PBI is currently running 5 projects in 2 continents : 3 projects in Latin America (Colombia, Guatemala and Mexico) and 2 in Asia (Nepal and Indonesia)
The French department of Peace Brigades International manages the coordination and the development of warning and response networks, monitors projects on the field and fundraising and looks for new volunteers.
Even if each project has its particularities, the work of volunteers follows the same priorities :
- Offer support and protective accompaniment to human rights defenders, groups or individuals threatened with violence ;
- Develop a thorough analysis of the political situation by listening to the widest possible range of viewpoints and experiences while respecting needs for confidentiality ;
- Report to the outside world a non-partisan analysis of the situation as seen on the ground in the area ;
- Encourage actions to reduce the level of violence ;
- Meet regularly with local and national civil and military authorities and embassies to raise concerns regarding human rights abuses as they affect the organisations accompanied.
- A clear understanding of and commitment to nonviolence.
- foreign language skills - fluent Spanish is essential for working in Mexico, Guatemala and Colombia. The Indonesia team uses English but all volunteers are required to learn Bahasa Indonesian before joining the team. For those who don’t speak Bahasa Indonesian the Indonesia Project covers the costs of a three month language course.
- discretion and diplomacy
- maturity – volunteers are usually over the age of 25
- resilience - the ability to work effectively under pressure.
- knowledge and understanding of the history, politics and culture of the country where you are working.
- cross-cultural skills and sensitivity - the ability to work with people of different cultures, demonstrated through previous intercultural experience.
- able to make a minimum commitment of one year.
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