What is a FWB Caravan?

Guided by the values of the FWB, with the vision of "shaking the world" and instill people with the confidence that it is possible to make a better world through good actions, the “FWB Caravan” were born, which will allow people to live a fraternal experience that will be cherished forever!

To live out the values of the FWB mission and contribute to transforming lives, the organization’s humanitarian efforts take a sensitive, respectful, technical, and thoughtful approach in the places where the projects are located. Therefore, all activities are guided by ethics, moral values and transparency guidelines.

The caravans are voluntary and aim to offer participants a fraternal experience and encourage everyone to be an agent of change. In addition, it seeks to introduce participants to local realities, whether with their deficiencies and vulnerabilities as well as with the cultural and human richness, such as the strength of the African people - who teach us about humility and purity -, and of our Brazilian brothers and sisters. Therefore, we will serve our brothers and sisters through the donation of affection, discipline, respect, cooperation, and compassion.

The caravans are complementary to the projects carried out by the FWB. Thus, they are organized with the participation of sponsors interested in volunteer work, according to their area of personal or technological knowledge, or professional skills. It is important to point out that, to participate in the caravans, it is necessary to be a sponsor of one of the organization's projects.

By signing up, get ready for an experience that will change your life. “I am because we are”, the Ubuntu
philosophy that guides our caravans. Your service, coming straight from the heart, will be welcomed by
all people assisted by our projects, who have been living in precarious conditions, with little food and
resources but always keeping the hope that better days will germinate for them.

 

UBUNTU NATION – 6/25 to 7/3

 

What are the goals of this caravan?

All caravans have one main goal, which is to give the opportunity for our sponsors to learn about Fraternity
Without Borders operations directly in each project. You will bring back to your home the experience of
fraternity.

At this time, this caravan trip will focus on the Ubuntu Nation School, which will be led by Charles Heaton, a
principal in elementary school. He will organize activities for all volunteers according to their knowledge
and skills, even if they are not at the education field.

Do not worry! Our school has opportunities to work with kids, teachers, parents, administration, and
support staff, and much more. Everyone is welcomed to join.

If you are familiar with the project and are willing to propose activities, please, let us know when
registering to the caravan.

 

When is this Caravan planned to happen? How long does it last?

The humanitarian work will be from June 26th to July 2nd. The volunteers arrive in Malawi on June 25th
and depart on July 3rd, 2023.

 

How much does it cost? How do I pay for it?

The volunteers will be responsible for the inbound and outbound flight fares going in and out of country.
These costs are managed by the volunteer once their participation in the caravan is confirmed. Remind
that, the sooner you buy your tickets, the cheaper the flight price.

In addition, there are costs for ground transportation, accommodation and food/beverages, translators,
maintenance staff, and others. Each volunteer will pay US$56 per night at the project. For this caravan it
is a total of US$ 450.

There are extra costs with visa, vaccines, health insurance, and covid tests that varies according to the
country of each person. These costs are not covered by the amount informed above. More information
and guidance is provided by the caravan coordinator.

All caravans have a registration fee of US$100 paid after the orientation session which happens once a
month.

Covid and the Caravan

The pandemic has brought several lessons to all of us. One risk we run when traveling internationally is not being able to return because of testing positive for COVID. This risk must be measured by each volunteer and be part of the decision process to participate.

It is recommended that each volunteer acquire a travel health insurance that covers COVID costs. In addition, you must consider the extra costs of accommodation, food, ticket exchange and test for return. Some insurances cover these costs, so please check what works best for you.

In case you cannot return, you may also have to take time off from work. So, consider the implications of this Caravan on your return.

What else do I need to know?

All volunteers are important for the FWB activities carried out in the projects. This entails and demands
an important responsibility from each volunteer, as it involves participating in the lives of people who
are very vulnerable and who at some point were invisible. Therefore, for the volunteer’s purposes to be
aligned with those of the FWB, it is essential that:

  1. know the purpose of the caravan
  2. know the FWB mission, vision, and values
  3. research about the place where you intend to carry out the volunteer activities
  4. understand that the volunteer's role is to work for a better world
  5. realize that FWB humanitarian caravans are not intended for social tourism

 

Register to the caravan and get invited to the monthly caravan orientation session.

  • "In 2019 I had the amazing opportunity to join a medical mission to our FWB Madagascar project. We started a campaign to raise money to buy as many medical supplies as possible, packed our luggage and off we went.

    Arriving at the Peace Camp in Ambovombe, we were greeted by the locals in an atmosphere of music, dance and happiness, which made us feel truly welcomed!

    During two weeks I was able to work with adults and children with respiratory, neurological, and mental issues. 

    At times, it was very hard to see the local reality of starvation and lack of medical care. But it was amazing to see, feel, and be part of the work that was done with so much compassion and love. The Caravan gave me the chance to experience the Fraternity and I will cherish it forever. I can’t wait to go back."