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2009 AGLI WORKCAMPS
BURUNDI, KENYA, RWANDA, UGANDA
Sunday, June 21 to Saturday, July 25, 2009
1) Burundi Workcamp – Kamenge
Host Partner: Friends Women’s Association (FWA)
Location: Kamenge, Burundi - On the outskirts of Bujumbura
Objective: The Workcamp Peace Team will build additional rooms for the clinic
which primarily serves HIV positive women and children. Read more about the
FWA <<click here>>.
Housing: Workcampers will stay in an apartment at the Friends Center in downtown
2) Kenya Workcamp – Friends Peace Centre – Lubao
Host Partner: Friends for Peace and Community Development (FPCD)
Location: Lubao, in western Kenya near Kakamega
Objective: The Workcamp Peace Team will continue building at the Friends Peace
Centre-Lubao. Learn more about the Alternatives to Violence
Project (AVP) in Kenya <<click here>> and read A Little
Peace of Kenya <<click
here>> in the Winter 2007 PeaceWays.
Housing: Workcampers will live at the Peace Centre.
3) Kenya Workcamp – Lugari
Host Partner: Friends for Peace and Community Development (FPCD)
Location: Lugari District in western Kenya between the town of Eldoret and
Objective: The Workcamp Peace Team will build simple houses for vulnerable
people whose homes were destroyed during the violence at the beginning of 2008.
(See above for more information.)
Housing: Workcampers will live with Kenyan host families
4) Rwanda Workcamp – Gisenyi
Host Partner: Gisenyi Friends Church
Location: Gisenyi, Rwanda. On the northern edge of Lake Kivu, west of Kigali.
Objective: The Workcamp Peace Team will continue construction of Gisenyi Friends
Peace Center. This is the third year for this project. Gisenyi is on Lake Kivu
on the border with Congo. Peace work there includes Rwandans and Congolese.
Housing: Workcampers will live with Rwandan host families.
5) Uganda Workcamp
Host Partner: Bududa Vocational
Institute & Children of Peace -
See visit their website <<click here>>
Location: Bududa, Uganda about 20 miles north of Mbale on the slopes of Mount
Objective: The team will build a structure for the Vocational School, either
a shop for carpentry class or a dormitory for boarding students.
Housing: Workcampers will stay with villagers or in the new guest house.
General: We accept all ages: workcampers have been as young as 8,
as old as 84 and have included an entire family of five. Our goal is
for each team to include 6 international (non-African) and 6 local
workcampers plus professional builders.
Physical & Skill
requirements: Good health and willingness to do manual labor. Construction
skills and experience are not necessary.
conditions: All workcamps will be spartan. There may be no
running water (pit latrines and splash baths), limited electricity,
and, email may be non-existent or erratic.
Conduct for Team Members While in Africa: The African Great
Lakes Initiative (AGLI) partners with African Quaker Yearly Meetings.
Team members will be in close contact with members of these Yearly
Meetings. Workcampers are expected to abide by local Quaker behavioral
expectations as delineated below. These restrictions apply during the
entire time the individual is considered a member of an AGLI Peace
and follow directions of the African workcamp leaders supervising
No use of tobacco products, including smoking, (it is now illegal to
smoke in Uganda except in the privacy of one’s own home and
Kenya is considering the same law); no alcohol; no illegal drug use;
no sex (heterosexual or homosexual) outside of marriage.
• There are many ways of behaving that Westerners take for granted which
may be perceived as rude or insensitive by Africans. Clean clothing
without tears and holes must be worn at all times and good casual
attire is expected at official functions such as church events. Women should
wear dresses at least knee length with sleeves and men a nice shirt
and long pants.
• Do not go barefoot outside the place where you are sleeping.
• Do not go out at night unless accompanied by a local (African) workcamper
or an adult member of your host family
• Be extremely careful with the gadgets with which internationals are
so well endowed -- video games, laptops, camcorders, CD players,
cameras--including taking of pictures and videos.
• Do not take expensive items (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.
• As a Westerner you will frequently be asked for assistance. Under no
circumstances should you 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 organization
with which you are volunteering, or which is hosting you (e.g. FWA
or FPDC). Ask them to use your donation for whatever they consider
to be the most pressing need in the community. Families that host
are adequately compensated by AGLI so there is no need to give additional
funds to anyone in a host family. This will be further addressed
in pre-service training.
• If, after you have returned to America, you decide to raise funds to
support a project in Africa, we strongly recommend that you first
seek advice from AGLI. Ideally funds for such a project should be channeled
through AGLI. This will be addressed during Orientation.
• As possible, try to attend social events near of your workcamp, including
• Wear a seat belt whenever you are in a vehicle that has them. Seat
belts are required by law in Kenya and Rwanda. Be very cautious about
riding a motorcycle.
• 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.
Orientation for North American Workcampers: Sunday, June 21 - Monday
June 22, 2009 at Wellspring: a 210 acre conference center in Germantown,
Maryland near Washington D.C. www.wellspringministry.org. Sessions
begin at noon on Sunday and continue on Monday. Workcampers will
leave together on Monday afternoon for Dulles Airport to depart for
coming from Europe are not required to attend in this US orientation.
of Workcamp Team Members:
1. Each workcamper is expected to conduct fundraising -- a minimum
of $2300 plus their airfare to/from Africa (roughly $2000). AGLI will
assist you and your support committee with fundraising endeavors. $2300
includes: the cost of Orientation at Wellspring for North Americans;
cost of food and lodging in Africa; $1200 towards building materials
for your work camp project; and $450 for AGLI expenses. Airline tickets
will be purchased for a workcamper when we have received the first
$2000 in donations. If these funds are received by April 1st it is
likely that the airfare will be $2000 or less. Later purchases will
cost significantly more.
2. North American workcampers must arrange and pay for travel to/from
Washington, DC for Orientation.
3. Visa fees: Burundi--$80
at Burundi Embassy in US/$40 at Bujumbura airport; Kenya--$50; Rwanda—none
4. Shots and medicines you may need -- more info will be provided
to accepted applicants.
5. One 50 pound suitcase with children's clothes, shoes, school supplies,
and over-the-counter medicines -- details will be provided to accepted
To receive an application email Dawn@aglionline.org or
download it <<click here>>
deadline: We will continue to accept applications until
all workcamp quotas have been filled. Send completed applications to
Dawn@aglionline.org via email. Remember that applications will be processed
only after receipt of a clearness committee report from the clerk of
the clearness committee, via email. Applications will be considered
on a first come/first served basis. AGLI will inform applicants regarding
acceptance within a two weeks of receiving both the application and
the clearness committee report.
A Workcamper Handbook will be sent to those who are accepted.
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