Peacebuilding Conference.

Join us Wednesday, September 21st, 2016 from 5:30 to 8:00pm –  for Hostelling International (HI) San Diego’s annual Peacebuilding Conference. The theme of this year’s Conferenpeacebuilding_logo 150x236ce will be “An International Experience Close To Home.” The Conference will focus on encouraging San Diegans to recognize our unique border area as a place to explore global awareness and cultural exchange.

The goal is for students and community members in San Diego to cross the U.S. Mexican border and experience what Tijuana, and Baja in general, have to offer. This is a great opportunity for students who are considering traveling abroad as part of their educational programs.

Tickets are available in advance for a donation of $5 here.

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Event Details

The HI San Diego Peacebuilding Conference is an annual event to recognize the UN International Day of Peace. This year, the conference is being held on The International Day of Peace and in conjunction with HI USA’s Sleep For Peace program.


Derrik Chinn, founder of Turista Libre

In 2007, Cincinnati native Derrik Chinn did something not unthinkable but definitely abnormal. He moved to Tijuana, Mexico. A former entertainment reporter and photographer for the San Diego Union-Tribune, he now operates Turista Libre, a day-trip company aimed at destigmatizing the border city and its surrounding territories by ushering foreigners to sights usually reserved for locals. Chinn calls the city “a postmodern mecca of otherworldliness and humble innovation,” adding, “beneath the veil of corruption and violence, Tijuana mesmerizes.”

Elisa Sabatini, Executive Director of Via International

Responsible for  providing strategic direction, creating new programs and securing resources for Via International, whose program areas include leadership education, family health, nutrition, micro-finance, sustainable agriculture and community organizing. The social enterprise of the organization is VolunTours™ offering transformative experiences in Mexico, the US/Mexico Border region, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Bolivia, and Sri Lanka.

Colleen Patricia Garrett, Secretary of the San Diego Peace Corps Association

Colleen regularly crosses the US/Mexico border to participate in volunteer projects, eat amazing meals, visit historical sites and enjoy an international experience close to home. She will be talking about why it is important to her to visit Baja and how she has simplified the process.

Jennifer Kramer, of Discover Baja and Baja Test Kitchen

Jennifer will share information on how to obtain necessary documents to cross the border, talk about travel safety and provide ideas for things to do just south of the US border.


Purchase tickets here


Where is the conference being held?

The Hall of Nations in Balboa Park, which is located near the International Cottages at 2191 West Pan American Road.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Balboa Park has a lot of parking lots and a free tram that stops near the International Cottages. The Organ Pavilion parking lot is directly across from the Cottages. Please note, the tram stops running at 8:00pm. ( Participants are encouraged to take public transportation to the Conference. You can learn more about bus routes here: Ride sharing is also a good option. Use the opportunity to talk with your driver about peace!

Will there be food and drink provided?

Heavy appetizers from Super Cocina will be served.

Can I buy a ticket at the door?

Ticket prices at the door the evening of the confrence are $10 per person. It’s best to register in advance and give your ticket to a friend if you are not able to attend.

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

If you have purchased a ticket and can no longer attend, we encourage you to give it to a friend!

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

To be on the safe side, please bring either a printed ticket or a screen shot of your receipt.

The name on the registration/ticket doesn’t match the attendee. Is that okay?

Yes, no problem.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Contact Teresa at