Our French website has been upgraded and rewritten thanks to some of our volunteers! We are very excited to launch the new page and the volunteers loved giving their input.
When Antoine was volunteering with us last week, we decided to use his wealth of French knowledge to our advantage. We asked him to read through our French site and correct any issues he noticed. He rose to the challenge and has tranformed our page.
We also gave our international management and languages student, Eilidh, a chance to practise her marketing and language skills by proof reading the pages and adjusting anything that didn’t quite fit. Big thank you to these 2 volunteers for all their efforts.
We hope our French site will encourage French volunteers to come to La Giuraudière to improve their English skills and also give some of our Anglophones the chance to practise their conversational French. It is a win win for everyone involved, so we really hope our new improvements will encourage those looking for volunteering opportunities to get involved.
Why not share the link below onto your Facebook page and let’s see how far we can spread it!!
We sadly had to say goodbye to our two lovely volunteers, Antoine and Mai. Both of them have been a massive help here at La Giraudiere.
Firstly, we have Antoine from France who was here for 3 weeks. This bubbly character always kept us entertained, from dancing at dinner to his little book which he religiously wrote his new English words into. He was a great asset with constructing our new balconies and with any labour intensive job. He always had a smile on his face which in turn made the atmosphere that bit happier.
Antoine thouroughly enjoyed all the trips we went on, especially when we went to the beach at Royan. However, his favourite activity was much closer to LG, as he loved going down to the lake with Janet (a.k.a Auntie Janet) to swim and play in the water. We miss you already Antoine and we wish you all the best for the future.
We also say goodbye to Mai, an English teacher from China. Despite being here for only 1 week, she was very helpful in our office. She translated many of the pages of our website into Chinese so that more Chinese volunteers have the opportunity to come to LG. She was very committed and even used part of her day off to complete the project.
Mei Bigiong – Chinese Volunters
One thing Mai loved doing was taking pictures!! As she was keen to show her husband all of her travels, she would happily sit looking out the window on our drives and just take as many pictures as possible. Her favourite trip was to the concert and market at Barbezeuix and is very keen to come back next year. We would love to have you back and thanks again for all your help.
Bon voyage Antoine and Mai and we would love to have you back volunteering with us next year!!
Here at La Giraudiere, we love sharing cultures. Due to our volunteers being from across the globe, everyone has their own traditions, from clothing to cooking. We pride ourselves on allowing everyone to experience other cultures and a prime example of this was last Friday. Our resident Scot, Eilidh, decided to teach some of our volunteers how to ceilidh dance.
For those who are unaware of what ceilidh dancing is, it is a traditional form of Scottish dancing. It is frequently performed at weddings and Burns Suppers and is a great way to get people dancing and mixing. Eilidh “loves a good ceilidh“, so after dinner she took Janet, Jack and Antoine through a few of the steps.
They covered a total of 3 dances; “The Gay Gordons”, “The Canadian Barndance” and “The Military Twostep”, all accompanied by tunes from Eilidh’s favourite bands from home. Despite discovering they all had 2 left feet, the group soon got into the dancing and in the end they put on a great show.
When the team got too tired from all the Scottish dancing, they deicded to let their hair down and put on some classic tunes that everyone could dance to. Macarena, S Club 7 and Steps were all blaring from LG and the group loved being able to dance under the stars and have their own party.
Here is a short clip of the group performing “The Gay Gordon’s” .Why don’t you try and learn it from the video and send us a clip? The best video will get shared on our Facbook page, get your dancing shoes on!!
After our volunteering during the week, we love an exciting weekend, jam packed with culture and experiences!
Our weekend began on Saturday when some of our volunteers headed off to Brossac for the local market and explore the village further. Despite the weather not being fantastic, Shao Ping, Eilidh and Antoine had a fabulous time looking around and relaxing!
On their return, the group headed off to a local fête in Tatre. We saw the local bike race and some of their stalls before heading to Chalais for a family dinner. It was nice to relax together as a group and enjoy some local food-it was amazing!!
selfie on the way to the fete
To end day 1, we watched Brossac&Chalais football team win their first game of the season. It was a close game, despite the final score being 1-0, and the volunteers loved watching the game and interacting with the locals.
allez les verts
Day 2 saw us decide to head to the beach in Royan! To break up our journey, we stopped off along the way in Talmont to see the cobbled streets, hidden shops and the historical church. We then continued onto Royan to enjoy some local food, shopping and sunbathing!! It was the perfect way to enjoy the sunshine and we all had a smashing time. We ended our trip at St Palais Sur Mer for some ice cream and a final swim before retunring home. Due to the excitement of the day and all the fresh air, we were all asleep by 9pm!
Eilidh enjoying the local delicasey of mussels and chips in Royan
the view of the church in Talmont
We had a great weekend and we would like to thank Paul for taking us to these fabulous places. We are now back to work and already planning our next excursion!
As sad as it was to say goodbye to Jessse, we welcomed 2 new volunteers this week. Jack and Janet from England are spending a few weeeks here with us to improve their French and immerse themselves in the Frenchculture!
Jack is our politics enthusiast from Devon! He loves a bit of “bant” and don’t get on the wrong side of him when it comes to scones (the jam MUST go on before the cream) Despite not speaking much French when he arrived, in the past few days he has picked up a lot of vocabulary and he feels like he is improving lots! After arriving earlier in the week, he deicded to take advantage of the local transport and spend a few days in Paris! He had a fabulous time but is happy to be back with the LG team.
Lucky Jack has been seeing this iconic French monument for the past 3 days
Next we have our dancing queen Janet from just outside London!! She arrived last night, just in time for a boogie at the lake at the end of season concert. In Eilidh’s words “I hope to be as cool as you are when I am your age”. After learning French for a year through conversation classes at home, she found LG on the internet and decided to come and spend 3 weeks with us. She is a keen gardener, so will be taking full advantage of our plants and land to show her artistic side.
Our beautiful courtyard for Janet to transform
Again, welcomeJack and Janet and we hope you have a pleasant stay with us in Brossac!!
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