3rd Annual Indigenous Peoples' Rights Course and Field Visit in Costa Rica
The University for Peace Human Rights Center annually organizes a one week field course on the rights of indigenous peoples in Amubri, Talamanca, Costa Rica. Admissions to the course that will take place from 5 - 11 August, 2013 in Costa Rica are open.
There are only 15 seats still open; participants are accepted on a first-come-first-served basis and discounts are available for groups of two or more.
Recommended for: staff of human rights NGOs and other civil society organizations, practitioners, academics, and students studying in areas of indigenous peoples' rights, human rights, environment, gender, and development. Past participants have come from a wide range of fields with diverse professional and educational experiences. We believe that for a course of this nature, the greater the diversity, the better.
Field Visit: Amburi, Talamanca, Costa Rica: 5 - 11 August 2013
The field visit will include an orientation at the UPEACE main campus (5 August), a five-day field trip to the Amubri region of Talamanca, Costa Rica (6-10 August) and an additional stay in the Caribbean town of Puerto Viejo (10-11 August).
Please plan to arrive in Costa Rica no later than Sunday, 4 August and depart from Costa Rica on Monday, 12 August. If participants wish to extend their stay, they may do so at one's own expense.
Location: UPEACE campus, Amubri and nearby places in the Talamanca region and Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica. The Amubri region - close to the Caribbean coast and the border to Panama – is home to the Bribri and Cabecar, two of the largest indigenous communities of Costa Rica.
Language: English (Spanish skills are desirable, but not required.)
Format: The field visit will include a one-day introductory workshop at the UPEACE main campus followed by a field trip to the Amubri region, where participants will visit community associations and meet with community elders, school teachers, medical service providers and others. The field experience is intense and there will be a debriefing session every day. A wrap-up session will be held in Puerto Viejo on the evening of 11 August before the group returns to San José.
Content: The field visit will increase participants' knowledge and understanding about international law, environmental law, human rights law, and religious and gender-specific issues as they relate to indigenous communities. During the field visit, participants will have the opportunity to further address:
• Universal and regional systems to protect indigenous peoples’ rights
• Universal and regional norms regarding indigenous peoples’ rights
• Issues of self-determination, including rights to land, identity, consultation, culture and environment
• Multinational corporations, development and indigenous peoples' rights
Participants will also:
• Critically analyze impacts of colonization in Latin America on indigenous peoples’ rights.
• Learn about and analyze case studies from Amubri and surrounding areas in Talamanca.
• Visit community facilities and local associations and meet with indigenous people including community elders.
• Observe and analyze various on-going projects in the region.
• Analyze experiences in light of existing relevant international normative frameworks.
Please note that this is a tentative list. Given that this is a customized course, specific topics might be suggested by the participants ahead of time.
Accommodation: This is a field trip to an indigenous community. Accommodation in the Amubri region is modest compared to that in other regions of Costa Rica. Participants will be accommodated in dormitories similar to hostels throughout their stay. The lodge in Amubri is part of an effort by a group of indigenous women to develop sustainable indigenous tourism to support their livelihoods. This is, however, still in an early phase and participants will learn first-hand about such efforts by the indigenous women themselves. The facilities at the lodge include a seminar room with computers and Internet access made available through funding from foreign donor governments. Participants may bring their own laptops.
Participants are expected to arrange their own travel insurance and ensure they meet all visa requirements for the fieldvisit (including any visas participants may need while in transit to and from Costa Rica). UPEACE will provide documentation for your visa applications upon request.
Course instructors: The field course will be led by Ms. Adilia Caravaca (Costa Rica), Prof. Jacobo Schifter (Costa Rica) and Prof. Mihir Kanade (India). Ms. Caravaca works in international development as a lawyer and consults on indigenous peoples' rights, as well as on gender, human rights, and peace and security issues. She has extensive work experience in the Talamanca region and is President of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). Prof. Jacobo Schifter (PhD, Columbia University, 1983) is Emeritus Professor at Universidad Nacional in Costa Rica. He has published several books on Costa Rican-US relations and on Costa Rica’ s Civil War. He has also published several books on AIDS and sexuality, including Lila’s House. A Study on Male Prostitution in Latin America (Haworth, 1998), Macho Love. Sex Behind Bars in Latin America (Haworth, 1999), From Toads to Queen. Transvestitism in a Latin American Setting (Haworth, 2000), Public Sex in Latin America (Haworth, 2000), Truckdriver’s Trade (Haworth, 2001). Prof. Mihir Kanade is the Director of the UPEACE Human Rights Centre and is a faculty member in the Department of International Law and Human Rights at UPEACE.
Course fee: US$ 1,650 (non-credit). The fee for the field course covers: Tuition for the field course; accommodation for 8 nights in Costa Rica (3 nights in Ciudad Colon, of which two nights will be spent with a host family immediately after arrival and before departure from the Juan Santamaria airport, 4 nights in Amubri, and 1 night in Puerto Viejo); transportation during the field visit (participant airfare and airport transfers are not included), meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner on all 8 days of the field visit in Costa Rica); and course materials.
Unfortunately, UPEACE-HRC does not have scholarship funding/grants available to support participation in the program. However, discounts will be given for groups of two or more. Please write to us for further information.
Certificate: Upon successful completion of the course, participants will receive a certificate issued by the Human Rights Centre at UPEACE.
Accessibility:UPEACE seek to ensure our training programs are fully accessible for persons with disabilities and that everyone is able to participate on an equal basis with others. The conditions in the indigenous communities, however, including the roads and lodging may present obstacles to participation for some individuals. We ask that you please write to us directly with any questions or concerns about this aspect of the training program, as well as the specific types of accommodation you may need in order to participate.
Payments: Payments may be made either by credit card or by wire transfer. Payment by wire transfer usually takes three to four business days to be deposited in our account. Payment by credit card is instant. If you choose the credit card option, you may notice that we receive slightly less than what you send. That is because the credit card company charges a percentage of the amount for its services. We will not charge you for the bank or credit card company's deductions.
If you wish to make the payment by credit card, please go to https://payments.upeace.org/hrc/
Payments by wire transfer must be made to the following bank account:
University for Peace
Human Rights Centre
Banco Nacional de Costa Rica
Bank account number:100-02-099-600195-4
Swift Code: BNCRCRSJ
Avenidas 1 y 3, Calle 4
San José, Costa Rica
There are only 15 seats left; participants are accepted on a first-come-first-served basis and discounts are available for groups of two or more.