Want to volunteer for PBI? PBI Guatemala is currently recruiting field volunteers - and the moment couldn't be more urgent.
It has been a difficult year for Guatemala. A wave of assassinations of land rights defenders has viscerally demonstrated the human rights crisis in the country and the dangers associated with standing up for community rights and territories. With President Morales' decision not to renew the mandate of the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG), the situation could get even worse. Now more than ever, it is vital that we stand shoulder to shoulder with Guatemalan human rights defenders in their struggles for justice.
The deadline for applications is 3 December. For more information on requirements, FAQs and how to apply, visit PBI Guatemala's application page.
"PBI for me has been a uniquely challenging and rewarding experience. The wide range of tasks the field volunteers undertake obliges every team member to develop skills in new areas, and the reality of living and working by consensus with the same ten people 24 hours a day requires an uncommon patience. The rewards are “colleagues” who become like family, a privileged access into the complexities of a troubled country, a wealth of learning, and a warm bond with defenders who have suffered more and struggled harder than I can truly comprehend. Their bravery and determination were inspirations throughout my year but it was their humanity – the stories, jokes and peculiarities of each defender I got to know – that will remain with me most and convinced me that perhaps the most important aspect of PBI's presence is simply solidarity."