Apply to be a human rights monitor
Ecumenical Accompaniers are human rights monitors. We call them EAs for short.
EAs spend 3 months in Palestine and Israel monitoring human rights violations and standing in solidarity with Palestinian and Israeli peace activists. When they come home they give talks in their local communities and advocate for an end to the military occupation of Palestine.
EAs need to be flexible, hard-working, physically and emotionally robust, open to hearing from different perspectives, and able to represent the programme in a professional manner.
No previous monitoring experience is required. Your expenses will be paid and a living allowance provided.
We recruit a year in advance and provide in-depth training and resources to help you to prepare.
Recruitment for EAs for 2024 is now closed. If are interested in applying to be an EA in 2025, please see the 2023-24 role description (PDF) for an idea of what the work involves, and please sign up to our mailing list to be alerted when recruitment opens.
EAPPI stands against all forms of discrimination and prejudice, including but not limited to antiblackness, antisemitism, classism, homophobia, islamophobia, racism and sexism, with an understanding that these are often overlapping.
We want to build an inclusive and diverse network of EAs and particularly welcome applications from those usually under-represented as EAs, particularly people from Black communities, People of Colour, and those from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds. Applicants from these groups who meet the minimum requirements for the role are guaranteed an interview.
EAPPI is a church programme but is open to all and there is no requirement to be Christian or involved in a church. We welcome applications from people of all faiths and none.
Please note that we can only recruit EAs who live in the UK or Ireland. For EAPPI offices in other countries, please see the EAPPI international website.
“It is an experience that will stay with me for the rest of my life. I hope I will become an advocate worthy of the many Palestinians and Israelis I met during my term."- Veronica, EA from the UK, 2015
Share the stories
Please read and share the eyewitness accounts EAs from Britain and Ireland have written on our Eyewitness blog. Can you also share with your friends and networks our EAPPI resources on issues such as education, access to worship and checkpoints?
You can also ask us for some EAPPI leaflets to share with your local church, school, workplace, or community.
Invite an Ecumenical Accompanier to speak
EAs returning to their home communities are more than happy to share their stories by speaking to different audiences. If you would like to invite an EA to speak to your community group, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Write to your elected representatives
Contact your elected representative to ask them to act. Pressure from constituents via emails, phone calls and meetings is one of the most important and effective ways we can help influence government policy. To highlight a particular issue, you can send them an Eyewitness blog post.
To be effective when writing or speaking to an elected representative:
- keep your points short and specific
- ask for their view or response
- always ask them to raise the issue with the relevant minister.
Find your elected representatives here:
- For MPs, MSPs, AMs and MLAs: www.writetothem.com
- For TDs: www.whoismytd.com
- For MEPs: www.europarl.ie/en/your_meps.html
Support Israeli peace groups
Discover ways you can support Israeli peace activists and groups by visiting their websites. For example:
"Ending the occupation is better for Israel. If you care deeply about Israel, you'll care about its soul, and its soul is being eaten away by the occupation."- Gila Svirsky, Israeli peace campaigner
Visit Israel and occupied Palestine
Explore the situation first-hand by meeting people affected by the conflict and looking at aspects of life in Israel and occupied Palestine. Tours are run by a number of different groups including those listed below:
- Israeli Committee against House Demolitions (ICAHD)
- Quaker Voluntary Action (QVA)
- The Alternative Tourism Group based in the West Bank has practical information about travelling independently.