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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.
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.
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
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.
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.
will I live?
Most often workcampers live with host families. Depending
on the site, workcampers may live in a dormitory within
church compound, or in a house shared with other workcampers.
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
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
(churches), yearly meetings, college grants, civic
organizations, local businesses, etc. With assistance
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;
provides a minimum of $1,200 for the local purchase
of building materials for the workcamp project. All
supplies are purchased locally in Africa. Workcampers
are also responsible for getting to/from Washington
How and when do I apply?
Read the workcamp description. Next,
select the workcamp
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 email@example.com.
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