International Volunteers inspire Wales' Peace Garden

UNAE Peace Garden International Volunteering Project (2nd – 14th of August)

UNA Exchange have been hosting volunteers from around the world for a 2 week 'peace camp' in Cardiff, during which as part of the Wales for Peace project they were developing the Garden of Peace.

After a warm welcome the volunteers were taught about the history behind the temple of Peace and were taken on a peace tour around Cardiff. Over following two weeks the volunteers worked with a variety of community groups including: Asylum Seekers and Refugees from Trinity Centre, Tibetan Buddhist centre and Cathays community centre.

When introduced to their main task of renovating The Peace Garden situated behind the temple of peace, Maria (a volunteer from Barcelona, Spain) described it as a “ghost garden”. However after two weeks and a total of 50 hours cleaning, cutting and tidying the garden it was pleasing to hear Maria later say: “it was so rewarding to see the changes, now the garden is a much more inviting, I just hope that our work will be maintained for the future.”

The volunteers also worked with Cardiff based Mosaic artist Maureen O’kane to create the new Mosaics that will now welcome people to the garden of peace.

To coincide with International Youth Day (August 12th) the volunteers took part in a workshop exploring the concept of ‘Peace’.

You can find out more about the ‘Wales for Peace’ project on this website, or get involved as a volunteer, supporter or local partner organisation by emailing

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