This project will expand and upgrade AP's successful program Interns Without Borders which has recruited 47 graduates from North American universities to work in 17 countries or territories in four years. This program has shown interns to be wonderful ambassadors for peace and uncovered an extraordinary demand for these internships (AP received 128 applications from 54 universities in 2006). AP and its partners now plan to capitalize on this by expanding and upgrading the program. This will be done by, inter alia, recruiting Fellows from outside North America and for longer periods of time, and helping partners integrate the use of foreign volunteers into their own work plans - changes that will require a major new investment. The project will be implemented jointly by the Advocacy Project from Washington and AP's 15 partner organizations, which will oversee and manage the Fellows.
Fellows for Peace taps into the power of interns as ambassadors and advocates for peace, promoting cross-cultural
grassroots experiences through the use of media and technology. Up to 50 'Peace Fellows' will be recruited from
universities in North America and Europe to intern with community-based organizations in conflicted societies. Peace
Fellows will be chosen for their ability to work in a difficult environment. They will help their hosts to advocate on
behalf of disempowered stakeholders by producing newsletters, building websites, liaising with foreign embassies,
reaching out to new donors, training grassroots businesses. They will also publicize the work of their hosts by writing
blogs and sending material to the Advocacy Project (AP), for dissemination through AP's online news service
(Advocacynet). This will attract the attention of the mainstream and news media, and mobilize public support in the
U.S. for the peace-building efforts of their hosts. On their return, Fellows will organize events at their universities and brief diplomats in Washington.
AP and its partners are seeking $513,500 over two years, of which $245,000 has already been committed. The hope is to build partnerships with universities that are seeking challenging opportunities for their students, and with
organizations/companies that operate in these countries and can interact directly with the AP Fellows.
For more information, please contact Iain Guest, Director, The Advocacy Project, www.advocacynet.org.