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APPLICATION FOR 2009 WORKCAMPS IN BURUNDI,
KENYA, RWANDA and UGANDA; Saturday, June 21 to Saturday, July 25
Thank you for your interest in taking part in peace team opportunities
in the Great Lakes region of Africa. Below is an application form:
including a set of questions. We recommend the following course of
action as you consider applying to be a member of one of the peace
1. Listen well to the Spirit within to discern how you are led.
2. If you are a Friend, or are associated with a Friends Meeting or
Church, ask for a Clearness Committee to sit with you as you test your
leading. If you are not associated with a Friends Church or Meeting,
please seek out 3 to 6 people with whom you can discuss your leading
to apply for this project and ask them to help you gain clarity. (This
group is referred to in the application as your Clearness Committee.)
As a basis for exploration in meeting(s) with your Clearness Committee
you may wish to use the questions below. If you are approved as a peace
team member it is expected that you will form a Support Committee which
could be the same group or could be different people. (See more information
3. As you answer the questions on this application be clear and true
Applications will be accepted on a first come/first served basis until
the workcamp teams are filled. If you have questions, please do not
hesitate to email Dawn Rubbert, AGLI Program Manager, via Dawn@aglionline.org.
We will inform you regarding acceptance for a specific workcamp within
one month of receiving both your application and the report from your
We hope that after you have sought guidance from the Spirit you will
feel led to apply. Whether or not you do, we thank you for your inquiry
and for any thought and care you devote to the people of the Great
Lakes region as they work to reweave the fabric of their societies.
THE APPLICATION FORM Date: _______________
Complete this form, including answers to the questions, and email it
to Dawn@aglionline.org as a word document or rtf file. Please use
color or upper case, or a different font for your responses to enable
us to read your application more easily. Do not convert your application
to a pdf file.
Which workcamp are you applying for?
Any____ 1 Burundi ____ 2 Kenya-Lubao ____ 3 Kenya-Lugari ____ 4 Rwanda-Gisenyi
____ 5. Uganda ____
Your Name: _______________________ Date of birth: ___________ Age__
Male __Female __
Your official name as found on your passport:
Country of Citizenship on your passport:
Mailing Address - if you are a student please give current and permanent
Phone(s) – give
all possible contact numbers:
List places you have lived for a period of 1 year or more, plus any
experiences outside your home country.
Current Volunteer commitments:
If you are a member or attender of a Friends Church or Meeting, give
its name and location:
If you are actively involved in a faith tradition other than that
of the Society of Friends, please give your affiliation and briefly
describe your involvement in this tradition.
that you speak and your level of fluency (e.g., minimal, fair, very
What is the name and email address of the clerk (chair) of your clearness
SHORT ESSAY QUESTIONS
1. What experiences or skills do you have that prepare you to work
cooperatively with AGLI projects in the Great Lakes Region of Africa?
2. Discuss your
ability to work with a team, and to make decisions with a team, using
consensus or ‘sense of Meeting’ (Friends
decision making processes). How do you give and receive criticism?
Are you willing to work directly under the direction of AGLI’s
3. Discuss your ability to work cooperatively under the care of African
Friends Yearly Meetings whose values and style of worship may be significantly
different from the values and worship style to which you are accustomed.
do you want to do this work?
5. How has your interest in Africa developed? Do you have much knowledge
of the country and situation where you are applying?
6. Tell us about a time when you discovered that you yourself had
a bias or discrimination against a person or group of people. How did
you make the discovery? What did you do about it?
in Burundi, Kenya, and Rwanda, and the weight of working with those
who have undergone traumatic experiences, may prove
to be stressful. Tell us about a previous stressful situation you have
experienced and discuss your ability to work in stressful situations.
Describe what you might do to alleviate your stress, and to nurture
8. Burundi, Kenya, and Rwanda are very poor countries. Daily wages
are often less than the equivalent of $1 per day. How do you believe
that you will adjust to these circumstances? Tell us your reflections
on how you have responded to similar circumstances you have already
expects that each person chosen for a workcamp peace team will raise
a minimum of $3800 to pay the expenses of the workcamp and
airfare to/from Africa. Please tell us what ideas you have for your
fundraising campaign and who will be helping you with your fundraising.
expect you to meet with a Clearness Committee. The clerk (chair)
must email a report of the sense of the committee to Dawn@aglionline.org.
We recommend that you first answer the questions below and share
your answers with the committee. You may wish to revise your answers
following the clearness process. This Clearness Committee may become
your Support Committee. See more details below.
critical part of developing the African Great Lakes Initiative has
been developing continuing relationships between people living
in the Great Lakes region and people outside the region. What continuing
role might you envision for yourself, and for your Meeting or other
faith community, with Great Lakes Friends following your experience
as an AGLI team member?
return home can be one of the most creative parts of your experience
if you use it to synthesize what you have observed while
in Africa. It can also be a very trying time as people may not seem
to understand your experiences. How do you expect to cope with your
re-entry into your home country?
Team Members are expected to abide by behavioral guidelines as delineated
These guidelines apply during the entire time you are an AGLI Service Team
1 Respect and follow directions of the African workcamp leaders supervising
2 No use of tobacco
products, including smoking (it is now illegal to smoke in Kenya
and Uganda except in the privacy of one’s own
home); no alcohol; no sex outside marriage (heterosexual or homosexual);
and, no illegal drug use.
