Help equip families with basic home maintenance skills!

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 Whiteriver, AZ on the White Mountain Apache Reservation
Dates: One-two weeks. Multiple dates in 2018
Number of volunteers needed: 4-6
Application deadline: Applications are accepted at any time

Project Description: Volunteers will serve alongside experienced local members to help equip others with the skills needed to do minor repair and maintenance in their homes. The skills and knowledge for these repairs has been lost in many families, and the government entities that try to help with repairs are overwhelmed with many requests.
Volunteers will participate in group workshops and home-based training with tribal home occupants to assist teaching basic home maintenance in areas like plumbing, electrical, and cabinetry repairs. 

Looking for volunteers with skills in any/all of these areas and a desire to share the Gospel.
Interest in building cross-cultural friendships and mentoring/teaching preferred.

FUNDRAISING: Volunteers desiring to serve on the Apache reservation have the option of fundraising 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.) 

Although optional, we ask the volunteer to consider fundraising a program fee of   $50 which is used to help off-set the development, promotion and volunteer support costs of this project.

  • HOUSING: A small apartment can be provided on a first-come basis for volunteers at the East Fork Mission. Volunteers are welcome to camp an RV on-site.

    • FOOD: Volunteers will be asked to make many of their own meals but are invited to join a community meal on Friday night(s). 

      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 if interested ($10)


Suggested Items:
- Conservative clothing (t-shirt and longer shorts OK for outdoor work)
- Bug repellent
- Plenty of sunscreen
- Bible for personal devotions
- Hat (when working outside)
- Water bottle
- Work gloves 
- An extra fan
- Small kitchen items you can't live without (ex. food processor, tea kettle, muffin pan, etc.)
- Hand tools such as a hammer, nail belt, tape measure, speed square, utility knife with blades, bird's foot/cat's paw, and chalk line

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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 1:00 p.m. 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 time that you are 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.