France Christmas Holiday at La Giraudiere

Christmas Volunteer in France

This Christmas, La Giraudiere is planning a Christmas market, marché noel in French, plus a traditional Christmas day dinner and a New Years celebration otherwise known as la St Sylvestre. We need volunteers to come along and help make all this happen.

christmas_market_franceThe Christmas market is planned for Saturday the 19th December and this wil lbe the third market that La Giraudiere.

Volunteers are needed to help with the selling and serving of the hot wine, the roasted chestnuts, burgers and frites. We also need volunteers to help with the setting up the tables, stalls etc and there will be the parking to organise.


Christmas Pudding at La Giraudiere

Christmas Day will be a tradional christmas day with Turkey and all the trimmings; Last year we had over 20 come for dinner from the local area. We poarticular aim at people who are on their own and the price for the dinner and the day is a suggested price and those who can aford more are suggested to do so and those who cant well they just cant. So interested in putting something differnet in place this Christmas.

Newy years eve the 31st and yes we will hold a party with a dinner come last year so again volunteers are needed to help with this dinner and celebrations.


You can read more about the the program and how you can help and find the application form by visiting Christmas Holiday Volunteering and prices start from 22€ per day all in – incredible.

Scottish volunteer helps clear French jungle

Scottish volunteer helps clear French jungle

19-year-old Kirsty Harper from Scotland decided to spend her summer holiday volunteering at La Giraudiere in France for six weeks.

Kirsty arrived from her home town of Bridge of Weir, just west of Glasgow, in late July, and stayed until the begining of September. She tried her hand at everything that LG offers its volunteers. She started with cleaning but decided it wasn’t for her; she then dabbled a bit in IT – again, this just wasn’t Kirsty. After several other projects she finally found her calling when she was asked to join the jungle clearing team. Perhaps it was her Duke of Edinburgh experience that attracted her to this intrepid endeavour.

She also helped put together the Saturday Night Fever event on the 5th Setember. As well as setting the stage for the evening she helped to run the bar with Tibor.

We’re extremely grateful to Kirsty for all the help she’s given us, and we hope to see her again soon!

From Paul thank you for the card and the chocolate and take great care.

Scottish volunteer in France

Kirsty, aided by Giulia from Italy, prepares the guitar stall for Saturday night fever.

Saturday Night Fever


Volunteers at La Giraudière have spent the last few weeks coming up with a music event, which will be held on the first Saturday of each month. Not only does the evening offer its guests music from a range of local artists, guests who have reserved tickets will also receive a main course, a dessert and ¼ of a bottle of wine.

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Flyer for Saturday Night Fever, Created by Kirsty

After establishing the main ideas for the event, some of the volunteers, including Kirsty and Georgia, got to work with the planning and marketing of the event. Posters and flyers detailing the evening’s events were produced and distributed, the event was promoted on various local websites and our social networking sites were updated, so that our followers were aware of the exciting new event After just two weeks of promotion, we are thrilled to say that tickets to our musical soirée in September have now sold out.

La Giraudière’s inaugural musical soirée is now just a few days away, and the volunteers have been hard at work, getting La Giraudière ready for the big event. Kirsty, Giulia, Riccardo and Fei have been giving the Gite a deep clean, stocking the bar and arranging tables in the Old House, Newcomers Ewert and Ki have been helping out in the garden, repairing the picnic tables and creating decorations for the exterior, and Georgia has been helping with the logistics of the event. But the work doesn’t stop there. Over the coming days, there is still much to do, including decorations, signs, and cooking enough Irish stew to feed an army!

Georgia, promoting the event

Georgia, promoting the event

With a good menu and some talented artists coming to play, we are looking forward to what should be a fun and very enjoyable evening. For those who have missed out on purchasing tickets for this month’s event, keep your eyes peels for news of our next musical soirée to be held on Saturday 3rd October!

Paul, having delivered the tables for the event

Paul and Riccardo spent the morning ferrying tables to LG.

