We welcome another gap year student

Charles, an American student who has made the impeccable choice of taking a gap year, arrived on the scene Friday, the 13th of May.

Perfect timing to welcome someone who has fully embraced superstiton (he doesn’t know the Stevie Wonder song).

Charles is no stranger to southwest France — or any part of the country, for that matter.  In fact, having been all across continental Europe, volunteering in Africa (Namibia, Botswana, and South Africa), and studying at the Oxford Tutorial College, he is quite the world traveller at only nineteen.

Since he arrived during the weekend, Charles has been able to adapt to life at La Giraudière at a leisurely pace.  He attended a brocante, or flea market, with the group; got to experience the market at Chalais Monday morning; and did a few hours of pruning and bonfire construction Monday afternoon.  Tuesday, he lent a hand rendering the walls of Gîte 4’s balcony and celebrated with a delicious pizza from Brossac’s restaurant L’Un Des Sens. Wednesday, he thoroughly enjoyed the group day out exploring ever-larger coastal towns.

Gap year student at work in the office and constructing scaffolding

(From left) Charles at work in the office and constructing scaffolding

His current projects involve the puzzle that is constructing indoor scaffolding, with the end goal of cementing the wall adjacent to the Old House staircase (more on that later) and continuing Karen’s newsletter work.  Who knows what plethora of new projects the next week will bring for this gap year student?

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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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