Participants who complete the U.S. training will receive a start date and be matched with a Sponsoring Community that will provide financial and personal support. Upon entry into the international accompaniment project in Guatemala, known as ACOGUATE, volunteers will receive additional project training. There is a fee for the U.S. training to cover food, lodging, and programming. This fee and all travel expenses, can covered by accompanier fundraising; NISGUA provides individualized and group fundraising support to all accompaniers.
We believe international solidarity requires the participation of communities who are similarly impacted by the same global systems that violate human rights and threaten those working for true self-determination and justice in Guatemala, as well as their allies. Applications from people of color, indigenous/indigenous descent, poor/working class, women, LGBTQI people, and candidates with strong anti-racism/ally experience will be prioritized; all are encouraged to apply. Application for training fee relief is available upon request.
For additional program information, please visit http://nisgua.org/gap/.
Upon submission of your application, please send a detailed resume to email@example.com. Include your paid and unpaid work experience, volunteer/activism/other social change work, as well as your education. You can expect a confirmation of receipt of your application; please note that only applicants selected for interview will be contacted.
Most accompaniers spend time in both urban and rural environments in Guatemala. When visiting rural areas, you will likely encounter accommodations with limited/no electricity or running water. Sleeping accommodations may be on wooden planks. Medical attention is generally available in areas we visit through community health promoters, but access to formal clinics or hospitals is limited. Travel outside of urban environments can involve transportation by river, boat, pick-up truck, or old school bus; these frequently involve long periods of standing or constrained sitting. There are communities accompaniers visit that are not on a road and require several hours to reach on foot. Some are in hot, humid climates. Hiking in rough terrain may be required. A significant portion of an accompanier's time is spent in the Guatemala City office; accommodations provided in Guatemala City are bunk beds in close quarters, with very limited privacy. Security considerations in-country will limit movement; for example, volunteers are asked not to walk after dark in the Guatemala City. Gastrointestinal and mosquito-borne illnesses are common in both urban and rural contexts. Specialty doctors and medications available in Guatemala City may be limited. All accompaniers are expected to have travel insurance and the cost is included in the monthly stipend budget. GAP provides intentional, one-on-one, program-wide support to all accompaniers in meeting their wellness needs, in preparation for departure and during accompaniment.
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