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2014 Sept – Nov • Friends Peace Team to the Philippines

Friends Peace Teams traveled to the Philippines, September – November 2014.


Esther Cowley-Malcolm, Aotearoa/NZ, and Kins Aparace, the Philippines, both AVP facilitators, met in April, 2014 in Bohol, Tagbilaran, the Philippines to conduct Basic workshops to help establish AVP in the Philippines.

Background: Three levels of AVP training took place in Tagbilaran in October 2013. In April 2014, two further AVP Basic workshops took place with Esther Cowley Malcolm from Aotearoa NZ as a lead facilitator. In between, participants and facilitators met to further develop their skills and develop team building. The pool of facilitators is being formed to volunteer for this set of workshops, in rotation.

Esther Cowley Malcolm’s April 2014 Travel Log Excerpt: “My learning from this wonderful adventure and what I can do, is to build the impetus to reach out to the different ethnic communities where I live and encourage them to do AVP so we can develop a very strong critical mass of Asian, Pacific, European, indigenous, and other diverse communities to increase our capacity and capability in meeting the growing diversity of our world. We need more and more AVP facilitators who not only have the attributes of ‘humanity’ but have the skills of multiple languages and cultural knowledge and an understanding of the socio-political context. I very much look forward to building my ‘kete’ (Maori for basket) of knowledge and increasing my capacity to build leadership among AVP’ers in my own country and, where possible, throughout the world to lead and facilitate their own AVP workshops within their own cultural frameworks and contexts.”

This photo was taken at the April 2014 second Basic workshop in the Philippines with young students.