PC(USA) Sponsored Delegations
Fair Trade Delegation to Nicaragua
January 4-11, 2014
Applications due October 28, 2013.
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 due October 28. Invitations will be extended by November 8, and the delegation takes place January 4-11, 2014. 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 2014 are still being determined, and will be posted to this website when finalized; they should be close to those in 2013. 2013 costs were $625 plus airfare. $625 was 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.
Check back later for other opportunities.
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?