PBI-Colombia seeks new field volunteers, deadline to apply is March 2

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The Peace Brigades International-Colombia Project has posted this call for field volunteers to accompany organizations, defenders and communities for a period of 18 months.

Key dates include:

March 2 – deadline to apply

March 4-30 – 90-minute personal interviews with applicants

May 8-12 – five-day virtual training/selection meeting

June-July – first grouping of new volunteers integrated into field teams in Colombia.

The period of service on the team is 18 months. Volunteers need to be fluent in Spanish and a minimum age of 25 is recommended to volunteer.

PBI-Colombia has noted: “Given the nature of PBI’s work, there are certain personal risks that are well-defined. Team members frequently accompany people who are under threat of all kinds of physical harm. Before applying, each aspiring volunteer should consider whether he or she is prepared to take these risks.”

The list of the organizations defenders and communities you could be accompanying with PBI-Colombia is here.

PBI-Colombia adds:

“Each field volunteer will be assigned to one of the project’s Field Teams (currently based in Apartadó, Barrancabermeja and Bogotá), and will have, among other conditions:

-Monthly stipend for individual expenses of 1,203,000 COP/month [about USD $300/month]

-Volunteers undertake to have as their only residence in Colombia during their volunteer period, the houses that are the headquarters of the Project, where all the expenses of accommodation, maintenance, telephone, internet, services, etc. are covered. The project also provides cell phone lines for each person for the needs of volunteers.

-Monthly Vacations/Days Off/Mental Health Rest Time according to project parameters.

-Financial support from the project for holiday travel to the country of origin.

-Full Health Insurance Coverage.

-Visa, vaccination and travel expenses covered due to the needs of the Project.

-Round trip from the country of origin.”

To read more about the application process, click here.

The application form is here.

If you are applying from Canada and have questions, you can also contact PBI-Canada coordinator Brent Patterson at brent@pbicanada.org.

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