GCJ Kashmir 2018
Global Citizen Journey returns to India with ambitious and adventurous plans to visit one of the most beautiful, diverse and contested areas of India. Little is known about Kashmir in the west that hasn’t been sensationalized or biased by the Western slant fed to the media by the Indian government.
We are planning a 2.5 week journey for October 2018, with about 10 of those days in Kashmir. Details will be finalized soon.
We will accept 12 delegation members from the west (North America and Europe) to join 14 from throughout India. Our Indian delegates will include a number of Kashmiri delegates from Jammu and Ladakh as well as Kashmir. Our goal is to have individuals from different religious, political and ethnic groups
We will spend most of our time in the beautiful city of Srinagar in Kashmir where we will learn about what is really happening from the people who live, work and interact with their neighbors on the ground. Our local sponsor ELFA International (Education and Livelihood For All) will connect us with local Kashmiri leaders, nonprofits, and organizations so we can learn, explore and listen together. Our goal is to foster dialogue and relationship building and find bases of unity, a common purpose and a creative process as well as a project that will be meaningful to the Kashmiri people.
We come as a delegation with courage, hope, and humility as our assets. We will work with ELFA to create and design an ongoing project that welcomes all diversity, all ideas, all walks of life into a harmonious celebration of life.
We will bring with us the skills and teachings of Compassionate Listening and will host a Town Hall meeting with the larger community utilizing World Café and Open Space dialogue processes.
To find out more about this delegation and GCJ trip to Kashmir India in October of 2018 please contact Susan Partnow and Irene Michon, trip coordinators. You can connect with us on Facebook or by email: Susan Partnow email@example.com, Irene Michon firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also sign up for our mailing list and we will keep you informed of every step along the way: costs, trip insurance, visas, medical requirements and other necessary considerations for a trip to this part of the world.
As you can see, this is not a tourist trip. This is an opportunity to discover a part of India not often accessible to Westerners and to contribute and bear witness as a global citizen. It is an opportunity to learn from others whose circumstances are very different from ours and learn invaluable lessons about you. It will be challenging and comforting and will change the way you see yourself in the world for a long time to come.