Camp Life

Welcome to Peacebuilders Camp at Koinonia Farm! Our week will be filled with experiences that will open your eyes, stretch your mind, challenge your thoughts, pull at your heart, engage your hands, test your strength, and nourish your soul. You will meet a wide variety of people who are working, serving and living in ways unfamiliar to you and whose lives will touch yours in unexpected and long-lasting ways. We hope you will come full of expectation, ready to experience new ideas, make new friends, build new skills, and have a ton of fun in the process!

Our Hosts

Koinonia Farm in Americus, Georgia is a community of people who have chosen to live and work together in ways that build peace locally and globally. Koinonia Farm is a working farm and operates a warehouse, mail-order business, and gift shop. During our time at Koinonia, we’ll learn about its peacebuilding history, join in the farm work, and get to know some of the dedicated folks there. We’ll also have a chance to reflect on Koinonia’s commitment to simplicity and community, and compare those values to the materialism and individualism that we generally see all around us.

Our Lodging

Koinonia Farm’s guesthouse will be our home-away-from-home for the week. Two to four campers will share each bedroom. Our group will have its own kitchen and living room as well, and two bathrooms with showers. We’ll share some meals with the Koinonia community, and prepare others for ourselves.

Our Schedule

Peacebuilders Camp’s curriculum is built around the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Each day of camp is planned with a particular human right, or a particular article from the UDHR, in mind. Field trips, guests speakers, discussions, games, and other activities will give you the chance to learn about, reflect on, and share what you think about each of these rights. In addition, we set aside time each day for you to exercise your “right to leisure” (UDHR, Article 24) through crafts, cooking, water play, basketball, volleyball, frisbee, campfires, and unstructured social time. Woven into the week’s experiences will also be opportunities to reflect on the link between care for the earth and peacebuilding. We’ll think about how what we eat, how we travel, and what we throw away impact the earth and all who live on it.

Each session’s schedule includes a focus on five or more of the themes listed below. Some sample activities that go along with each theme are also listed.

Introduction to the UDHR and Right to Equality (UDHR, Article 1)

Activities may include:

  • Community-building games
  • Introduction to Koinonia Farm and its history in the Civil Rights Movement
  • Video about the UDHR
  • Skits and roleplaying
  • Storytelling (e.g., stories of Rosa Parks, the Little Rock Nine, and others)
  • Movie night

Right to Work and to Fair Pay (UDHR, Article 23, Section 3)

Activities may include:

  • Visiting a local farmers’ market
  • Touring Café Campesino
  • Touring Ruby’s Happy Patch at Perry Wellness Center
  • Game about fair trade
  • Work project at Koinonia
  • Fair-trade craft projects
  • Storytelling (e.g., stories of Cesar Chavez, Emma Tenayuca, and others)

Right to Adequate Health Care (UDHR, Article 25, Section 1)

Activities may include:

  • Service project at a migrant farmworkers’ clinic
  • Touring farms where migrants work
  • Game and discussion of health disparities

Right to Freedom of Thought, Conscience & Religion (UDHR, Article 18)

Activities may include:

  • Meeting a conscientious objector
  • Visiting Andersonville National Historic Site
  • Interviewing Koinoina Farm members
  • Games and discussion of matters of conscience
  • Storytelling (e.g., stories of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Rachel Corrie, and others)

Right to Adequate Housing (Article 25, Section 1)

Activities may include:

  • Exploring Habitat for Humanity’s Global Village
  • Service project with the Fuller Center for Housing
  • (This day often also includes a focus on international peacebuilding, with related activities and guest speakers.)

Right to Mobility and Asylum (Article 14, Section 1)

Activities may include:

  • Discussing U.S. immigration policies and current events
  • Visiting El Refugio in Lumpkin, GA, and learning about immigrant detention
  • Meeting and learning the stories of immigrants
  • Enjoying a meal prepared by an immigrant family
  • Service project at a local community center that serves immigrant families

Right to Education (Article 26)

Activities may include:

  • Guest speaker from Liberia Orphans Education Project or other non-profit that supports education
  • Service project benefitting students in a developing nation

Right to Enjoy Art, Science, and the Cultural Life of the Community (Article 27, Section 1)

Activities may include:

  • Discussing videos about access to the arts for groups with economic or physical limitations
  • Participating in dance, poetry, or other artistic expression
  • Meeting an artist who serves marginalized groups
  • Creating original art on a peace theme
  • Sharing talents in a talent show with Koinonia community
  • Meeting a scientist to learn about the process of scientific research