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TfG volunteers support Christian retreat centres across the UK that work to create special spaces where guests can enjoy taking time out of their normal busy lives.

The needs

These placements need volunteers to join them in serving the individuals and groups who come to the centre to recharge and connect with God. The work is all about serving through hospitality. 

For example, you could be involved in some of the following:

  • Serving meals and refreshments

  • Welcoming and caring for guests during their stay

  • Help with maintenance projects such as gardening and painting

  • Housekeeping such as tidying and cleaning when guests leave

  • Participation in staff prayer/worship times and possibly with guests as well

Work-life rhythms

You would live on site in community with other volunteers and staff. Usually meals are provided with the option of preparing simple food and snacks for yourself.

You would have regular days off but may work some evenings and weekends. It is a great opportunity to meet lots of new people and improve your English while serving within a Christian project. In your free time you could also join a local church and other groups outside of the placement community to make friends and grow in your faith.


  • Some of the work would be physical.

  • Retreat centres are often located in very rural settings, so you may be living further away from a local town or city.

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