Wednesday, February 15, 2012

NEW DEADLINE! Honduras: Human Rights Accompaniment Training, June 2012 in Atlantic Canada

PLEASE NOTE: PROAH accepts applications on an ongoing basis from individuals who have been trained for human rights accompaniment in the recent past with organizations familiar to PROAH who have extensive experience in accompaniment work in a comparable context and fulfill the rest of the requirements mentioned above and in this PDF. Previously-trained volunteers who are accepted would not be required to participate in the June training in Canada, but would still have to participate in a week long in-country orientation. In-country orientations are scheduled to take place approximately every 6 weeks in Tegucigalpa. Contact Jenny Atlee at jennya@friendshipamericas.org for upcoming orientation dates.

The next training opportunity for people qualified and interested in doing volunteer human rights accompaniment work with the Honduras Accompaniment Project / Proyecto de Acompa├▒amiento internacional en Honduras (PROAH) will be held in collaboration with the Maritimes-Guatemala Breaking the Silence Network (BTS) in Nova Scotia, Canada, from June 24-27, 2012. This training is for individuals who have not be previously trained or worked as human rights accompaniers in a context comparable to PROAH's work in Honduras. Application deadline has been extended to April 30, 2012.

PROAH accompaniers are required to have fluency in Spanish, previous relevant experience in a Latin American context, commit to a minimum of 3 months accompaniment with the project (with a preference for 6 months to a year), participate in a human rights accompaniment training before leaving for Honduras, and participate in an in-country orientation in Honduras, prior to beginning their work with the project.

BTS has many years of successful experience training and supporting human rights accompaniers to work in Guatemala, and collaborated in a joint training with PROAH for the first time in June 2011. The training program is three nights and three days long and will be mostly in English with some sections in Spanish. The cost of the training is currently estimated at $535 CAD, plus your travel costs to and from Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia, though the training committee is currently fundraising to reduce those costs. We encourage people to seek support from a Honduras/Latin America solidarity committee, church, union, community group, student association, etc. in their area to help cover training costs. (If you feel that costs are a serious impediment to your participation in this training, please get in touch with Jenny at jennya@friendshipamericas.org as soon as possible – the Friendship Office cannot provide full support for training costs but can help you explore other options.)

After reading this PDF, if you are interested in participating in this training as preparation for accompaniment work with PROAH in Honduras, or your group or organization is interested in sponsoring a volunteer accompanier, please contact Jenny Atlee at jennya@friendshipamericas.org for an application form and more information.

Application deadline is now April 30th, 2012. Space is limited. Additional information regarding volunteering with the Honduras Accompaniment Project is available here.