CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: 2012 Practicum on Experiential Peacebuilding

Calling all practitioners and college and graduate students– this is a great summer opportunity!

Deadline: March 15, 2012.
Apply now! 

What?The Practicum on Experiential Peacebuilding is a program that combines a unique outdoor experience with experiential learning techniques in a multi-cultural environment. Participants will spend 7 days backpacking/hiking in Piedras Blancas, a remote lush hilly region accessible only by foot and horse and divided by the Savegre River. You will enjoy an overnight stay with a local Costa Rican family, join in a service activity, develop an experiential activity to try out with the group, and spend a day at the UPEACE Centre for Executive Education, U.N. mandated University for Peace, in Costa Rica.

Why? The United States Institute for Peace 2010 report, “Graduate Education and Professional Practice in International Peace and Conflict,” finds that U.S. graduate institutions are inadequately preparing students for careers in international peace and conflict particularly in the area of “field experience” and “applied conflict analysis and resolution skills.” Outward Bound Peacebuilding’s Practicum on Experiential Peacebuilding offers an experience based program focused on applied leadership and conflict resolution skills and taught in a challenging multi-cultural environment through an expeditionary outdoor approach.

Program Learning Objectives:
– To explore and learn the methodology and philosophy of experiential peacebuilding.
– To cultivate compassionate leadership and cross cultural awareness for sustainable change
– To learn, practice and apply conflict resolution and peacebuilding skills in an experiential context.
– To join active networks of peacebuilders.

Who? The Practicum on Experiential Peacebuilding is designed for working professionals and graduate and college students who want to get out of the classroom to apply and advance their leadership and conflict resolution skills. The Practicum is offered by Outward Bound Peacebuilding in partnership with Outward Bound Costa Rica.

When? June 16-24, 2012 (course starts 11am in San Jose and participants should not plan to fly out before 1pm on the 24th)

Where? Costa Rica (fly into San Jose). Piedras Blancas is a remote region home to many of our activities. Accessible only by foot and horse, this lush hilly region is divided by the Savegre River and is home to many of our homestay programs, hiking portions, service projects and solos.

Tuition and logistics: Tuition for the Practicum on Experiential Peacebuilding is $2000.00.  Tuition includes all instruction, training, food, equipment, course reader, transportation in country and transfer to and from the San Jose airport to the Outward Bound Costa Rica base camp. Tuition does not include airfare to and from Costa Rica, visas, and exit fees (30USD) which must be arranged by participants.

How? To apply for the 2012 Practicum on Experiential Peacebuilding, please click here.

For more information, please send an email to or call (718) 943-1247.

Deadline for Registration is March 15th, 2012.

Click here to view the flyer for this year’s Practicum on Experiential Peacebuilding.