British volunteer arrives in France

Farhad Mustafa, a British-Bangladeshi volunteer, arrives in France to help at La Giraudiere

Hot off the heels of Zach and Choon comes Farhad, hereby referred to as Foo, to join the 2016 volunteer season of La Giraudiere.

Foo has a Bengali heritage but was born and raised in England, specifically the West Midlands but Paul calls him a Northerner. He can speak English & Bengali and studied French & Spanish at college. He decided to volunteer at La Giraudiere in order to improve his French and experience life abroad.



Foo learning how to play the French card game Belote at the local village hall in Brossac

Foo arrived on the 16th of April, bringing a deluge of British weather along with him. He spent the first few days acclimatising to Brossac, enjoying the plentiful vistas and food it has to offer. He watched a local football match between Brossac-Chalais and Barbezieux, which with his support ended 6-2 in favour of Brossac-Chalais. You can follow the football team on their Facebook page Entente Brossac-Chalais.


In his time here Foo has been supporting the team with their projects such as rendering the balcony and cleaning up the apartments. He has also done a touch of translation and has been working the emails, answering queries from prospective volunteers and interns and helping volunteers to arrange travel to La Giraudiere.

During his stay Foo has been eating plenty, thanks to all the great cooking provided by the team. He’s produced a few meals of his own which were well received. In his weekends Foo has visited Bordeaux, La Rochelle and Angouleme in order to see the sights.


French lessons every Friday morning at La Giraudiere

Foo has been keen to get involved with the French lessons and has been enjoying them very much. He has been using his spare time to study French.

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Foo made his departure Saturday, May 7th, at 07:00, making it the earliest Foo sighting on record.

Ready to tackle any task Paul put in front of him and highly regarded by volunteers and locals alike, Foo was an invaluable member of the 2016 team.

About La Giraudiere

The whole idea of the La Giraudiere project is for people of all backgrounds, all ages, all nationalities to have the chance to live together learn about each others lifestyle exchange their knowledge, experiences and skills whilst living and working together in France and at the same time helping, improving and adding to the Project for those to come in the future. To see the different types of volunteers work that has been done and what is still required visit our website
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