Here are a few of the commonly asked questions about the Practicum on Experiential Peacebuilding.
What certifications are offered?
We offer a certificate of completion for the program. The University of Peace offers a certificate of completion for the day-long workshop which they offer.
Who are the facilitators?
The Practicum facilitators are senior staff at Outward Bound Center for Peacebuilding. Many have graduate level degrees in peace and conflict resolution studies, international affairs, leadership, and environmental studies. They have experience facilitating diverse groups in conflict and groups who are interested in peacebuilding methodology and theory. They also have a great commitment to experiential learning and peacebuilding.
Is there course credit?
At this time, we are not offering course credit.
Where is the best place to get tickets?
Kayak, Orbitz, Priceline, and STA are some good websites to start looking for flights. Book your dates of travel to coincide with the start and end dates listed under the course description. (You will fly into the San Jose airport – airport code SJO.) We recommend scheduling an arrival time prior to 2 pm as course activities will begin early the following day, however, any arrival time on the listed start date is acceptable.
What about passports and visas?
Please click here to determine if you need a visa. We are happy to write a letter to support your visa application.
How old are other participants and where are they from?
We try and accept applicants who come from a diverse range of countries and backgrounds. Past participants have come from Rwanda, Ecuador, Iran, Ethiopia, Philippines, Israel, Slovakia, Australia, US, Colombia, and Mexico. Ages have ranged from 22-45.
When should I arrive and where should we stay?
We suggest you arrive the day before the program starts and stay at a local hostel. We will give you a recommended hostel once you are accepted into the program.
Do you provide transportation to the hostel?
We will have one designated pick up time and location, which will be communicated prior to program start.
Do you have past participants that I could talk to about the experience?
Yes, we have a number of participants from previous years who have agreed to serve as ambassadors to talk with interested candidates. We will gladly put you in touch with any of these ambassadors.
What is included in the curriculum?
Each day we spend discussing a specific theme related to experiential peacebuilding and what is pertinent to that day of the program. We send participants a course reader 1 month prior to the program with relevant course readings.
How do I know what to pack?
We will give you a packing list once you are accepted into the program.
What are the temperatures at night? Will it be cold?
The evenings can get cool at 0-2 degrees Celsius/32-35 degrees Fahrenheit. You will need to be prepared with several wool or fleece sweaters, warm jacket, gloves and hat.
Will it rain?
Yes. You will most likely experience rain or some kind of precipitation. We will host an orientation call prior to the course start to address other questions about the program. You should be prepared for all types of weather and temperatures.
Do I need to be in shape or fit for the program?
We DO NOT require participants to be athletic or have a high level of fitness, however the course is challenging. We start off very slow with a few kilometers and work our way to more challenging days. We support each other along the way and usually there are all kinds of ability levels, shapes, and sizes of people who participate in our programs. Once accepted we advise that you begin exercising, walking/hiking 1 hour, 3-4 days a week in preparation for the course.
If I submit an application am I automatically approved to participate in the program?
OBCP reserves the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason. OBCP also reserves the right to screen participants for compatibility with OBCP programs. For the safety of all participants, we require that participants have some level physical fitness, mental and emotional health. OBCP programs can be physically and psychologically challenging. We reserve the right to refuse service based on our assessment of these or other criteria.
How do I pay for the course?
You can pay online via our secure site. We do require a non refundable deposit to hold your spot, due two weeks after you are accepted. The remainder of the balance is due one month prior to the course start date.