Young Worker’s Delegation 2011

Sign Up for CoDev’s Young Worker’s Delegation to Honduras and El Salvador! Nov 30th- Dec 9th, 2011

Part of CoDev’s mandate and partnership model is making links between Canadians and Latin Americans for mutual learning and solidarity. One of the best ways to deepen this understanding is through delegations: taking Canadians to Latin America to meet the partners they support and learn firsthand about their issues. Canadian participants inevitably CoDev Delegation to Colombia - Oct 2010return home with a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by their Latin American partners, a greater appreciation of their depth of knowledge and a strengthened commitment to engaging in solidarity here at home.

This type of commitment often extends to the workers’ involvement in their union in Canada as well, and the connections made during the trip are invaluable once back home.

We have included a tentative itinerary below of the trip to Honduras and El Salvador, which includes visiting two CoDev partners and a number of other groups (there will also be 2 pre-trip orientation sessions in October).

We believe that this is an important and unique opportunity for young workers to see firsthand the beneficial outcomes of union international solidarity programs, so we are targeting 18 to 30 year-olds.

Because of the amount of work required to coordinate a delegation, we need to have at least 8 people confirmed by the end of September 2011, which is when a non-refundable deposit will be collected from participants.

We are still calculating the total cost of the delegation but it will be roughly $3000 per participant, which includes all airfare, transportation, shared hotel accommodation and meals for the 10 days.

We are looking for your help in promoting this opportunity to young union activists. If you have any questions we would be happy to meet with you to talk about how this delegation can help you achieve your mandate of organizing youth in your union.

Tentative Itinerary (Nov 30th- Dec 9th)

  • Day 1: Arrive San Pedro Sula
  • Day 2: Meet with CODEMUH (the HonduranWomen’s Collective) and factory workers, visit free trade zones and factories, if possible.
  • Day 3: Meet with FRNP (representatives of Honduran resistance movement) and human rights organizations. Visit to Radio Progreso.
  • Day 4: Travel to Esperanza Valley in El Salvador.
  • Day 5 &6: Meet with Youth group of rural community health group APSIES and visit the various APSIES projects & communities.
  • Day 7: Possible beach day at la Union
  • Day 8: Travel to San Salvador and explore
  • Day 9: Meeting with Salvadoran maquila workers & FMLN (left-wing political party) youth wing.
  • Day 10: Depart San Salvador for Vancouver

For more information you can contact Carol Wood 604.708.1495 or Sarena Talbot 604.708.1495 x 116.

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