Delegations Updates: Mexico, Bolivia & Venezuela

    MEXICO


The Chiapas Support Committee of Oakland, California announces a Human Rights Fact-Finding Delegation to Chiapas Mexico for an in-depth exploration of how corporate globalization is affecting indigenous communities constructing autonomy (self-governance).

Cost
Cost of the delegation is US $500.00. This does NOT include airfare or bus transportation to and from San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas. It DOES include most food (2 meals per day), lodging (double room) and ground transportation to the communities. Private rooms with Wi-Fi are available for an additional $50.00. Your tuition ALSO includes a donation for each community we visit, an honorarium for each NGO briefing we receive, delegation expenses and educational materials. We provide each delegation with experienced group leaders and a translator. Delegation dates are March 25 to April 1, 2012. We are working on arranging visits now. When we have arrangements confirmed, we will prepare a day-to-day itinerary and will send it to those who express interest in the delegation. 

How to apply
Please email cezmat@igc.org, requesting an application. Act now! There are only 10 spaces on the delegation, so the sooner you send in your application the better. We must receive all applications by February 18, 2012.   A deposit of $100 is required with your application in order to reserve a space.  Balance is due March 5, 2012.  For those who want more information, just email your questions to: cezmat@igc.org  or call  (510) 654-9587.

    Bolivia


Food Sovereignty, Indigenous Resistance, and Climate Justice (May 29-June 9, 2012)
We will be celebrating indigenous resistance and exploring food sovereignty issues in Bolivia, the first country in the hemisphere to be governed by an indigenous president.  Learn about indigenous struggles for food sovereignty and the rights of Mother Earth in the face of climate change.  Meet with farmers, community leaders, government leaders, and others.  Experience the rich culture of the Andes and soak in the sights, sounds, people, and politics in this historic moment in Bolivia. 

Cost
$1100. This will cover all lodging, all ground transportation, 2 meals per day, qualified trip leaders, and Spanish-English interpretation.  Additional expenses during the trip will be minimal.
 Airfare not included. 

How to Apply
To Learn more and hold a spot for the trip, email cbalbertolovera@gmail.com.

    Venezuela


Food Sovereignty, Human Rights, and Community Power (July 16 to 26, 2012)
We will examine issues of land reform, urban agriculture, rural development, fishing rights, and food sovereignty within a dynamic political context. Venezuela is an outstanding example of a country that strives to ensure its citizens’ right to food while bolstering its domestic agriculture sector, with an emphasis on sustainable agriculture. We will also explore other areas of social transformation, including education, healthcare, and direct citizen participation in the political process. Plus trips to beaches, parks, and other sites of interest.

Cost
$1100. This will cover all lodging, all ground transportation, 2 meals per day, qualified trip leaders, and Spanish-English interpretation.  Additional expenses during the trip will be minimal.
 Airfare not included. 

How to Apply
To Learn more and hold a spot for the trip, email cbalbertolovera@gmail.com.