Latin America Council of Churches Seeks Volunteers for Colombia

Volunteers needed for 3-month pilot project of the Programme for Ecumenical Accompaniment in Colombia (PEAC)

Latin America Council of Churches (CLAI) Colombian Roundatable seeks volunteer Ecumenical Accompaniers (EAs) for PEAC: The Program for Ecumenical Accompaniment in Colombia from 1 December 2012 to 1 March 2013.  The EAs will be part of the PEAC Pilot Project in San Onofre, in the Montes de Maria Region in the Caribbean Coast area of Colombia.  More information can be found below.

In late 2011 Colombian churches and ecumenical organisations met with their international partners and committed to supporting those communities and social movements which are victims of the humanitarian and human rights crisis in Colombia. Inspired by ecumenical experiences like such as the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel, PEAC is an initiative of the CLAI (Latin American Council of Churches) Colombia Roundtable to support those who seek to reclaim their land, their human rights and peace with social justice. It is aimed at giving tangible shape to the solidarity of the churches and the ecumenical community through the presence of ecumenical accompaniers. It constitutes a form of non-violent witness to the community afflicted by violence. In response to communities who have asked for the churches’ solidarity, accompaniment and advocacy, PEAC envisions eventually being present in 7 areas of the country, where the churches are already serving. Given the complexities of the situation it has been decided to begin with a pilot project in one specific area starting in December 2012.

The profile we are looking in our Ecumenical Accompaniers (EAs) is the following:

The EAs will be part of a small team of 4 to 6 people living and working in and around the municipality of San Onofre, Department of Sucre. The team will live and work out of the PEAC house in San Onofre and will be supported and supervised by the PEAC National Coordinator Dr. Blanca Lucia Echeverry. The team will also be actively supported by both a local and regional reference group made up of members of the supporting churches and social organisations as well as members of the local communities who have invited PEAC to accompany them.

The principal work of the team consists of physical, visible, active, non-violent accompaniment presence in the context of fear, intimidation and violence related to the continuing violation of victims’ rights and the land restitution process in Colombia. They will accompany social organisations and communities involved in and impacted by these processes. They will carry out regular observation and monitoring of the human rights situation in the zone. As part of their responsibilities they will write reports and share information about the situation both with the PEAC for international distribution and with their sending organisation. The team will be fully oriented, supported and supervised in their work and responsibilities.

Accompaniers must know and agree to PEAC codes of conduct (including the ACT Code of Conduct). They must have ecumenical commitment. Ecumenical training and experience is an asset.

Training and orientation will be offered before travelling to Colombia and full orientation and training for the work of ecumenical accompaniment will be offered in Colombia for the pilot project team before taking up their responsibilities on the ground.

Accompaniers must be endorsed by the faith communities or organisations that send them, so that they have established networks in their home countries able to give them personal, moral and spiritual accompaniment. An Accompanier and his/her organisation or community must be in permanent contact, so that the latter is aware of the accompanier's well-being and the situation in the area where he or she is staying.

The return airfare and related travel expenses will be provided by the programme. During the three months all basic living expenses will be covered as will all job related travel and work costs. Provision will be made for regular time off and rest periods as appropriate. Basic health insurance will be provided.

For more information, contact Chris Ferguson, International Coordinator:

Click HERE to download PEAC's October 2012 Newsletter.


The Programme for Ecumenical Accompaniment in Colombia (PEAC) is an ecumenical, international programme and initiated by the Colombian Churches and Ecumenical Organisations in response to social movements and communities who are organising to defend their own rights in a context of escalating violence.

Posted by Karibu Foundation - Last updated 08.11.2012