Latin America & Caribbean
The Latin America and the Caribbean region has members in Argentina, Barbados, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, México, Peru, Trinidad & Tobago, and Venezuela.
In addition to the IAF Jamaica chapter, which has been going strong since 2011, efforts are underway to create two new chapters in Bolivia and Haiti in 2015.
Focus in 2017
At present, the Association is focused on creating greater awareness of the IAF in the region, strengthening its outeach, offering more of its servcies in Spanish, and promoting membership growth. To this end, the Association is also currently working to develop the IAF CertifiedTM Professional Facilitator assessment in Spanish.
If you are interested in helping to strenghten the IAF in the region, please contact Héctor Villarreal Lozoya, Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean.
Beatrice Briggs and Héctor Villarreal Lozoya at an event in Colombia (2014).
Buidling awareness of facilitation
Facilitation is creating a space within which people can empower themselves. (IAF Member Dale Hunter)
Part of the IAF's work in Latin America and the Caribbean, and elsewhere in the world, is to build greater awareness and understanding of professional facilitation and its benefits. Here is a short video (courtesy of the Instituto Internacional de Facilitación y Cambio) that helps to answer the question ¿Qué es lo que hacen los Facilitadores? or "What is it that facilitators do?.
The facilitator’s neutrality is her strength. It enables her to challenge, guide and empower groups in their collaborative thinking. (IAF Member Ulla Wyckoff Tomlinson, CPF)