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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about AGLI Workcamps

What is FPT-AGLI?
Friends Peace Teams (FPT) is the parent organization for the African Great Lakes Initiative (AGLI). AGLI promotes
and supports reconciliation, community building and healing through Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) workshops,
Healing and Rebuilding Our Communities (HROC) workshops, women’s groups, etc. The Great Lakes region includes
Burundi, the Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, and, Tanzania. Summer workcamps are one project of AGLI.

What happens at a workcamp?
Workcampers build and/or rebuild houses, schools, clinics and community structures such as peace centers. 2009
summer projects include: continued work at an HIV-AIDS clinic in Burundi; continued construction at Friends Peace
Centre – Lubao. Kenya; a new project rebuilding homes in the Lugari region of western Kenya; and, continued work at
Friends Peace Center in Gisenyi, Rwanda on the border with Congo. Significantly – what also happens at a workcamp is
lots of opportunity for interchange between African team members and other workcampers, and individual growth.

When do workcamps take place?
Workcamps take place in late June and July and last about five weeks. They are preceded by a 2-day orientation in
the US immediately before departing for Africa. 2009 Dates are June 21 – July 25. Note that workcampers from
Europe will not be required to attend the orientation in the US.

Who applies for workcamps?
Anyone with a leading to do peace work. Workcampers of all ages are welcome, though most are between 18 and 35.
To date the youngest workcamper was 8 and the oldest 84. While many Quakers apply, persons of any spiritual calling
are most welcome. Each workcamp team has both non-African (e.g., Americans and Canadians) and African members.
All workcampers are expected to work cooperatively and to be respectful of and open to other cultures.

What skills do workcampers need?
No skills are required. Each person does what s/he is able to do. Don’t have carpentry skills? You can carry the
lumber. Don’t have bricklaying skills? You might surprise yourself and find you have an aptitude and can learn.

Where will I live?
Most often workcampers live with host families. Depending on the site, workcampers may live in a dormitory within a
church compound, or in a house shared with other workcampers.

Is it dangerous where I will be sent?
While it’s true that the some communities where AGLI projects take place have been sites of conflict, workcamps are
set up well after the conflict is over and when it is deemed safe. Rates of violence in Africa are lower than in the US.

How much does it cost and how do I pay?
Each American workcamper is expected to raise a minimum of $2,300 plus their airfare to/from Africa (roughly
$2000). Workcampers typically seek contributions from a variety of individuals and groups, e.g., monthly meetings
(churches), yearly meetings, college grants, civic organizations, local businesses, etc. With assistance from their
clearness/support committee they often hold fundraisers. The $2300 covers the cost of the orientation and living
expenses in Africa. It also subsidizes the living expenses of Africans from other countries who are on the team; and,
provides a minimum of $1,200 for the local purchase of building materials for the workcamp project. All building
supplies are purchased locally in Africa. Workcampers are also responsible for getting to/from Washington DC.


How and when do I apply?
Read the workcamp description. Next, select the workcamp application. The form indicates that each applicant will want to begin with a clearness committee to determine the depth of his/her leading. Because the process of committee gatherings and reporting can take a little time, and because fundraising will be necessary, it is recommended that applicants begin the process 6-8 months before the late June orientation. Applications will be acceepted as long as there are openings on the workcamp teams. Questions? -- Contact Dawn Rubbert, AGLI’s Program Manager, via dawn@aglionline.org.

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