April 27, 2014 – May 7, 2014

Sustainable Communities: Agriculture, Healthcare, and Education in Cuba

PageLines- CUBA.jpgJoin Witness for Peace Southeast on our people-to-people licensed* delegation to Cuba!

The collapse of the Soviet Union and the tightening of the U.S. embargo in the 1990’s left Cubans with limited access to agricultural and pharmaceutical imports. Without the petroleum that their economy and infrastructure had relied on, Cubans were forced to re-imagine their way of life. Today, 80 percent of produce that Cubans eat comes from local agriculture. In 2006, the World Wildlife Fund declared that Cuba is the only country in the world that qualifies as developing sustainably. The difficulty of obtaining medicine has encouraged the widespread use of complementary and alternative medicines, which are integrated into the medical curriculum in Cuba. Like healthcare, education is public and free for all citizens, and literacy is at 99.8%. At the core of Cuba’s remarkable development is an emphasis on community. Join us as we explore the possibilities of building sustainable communities!

On this delegation, you will:

  • Research Cuban national priorities including universal education, healthcare, and sustainable agriculture.
  • Investigate the effects of the embargo on Cuban life.
  • Learn about the rise of organic farming in Cuba since the fall of the Soviet Union and see how it has improved the lives of millions of Cuban citizens.
  • Visit local communities, labor collectives, and cooperatives that demonstrate how  ordinary Cubans are engaging in sustainable development.
  • Learn about preventative healthcare practices, alternative therapies, and food security.

*All participants must adhere to a full-time schedule of educational exchange activities that will result in meaningful interactions between the travelers and individuals in Cuba. 

View the delegation flyer here.

Cost: $1,600 (plus airfare)  Includes all preparations, meals, lodging, interpretation, transportation within Cuba, reading, and  activist tools.

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

Witness for Peace Southeast

PO Box 12123

Raleigh, NC 27605

Or apply and pay the deposit online here and email application to emily@witnessforpeace.org.

Application Deadline: March 15, 2014

For information about scholarships and fundraising, contact Emily at emily@witnessforpeace.org.

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

June 20, 2014 – June 29, 2014

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

Join Witness for Peace Southeast as we visit Colombia!

PageLines- Colombia.jpgIn 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:

  • See for yourself one of the most beautiful and bio-diverse countries in the world and experience Colombian hospitality, culture, and cuisine.
  • Witness the impact of U.S. corporations on the environment, labor, and way of life.
  • Explore how global demand for energy is destroying food sources, the environment, and communities.  Visit a region facing devastation due to irresponsible corporate practices.
  • Meet with local economists, labor unions, Colombian NGOs, and Afro-Colombian and indigenous communities who are leading local grassroots movements for sustainable development.
  • 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: May 15, 2014

For information about scholarships and fundraising, please contact Kristen.

Start: June 20, 2014 8:00 am
End: June 29, 2014 5:00 pm
Cost: $1,450

July 12, 2014 – July 26, 2014

Fabric and Fair Trade Teen Delegation to Nicaragua

2012-Nicaragua-teen-delagation.jpgJoin Witness for Peace Southeast’s 23rd 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

View the delegation flyer here.

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

Cost: $1,300 (plus airfare)  Includes ground transportation, meals, lodging, interpretation, and reading materials.

Apply: Send $150 deposit and completed application to:

Witness for Peace Southeast

PO Box 12123

Raleigh, NC 27605

Application Deadline: May 31, 2014

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

Start: July 12, 2014 8:00 am
End: July 26, 2014 5:00 pm
Cost: $1,300
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