How to Customize a Delegation
Witness for Peace Delegations can be customized to fit the needs of your organization, university, or church. Delegation coordinators work with in-country facilitators, also known as International Team Leaders, to design delegation content and itineraries.
The following are examples of various delegation themes.
New Beginnings: Bolivia Returns to Indigenous Rule
Join us in
an exciting and groundbreaking Witness for Peace delegation to Bolivia! In 23
years we have led over 700 successful delegations to Latin America and the
Caribbean to better understand the effects of US policy on the people.For nearly half a millennium, Bolivia has been colonized and its
resources exploited without benefit to the country's majority indigenous
population.An indigenous president has
been elected and a new social order is emerging in South
America's poorest nation.Come and see for yourself the rebirth of this nation and the evolution
of a society.There will be a special focus on indigenous
rights, natural gas and drug policies.
The People Behind the Coal
delegation will follow the trail of the coal that supplies power to New
England, meeting with human rights activists, trade unionists, members of
Afro-Colombian and indigenous communities, and others affected by coal
production in Colombia.We will explore
how we as consumers can work in solidarity with communities and organizations
to hold corporations accountable for human rights.
Colombia & U.S. Foreign Policy: The War Rages...Fueled by U.S. Money, U.S. Soldiers and by SOA Training
Put a human face on the tactics taught at SOA (now renamed the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation or WHINSEC.) Survey the human side of Colombia's four-decade long social and armed conflict- a war perpetuated by U.S. intervention and multi-national corporations like Occidental Petroleum.
Globalization and Coffee:The Impact of Free Trade and Fair Trade on Colombian Farmers
Learn about the historical context of Colombia
and the economic and political roots of the inequality and conflict that exist
today. Visit an indigenous coffee cooperative and gain first-hand knowledge of
coffee farming and the challenges that small-scale Colombian farmers face every
day. Stay in homes of coffee farmers in a cooperative participating in Fair
Trade. Learn about Fair Trade and the background of coffee farming in Colombia. Meet
with experts and activists to hear their analyses of U.S.
policy in Colombia.
Globalization: At What Human Cost?
Despite promises that corporate-led globalization and regional free trade agreements like NAFTA will alleviate poverty and support dignified and sustainable development, the case of Mexico illustrates otherwise. Learn how Mexican small farmers, workers, indigenous people, women and men are impacted by free trade and the resistance strategies they have adopted to construct a healthier and more just future.
Mexico Between Two Borders: Free Trade & Migration
Learn about policies that are driving people to increasingly dangerous border crossings in search of a way to sustain the families they’ve left behind. Travel to southern Mexico to see first-hand the effect of U.S policies and how they have contributed to migration. Learn from activists, farmers, and women about what the effects of migration have been on daily life, and how people are creating alternatives in Mexico that allow for men, women, and children to construct viable and healthy lives at home.
Biodiversity, GMOs, and Food Sovereignty
Mexico is considered one of the few biologically “mega-diverse” countries in the world and has become a place of intense debate over the use of natural resources and the introduction of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), such as GMO corn. The impacts of GMOs on health, culture, and the environment should not be underestimated. The country’s biodiversity is an extremely valuable cultural and ecological resource, but is also highly valued as an economic resource by transnational companies. Learn about the threats of corporate involvement and how indigenous communities in Chiapas and Oaxaca are defending native foods and resources.
Health Care and Human Rights in Indigenous Communities
group of concerned and committed students, physicians, health care workers, and
others interested in health and human rights in Latin America.
Organized by Witness for Peace SW (WFPSW), the delegation will travel to Nicaragua’s AtlanticCoast
region to engage in clinical care and health education and outreach to
medically-underserved communities. Delegates will learn first-hand about the
unique social, cultural, political, and economic issues affecting the health
and well-being of Nicaragua’s
Inter-Cultural Teen Delegation to Nicaragua
This delegation will focus on the economic
reality in Nicaragua
and the impact of the World Bank and International Monetary policies on the
Nicaraguan people.You will have a
unique opportunity to meet with community leaders, visit schools and health
centers and celebrate with a Christian base community. We will also visit the
beautiful beaches, lakes and mountains of Nicaragua
From D.C. to Venezuela
Witness for Peace and our Venezuelan contacts
believe that this is a time of hope in Venezuela
but current U.S.
policy is contributing to polarization and destabilization.As WfP has seen in other countries, like Nicaragua and Haiti,
whenever a people-oriented government orients its economy to serve the needs of
its own instead of U.S.
corporations, the CIA and its overt arm, the “National Endowment for Democracy”
seeks to topple it. We invite you to join this WFP delegation with face to face
meetings in Washington, DC
-- with the power institutions that historically have controlled Latin America
-- and then travel to Venezuela
to see the situation for yourself.
Breaking the Code of Media Disinformation
Peace and our Venezuelan contacts across the political spectrum believe that
current U.S. policy and
posture is contributing to one of the single most serious problems facing Venezuela
today: deep polarization. Witness for Peace recognizes that the political
environment of U.S./Venezuela relations is complex.Our history and credibility in navigating
complex political situations in Latin America offers us a role in influencing U.S. policy in
this politically polarized situation. Come
to Venezuela and
learn first hand whether U.S.
mainstream media presents the truth or biased misinformation. A contact in Venezuela recently told WfP, “We welcome U.S. citizens who want to hear the
Move Beyond the Rhetoric
the rhetoric from Washington
to experience the reality Venezuelans are living today. Research U.S. policy of
funding opposition groups and statements aimed at undermining the Chavez
administration. A special focus will be on the relationship between Venezuela, Cuba,
and the United States.
We will learn about the “oil for doctors’ exchange between Venezuela and Cuba, and will visit facilities
where Cuban doctors work with their Venezuelan counterparts.