Fei, Helping to clean the Gite

Giulia and Kirsty, painting stools for the musicians

The dining area

The dining area

Ewert and Ki, helping to make lanterns

Ewert and Ki, making lanterns for the garden

Fei from USA on her second day

Just a few days ago a new, american volunteer arrived at La Giraudière. Her name is Fei and she lives in Portland, USA.

Fei came to France for a family wedding in Nice but then decided to come help out with our volunteers’ project at La Giraudière after that. She is very skilled at gardening because she is used to taking care of big vegetable and flower garden at home.

Fei is preparing a new appartement for use

Fei is preparing a new appartement for use

She would like to meet new people, share experiences and stories with others and most of all bring happiness to people’s lives.

Hope you enjoy your stay and Friday French lessons Fei!

Flowers at La Giraudiere in August

Flowers at LG during August


Sharon’s first european experience

Sharon is a new volunteer from Australia. She came from Tasmania to experience Europe for the first time. Her first stop was Paris and then La Giraudière.Sharon during her first working day

She is participating in our project for just one week and will help us with the cooking and maintenanceof the household. After this volunteering experience she will travel to the Pyrenees for a challenging hike.

She is a very communicative and active person, so she will have no problems learning French. Sharon would love to contribute in a community based environment, share ideas and learn from others.

Enjoy your stay in France!Communal dinner at LG

Dagmar from UK joined our team

Last week Dagmar also arrived from the United Kingdom. She lives in the south coast of Britain near Bournemouth, works as a supervisor at a school and enjoys juggling!Dagmar from UK is gardening
She would like to improve her conversational and written French whilst exploring the countryside of southwest France.Dagmar and Mark take care of garden
Dagmar is both hardworking and willing to learn new skills. During the next two weeks she will help us with the gardening and maintenance of the house.

New backup from Ireland

We have had a busy week at La Giraudiere with a new member called Mark joining our team from Ireland. He is an accountant who likes Gaelic football.
Mark will be staying with us for 3 weeks and then will be participating in another volunteers project near Montpellier in the South of France. He has a year off for travelling and has decided to help other developing projects grow.Mark rom Ireland is cutting the hedge
He is studying French at night, so he usually surprises us the next day with new words (today it was- “la frontière”:).
He would love to make new friends and enjoy the volunteering experience. He is very good at gardening and is keen to help with building and restoration at La Giraudiere.

La Giraudiere is in the News in the USA

La Giraudiere in the news headlines in USA

This blog post is to say a big thank you to Martin Jones Westlin’s editor of La Jolla Village news which is part of the San Diego Community News Group. Marty, as we got to know him, spent his 3 week summer vacation volunteering here at La Giraudiere in southwest France.

During his stay Marty helped out with editing our Erasmus accreditation application and also the orientation guide which will help the 100’s of volunteers and interns that choose LG each year.

SDNEWS USAMarty left us just over a week ago but his work for La Giraudiere continues even now he is back in the USA. Marty is writing 3 articles about his stay and particular his stay at La Giraudiere so take some time to check Marty’s first article at La Giraudiere in the SDNEWS


“Thank you Marty we miss you at LG”

Scotland sends it’s finest volunteer

What a beautiful scottish accent – Welcome Kirsty

This Monday arrived also young lady from Scotland. Her name is Kirsty and she lives near Glasgow in Scotland.

Scottish lady Kirsty is sorting the old photos

Kirsty is sorting the old photos. A lot of memories should be well-organised.

She is a student of marketing, economics and accounting at the University in Glasgow. She came to France to improve her french language skills and to gain a better understanding of French culture.

Kirsty will help us with cleaning and she will take care of household and gardening.

Bienvenue en France, Kirsty!

New volunteers are arriving – Belinda from Canada

Belinda arrived to La Giraudiere on Monday evening and she will spend three weeks here by helping us with a lot of work.

Belinda is an ESL teacher working with the school in Saskatoon, Canada. She is keen to help us with restoration of the old house, with painting and renovating it.

Belinda from Canada is painting in the old house

What a beautiful painting posture!

She would love to practice french language to make her speech more fluent and help La Giraudiere to become a good-looking place!

Thank you Belinda and welcome to our team!