International Human Rights Observer / Accompanier
- Volunteer Opportunity posted by Guatemala Accompaniment Project
Full time (30+ hrs/wk)
Long-Term (6 months-1 year)
Who are international human rights observers, also known as accompaniers?
Accompaniers provide an international presence to Guatemalans organizing in defense of their rights in a variety of contexts, including precedent-setting transitional justice cases and local opposition to mega-projects. Accompaniers work in pairs, travel frequently in both urban and rural areas, observe and report on the human rights situation, and provide a link to the international community. NISGUA trains volunteers and matches them with groups in the U.S. that support the accompanier’s stay both financially and personally.
Candidates should have:
- Applications from people who are multiracial/people of color, indigenous/of indigenous descent, poor/working class, queer will be prioritized. All are encouraged to apply.
- The ability to document and analyze events and conditions in order to produce quality written reports and educational materials.
- Cultural sensitivity; excellent judgment skills; ability to work flexibly in dynamic, changing situations; resourcefulness in self-care and relational dynamics.
- A high level of verbal and written Spanish or the ability to develop it with six weeks of intensive study.
- A familiarity with the history of Central America/U.S. relations, the current situation in Guatemala, and a basic understanding of human rights/accompaniment.
- Previous experience in Latin America (especially rural areas) strongly preferred.
- Awareness of security issues, willingness to work in a situation which might involve risk, interest in individual and team analysis.
- Familiarity with or willingness to learn strategies for grassroots fundraising and education in the US.
- Six month minimum commitment and a strong connection to a U.S. community is required.
Benefits include: Lodging provided at our main office in Guatemala City, with health insurance and most in-country travel expense covered by a small monthly stipend. Individual fundraising also required.
About GAP: The Guatemala Accompaniment Project (GAP) of the Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala (NISGUA) trains and places qualified candidates as human rights accompaniers. NISGUA is one of many organizations around the world that employs accompaniment as a vital tool in the global struggle for the respect of human rights. In the Guatemalan context, accompaniment is one tool of many accessed by grassroots Guatemalan organizations to defend themselves against the threats, harassment, and violence they face in their work in defense land and life and towards their visions of justice.
Training will be held in June 2019, with placements throughout the rest of 2019 and 2020.
- Stipend Provided
- Training Provided
- Housing Available
- Language/Cultural Support Available
- International Volunteers
How To Apply
Final application deadline for June 2019 Training: March 15, 2019.
Rolling applications are accepted; applicants are recommended to apply as soon as possible.
Placement start dates are available from Fall 2019 to mid-2020.
Please send applications to Martha Schmitz at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information or to apply, please visit our website: http://www.nisgua.org/get_involved/join_gap/