There are many ways to get involved in the work of FOR Peace Presence and we would love to have your support! You can take action from your home or come work with our team in Colombia.
Take Action from your Home
- Become a volunteer translator
- Host a house party to show a video and raise funds for the project
- Set up a webinar at your local college, high school, church or social justice group in which people can hear directly from our accompaniers and social society leaders in Colombia
- Staff a table about FOR Peace Presence at an alternative job fair or social justice event in your area, collecting names for our rapid response network in case of emergency
- Go on a delegation
- Host a speaking tour
- Post flyers around town about our upcoming delegations, volunteer training or speaking tour
If you are interested in any of these ideas or have ideas of your own, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us!
Apply to Work on Our Team as an International Accompanier
We are looking for new volunteers to be part of our team in Colombia, joining the team in summer 2017 or later! Please contact us if you are interested. We will publish a deadline for applications in 2017. Successful applicants will be invited to a phone interview, followed by a week long training in summer 2017 in Bogotá. The training is a mutual discernment process and will determine whether the applicant is invited to join the team.
- Provide international protective and political accompaniment to our partner organizations and movements throughout Colombia. This includes ongoing information gathering and security analysis as a permanent human rights observer in conflict zones.
- Work to uphold human rights and international humanitarian law through supporting the FOR Peace Presence Coordination with political advocacy with the diplomatic core in Bogota.
- Help grow a global grassroots solidarity network to support nonviolent peace initiatives in Colombia through delegations, speaking tours, short videos, written articles and other social media outlets.
- A clear understanding of and commitment to nonviolence.
- Proficiency in both Spanish and English.
- A strong commitment to teamwork.
- Minimum commitment of one year.
- Minimum 24 years of age to apply.
- Resilience, the ability to work effectively under intense pressure and stress.
- Willingness to live in an extremely rural environment.
- Sensitivity to and the ability to work with people of different cultures demonstrated through previous experience with people of another culture. Experience in the field is an asset, but is not required. Familiarity with rural communities is also helpful.
- Familiarity with consensus decision-making.
- Ability to represent the project in a professional and appropriate manner, in a wide variety of settings.
- Ability to track and analyze information that is pertinent to the safety of volunteers, the need for external support, and/or the opportunities for enhancing the work.
- Basic computer skills.
- Reasonable proficiency with writing reports, summarizing information, and capturing stories through anecdotes or interviews, is highly recommended. Some familiarity with photography is recommended.
- Other skills that may be useful but are not required include experience with first aid, translating and interpreting, cooking, and other skills of daily life.
- A good working knowledge of the current situation in Colombia is highly recommended.
Team members are expected to do outreach and share their experience (speaking, writing) after service in Colombia.
FOR Peace Presence covers basic living expenses (food, lodging, and travel when doing FOR work) in the field during the term of service, in addition to providing a monthly stipend and health insurance.
FOR Peace Presence will provide extensive training, which includes the following: reading materials, FOR Peace Presence-led training sessions in Colombia, self-study plans, and where appropriate attendance at conferences, classes or trainings on specific topics. In addition to training, each qualified applicant will be interviewed. The interview and training process is a mutual-discernment process — to help the applicant decide if serving in this project is a commitment he or she would like to make, and to help FOR Peace Presence determine if he or she is adequately prepared for the experience. At the end of the training the applicant and FORPP jointly whether the applicant is invited to join the team.
How to Apply
For any questions and/or to submit a completed application with three references, please write Peter Cousins at email@example.com with a copy to Maren Kraushaar at firstname.lastname@example.org. We accept applications continously and will invite successful applicants to a phone interview followed by a week long training in the summer 2017 in Bogotá. The training is a mutual discernment process and will determine whether the applicant is invited to join the team.
Download Your Documents Here
Formulario de Referencia en Español.doc