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WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A KEIPI AND A KEIPI JOURNEY?
A Keipi is a traditional Georgian feast that includes 15 toasts on the themes of life.  Always present is wine - the blood that unites us.  The table is laden with food and often complete strangers are invited to join; there is always room.  In addition the Keipi is managed by a Tamada (the MC), as well as a Melikepe who is responsible for keeping the wine full.  It is very important to note that the Keipi table is the embodiment of what we do overseas in our work.  That is, bringing people together.  For more on the Keipi we still maintain this link here:  http://firststhings.wix.com/kepi-invite

Now, the Keipi Journey is where we take the spirit of the Keipi and bring you along to one of our four amazing locations to experience a different culture.  A curated adventure with our Field Workers, to provide a journey in which friendships are forged amongst amazing locales.

THE KEIPI JOURNEY SOUNDS GREAT, BUT HOW DOES IT HELP?
Each of Keipi Journeys actually counts as a donation directly to FTF.  The price of your "donation" reflects the costs to run the tour and the rest goes directly to sustaining our Field Workers abroad.  Your money may also go towards creating connections: primarily between you and Impresarios as you travel with us.

I UNDERSTAND YOU HELP PEOPLE, BUT HOW EXACTLY?
To put it as clearly as possible, we help people through a series of Socratic sessions (we call them Ideation Sessions).  During these meetings (they can last from 30 minutes to a whole day) we ascertain what problems the Impresario, entrepreneur, or community is having and start a process of solving those problems.  Using LEAN methodology, we want people to focus on ways to test, record, and iterate in order to create success.  If and when the Impresario reaches a knowledge gap, we pull from our local and international networks to provide an invested collaborator to work with the Impresario - either to teach, guide, or help implement their ideas.

Our process never forces Western thinking, what we think is "best," or someone the Impresario doesn't want.  We maintain that listening and guiding are the best way towards achieving lasting change.

WHAT ARE FTF'S METRICS FOR SUCCESS?
For FTF the metric of greatest importance is whether or not we humbled ourselves by living among the poor while listening to their needs. However, we understand that for accounting, grants, and funding we need to be a little more specific.  Therefore, we track 15+ metrics, ranging from a poverty index score, to connections made, to time spent on problems. We also track 4 metrics for our Field Workers, including things like: hours spent on language, with an Impresario, or meals had with locals.

We want to make sure that we aren't tracking metrics just for the sake of tracking things.  Instead, we want these numbers to reflect the love and relationships present both in country and in mission.

HOW AM I HELPING IF I JOIN THE HUB AND WHAT CONTRIBUTIONS CAN I MAKE?
The hub acts primarily as a way for our Field Volunteers to find people with knowledge and/or skills directly applicable to a problem that an Impresario is having.  You decide how committed you want to be.  Prefer advising over email?  We can arrange that.  Or do you want to travel and meet the Impresario directly, to see and feel what they are working on?  We can make that happen!  The focus for us is on creating a relationship between you and an Impresario, then allowing something beautiful to take place.

Like our idea, but can't make it happen in this crazy wold we live in?  Support us through donations instead!

ARE YOU THE SAME AS PEACE CORPS?
While we may resemble the Peace Corps on the face, our process is much more focused on the relationship side.  Peace Corps is usually more targeted in their approach while we try to cast our net a bit wider.

IS FTF A RELIGOUS ORGANIZATION?
While we have Orthodox Christian roots and our mission reflects a lot of old-world values, we are not officially a Christian organization.  We welcome people in all their flavors.

OTHER QUESTIONS?
Please contact Reilly Dooris at reillydooris@first-things.org with any inquiries.