Peacebuilding en Las Américas uses the international workshop curriculum of Alternative to Violence Project (AVP)
Participants complete a Basic Workshop then an Advanced Workshop before being trained as a Facilitator. Once completing the Facilitator Training, participants become an Apprentice Facilitator for the duration of three workshops where they co-facilitate workshops with more experienced Facilitators.
Participants can become Facilitators in just three workshops.
The workshops draw on the shared experience of participants, using interactive exercises, discussions, games and role-plays to examine the ways participants respond to situations where injustice, prejudice, frustration and anger can lead to violence. Typically, each workshop lasts 18–20 hours over a two or three-day period.
The key features of AVP workshops:
- Volunteerism: Participants and Facilitators are participating voluntarily
- Teamwork: Several facilitators work together, non-hierarchically
- Diversity: participants greatly range in age, culture, experiences, and interest
- A safe learning environment
- Reliance on Transforming Power
- Experiential rather than conceptual focus
- A holistic focus
- Building community
- Fun and laughter is an integral part of the workshop process
- A varied pace, generally brisk, but with time for reflection
- Feedback and Evaluation