La Giraudiere is the home of the association “Les Amis
De La Giraudière” situated one kilometer from the village of Brossac
which is in the region of Nouvelle Aquitaine, South west France.
L’association, Les Amis De La Giraudière is a non-profit, non
government organisation, NGO, registered with the prefecture of the
department of the Charente. Our national identification is number is Numero
siret 798 712 048 00015.
La Giraudière is well established in the village life of Brossac and
yet remains international in its operations and scope. This mixture of
Local French life, European awareness and international outlook
provides a place for cultural understanding with a unique French
Since 2008 La Giraudière as been hosting volunteers, interns, trainees
and educational groups.
“Volunteers help but
informally learn whilst
Interns and trainees
arrive to learn but also informally help”
Volunteers of all ages and from all points of the globe have helped
create the centre La Giraudiere and continue to help today to improve,
not just the the center, but also the programs offered and help with
the day to day running of the center.
Interns & trainees profit from the learning internships and
traineeships which are focused around the day to day running of the
association, the programs and it’s center. These are as varied as
project management, entrepreneurship, hospitality, marketing,
accounting, property maintenance to say just but a few. The Learning
internships at La Giraudière are both training and preparation for the
working world. They provide the bridge from studying to a real job.
In 2010, Our first School group arrived, La Giraudière as played
host to schools, academies and university groups from UK and the USA.
School trips and school groups are another of our focuses.
In 2016, La Giraudiere applied and in 2017 received an Erasmus
accreditation as a organising and receiving agency of the ERASMUS +
program. The program is administered and funded by the European
Commision under the lifelong learning program. Erasmus + is open to
people from 17-30 and presents the opportunity for applicants to be
funded for a volunteer stay on a selected and European approved project
at La Giraudiere. The period of volunteering can be up to one year.
In 2017, Our first project under the European Volunteer Service was
approved for funding the project was titled “Young Entrepreneurs
Rejuvenate Rural France” and aimed at reducing the decline in rural
area of France by encouraging entrepreneurship in the rural youth..
In 2019, La Giraudiere received approval & funding of a project
titled “Recognizing Young Entrepreneurs and teaching Entrepreneurship”
submitted for funding under the European Solidarity Corps. The project
will aim to introduce the subject of Entrepreneurship into formal
The teaching resources at la Giraudiere are endless apart from the
officers, teachers and members of the association each year the variety
of volunteers that participate and contribute towards the project and
it’s different programs are as wide ranging as a CEO from USA, an
accountant from Japan, entrepreneurs from Australia, a retired Supreme
court judge from New Zealand, solicitor from Ireland, Doctor from
Scotland, website creators from China.
The association’s income is derived from Donations, grants and fees
contributed from the hosting of volunteers and interns, we also from
time to time hold fundraising community events.
“Is to provide a place of learning and culture exchange open to people
of all ages,
all nationalities and from all backgrounds of life”.
Part of our mission is already being achieved through our volunteers
program which offers an affordable way for people to come, take part
and learn about France, its language, its culture and its lifestyle and
at the same time learn about each other’s culture. Similar with our
internship and traineeship programs.
Another Part of our mission is also achieved through the Erasmus
programs whereby students between the age of 18 - 30 can come and
participate on selected projects at La Giraudiere at no cost to the
participant. We now take this a step further and offer
scholarships to those unable to benefit from the European Funded
programs. Through the Scholarships on offer at La Giraudiere.
Participants will be able to participate as a volunteer, intern or as a
trainee sponsored by our association. These places will be free of fees to
warranted and selected participants.