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Frequently asked questions about the HREA Advocacy Institute

1. What is the cost of tuition?

The cost of the 4-day Advocacy Institute is US$ 975.

2. How can I register for the 2014 Advocacy Institute?

Please click here for HREA’s online registration form. The Advocacy Institute is limited to 30 participants and space is available on a first-come first-served basis. Please note that payment is due at the time of registration.

3. What are my payment options?

The preferred payment method is by credit card (Discover, MasterCard or Visa) or PayPal. If you cannot use either payment option it is also possible to pay by bank or wire transfer. Please contact the HREA Training Coordinator ( to request an invoice that will include the required bank information.

4. What is included with tuition?

Tuition includes the 4-day training program, lunches and coffee breaks throughout the training, a training pack and hard copies of all training materials, access to the 2014 Advocacy Institute webpage, a course certificate upon successful completion of the program, and a reception on the final evening of the Advocacy Institute.

Please note that accommodation is not included with your tuition payment.

5. Who should attend the Advocacy Institute?

The Advocacy Institute is intended for professionals seeking to increase their skills and gain practical understanding of participatory advocacy methods and tools. Participants include staff members of NGOs and inter-governmental organizations, academics, educators and activists.

6. Is the training accessible for persons with disabilities?

HREA seeks to ensure its training programs are fully accessible for persons with disabilities and that everyone is able to participate on an equal basis with others. Please contact the Training Coordinator ( with any questions or concerns about accessibility including the specific forms of reasonable accommodation you require.

7. Do I need a visa?

Please refer to the United States Department of State’s website to determine if you will need a visa to attend the Advocacy Institute.

8. Which visa should I apply for? How do I apply?

You will likely need an H-3 visa as a Trainee. To apply for the visa, please refer to this link on the State Department’s website.

To request an invitation letter, please contact the Training Coordinator (

9. Where will the Advocacy Institute be held?

The Advocacy Institute will take place on the Doble Campus of Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts (USA). 

10. How should I arrange accommodation?

Participants are responsible for organizing their own accommodation. Single occupancy, air conditioned rooms will be available on the Lesley University campus from 4-9 August 2014 for US$95 per night. More information about how to arrange accommodation at Lesley University will be available soon. Please note that accommodation on the Lesley University campus is basic; the Victorian style houses have single sized (twin) beds and do not include a private bath. Bathroom facilities are located on each floor and are shared with other Advocacy Institute participants.

Alternatively, you may choose to arrange accommodation at a local hotel. Please click here for a list of hotels in Cambridge, Massachusetts (USA).

11. What is the closest airport?

Boston Logan International Airport is the closest airport to Cambridge, Massachusetts (USA). 

12. Is the Advocacy Institute accredited?

The Advocacy Institute is not accredited. However, all participants who successfully complete the training will receive a certificate of participation from HREA. HREA has special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and is a member of the international consortium LINGOs (Learning in NGOs).

13. What is HREA’s reimbursement policy for the Advocacy Institute?

HREA is not able to offer reimbursements for the Advocacy Institute. Under certain circumstances participants can be deferred to a future session of the Institute. HREA considers deferral requests on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the Training Coordinator ( as soon as possible if you are requesting a deferral.

14. Do you offer scholarships?

Unfortunately, we are not in a position to offer scholarships for the Advocacy Institute. For an overview of other possible funding/scholarship opportunities, please visit our Scholarship opportunities page.

15. Who should I speak to if I have any unanswered questions?

If you have any more questions or concerns, please contact our Training Coordinator, Nate Weisenberg, at or +1 (617) 301-4323.


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