June 13, 2015 – June 27, 2015

Fair Trade Teen Delegation to Nicaragua


Join Witness for Peace Southeast’s 24th 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: $1,300 (plus airfare)  Includes ground transportation, meals, lodging, interpretation, and reading materials.

Apply:  Send $150 deposit and completed delegation application and parental consent form 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: June 13, 2015 8:00 am
End: June 27, 2015 5:00 pm
Cost: $1,300

August 22, 2015 – August 31, 2015

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
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