July 3, 2017 – July 12, 2017

2017 Nicaragua Youth Delegation

Join Witness for Peace Southeast’s Annual Youth Delegation to Nicaragua!

David Reavis - cantera youth 07.16Witness for Peace has a long history of leading delegations to Nicaragua. The WFP Southeast region has led youth delegations to Nicaragua every summer since 1991. Nicaragua is an ideal destination for youth who want to experience a different culture and way of living. It is a peaceful and beautiful country with abundant natural resources. It is also the poorest country in Central America. Click here for detailed information about this delegation, which will take place July 3-12, 2017.

Start: July 3, 2017 8:00 am
End: July 12, 2017 5:00 pm

September 6, 2016 – September 15, 2016

Delegation to Colombia to Support a Just and Inclusive Peace Process

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2016 Delegation to Colombia to Support a Just and Inclusive Peace Process

Despite a historic peace accord, progressive social movements in Colombia advocate for a more integral understanding of peace: sustainable peace with justice, the deconstruction of systems of inequality, impunity, and injustice. It is time to respond to Colombian peoples’ request for international support and verification, through a large Witness for Peace delegation to Colombia in September. We will focus on:

• Understanding the peace process, its strengths and weaknesses, as well as getting some perspective on the conflict from Colombian peace advocates

• Connecting with communities that have been most impacted by the armed conflict (and who will be a key element of building peace on the ground) including Afro-Colombian populations,indigenous communities, displaced campesinos, and women.

• The impact of the US Free Trade Agreement and the Labor Action Plan

Click here for the delegation flyer.

Cost: Approximately $1,400 (plus airfare)  Includes ground transportation, meals, lodging, interpretation, and reading materials.

Apply:  Send $150 deposit and completed delegation application and delegation waiver to:

Witness for Peace Southeast

PO Box 12123

Raleigh, NC 27605

Application Deadline: July 15, 2016

For information about scholarships and fundraising, please contact office@wfpse.org.

Start: September 6, 2016
End: September 15, 2016
Cost: ~$1,400

July 22, 2016 – July 31, 2016

Fair Trade Teen Delegation to Nicaragua

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Join Witness for Peace Southeast’s Annual Teen Delegation to Nicaragua!

Witness for Peace has a long history of leading delegations to Nicaragua. The WFP Southeast region has led youth delegations to Nicaragua every summer for 20 years. Nicaragua is an ideal destination for youth who want to experience a different culture and way of living. It is a peaceful and beautiful country with abundant natural resources. It is also the poorest country in Central America.

U.S. policies and corporate practices have contributed to this extreme poverty.  In the 1980’s, the U.S. organized, trained and armed a Nicaraguan paramilitary group that came to be known as the Contras.  The resulting war left thousands of innocent Nicaraguans dead, and the country’s infrastructure in tatters. Currently, Nicaragua is party to the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA), which encourages Nicaragua to compete globally by attracting foreign investment with cheap and abundant labor. These companies set up factories, or maquilas, where many Nicaraguans work in harsh conditions for little pay.

A Witness for Peace Southeast youth delegation to Nicaragua will introduce you to Nicaraguan people and culture, teach you about the realities of free and fair trade, give you the skills to be an advocate for social justice, and allow you to explore some of Nicaragua’s most beautiful attractions while developing life-long friendships with other high school students.

Applicants must be between the ages of 15 and 19 to apply.

What to expect:

  • Discover the history of Nicaragua
  • Visit Managua and the Nicaraguan countryside
  • Stay with Nicaraguan families
  • Learn about the effects of trade policy in Central America
  • Explore the benefits of fair trade
  • Visit a beautiful national forest
  • Meet other amazing teens
  • Visit the U.S. embassy

Click on here for more details, and here for the delegation flyer.

This delegation is open to high school students ages 15-19.

Cost: Approximately $1,000 (plus airfare)  Includes ground transportation, meals, lodging, interpretation, and reading materials.

Apply online at: 

Witness for Peace

Or send $150 deposit and completed delegation applicationdelegation waiver, and parental consent form to: 

Witness for Peace

1616 P Street, NW, Suite 100

Washington, DC 20036

Application Deadline: June 30, 2016

For information about scholarships and fundraising, please contact office@wfpse.org.

Start: July 22, 2016
End: July 31, 2016
Cost: $1,000

August 22, 2015 – August 31, 2015

Colombia: Beyond Dollars and Pesos: The Real Cost of Free Trade in Colombia

Witness for Peace Delegation to Colombia!

Colombia Delegates with GM strikersIn the past 10 years, foreign investment in Colombia has increased enormously. The U.S-Colombia Free Trade Agreement was implemented in May 2012 despite Colombia’s status as the most dangerous country in the world for trade unionists. Yet many Colombians continue to suffer from ongoing economic, environmental, and cultural violence. International corporations profit while Colombians suffer violence and mass displacement. Visit Colombia, one of the most bio-diverse countries in the world, to learn more about the impact free trade policies have on average citizens, their communities, and their environment, and learn how you can advocate for fair and sustainable trade policies both at home and abroad.

On this delegation, you will:

  • Witness the impact of U.S. corporate and government policies.
  • Visit the port workers and learn about the impact of the U.S.-Colombian Free Trade Agreement and the related Labor Action Plan on them: see ways to build international solidarity on the docks.
  • Stand in solidarity with the people in the urban peace community of “Puente Nayero”, the first urban peace zone in Colombia.
  • Meet with injured GM workers on a 3 year strike, workers in the rose industry, indigenous leaders, women’s rights leaders and sugar cane cutters.
  • Learn how you can advocate for fair and sustainable trade policies both at home and abroad.

View the delegation flyer here

Cost: $1,450 (plus airfare)  Includes orientation, security training, translators, food, lodging, and ground transportation.

Apply: Send $150 deposit and completed Colombia Application to:

Witness for Peace Southeast

PO Box 12123

Raleigh, NC 27605

Application Deadline: June 15, 2015

For information about scholarships and fundraising, please contact Ron at office at wfpse dot org.

For information about Labor Rights in Colombia, you can listen to a radio program hosted by  John Welsh, one of our delegation coordinators, and a national Witness for Peace board member. Click here for original Spanish video, or here for the English version.

Start: August 22, 2015 8:00 am
End: August 31, 2015 5:00 pm
Cost: $1,450

April 27, 2014 – May 7, 2014

Sustainable Communities: Agriculture, Healthcare, and Education in Cuba

Start: April 27, 2014 8:00 am
End: May 7, 2014 5:00 pm
Cost: $1,600

May 25, 2013 – June 3, 2013

Roots of Migration Delegation to Oaxaca, Mexico

A joint delegation with Student Action with Farmworkers (SAF). Read the full report of our delegation here.

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Start: May 25, 2013
End: June 3, 2013
Venue: Oaxaca, Mexico
Cost: $1150 + airfare

January 18, 2013 – January 28, 2013

Report on the January 2013 Social Movements Delegation to Colombia

Read Executive Director Gail Phares’ report on the recent Social Movements Delegation in Colombia.

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Start: January 18, 2013 8:00 am
End: January 28, 2013 5:00 pm

May 19, 2012 – May 31, 2012

Report on the 2012 Roots and Realities of Migration: From Oaxaca to Alabama

We learned so much on our dual delegation to Mexico and Alabama. Read about this important delegation here.

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Start: May 19, 2012
End: May 31, 2012
Venue: Oaxaca, Mexico