PC(USA) Sponsored Delegations
Fair Trade Delegation to Nicaragua
2017 dates tba
Application deadline TBA.
Join our Fair Trade Delegation to Nicaragua! Each year the Presbyterian Hunger Program leads a one-week delegation of 12 Presbyterians from around the United States. Participants experience the benefits of Fair Trade first-hand when they visit coffee, craft and sewing cooperatives and have the opportunity to deepen their commitments to global discipleship in learning about the items we buy from clothes to coffee, handicrafts to Sweat-Free T-shirts.
The delegation is perfect for anyone involved in a congregation, college or camp that uses Fair Trade coffee, tea or T-shirts. It’s also great for anyone who has hosted a holiday bazaar with Fair Trade products, or simply wants to learn more.
- Meeting Fair Trade farmers and artisans
- Picking coffee and staying in the homes of farming families
- Visiting a craft cooperatives connected with the PC(USA) Global Marketplace
- Meeting the women who sew Sweat-Free Ts
- Building community with fellow Presbyterians
- Learning about Nicaragua, Fair Trade and more!
The delegation is led by staff from the Presbyterian Hunger Program and Equal Exchange and is hosted locally by PC(USA)’s partner organization, CEPAD, Nicaragua’s council of Protestant (evangelico) churches.
Applications are typically due in October. Invitations will be extended in November, and the delegation takes place January. We visit during the dry season when coffee is being harvested, so it is a perfect time to visit cooperatives, pick coffee with farmers and learn about Fair Trade.
Costs for 2015 were $700 plus airfare. $700 is all-inclusive of meals, lodging, translation, in-country transportation, etc. The only extra needed is a small amount of spending money for snacks or souvenirs. Some need-based scholarship assistance is available from the Presbyterian Hunger Program.
border to border delegation
Each year Frontera de Cristo leads a 15 participant delegation on Coffee, Migration & Faith from Douglas, Ariz., & Agua Prieta, Sonora, to Salvador Urbina, Chiapas. Walk the trails on which many coffee farmers have migrated! Participants will also visit the Just Coffee roasting facility, get an overview of the U.S border policy and have conversations with ranching families affected by migration.
Please also visit our Reflection/Action trips page.
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Wondering if this trip is in the works for January 2015 yet? Thanks!
Dean, yes, we are currently planning a trip to Nicaragua in January 2014. The dates are likely January 4-11. Details will be posted to this page within the next few days. Thank you!
Will there be a coffee delegation in 2014? If so, when and where?
Hi Ann. Yes, I would say go ahead and apply. Better to cancel (if you have to) than try to join late in the game. Let us know if you have further questions.
We are very interested but wonder if we should apply when we might have a conflict with the date. We're waiting to hear about a granddaughter's surgery in Philadelphia (we'll be needed to babysit a sibling). Is is worth applying if we might have to cancel?