Volunteering in France – A week at La Giraudière.


The La Giraudiere 2017 volunteer program is now underway! Over the last two weeks we’ve welcomed the first six volunteers for 2017, Texas Tom who comes for his fourth season with us as well as five people who are joining us for the first time.

The past week has been busy with lots of jobs to do but also lots of social events to attend! Brossac may seem like a quiet village at first but there are so many activities to get involved in and the local community are very welcoming. Below are just a few of the social things we have been to over the last few days.

Paella Night:

The local football team recently won their league and to celebrate they held a gathering in Chalais. We were invited with around 100 other people to have paella. After indulging in lots of delicious food and wine the party really started! People of all ages took to the dance floor and danced into the early hours, we even got to see some French dances which we will definitely be taking back home. Everyone there was very friendly and we even managed to get invited to a birthday party later in the week. On the way back to La Giraudiere we stopped off and went to the karaoke, unfortunately we ran out of time and didn’t get to hear Paul sing!


Monday afternoon, we ventured into town and joined in for a couple of games of Pétanque with some of the locals. This was a great opportunity to practise a bit of French and even though I was terrible at the game it was a fun afternoon and a chance to tan (or get sunburnt…)


Tuesday evening, after a day working in the scorching sun, we went to a restaurant in Chalais to play a game of poker and have a lovely dinner. At the game there were a mix of English and French speakers, it doesn’t matter if you can’t play – grab a drink from the bar and chat with some of the other players or take a walk around Chalais. The people we met here invited us to other local activities, it’s best to just get stuck in!


Even though the weather wasn’t great, on Wednesday we decided to have a BBQ and invite some of the local people we had met during the week. It was a fantastic evening with plenty of food, drink and singing. It was also nice to see how much French we had picked up even though we had only been here a short time, proving that immersion into the culture really is the best way to understand a language.

On a daily basis, a group of us often take a short walk down to the lake to go swimming. It’s often quiet down there but there are two bars overlooking the lake so if swimming isn’t your thing you could go have a drink and take in the views.


The best thing to do with this project is just to have a go! It’s a great opportunity to meet new people, to learn/practice your French and try new things you haven’t done before. There are plenty of jobs on-site to keep you busy during the day and lots of activities to participate in on an evening which will make your stay here unforgettable.

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Travelling and volunteering work in south France.

IMG_20170508_171407Travelling and volunteering work in south France.

I first found out about Lagiraudiere on this website here: https://www.gooverseas.com/volunteer-abroad/france

My name is Jos Doggett 19 from the UK. I recently left my university course and decided I wanted to travel a bit In Europe before going off to other places. I was also looking for some volunteering abroad and found that this was a perfect fit.

Being the first volunteer here in 2017 I am happy to say Lagiraudiere does not disappoint on the promise of delivering a true French experience. Meeting the local people of Brossac was a nice change from the people back home In the UK.  Everybody here seems very friendly and welcoming and (Paul the project manger) seems well integrated with the community.

One of the things I have enjoyed most so far while staying here is the location which is perfect for taking long walks and bike rides. A good spot is down by this tranquil and quiet lake. I have also liked eating out with the community especially paella night which had live music and lots of friendly people who are fond of there French wine.

The work itself has been good and physical with plenty to do but with a relaxing atmosphere. Paul has been very welcoming and kind and makes you feel apart of the community. Sharing the accommodation with others has been easy as we all help out as a team here. I also find it good that you can do what you like on the days off with the choice to take part In some activities. And this makes the whole thing feel nice with a relaxed vibe.


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Internship In France gets an update

Internship Abroad in France

For the past 6 years La Giraudière as offered Learning and training Internships in France well, a long overdue website update as just been completed but there is still more needed to be done, I will explain later in this post. Visit the update Training & Learning Internships In France

The internships at La Giraudiere are really unique yes without question take for example that our internships are all in by this we mean the learning internship, the language course, your accommodation, your meals, transfers and a lot more are all in one place at La Giraudiere. So With This internship there is no arranging your language course no searching for accommodation everything you need is here at La Giraudiere you do not need to deal with some office far away in London or Hong Kong no we are here with you every step of the way.

Internship Abroad in France

Presently there is one internship available and that is the Assistant to the Project Director you can read a full description of this Internship as The Assistant to The Project Director but others are planned which will be under the headings of Hospitality Internships and Facility management Internships so watch this space if you are thinking for 2018.

If you are thinking why you should do an internship abroad then maybe read the article a previous intern put in place titled The Benefits of an Internship Abroad it explains why abroad and why with a volunteers project and why La Giraudiere. Thank you for taking time to visit and read our blog and maybe you one day will be blogging here in France for The La Giraudiere Project

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Internship in France gets a boost from Oxford

La Giraudiere’s internship opportunity as just been accepted by the careers service of the University of Oxford. It will be interesting to see how many enquiries are generated from this posting.

University of OxfordThe Careers Service
56 Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 6PA

Dear Paul Rice

Thank you for posting your opportunity to the University of Oxford Careers Service (on CareerConnect). We are pleased to advise you that your posting has been approved and is now available for student and alumni viewing.

The internship they have approved is that as Assistant to the Project Director you can read more about the internship at Internship in France

A big thankyou to Oxford University and we look forward to a long lasting partnership with you.

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Erasmus Accreditation for La Giraudiere

Erasmus+ now at La Giraudiere

After two years of preparing our application which started in 2015 La Giraudiere is now an official accredited receiving and organising Erasmus agency for the European Commision’s life long learning program known as Erasmus Plus, or Erasmus+.

erasmus+ 30 years on


2017 marks 30 years of Erasmus+. The original Erasmus programme began in 1987 as an exchange programme giving higher education students a taste of life and learning abroad. You can read more about the anniversary on the European Commission’s dedicated Erasmus+ 30 webpage, including a video.


In the ensuing thirty years, Erasmus grew and has developed into something much bigger, which is reflected in the addition of the ‘+’ in 2014 to create Erasmus+ .

Today, Erasmus+ funds thousands of opportunities a year, for students, staff, teachers, apprentices and young people, from across education, training, youth and sport. Projects cover a huge range of topics and the programme now extends beyond Europe with initiatives like International Credit Mobility.

La Giraudiere as prepared its first project under this program called  “Young Entrepreneurs Rejuvenate Rural France” – Acronym : YERRF

We will know if our project will be funded on the 14th April 2017 soon a link here will be published so you can see exactly what we propose. Please stay tuned

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