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Throughout La Giraudieres’ website you will find testimonials from participants who have participated in one of our programs. Here is where we place just the testimonials for easy reading and for referring to. Like to send me your testimonial of your stay then email it to me at and it will arrive here

usa volunteer karyssa"I chose La Giraudiere as the first stop on my first ever solo traveling experience.  Leaving my home in the US to live at an unknown place on the other side of the world and live with complete strangers was intimidating, to say the least, but it ended up being an absolutely incredible experience.  The setting was beautiful; the exposure to French culture was fantastic; the food was delicious; but the best part of all was the people.  I was amazed that a group of people of various ages, nationalities, and backgrounds got along so well and became such good friends in such a short period of time.  We worked together, we ate together, we explored together, and we shared some wonderful moments together.  In addition, the community of Brossac was so welcoming, so generous, and so willing to share the French language and culture with us.   I learned that humor, kindness, and friendship can surpass language and cultural barriers.  Thank you Paul, for working so hard to create such an incredible opportunity!"
Karyssa Cox  • USA  (August 2013)

Marlou dutch volunteer"I enjoyed the way the program was structured so that volunteers could work in groups or independently, and were free to contribute to projects of their own choosing and initiative."
Marlou de Win Holland  (August 2011) - (Leonardo da Vinci programme intern)

Peter volunteer UK"Excellent program good host well organized but relaxed and flexible and good way of meeting people from the community reasonable priced into the bargain. "
Peter Kemball UK ( June 2011)

American volunteer"Affordable, great opportunity to live like a local and The day trips enabled me to learn about the Charente region of France in a way I could not have as a regular tourist."
Denise Grunder United States (June 2011)

Hollie English volunteer"Great way to improve your French with plenty of opportunities to get involved in local life, Loved the meals and I felt at home the moment I unpacked."
Hollie Higgins England (August 2011)

Greg American volunteer"I enjoyed the experience, and everyone I met and it opens doors to opportunities culturally that you wouldn't get any other way. The integration into the community, in terms of activities and friends was one of my major likes." - Greg Karle USA (June 2011)

Fiona french teacher volunteer"An excellent way to meet new people, learn new skills and integrate into a real French community. "
Fiona Riley England  (2012))

Kelly american volunteer"It is more than just a vacation, it is an internship and an opportunity to improve my own skills that will make me a better employee later on. "
Kelly Keene United States (2012)

Derrick Canadian volunteer"The location is beautiful and we were so involved in the local French community. I loved being introduced to all the locals an authentic French experience thanks Paul superb program."
Derrick Higgins Canada (2011)

Curtiss american volunteer"The program is terrific value and Paul's relationship with the locals makes it unique, I made many contacts French and otherwise thanks LG I will miss LG and you all at Brossac."  -
-Curtiss Mowrey United States (2011)

Tsill Isralien volunteer"Very good value. Can't put a price on the experience and sense of welcoming. Feeling part of the local French community La Giraudiere is priceless. "
Tslil Shemesh Israel (July 2011)

Cindra a volunteer from USA"La Giraudiere  a place of learning  and so much more! To me, it is also a place of discovery and insight about this ancient and fascinating region of our world, about other people, their cultures and lifestyles, about developing different skill sets, and about broadening my knowledge of myself. Thank you for your vision, Paul, and for making this unique opportunity available! " - Cindra Vargas USA (2012)

Rhian a welsh volunteer"Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be part of the La Giraudiere team I had a truly wonderful time. You are one in a million and I will be back. "
Rhian Rowlands Wales (June 2010)

Irvin a chiness american volunteer"Found lots of volunteer program but La Giraudiere offered the best price I loved the colorful curious people and the wine and the sunset, if in France I will return. "
Irvin Fong Chinese American (sept 2011)

Katherine an american volunteer"My time at LG was amazing an experience I will never forget, I will feel like a little piece of my heart will forever be with La Giraudiere and you all in South West France. "
Kathryne Appleby United States (2011)

Michelle Canandian volunteer"Paul there is no mistake that what you have created here in France is a reason for us to really experience France. It is you that makes it so easy for us all to live and work together as a team. "
Michelle Rochon Canada (2009)

