New month, new adventures! After exploring Angoulême, La Giraudière’s volunteers went to explore a new region in France. From 17th to 21st June, the volunteers took part at the “Welcome Seminar” in Narbonne, Occitane region.
This seminar is part of the Erasmus+ program and more than 30 youngsters from 15 countries participated in different team building activities, language games and challenges to discover and explore Narbonne!
The “Welcome Seminar” leaders aimed at helping the volunteers to set their own goals for their projects that they are working on, taught non-formal methodologies to learn French, introduced tools that will support the daily work of the volunteer’s project, answered questions, gave tips about how to explore France and asked about how the projects are going so far.
The seminar and activities were based on non-formal education methodology which is included in the European Union’s 2020 strategy and is valued as a “strong contributor to young people’s access to education, training and working life”. The EU considers that the combination with other forms of teaching and education contributes to enhancing the skills needed such as teamwork and interpersonal relationships.
During this week, the volunteers also shared experiences by presenting the different projects they are working on, participated in important sessions and workshops of different themes as emotional intelligence and problem-solving, important topics to consider when you are abroad.
Although they worked a lot, they also had the opportunity to make friends and have a lot of fun!
Check it out the must things to do in Narbonne according to our volunteers:
– Visit the Cathedral
– Have a nice walk next to the channel
– Rent and drive a boat (license not required!)
– Take a picture in the big bench in the Cathedral garden and feel like a child again
– Visit the beaches next to the city and swim in the mediterranean sea
– Sing your favourite song in “Irish Pub O’brians” Wednesday karaoke night
If you are interested in joining the Erasmus group of volunteers at La Giraudière, you can read more about the Erasmus project at Erasmus Project in France or you can visit the International volunteer’s website at Volunteering in France.