International Human Rights Observer



Time Commitment

Full time (30+ hrs/wk)


Long-Term (6 months-1 year)


Ciudad Guatemala


Who are international human rights observers, also known as accompaniers?

Accompaniers work as human rights observers, providing 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 multiracial/people of color, indigenous/indigenous descent, poor/working class, queer people 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.


Stipend Provided

Training Provided

Housing Available

Language/Cultural Support Available

How To Apply

Our application, training and placement cycle for 2018 has closed.

Application deadline for 2019 Training: October 15, 2018.

Rolling applications are accepted; applicants are recommended to apply as soon as possible.

2019 placement start dates are available throughout the year.

Please send applications to Bridget Brehen at For more information and an application, please visit our website: