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Quaker Voluntary Action enables participation in spirit-led volunteering that makes a practical and social difference. Our projects build community and work for a more just and peaceful world.

Join us this year to volunteer at the Help Refugees Warehouse in Calais (15-19 July and 4-8 November), at an eco-farm in Italy (26-31 August), at Swarthmoor Hall (23–27 September), in Israel-Palestine (14-25 October) and in Leighton Buzzard (info coming soon!).

You can read about recent working retreats on our blog.

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Enjoy our photo gallery from the past 10 years!

  • Before: helping Wycombe Refugee Partnership redecorate a halfway house for refugees, December 2018
  • High Wycombe, December 2018
  • After! Helping Wycombe Refugee Partnership redecorate a halfway house for refugees, December 2018
  • High Wycombe, December 2018
  • Swarthmoor Hall working retreat
  • Picking olives in Palestine
  • Enjoying food together on a working retreat in Israel-Palestine
  • Family photo!
  • Taking a break
  • Signpost to The Pales
    Towards The Pales - August 2018
  • A woman smiles at the camera whilst pulling at a plastic bottle around the base of a tree
    Ruth tackling the milk bottles around the base of the trees! The Pales, August 2018
  • Two participants raking and picking olives off olive trees
    Raking and picking olives from the trees - October 2018
  • Helping with the olive harvest, October 2018

Working RetreatsA group of people standing in an olive grove

QVA organises working retreats in Britain, Europe and beyond. Volunteers participate in practical projects and reflective sessions that promote personal spiritual development with meaningful engagement in the world. A range of activities may include gardening, renovation, olive harvesting, decorating, sustainability and woodland management.

Have a look at our upcoming working retreats here.

Newsletter

A woman smiles at the camera whilst pulling at a plastic bottle around the base of a tree

We publish our newsletter each year which gives reports of the previous year’s projects and articles by our volunteers and facilitators. If you have participated on a working retreat and would be happy to share your experience in our newsletter, please get in touch.

Please find the 2019 newsletter here: QVA Newsletter 2019