The next PBI orientation weekend will be held the 19th-21st May 2017 at YHA Jordans in Buckinghamshire. The weekends run from Friday evening until Sunday afternoon and cost £80 waged, £70 low-waged and £60 unwaged (please see payment details at the bottom of the page); 

Places are limited. To register, please complete the form below, and return it to: emilyspence@peacebrigades.org.uk 

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If you have any queries about volunteering with PBI or the application and selection process, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions page. If you are unable to find an answer to your query there, please email Emily Spence at emilyspence@peacebrigades.org.uk

PBI’s orientation weekends provide a useful general introduction to the principles, aims and policies of Peace Brigades International. The weekend is designed to be an informative and enjoyable experience for anyone wanting to learn more about the work of PBI and international accompaniment. If you are applying to volunteer abroad on a PBI project, we recommend that you try to attend.

PBI UK organises 1-2 orientation weekends a year. The weekends are led by returned field volunteers and take the form of an intensive residential training over 2-3 days. Topics include:

• PBI's mandate, structure and projects
• Political analysis, consensus decision making
• Principles of non-violence, non-partisanship and non-interference
• Mechanisms of international accompaniment

These issues are explored through discussions, informative presentations, role-plays, team exercises, workshops and games. The weekend also gives time for self-evaluation; time to assess your personal abilities and suitability as a prospective volunteer.

"I found [the orientation weekend] stimulating, fascinating and really enjoyable. I found the philosophy and practice of PBI particularly heartening because it also underpins the work I do in conflict resolution and mediation. I was very impressed with the range of skills and qualities volunteers have and the highly skilled work they do in difficult circumstances." Liz Lawrence

If you are considering applying to volunteer on a PBI project or just would like to find out more about international accompaniment, the orientation weekend is a great way to learn about PBI within a PBI field team atmosphere. Attending this weekend does not mean that you have to make a commitment to the organisation, nor to joining a team.

The weekend is also a time for self-evaluation in terms of personal abilities and suitability to work in a PBI team. On the last day there will be an opportunity to undertake a more formal (but friendly) self-assessment in conjunction with the trainers.

The facilitators are experienced PBI volunteers, having worked for country groups, on field teams and international committees. Between them they bring a diversity and wealth of experience in working for human rights.

The weekends run from Friday evening until Sunday afternoon and cost £80 waged, £70 low-waged and £60 unwaged. Contact emilyspence@peacebrigades.org.uk to find out more or register for a place. 

Payments must be made via bank transfer to:
Peace Brigades International UK Section
Account Number: 50070611
Sort Code: 08-90-61