes 24 hours a day - in the home, in the workplace, during
> public meetings - anywhere they might be targeted with political
> violence. Our volunteers (backed by a global Emergency
> Response Network) serve as a walking reminder of the international
> community's concern for the protection of human rights, and the
> pressure the international community is willing to exert in the event
> of an escalated threat. By deterring would-be human rights
> abusers from carrying out acts of violence, PBI creates "breathing
> space" - a greater democratic opening - for groups working
> nonviolently for social justice.
> To complement the work of accompaniment, PBI's volunteers
> cultivate diplomatic relations with all sides involved in a conflict,
> conduct workshops (upon request) on non-violence and conflict
> resolution, and disseminate first-hand field reports on the status of
> human rights for audiences worldwide.
> PBI'S MEXICO PROJECT
> In the fall of 1999, PBI will open a new peace team in Mexico, in
> response to petitions from several Mexican grassroots human
> rights groups in the states of Guerrero and Oaxaca. In preparation
> for the opening of this project, PBI is currently recruiting volunteers.
> If you are interested in joining PBI's Mexico team, please consider
> attending our upcoming training.
> WHAT IS THE TRAINING SESSION?
> The agenda will include sessions on the history of PBI, the
> principles of non-violence and non-partisanship, and political
> analysis of the Mexican context. In addition, participatory
> exercises and role-plays will engage participants in such areas as
> human rights monitoring, diplomacy, fear and stress management,
> and consensus decision-making. The session will be conducted
> entirely in Spanish. At the end of the training, each prospective
> volunteer will meet with the training team to jointly evaluate their
> suitability for the work. Scheduling for service is negotiated
> individually, considering the needs both of the peace team and of
> the individual volunteer.
> WHO CAN BE A PBI VOLUNTEER?
> PBI volunteers come from many countries, backgrounds and
> philosophical perspectives. They share a strong commitment to
> non-violence and a belief in the power of the local people to create
> more peaceful and just societies. PBI seeks volunteers ages 25
> and older. Volunteers must be able to commit to a minimum of 12
> months of service. Spanish fluency is required. Volunteers must
> complete a detailed application, with references, followed by a
> telephone interview before being accepted for the training session.
> For an application and more information, contact: