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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about AGLI Workcamps
What is FPT/AGLI?
Friends Peace Teams (www.friendspeaceteams.org) is the parent organization
of the African Great Lakes Initiative (AGLI). Workcamps are one part
of the efforts of AGLI (pronounced AG’-lee), which supports
reconciliation, community building and trauma-healing at the grass
roots level in Burundi, Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, and, Tanzania
through Alternatives to Violence Project workshops, Healing and Rebuilding
Our Communities workshops, mediation training, women’s support
What happens at a workcamp?
Under the direction of local Africans, workcampers build schools,
clinics or community structures such as peace centers. For details
of the 2013 summer projects see the workcamp
do workcamps take place?
2014 workcamps will begin Saturday, June 28 and end Saturday, August
Who can apply for a workcamp?
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 welcome. Typically, on any given workcamp
team, there are both non-African (e.g., US, Canadian, British) and
African participants. It is expected that each workcamper will work
cooperatively and be respectful of and open to other cultures. Each
workcamp site is under the direction of a local AGLI partner.
What skills do I 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
Where will I live? Either with a family or with other workcampers
- see the workcamp description for specifics.
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, when it is deemed safe. Rates
of violence in Africa are much lower than in the US. If a situation
becomes unsafe in an area of a planned workcamp we will offer workcampers
a safe alternative.
How much does it cost and how do I pay?
Each workcamper is expected to conduct fundraising activities and to
contribute a minimum of $2,300 (USD) plus the cost of airfare to/from
Africa (approximately $2,000 from the US). Workcampers typically
raise funds from a variety of individuals and groups, e.g., monthly
meetings (churches), yearly meetings, college grants, civic organizations,
local businesses, etc. Workcampers hold fundraisers with assistance
from their clearness/support committee. $2,300 covers living expenses
in Africa, provides a minimum of $1,200 for the purchase of building
materials for the workcamp project (building supplies are purchased
locally), about 5% goes to AGLI administrative costs, and, it subsidizes
the living expenses of Africans who are on the team. For North Americans
it also covers the cost of Orientation near Washington DC. AGLI provides
information and ideas to help workcampers raise funds. North American
workcampers are also responsible for transportation to/from Washington
DC for Orientation.
How and when do I apply?
Download the workcamp application
or contact email@example.com.
The form indicates that each applicant is advised to begin with the
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 5-6 months before the late June
orientation. Applications will be accepted as long as there are openings
on the workcamp teams.
-- Contact Dawn Rubbert, AGLI’s Program Manager,
via firstname.lastname@example.org or 314-647-1287.
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