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ATD Fourth World Movement
To support and to work in partnership with the poor, with anti-poverty groups and with individuals to raise the awareness of poverty and the day to day struggles that the poor face.
Nature of Work
To defend equal opportunities and human rights, specifically the rights of the poorest families and individuals in our society.
These rights include culture, self-expression, dignity, to be treated as people not problems, to be given the opportunity to fully provide for themselves and their children, to be consulted in the decisions that concern them, and their children, and to be recognized as having invaluable experience, ideas and solutions to contribute towards the fight against poverty.
A 3-month training/information program is open to all those who would like to find out more about ATD. It takes place in Montreal. For those who decide to become full-time volunteers, training continues in Montreal or in the USA and later in our International Training Centre in France. After one year, trainees join the volunteer corps and can expect to be posted to one of our 56 teams in 27 countries on 4 continents.
Usually every September for 3 months. Then, trainees decide whether to commit for 2 1/2 years.
No specific requirements. ATD is made up of people from all social, cultural, educational, national, religious and political backgrounds. You need no qualifications or training to believe that poverty is a violation of human rights.
Last updated: 2005-10-16