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Peace Brigades International

http://www.pbiusa.org
Mission Statement: Peace Brigades International works to establish justice and peace in the world through nonviolent action. To do this we send unarmed international peace teams, when invited, into areas of repression or conflict. By so doing, we challenge the belief that violent institutions and warfare must inevitably dominate human affairs. PBI demonstrates that as international volunteer, citizens can act boldly as peacemakers when their governments cannot. Through its activities, PBI learns about, develops, and models forms of nonviolent action in the spirit of Gandhi’s experiments with truth.

Programs: PBI currently fields volunteers to five project countries: Guatemala, Mexico, Colombia, Indonesia & Nepal. Field volunteers provide protective accompaniment for individuals and organizations who are threatened for their work in human rights. Field volunteers come from a array of backgrounds and experiences, with interests in human rights, nonviolence, and peace & justice. Our volunteers serve a minimum of 12 months in-country. Latin American projects require Spanish language fluency; our Indonesia & Nepal projects both have a three month in-country language school.

Opportunities: Each project maintains its own application deadlines & norms – visit PBI-USA’s website for links to your project of interest. PBI-USA hosts a Volunteer Orientation Weekend twice a year for those interested in volunteering to learn more about PBI and our work on the ground. There is always need for volunteers – contact info@pbiusa.org for more information on upcoming application deadlines!

 

Volunteers for Peace

http://www.vfp.org
Volunteers For Peace offers placement in international volunteer projects in more than 100 countries, including the United States. As part of the international voluntary service movement Volunteers for Peace participants work with volunteers from at least 4-5 other countries on grassroots-identified projects to enhance local communities. This unique approach to international volunteering provides intercultural education in a service learning environment. The sharing of everyday life, both with the local community and among the international volunteers, is an integral part of the learning and serving experience. Most of our volunteer projects last 2-3 weeks, however we do offer a selection of medium and long-term placements. Participants can volunteer with kids, teach English, restore the environment or assist with social projects such as HIV/AIDS awareness.