VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY – Education in Action project Guatemala, February - March 2019

Education in Action inspires people in meaningful solidarity with Guatemala.

The Education in Action project, supported by the PSAC Social Justice Fund, engages members and other Canadians to deepen their understanding of Guatemala and to build solidarity with Mayan communities.

PSAC Social Justice Fund (SJF) is organizing a 12-person delegation to travel to Guatemala in the spring of 2019 to work with, and learn from grass roots organizations empowering communities.

The project is open to all PSAC members and other Canadians, who are able to cover their own expenses (see application).

  • Participation fee (US) $625 (Fee covers all travel in Guatemala, accommodations and meals)
  • Participants are responsible for the cost of airfare from Canada to Guatemala and return.

SJF Subsidy program:

The PSAC Social Justice Fund is offering subsidies to: four PSAC members - young workers (18–35 years). If you are a young worker (18–35 years) and are interested in being part of a delegation on an Education project, please complete the application form attached. SJF will subsidize up to $2,500 for travel, food and accommodation. The subsidy does not cover the loss of salary. Members who receive a subsidy from the PSAC Social Justice Fund, will be asked to write an article on a specific topic upon their return to Canada.  This article will be posted on the PSAC Social Justice Fund website.

All participants are required to participate in two separate days of orientation prior to travelling, and another session upon returning, to reflect and share experiences. These sessions take place on Saturdays and are done via Skype (Go-to-Meeting).

History: Roberto Miranda (1955-2011), PSAC activist and founder of the Education in Action project wanted to share with union members, this unique opportunity to work with and learn from communities and farmers of the Campesino Committee of the Highlands (CCDA), a grassroots cooperative working to improve their livelihoods. The CCDA has been defending the economic, social and cultural rights of the Mayan people since 1982, struggling for equitable land distribution, carrying out sustainable agricultural development and encouraging the economic empowerment of women. The CCDA also produces the cooperatively produced and fairly traded coffee, Café Justicia; sold by volunteers across Canada and sponsored by the PSAC Social Justice Fund. All proceeds are returned to the CCDA to help support their programs such as the salary of a full-time school teacher, improving access to potable water and food security for the population.

For more information and an application form, see the attached document.

Please return your completed application by October 31, 2018 to: PSAC Social Justice Fund, 233 Gilmour Street, Ottawa ON  K2P 0P1, C/O Janet St-Jean, stjeanj@psac-afpc.com or 613-560-2974