Various projects are available with the length of commitment varying from a few weeks to a year. 

Application procedures vary; in most cases applicants fill in an application form and are invited for an interview. This interview stage is as much to allow the applicant as well as Face-Faw to ask questions. If you are interested in supporting Face-Faw then please contact Fr Francis at Face-Faw: or at 01439 766797 or 07801 885318.


Ampleforth has established links with Francis Maria Libermann School Since 2006. Amplefordians have helped in the school on some occasions – but any new volunteers would need new negotiation. 


Since 1983, Face-Faw have helped in the village of Buigiri in Tanzania - about 30km East of Dodoma City, or seven hours by bus from Dar-es-Salaam. Volunteers help in a Blind Rehabilitation Centre, a Blind School, and provide support with other needs. Timescales for this project vary. Students spend either a few days or many months in Buigiri. About ten Amplefordians have helped in Buigiri since 1993. 

This placement requires a commitment for one year. The Missionary Servants of The Poor of The Third World work in the mountain ranges of the Peruvian Andes. In Cusco, they work with 700 children.
Ethiopia - Missionaries of Charity

Working with the Missionaries of Charity (sisters of Mother Blessed Theresa of Calcutta) in service of the sick and of the dying - from a few days to many months.


Ethiopia - Helping in Schools

Various different schools, in different regions of Ethiopia are possible placements for Gap Year Students.  Some of these placements are organised by the Cistercian Order who run large schools in Addis Ababa, Gondor and Hosanna.


Helping with the poor and orphanages in North-East Romania, with the Romanian Children's Humanitarian Foundation (RCHF) – for varying lengths of time.  Over the past 10 years about 10 students have helped with this project. There is the possibility of helping with one or all four of the Face-Faw/RCHF Summer Camps in July 2017 (each camp lasting 5 days) this help is much needed. There is a possibility of helping at other times as a number of Amplefordians have done in the past. 


 Lourdes Stage

This project provides the opportunity to go to Lourdes as a stagiaire (trainee) to serve with the Hospitalite de Notre-Dame de Lourdes (different to the Ampleforth Pilgrimage, and not a school group).  Since April 1985, there have been 36 Ampleforth Stage Groups in Lourdes, involving 373 stages and 207 persons.  



Since 1983 Amplefordians have gone regularly to Chile to be involved in the prayer, in the community and in the work of the Manquehue Apostolic Movement. Normally leavers go from March to September following the year when they leave Ampleforth. They live in a community house and become involved in the prayer and community life.  They will normally be involved in one or more of the three schools run by the community in Santiago – San Benito, San Anselmo or San Lorenzo. Sometimes time will be spent at the retreat house of the Manquehue Community in Patagonia, 2,000 miles South of Santiago. Such applications will be considered by the Manquehue Movement and specifically through the Community of St Columba, which has been established at Ampleforth between January 2016 and January 2018. 



Working with young children at the Julia Centre in Canacieras, Bahia in northern Brazil to help poor children aged 6 to 8 years. The Julia Centre was established in memory of Julia Thomson, killed in road accident in New York in September 2007 - the sister of Douglas Thomson (H96), William Thomson (H99) and Charlie Thomson (H06).  

Alliance for International Monasticism (AIM)

This placement offers teaching positions connected with monasteries in Asia and Africa to teach English for three to six months. AIM is a Paris-based Benedictine organisation to serve monasteries in the developing world. Much of the practical work of AIM in Africa and Asia is done by an Ampleforth monk, Fr Mark Butlin (O50) – he travels often to monasteries in the Philippines, India, Korea, Vietnam, Ethiopia, Southern Africa and Western Africa. There may be a need for someone (probably in a group of two) to help teach English. There may be financial coverage of costs by AIM. After applying to Face-Faw, applicants will be interviewed by Fr Mark.

Order of Malta

Working with the poor, the Order of Malta works in many countries - in every continent.  In some circumstances it may be possible to volunteer to help – but they are increasingly asking for qualified helpers. The Order of Malta have up to 80,000 volunteers worldwide. 


L'Arche Community

The handicapped L'Arche Community consists of those with learning disabilities and their helpers living together. L'Arche was founded in 1964 by Jean Vanier. Today there are 130 L'Arche communities in 30 countries. It is possible to help in a Community in France for 3 to 6 months.