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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Volunteering Abroad France

Volunteering Abroad

Volunteering abroad, is an article written by Reuben Lachmansingh, a published author from Canada. Reuben is currently volunteering at La Giraudiere in France, here are a few paragraphs from his article which will explain more than I,

“I came with a unique personal experience, having participated in the International Cultural Exchange Programme (ICEP) started by the late Robert Tesdell (1919-2001) from his New York city office.

During the late seventies to the eighties, my wife Pauline and I hosted hundreds of young people from Europe, answering Tesdell’s call, during the fall in our motel in Niagara Falls, Canada. They had acted as counsellors in youth camps in the USA and at the end of their session, were repaid with a tour of interesting sights in America while staying with host families or at low-cost motels.

At the time of writing this I’m involved in a project that is the reverse of my role in Tesdell’ s ICEP project, in that my fellow participants involved with the La Giraudiere project in Brossac, France, are from Tesdell’s  USA, as well as from Canada, the UK, Australia, and New Zealand. We are fulfilling Tesdell’s dream of greater human understanding and international peace through friendship and educational initiatives.

This article, volunteering abroad, is written by Reuben Lachmansingh, a published author from Canada. You can read the full article at, Volunteering Abroad

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Canadian volunteer Comes to Grips with French Plaque au Feu

French Plaque de Feu

Here at Giraudière, two cast iron fireplate plaques, fabicated in 1659, were found in two different fireplaces of the original Master’s mansion built around that time.

The two plaques have been cleaned and made ready for painting. Natalaie a volunteer from the UK has been painting the plaques so as to make ready for their resting place at La Giraudiere.

Plaque de feu

Natalie after preparing the two plaques

The first one is hexagonal in shape, approximately 70 centimeters in width and length. At the centre is a shield showing the fleur-de-lys, once the badge of the French Kingdom. On top of it is the Royal crown, portraying authority. On both sides, flanking the shield and crown are two palm branches, which since antiquity have been symbolic of victory, triumph, peace, and eternal life. Christianity sees the palm branch as victory of the spirit over flesh.
The second plaque is a square of the same dimension. At the base is Saint Eustace, a 2nd century patron saint of hunters and anyone facing adversity.
Eustace was the Roman general Placidus, who while hunting in Tivoli near Rome, saw the vision of a crucifix stuck between a stag’s antlers. This affected him so much, he decided to convert to Christianity.
“Canadian Volunteer Comes to Grips with French Plaque au Feu” is an article written by Reuben Lachmansingh describing the history of the  French fireplace fireback found at La Giraudiere. You can read the full article at French Plaque De Feu


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