Delegations to the Middle East and Latin America
Since the 1920s, the Fellowship of Reconciliation has sent delegations of peacemakers to regions of the world in conflict and to nations regarded as U.S. enemies. This people-to-people outreach, a form of civilian diplomacy, has taken Americans to such places as Vietnam, the former Soviet Union, Iraq, Nicaragua, Israel/Palestine, and the Philippines.
Latin America: In 2013, FOR is organizing a Community Leader Delegation to El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, from February 9 to 16.
Middle East: Today, only a few hundred U.S. citizens visit Iran each year. Travel to Iran with FOR, and you will not only enjoy the beauty of Iran and famous Persian hospitality but also join a growing global network of grassroots civilian diplomats working to prevent war and change U.S. foreign policy.
FOR works with partner organizations to support peace in Afghanistan. In September 2011, FOR sponsored an Afghanistan Peace and Clean Water delegation in partnership with the Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers (AYPV). FOR also promotes AYPV solidarity delegations to the region organized by Voices for Creative Nonviolence.
FOR supports a just peace in Israel/Palestine through trips organized by FOR members and partner organizations. In September 2011, an artists’ delegation to Balata, Palestine was sponsored by FOR, and a second Balata delegation will be held in mid-2012. Interfaith Peace-Builders, a former FOR program, normally sends four peace delegations each year to the region.