Home Garden Workshop Facilitator

Help Grow Healthy Families on the White Mountain Apache Reservation


But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.
Matthew 13:23

The Need: Volunteers will help facilitate gardening seminars that will teach families on the White Mountain Apache reservation how to garden. This will help address obesity and health issues caused by living in a food desert, reach non-church members with the Gospel by sharing knowledge with them, and meet them at a place of need.

Location: White Mountain Apache Reservation, in Whiteriver, AZ
Dates:  Two weeks in early spring preferred. Flexible dates throughout the summer possible.
Number of volunteers needed: Two

Anticipated Daily Activities: Help teach health and gardening modules: soil, planting, composting, gardening material purchasing, etc. 

Qualifications & Skills: Interest in healthy communities and foods, a desire to share the gospel, and a history of growing food in one’s own garden necessary.
Master Gardeners, experience with certified organic farming, and experience teaching gardening classes to children and/or adults preferred. 

Medical Accessibility:The site is somewhat remote, so there is not easy access to emergency medical care. Those who have serious medical concerns will want to take this into consideration

Recommended to Bring: 
Bug repellant
Plenty of sunscreen
Bible for personal devotions
Hat (for working outside)
Water bottle
Work gloves (gardening gloves)
Teaching materials for garden workshops as needed

FUNDRAISING: Volunteers desiring to serve on the Apache reservation have the opportunity to fundraise for their Program Fee ($50), a Daily Living per diem ($20/day per person), and plane tickets booked by KW* to help offset some of the expenses. (No reimbursements can be given for fuel, mileage, or car rentals.) 

ESTIMATED COSTS: Varies greatly depending on your city of origin and mode of transportation.

  • PROGRAM FEE: There is a $50 non-refundable fee to participate in this program.

    FREE HOUSING: Participants will stay in the ACTS Building: 
    The following is provided:
    - Pillows, sheets, blankets, and towels 
    - Queen sized bed
    - Microwave, coffeepot, and kitchen are available in the common areas

  • FOOD: Volunteers will be asked to make many of their own meals but are invited to join a community meal on Friday night(s). Meals may occasionally be coordinated by the church or project manager.

    LOCAL TRANSPORTATION: Participants are encouraged to drive their personal vehicle to the reservation to save on expenses. It is nearly impossible to get around the reservation without a method of transportation. The time it takes to drive to nearby towns ranges from 45 minutes to 3 hours.

    *FLIGHT: If Kingdom Workers books the flight, volunteers can choose to pay KW directly, or have the amount added to their fundraising goal. If volunteers reserve their own plane ticket, they will forfeit the option of fundraising for that cost. No reimbursement can be given.

    OTHER: Tribal permit for hiking ($10) (Optional)


Cultural Considerations:

Dress on the reservation is generally modest but not fancy except for special occasions. For your own comfort and out of respect for others, we suggest wearing more conservative clothing.

Volunteers should not feel offended if during a group conversation, someone switches from speaking in English to Apache. Many of the elderly speak English as a second language and are simply more comfortable/able to express themselves in Apache.

People talk about time loosely on the reservation. A 1PM meeting may happen anytime in the early afternoon.

Out of love for you and the Apache people, we strongly urge you to abstain from drinking during the short time that you’re present on the Apache mission as a worker for the gospel.

Meanings associated with drinking are different in different cultures and contexts. Here on the reservations, it is associated with drunkenness, lewd behavior, irresponsible parenting, disrespect for the church, and a traumatizing history in many families.

The reservation is generally safe as most violence is domestic or gang related, but do remember that visitors are obvious “outsiders” while staying here.  Volunteers should be aware of their surroundings and take special care when traveling at night. Hiking and walking at night are strongly discouraged.

Anna Sherod

Field Manager

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