Would you like to engage in a powerful project that makes a difference in the world? Would you like to develop meaningful relationships with people from Kashmir and India?
Join Global Citizen Journey next October, when we will bring 12 Kashmiri and Indian delegates together with 12 U.S. delegates in an exciting experience of citizen diplomacy and grassroots democracy. We are currently recruiting our US delegates.
Global Citizen Journey (www.globalcitizenjourney.org) is a visionary and action oriented project that brings vital energy, support and resources to communities in need - and provides a rich transformative experience for delegates, supporters and volunteers. The project has multiple purposes: citizen diplomacy, peacemaking, leadership training, education, environmental activism and service. Delegates bring 'open hearts, listening ears, and helping hands' to build a living, global neighborhood.
Go to the Kashmir Journey section to learn how 12 US delegates from Puget Sound will join 12 Kashmiri and Indian delegates for a 2.5 week residential experience between October 10 and 26, 2018. We will live together in Srinigar and explore the challenges facing Kashmir today, build relationships across faiths and ethnicities, and engage in workshops on cultural understanding, compassionate listening and leadership skill-building. We will work with ELFA International (Education and Livelihood for All), our Kashmir host NGO, to bring sanitation, water and empowerment to girls in their village schools. in partnership with ELFA International.
We are looking for delegates living in the US, Canada, Europe, South Africa or Australia who offer a diversity of age, gender, ethnicity and faiths, as well as professions and skills. We will seek Kashmiri and Indian delegates with matching demographics and backgrounds as much as possible, so that we can share our networks and interests, perhaps generating future projects. We are especially interested in delegates with the following backgrounds:
-Media / journalist (TV, radio or newspaper)
-Culture (artists, musicians, dancers, actors)
-Environmental issues (restoration, planning, alternative energy)
-Social workers and health practitioners, especially those with a background in public health, women's health and/or hygiene
-Teachers, especially junior and senior secondary schools
-Opthamologists and visual rehabilitation specialists (1000 youth have been blinded in the past year in Kashmir)
Please note we enthusiastically welcome all applicants regardless of background who feel passion and connection to the goals of Global Citizen Journey.
Each delegate will be asked to bring back stories of what they learn and share them widely so we can leverage the impact of the journey well beyond a one-time wonderful personal experience of the individual delegates who participate. Part of our outreach strategy includes encouraging delegates to raise their journey costs, gathering support from friends and organizations. We provide fundraising materials.
Please consider applying to join this historic and inspiring journey. Check out the website - especially the page on Journeys-Kashmir, where you will find the application materials you need http://globalcitizenjourney.org/apply/
It is best to submit your completed application as soon as possible, as we have begun accepting candidates.
NOTE: Youth under 18 may be welcomed if they are accompanied by a guardian.
- People Skills
- Cross-cultural Communication
- Relationship Building
- Disaster Response
Good Match For
People 55+ Group
Requirements & Commitment
- Must be at least 18
- Orientation or Training
- 2.5 weeks in India; monthly meetings before/after
- Sharing what you learn with your community