3 There are many ways of behaving that can be rude or insensitive
to Africans. Clean clothing, without tears and/or holes must be worn
at all times. Good attire is expected at official functions such as
attending church -- women should wear skirts or dresses at least covering
the knees and men should wear a nice shirt and long slacks.
4 Do not go barefoot outside the place where you are sleeping.
5 Do not go out at night unless accompanied by a local (African) workcamper
or an adult member of your host family.
6 Be extremely
careful with all the gadgets with which internationals are so well
endowed — camcorders, CD players, laptops, cameras,
video games, etc. This includes the taking of pictures and videos.
7 Do not take expensive things, including jewelry, when modestly priced
ones will do. Be keenly aware that funds are very scarce for Africans--what
you might consider a modest expense (dinner for $3) might be better
used by Africans for family welfare.
8 Individuals will frequently ask you for assistance. Under no circumstances
give funds to individuals, no matter how much you want to help. In
addition, gifts must not be given to individuals as this will create
gossip, envy, and hostility in the community. If you would like to
be generous, give funds or gifts to the local AGLI partner organization
with which you are volunteering, or which is hosting you. Ask them
to use your donation for whatever they consider to be the most pressing
need in the community.
9 When possible attend social events including church services around
10 Wear a seat belt whenever you are in a vehicle that has them. Seat
belts are required by law in Burundi, Kenya and Rwanda. Be very cautious
about riding a motorcycle.
11 It is safer not to give a lift to armed people, except when there
is no choice. Do not give beer to or buy beer for soldiers, guards,
or any other individuals.
If you want a deeper understanding of the need for any of the above
rules please ask. They will be discussed during pre-service training
in June. Type your name below indicating that you have read, and do
accept and agree to live by these guidelines.
I have read these behavioral guidelines and agree to abide by them
while a member of the workcamp peace team.
The African Great Lakes Initiative requires applicants to have a clearness
committee in conjunction with the application process. This committee
should consist of three to six persons with whom you will be comfortable
speaking about sensitive topics. The Clearness Committee should include
both youthful and mature members; and ideally, at least one person
who has lived in a third-world country. The committee may be appointed
by your Friends meeting or church, or, self-constituted. One person
should be appointed as clerk (chair) and it is best if that person
invites the other people to be part of the committee. If needed, AGLI
will try to help you find people for your clearness committee. The
committee should meet with you one or more times to discern your clearness
to go to Burundi, Kenya, or Rwanda as a member of a workcamp peace
team. Topics to be discussed include, but are not limited to, the following.
Are you emotionally, physically, and financially able to go to Burundi,
Kenya, or Rwanda?
Are you spiritually prepared?
Are you willing to adhere to the expected conduct while in Burundi,
Kenya, Rwanda, or Uganda?
Do you think you will be able to thrive in the minimal living conditions
in the Great Lakes region of Africa?
While in Africa
every word you speak, every action you take, and the clothes that
you wear will be observed and commented upon. You will
not have the privacy to which you are accustomed or the flexibility
to “do your own thing” and express your individuality in
ways that are common in America. How do you expect you will react to
Africa has a very poor image in America because the international
media mostly reports on conflicts, AIDS, famine and death in Africa.
Consequently some people, including perhaps your own close relatives,
will react very negatively to your intention to join a workcamp in
Africa. How will you handle this?
How does your family and those whom you love most dearly feel about
your leaving to go to Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda or Uganda? Have you discussed
it with them?
Do you understand and accept the risks that are involved in working
in a country which has had periods of violent conflict?
As a workcamp peace team member do you think that you will give more
than you receive or receive more than you give?
We ask that the clerk of your committee send an email report to Dawn@aglionline.org.
This can be as brief as saying that the committee met with you and
believes that your discernment is free and spirit-led or it can be
detailed minutes of the meeting(s). The report should give some information
about the committee members. Feel free to contact AGLI with any questions
are selected to be a member of a workcamp peace team in Burundi,
Kenya, or Rwanda AGLI expects you to form a Support Committee before
you go. While you will be the person on the "front line" doing
the work, your effectiveness will be greatly enhanced by an active,
involved committee supporting you and your work back at home. Committee
members will become informed of the conditions and progress at your
workcamp in Burundi, Kenya, or Rwanda. The duties of the Support
Committee include, but are not limited to, the following.
• Help you prepare, in all ways necessary, for your departure to Africa.
• Help you
publicize the work and raise funds for AGLI and the workcamp before
you leave, while you are there, and after you return.
any pending issues you have at home while you are away.
• Serve as
the conduit for information that you send back home: distributing
it to a wider audience of family, friends, the Quaker
community, and others, as appropriate. This can be done by many methods
including email and may include use of pictures.
• Help you
with readjustment back home after you return from the workcamp. This
should include meeting with you as often as needed
to listen as you assess your time in Burundi, Kenya, or Rwanda and
re-acclimate to the home scene.
The clerk of the support committee should have direct contact with
the AGLI’s Program Manager, Dawn Rubbert, Dawn@aglionline.org.
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