NISGUA Guatemala Accompaniment Project Application 2020
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GAP Application and Placement Process
We are currently selecting candidates for the 2020 volunteer cycle. By completing and returning this application form you will be applying to participate in the Guatemala Accompaniment Project (GAP), a program of the Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala/NISGUA. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Please submit:
* this application
* a detailed resume to gap@nisgua.org, including your paid and unpaid work experience, volunteer/activism/other social change work, as well as your education.
* two completed reference forms, sent by your references

You can expect a confirmation of receipt of your application; please note that only applicants selected for interview will be contacted. Applicants chosen to move forward in the selection process will be invited for a 1-2 hour interview and may then move onto a second interview. Selected candidates will be invited to NISGUA’s Social Justice Institute in Berkeley. This institute will train applicants to accompany in Guatemala, as well as strengthen U.S. organizing strategies relevant to international accompaniment.

Participants who complete the U.S. training will receive a start date and be matched with a Sponsoring Community that will provide financial, personal, and organizing support. Upon joining the accompaniment project in Guatemala, 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 be 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 self-determination and justice, 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/
Full Name *
Preferred name and preferred gender pronoun (in English and Spanish) *
Email *
Current Address *
Cell/Home/Work Phone *
Permanent Address (if different than above)
Date of Birth *
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U.S. Passport Number, issue date, and date of expiration *
Date available for accompaniment (Training is in early 2020, placements are available for later that year) *
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Are you available for a January 2020 training in Berkeley, CA? *
Length of commitment (minimum six months) *
How did you find out about GAP? *
HEALTH INFORMATION
NISGUA is committed to disability justice. We strive to make accompaniment accessible and also acknowledge that the conditions of accompaniment are not accessible for all bodies. We believe it is important to be transparent about the accompaniment environment, while being respectful of the conditions in which our Guatemalan partners live and work. We require a pre-departure medical exam to assess basic fitness for travel. If you have questions about access needs, environmental factors or other considerations that are specific to your mind, body, and heart, and you would like to know prior to applying, please feel free to contact us at gap@nisgua.org.

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.

Please take these living/working/traveling conditions into account when considering your wellness and please share anything you would like us to know.
How would you describe your general health and wellness? *
Do you have any health and wellness considerations you would like us to know about? *
RELATED EXPERIENCE
Describe your experience visiting or residing, and/or your ancestral experience in the global south, especially Guatemala or other Latin American countries. *
What is your experience with anti-oppression, liberatory, or power/privilege frameworks? How might these ideas be relevant to international accompaniment? *
Have you ever lived in a community or group situation? If yes, please briefly describe your experience, mentioning both positive and challenging aspects. *
Summarize briefly your understanding of the present political/social/economic reality of Guatemala. What are the main issues affecting the social movements? What is your perception of the role of the U.S. government in Guatemala? *
What is your understanding of international accompaniment and how it functions? *
What experience do you have creating or using materials for educational, activist, and advocacy purposes? How would you educate people in the U.S. about issues related to accompaniment work in Guatemala? *
LANGUAGE SKILLS
If you are selected to interview, we will conduct an initial Spanish evaluation with you over the telephone. Accompaniers must be proficient in Spanish when they start work in Guatemala, but applicants who are not at this stage of language proficiency can study in an immersion program in Guatemala before starting accompaniment. We generally do not consider applicants who need more than six weeks intensive study to reach proficiency. NISGUA offers language study guidance for those who require language study. The accompanier covers the cost of Spanish study. Many accompaniers fundraise to cover this cost.
How would you rate your Spanish proficiency?
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Explique como aprendió el español y su experiencia en el aprendizaje del idioma. Favor de contestar en español. *
PERSONAL REFLECTIONS
What social and economic justice issues are you passionate about and why? *
Describe experiences you have had outside your cultural context, such as living alongside people of economic classes, ancestries, spiritual beliefs, etc, which were different from your own. What was positive about the experience? What was challenging about it? *
In what ways would you bring the experience of living and working as an accompanier back to the US? *
Please describe a situation in which you experienced heightened stress. How did you respond to these circumstances? What did you learn about your personal growth areas and your resilience? *
Please share something about your general well-being practices. How might you prepare for and sustain your wellness as an accompanier in Guatemala? *
Who are the most important people in your life, and what do they think about the possibility of you becoming an accompanier in Guatemala? Feel free to share what your people (long-term partner, children, chosen family, friends) think about you going to Guatemala, how you will manage separation from them and how you think your experience in Guatemala might impact your relationship. *
Upon submission of your application, please send a detailed resume to gap@nisgua.org. Include your paid and unpaid work experience, volunteer/activism/social change work, as well as your educational experience.
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Thank you for completing this application! Don't forget to send us your resume and to have your references send us their forms to gap@nisgua.org. If you have questions, you can also direct them to gap@nisgua.org. We will confirm receipt of your application and contact you further if you are selected for an interview.
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