Total Cost: $1300 plus airfare
Total due: June 06, 2013
Deposit due: May 06, 2013
Witness for Peace has a long history of
leading delegations to Nicaragua. The WFP Southeast region has led youth
delegations to Nicaragua every summer for 20 years. Nicaragua is an ideal
destination for youth who want to experience a different culture and way of
living. It is a peaceful and beautiful country with abundant natural resources.
It is also the poorest country in Central America.
U.S. policies and corporate practices have
contributed to this extreme poverty. In
the 1980’s, the U.S. organized, trained and armed a Nicaraguan paramilitary
group that came to be known as the Contras. The resulting war left thousands of innocent Nicaraguans dead, and the
country’s infrastructure in tatters. Currently, Nicaragua is party to the
Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA), which encourages Nicaragua to
compete globally by attracting foreign investment with cheap and abundant
labor. These companies set up factories, or maquilas, where many Nicaraguans
work in harsh conditions for little pay.
A Witness for Peace Southeast youth
delegation to Nicaragua will introduce you to Nicaraguan people and culture,
teach you about the realities of free and fair trade, give you the skills to be
an advocate for social justice, and allow you to explore some of Nicaragua’s
most beautiful attractions while developing life-long friendships with other high
Applicants must be between the ages of 15 and
19 to apply.
On this delegation you can expect to:
- Discover the history of Nicaragua.
- Stay with Nicaraguan families in urban
Managua and rural Ramon Garcia.
- Learn about the impacts of trade policy
- Visit a maquila (factory) to witness working
- Meet with maquila workers who will share with
us the realities of working long hours for little pay.
- Explore the benefits of fair trade.
- Visit beautiful national forests, mountains,
- Meet other young adults working for social
- Visit the U.S. Embassy to advocate for fair
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