L’Arche Experience & Solidarity program
Participants: 20 Matched with 20 L’Arche Communities in low-income contexts
Project timeline: Volunteers spend 6 to 12 months in a L’Arche community

What it is

  • Each year approximately 20 volunteers (people from both inside and outside of L’Arche) are selected and matched with 20 L’Arche Communities.
  • Volunteers commit to spending six months to a year in the receiving L’Arche community, where they will accompany L’Arche Core Members through their daily life, and be completely immersed in the local community life. 

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"If the possibility of becoming an international volunteer crosses your path, I would say take your chance. It comes for some reason and it’s worth it.” - Julia Huber, Assistant in L’Arche Mexico

Why it is needed

  • In L’Arche communities there is weakness that facilitates growth together in unity rather than division, and in service rather than in power. L’Arche is like a living laboratory for human growth and peacemaking skills.
  • This profound journey of growth has significant implications for individuals, L’Arche communities, and for society at large, but the journey requires times of reflection and meditation. 

Why it is unique

  • It is a sacred time for participants, and an opportunity to choose again their commitment to the mission and vision of L’Arche.
  • Both new and long-term members of L’Arche come to the retreat from communities all over the world, and represent various religions or denominations. This diversity greatly enriches the times of small group sharing. 

Funding needs

  • Lodging and travel expenses for facilitators and participants from the low-income contexts.
  • Salary for workshop leaders.
  • Conference room rental and workshop materials.
  • Expenses associated with preparation, and follow up.

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Detailed budget available upon request.