Volunteers’ Arrivals and Departures at La Giraudière in France
With the sun smiling down at La Giraudière in France this week, we’ve been happy to welcome four new volunteers.
Justin and Stephanie, who are from Canada, joined us Sunday evening. Both pharmacists, the couple is taking a year off to travel the world. They have traveled far and wide, from Sri Lanka to Italy, and now to France. Since they have been here, Justin and Stephanie have spent their first day at work outdoors, clearing the path of twigs scattered by last week’s windstorm.
Jean and Helen also joined us from Australia to volunteer at La Giraudière. Jean is a retired accountant, but is opening a café with her daughter, and Helen has her own business selling handcrafted soaps. On the first workday this week, Helen has been helping Viv with the housekeeping. Meanwhile, Jean, who worked hard in the garden this morning, is lending a hand to Christine in accounting. Both Jean and Helen hope to improve their French while they are here.
This morning, we also sadly had to say goodbye to longtime volunteer Linda, who was an amazing housekeeper (in addition to other things) during her six-week stay. She enjoyed interacting with different personalities, as well as improving standards of maintenance for the rooms. After a tour around other parts of France, Linda will go back home to Denmark.
We’re excited to work with our new volunteers, and hope those who have departed will come back to France.