Other Programs

Within three miles of our front door is some of the greatest wealth and power in the world as well as some of the worst of urban blight and economic injustice. This proximity allows us to provide a range of experiences that help us to see the world with new eyes for understanding and action.

We welcome groups of all ages to spend time here in Washington participating in a seminar or Workcamp tailored to meet their needs and interests. We work closely with group leaders to identify the issues and the goals of the group so that it is a fulfilling and enriching experience.

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William Penn Quaker Workcamps: If you are intersted in a " Learning Through Service"-type of program with a Quaker emphasis, William Penn Quaker Workcamps fit this model. We work with groups of all ages, faiths and regions to develop programs designed to learn about the complex nature of social justice while nurturing individual and community leadings to bring peace and justice to the world.
We also work with colleges to develop multi-day seminars. Working with professors and instructors, we develop a schedule of activities that explore a social justice theme. Past programs have included the Palestinian/Israeli conflict, HIV/AIDS, and Global Human Rights Issues.
   
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Potlucks/Conversations: We hold monthly potlucks/conversations, inviting a wide range of speakers to talk about issues of the times, faith, leadings and passions. These potlucks are generally the first Sunday of each month at 6:30PM, and are always listed on our calendar.
   
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Yoga: Every Tuesday evening at 6:30 PM, Elizabeth Goodman holds a yoga class in our Cory Room. The cost is $15 per class ($12 for people working in education/non-profits). All of the proceeds of this class support William Penn Quaker Workcamps.
   
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Meeting for Worship: From 7:30 to 8AM every morning, we hold a Meeting for Worship in the tradition of Friends. All are welcome.
   
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Internships: We offer full-time paid internships. Interns are a vital and vibrant part of the William Penn House community, helping to run the lodging and hospitality as well as being actively involved in all programs. In addition, interns are encouraged to use their time here to nurture their own leadings.
   
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Gap Year: Similar to interns, but with some distinct differences. The Gap Year Program is designed for people who are interested in taking a year off between high school and college to explore their inner world as well as the outer world, developing a sense of self and direction while also learning some basic life and organization skills. Their hospitality responsibilities are 50% of full-time interns, with the balance of time focused on personal and career development.

We work with group sizes of 8-30 people. The rates vary depending on program intensity and size. Please contact us to learn more.

Please remember that many groups book their lodging and programs 12 -18 months in advance.

 
Meeting for Worship: Daily at 7:30 AM.
515 East Capitol Street, SE Washington, D.C. 20003   •   (202) 543-5560   •   info@williampennhouse.org