Announcing Global Ethical Training
May 18-28th, 2019 in El Salvador
Thousands of people visit Central America every year. Some visit as tourists. Many visit as volunteers.Some think themselves saviors. Others go as critics. Many people return from Central America with little understanding of the country they visited. Their visit merely reinforced their prejudices and stereotypes.
It doesn’t have to be that way.
Companion Community Development Alternatives has spent twenty five years offering a different kind of experience to visitors to Central America. Our collaborative model connects North Americans with Central Americans and their dreams. The goal isn’t to “help” needy people, but to live and work side by side with Central Americans, to share and understand their lives and culture. When we work on a project, we understand that Central Americans could probably do the work quicker and cheaper without us. Their gift is to allow us to learn from them, to participate in their dreams.
Global Ethical Training is precisely what it sounds like. It’s boot camp for people who want to become global citizens, for people looking to immerse themselves in another culture. Participants spend two days in cultural and historical orientation, learning about the country from people who love that country. They live with host families, sharing in their daily routine, understanding their daily challenges. They work on a community project side by side with Central Americans. They spend time talking with people about their accomplishments and challenges. They learn how North Americans have and continue to damage and exploit Central America. They end each day reflecting on the ethical dimensions of what they’ve done, heard and seen.
If you want to save the world, this experience isn’t for you.
Global Ethical Training isn’t about you making a difference, but about you seeing the world in a very different way.