Chronological Checklist to Become an Accompanier
- Read the Program Overview and About NISGUA to familiarize yourself with G.A.P. and the organization it is part of, and to make sure you meet the requirements. Review the
Fundraising and Accompanier Budget
to ensure that you understand the financial responsibilities involved
in the program. We also encourage you to read this selection of Accompanier Reflections to gain a sense of what accompaniment work looks like on the ground. Contact the U.S. Program Coordinator if you have any
- Check our calendar to find out when the next trainings
are, as well as the corresponding application and reference
- Download the application form and reference form
or write to gap[AT]nisgua.org to request paper copies. Ask two references to complete the provided form and return to NISGUA/G.A.P.
References can be emailed to gap[AT]nisgua.org or mailed to PO Box 70494, Oakland, CA 94612.
- Submit your application package. Send
the application and resume via e-mail to gap[AT]nisgua.org and a hard copy to G.A.P., PO Box 70494, Oakland, CA 94612.
- If we believe that you could be a good match for
accompaniment, the G.A.P. Program Coordinator will contact you to set up
a phone interview. This provides us with an opportunity to get to know
you better as well as a chance for you to ask questions about the
program. It will also include a brief Spanish assessment.
- Prior to the interview, thoroughly read the Join the Guatemala Accompaniment Project section of the NISGUA website and prepare a list of questions that you have about the program.
- Approximately 4-6 weeks prior to the training,
the G.A.P. Program Coordinator will contact you to let you know if you
have been invited to training. If we invite you to attend, we believe
that you are qualified to become an accompanier. However, the decision
to commit to accompaniment is an important one and we consider the
training a time of mutual discernment for both the trainee and NISGUA. Therefore we do not make a final decision
on acceptance into G.A.P. until completion of training.
- Before arriving at training, decide the earliest and latest dates that you
are able to depart for Guatemala, as well as the anticipated length of your
commitment. This information will influence when you are scheduled to arrive in Guatemala.
- At the end of training you will be assigned to a
U.S. Sponsoring Community. The trainers must take a variety of factors
into account when deciding when to place accompaniers, and we do not
guarantee a particular placement. Decisions about where
accompaniers are placed will be made during the in-country training in
- Once you have been assigned, you will begin to develop a relationship with
your Sponsoring Community and initiate your fundraising activities.
- Depending on your schedule, the schedule of the accompanier you are replacing,
and the needs of those you will be accompanying, you will travel to Guatemala
sometime within six to eleven months of the training. If you need additional language
study, you will complete it at that time. After a week of in-country training
you will begin your work!