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Planting Peace

Planting Peace

What is Planting Peace?

Planting Peace is a two week cross-cultural training session that brings together twenty young adults from around the world. First piloted in 2010, the program provides practical training that is enhanced through experiential field trips and enriched through the stories and contexts of our participants.

Planting Peace is all about breaking down barriers and creatively talking across boundaries to work towards a more peaceful world. Once complete, participants will have gained skills and support networks to be peace promoters in the regions and contexts where they live.  




Who can participate?

MCC is a peace, relief and development organization working from a Christian perspective. MCC seeks to serve and walk alongside those in need, regardless of faith. We welcome people of all faiths to take part in Planting Peace and build bridges with us. 

Canadian Participants: All are welcome to apply, however preference will be given to Albertan Young Adults ages 18-30.

International Participants are referred through their local MCC Office and are connected to MCC peace partners in their local community. 

Participants should:

  • Be open to cross-cultural, cross-faith learning and interactions and be respectful of different perspectives
  • Be committed to peaceful resolution of conflict as a way of life
  • Have an understanding of issues standing in the way of peace on a global and local scale
  • Have a general interest in international issues
  • Be willing to share their own experiences and to learn from others
  • Be committed to taking their experiences with Planting Peace home and working with conflict issues in their local context
  • Be willing to connect with the MCC Alberta office after Planting Peace to share learning, reflections and new experiences in their work
  • International participants are connected with MCC Partner Organizations


Want to get Involved?

Planting Peace for this year has passed. Stay tuned for Planting Peace 2015 and more opportunities to get involved!

Contact us to let us know you’re interested! 

A few ways:

  • Sponsor a participant for the next Planting Peace! Find out more
  • Volunteer! We will be looking for cooks, hosts, translators, church contacts and more!
  • Participate in our peace blog and help us spread stories of peace.
  • Register as a participant!


 Planting Peace 2013!

Planting Peace 2013 took place this past May. 17 participants from 10 different countries grew together over two weeks. The theme of this year's Planting Peace was storytelling for peace.

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See more photos in our photo albums on Facebook!  Planting Peace & Planting Peace Week 2.  

Read more about our participants and speakers from Planting Peace 2013!

Click here to read more about Planting Peace 2010

A Huge Thank-you!


Planting Peace would not be possible without generous donations from:

  • Totem Building Supplies
  • Government of Alberta Community Iniatives Program (CIP)
  • Those that sponsored participants
  • Individuals who donated to the overall program and all those who continue to support the peace programs of MCC Alberta and MCC around the world. 
  • Camp Valaqua for accomodating and hosting us so well during week one.
  • The FCJ Christian Life Center for their generous hospitality during week two.



MCCA Program Director Orlando Vasquez and MCCA Executive Director Abe Janzen with MLA Yvonne Fritz. The Government of Alberta generously donated to Planting Peace through the Community Iniatives Program (CIP).


If you have questions about anything Planting Peace contact Megan Enns or Kim Thiessen by email or call the MCCA office toll-free at 1-888-622-6337.

Megan Enns:
Kim Thiessen:

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