Apache Youth Garden Assistance  

Help Grow Healthy Kids in East Fork, AZ

DEADLINE TO APPLY: February 20, 2017

The Need:  Would you like to learn about indigenous farming on the Apache reservations? Excited to teach children about health and gardening while sharing the Gospel?

This coming summer, three service immersion participants will have the opportunity to live and work on the White Mountain Apache reservation throughout the growing season. They will learn about indigenous farming and growing healthy plants from the Ndee Bikiyaa community farm. This knowledge will be used to share in the work of gardening at the East Fork Lutheran School’s Youth Garden.

The school garden is envisioned as a place for community members to gather as well as a place that blesses others. Some produce from the garden will be donated to the local Lutheran church’s Celebrate Recovery (substance abuse recovery) ministry.

In response to the grace of Jesus, and in accordance with the commission of the body of Christ, this Kingdom Workers Service Immersion opportunity will foster cultural exchange and understanding. Participants will join in a series of guided learning and service opportunities facilitated by Kingdom Workers Apache staff, Apache Lutheran leaders, and local volunteers. 

Goal: Educate and immerse volunteers in indigenous farming and Apache ministry

Location: East Fork / White Mountain Apache Reservation, in Whiteriver, AZ

1st OPTION: May-June, 2017
2nd OPTION: June-July, 2017
3rd OPTION: July-August, 2017
(6 weeks each)

Number of volunteers needed: 1 participant for each 6 week period

Qualifications & Skills: Ability and desire to do physical work (weeding, digging, watering), interest in healthy communities and foods. 

Anticipated Daily Activities: Participate in farm activities daily. Help teach health and gardening modules to children two or three times a week. 

Expectations of Participants
- Complete Kingdom Workers Application 
- Respond to essay questions about personal learning goals for this experience  
- Complete pre-trip orientation 
- During Service Immersion:  Daily Bible studies; Weekly small group discussion 
- Complete post-trip team reflection, survey, and essay

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)
An extra fan
Small kitchen tools you can’t live without (e.g. food processor, tea kettle, muffin pan, etc.)

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

Want to get a feeling for the impact this project has on the community? Read up on last year's work. 

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