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:  Send $150 deposit and completed delegation application, delegation waiver, and parental consent form to:

Witness for Peace Southeast

PO Box 12123

Raleigh, NC 27605

Application Deadline: May 31, 2016

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

Start: July 22, 2016
End: July 31, 2016
Cost: $1,300

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

October 7, 2016 – October 10, 2016

SOA Watch Border Mobilization

SOA Watch is heading to Nogales, Arizona/Sonora October 7-10 for its first Border Mobilization. More details will be posted on the event facebook page.

Start: October 7, 2016
End: October 10, 2016
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