Since 2001, Breaking the Silence, in partnership with Tatamagouche Centre, has trained and sent over 60 CIDA-funded Interns to Guatemala and three to Honduras (2004-2005). Internships have been an opportunity for young adults, college/university graduates under 30 years of age, to engage in international cooperation and solidarity relationships by working alongside partner organizations in Guatemala. Interns gain professional experience in their field and more importantly, have the opportunity to grow and learn as global citizens concerned about social justice.
Our last intern cycle ended in March 2013. In July 2014, BTS submitted an application to the Department of Foreign Affairs Trade and Development (DFATD) to once again facilitate a government funded internship program with Guatemala partners. BTS anticipates hearing news about the program in early 2015. Check back for more information!
Many former interns continue to work for social justice in Canada and abroad. Many have returned to Guatemala to work as volunteers and act as international human rights accompaniers with the Coordination for International Accompaniment in Guatemala – ACOGUATE and Peace Brigades International.
BTS has helped facilitate short and long term volunteer opportunities over the years, primarily to work with partner organizations who have expressed a desire to receive and host volunteers who can support the work of the organization. If you are interested in finding out more about volunteering in Guatemala, please contact us.