American volunteers"The local culture, getting the know the international participants, the physical countryside is fabulous, nice rooms, nice windows, fresh feel of the country air and the outdoors environment. "
Greg and Linda Karle USA (2010)

Hugh english volunteer"A very relaxed program, everyone so friendly I learned some useful skills loved the dinner conversations and playing Petanque with the locals."
Hugh Thomson United Kingdom (Sept 2011)

Vanessa english volunteer"A very good program and everyone so welcoming I loved Brossac Lake and our host Paul who was so patient with us and the meals what a great idea everyone taking a turn. "
Vanessa Robinson England (August 2011)

Gayle Canadian volunteer"Thank you Paul for your hospitality - I truly enjoyed my stay at La Giraudiere I loved Brossac and meeting the locals excellent group. "

Gayle Higgins Canada (September 2011)

Kim american volunteer"La Giraudiere program - superb! and believe me I checked many programs. La Giraudiere gives an authentic southern rural France living experience and French lessons for much less. "

Kim Flewallen USA (June 2010)

Steve english volunteer"The group mixed well because of the environment created by Paul. "
Steve Ibberson England

Alan nicole volunteers USA"The location was good because it was a good way to see what French rural life is like apart from the big cities. Great participation with the local French the football, the badminton and the boules"
Nicole Villanuera and Alan • United States (2010)

Scottish Volunteer"My first impression was, friendly people, good system very relaxed with a welcoming atmosphere after which it just got better. I will definitely be back I miss you everyone already. "
Kirsty Jeffrey Scotland (June 2011)

Nicole american volunteer chef"It was a great environment! I love family dinners and excursions. Paul and La Giraudiere program makes it very easy to make friends."
Nicole Belverd United States (August 2011 )

Emily 2 english volunteer"I have really appreciated the opportunity to see what rural France is really like and to be part of your community for a time, I will never forget La Giraudiere and Brossac".
Emily Richardson England (September 2011)

Eddy 2009 volunteer"Paul you are a brilliant host and an excellent boss thank you for sharing your home with me these last 3 weeks and it is you that makes the magic at La Giraudiere. "
Edward Dove England 2009

Elizabether american volunteer"I had the most amazing time, and will never forget the Pyla Dunes, chestnut hike, bike riding to the lake, or how bright the stars shone at night. "
Elizabeth Prentice United States (2011)

Emily Kerr English volunteer"It is a place of international learning, a place being brought back to life and at the same time adding to the lives of those who help make it happen. Never a truer word said. "
Emily Kerr England (2010,2011,2012)

Australian Volunteer"La Giraudiere has provided a comfortable environment where I could learn a lot and where lots of opportunities to learn were given to me. Meeting the locals and playing petanque was a bonus and my LG experience has created many found memories that I will remember for ever. "
Alex Hamilton Australia  (June 2011)

Brian american volunteer"Well organized, excellent price but the family atmosphere and the wonderful people were the most valuable aspects of this program. I regret having to leave."  - Brian Cheesman United States (2010)

Vicky american volunteer"La Giraudiere gave me new experiences with different cultures brought new understanding and acceptance of others. See you next year. "
Vicki Anderson United States (2010)

Corina scottish volunteer"Words cannot describe my experience, but after spending time at La Giraudiere, I would love to live in France permanently. "
Corinna Hayward Scotland  (2012)

Steve english volunteer"Thank you Paul and Sydney, for being such great hosts and for sharing not only your home, but also your life and friends in Brossac it has made my French experience unique."
Jenny Downes Ireland

A Novel view of La Giraudiere"For me, a clinical psychologist and aspiring novelist, being outdoors, trimming hedges and assisting with a writing project was a delight.  Whatever your present station in life you will not regret having joined the team at La Giraudiere. You will create memories to cherish for a lifetime. I, for one, will return."
Dr D J Rohling USA 2012

marion and jim two scottish volunteers"We had a wonderful 3 weeks, La Giraudiere delivered what it promised - a taste of French life, an opportunity to learn new skills and meet new people"

Marion and Charlie - Scotland - 2012

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