websites you can find further testimonials. Here
you will find just some of the testimonials and links to articles and
stories from past
volunteers, interns and groups who have taken part at La
Giraudiere either as a
volunteer on a volunteers working holiday or as an intern with an training
internship. Enjoy the read
and why not add yours to the 100's that we have?
friendly people, good system very relaxed with a welcoming atmosphere
which it just got better. I will definitely be back I miss you everyone
Kirsty Jeffrey • Scotland Volunteered in June
because it was a good way to see what French rural life is like apart
big cities. Great participation with the local French the football, the
badminton and the boules"
Villanuera and Alan • United States Volunteered in 2010
A School group from the USA who
visited in 2011.
Two of the groups teachers volunteered at La Giraudiere in 2010. Kim
Flewallen a 2010 volunteer and teacher of the 2011 school group is
booked to return again in 2015 with a new school group.
"Thanks Kim there can be no better testimonial to La Giraudiere"
Hawkins USA Internship 2014
Hawkins a student from North Georgia University in USA interned at La
Giraudiere from the 3rd February 2014 until the 18th April 2014 an
internship of 12 weeks. At
the end of his placement Steven was asked to submit an evaluation of
his internship agency to his university evaluating his time at La
decided to add some extra comments to his evaluation. He sent us a copy
and we are pleased to show them to you. You will find a copy of his
evaluation at the end of this testimonial.
Read Stevens Internship
Caroline Grace O'Brien,
A Volunteer at La Giraudiere during April May 2013, Carrie writes about
her stay and reflects on what she has achieved for both herself and La
Giraudiere - Read her article at
pace of life and the living at La Giraudiere are so comfortable, not
due to luxuries but, rather, the environment that Paul has created both
at LG and with the local people in Brossac. 2014 marked my second
visit to LG........... Read Toms full testimonial on our blog at Volunteers
Tom Clinch Volunteer 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and soon 2019
was a great
environment! I love family dinners and excursions. Paul and La
program makes it very easy to make friends."
Nicole Belverd • United
the opportunity to see what rural France is really like and to be part
community for a time, I will never forget La Giraudiere and Brossac".
Richardson • England (September
had the most
time, and will never forget the Pyla Dunes, chestnut hike, bike riding
lake, or how bright the stars shone at night."
Prentice • United States (2011)
is a place
international learning, a place being brought back to life and at the
adding to the lives of those who help make it happen. Never a truer
Emily Kerr • England (2010,2011,2012)
cannot recommend highly enough a stay at La Giraudiere. You have the
opportunity to make great friends, experience French life like a simple
tourist never could, learn some French, contribute to the project,
learn new skills" and read more......at
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
Marion and Charlie - Scotland - 2012
from Jaques Stephens - GB Intern 2014
one, I was immersed into the organisation in a position of
Read Jacques full testimonial at Training
Internship at La Giraudiere
that what you have created here in France is a reason for us to really
France. It is you that makes it so easy for us all to live and work
a team. "
Michelle Rochon • Canada (2009)
the know the international participants, the physical countryside is
nice rooms, nice windows, fresh feel of the country air and the
Greg and Linda
Karle • USA (2010)
price but the family atmosphere and the wonderful people were the most
aspects of this program. I regret having to leave."
- Brian Cheesman • United
for being such great hosts and for sharing not only your home, but also
life and friends in Brossac it has made my French experience unique."
Jenny Downes • Ireland
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
I will remember for ever. "
Alex Hamilton • Australia (June 2011)
hospitality - I truly enjoyed my stay at La Giraudiere I loved Brossac
meeting the locals excellent group. "
Gayle Higgins • Canada (September
experience, but after spending time at La Giraudiere, I would love to
Corinna Hayward • Scotland (2012)
everyone so welcoming I loved Brossac Lake and our host Paul who was so
with us and the meals what a great idea everyone taking a turn. "
Robinson • England (August
you are a
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
Edward Dove • England 2009
time at LG
an experience I will never forget, I will feel like a little piece of
will forever be with La Giraudiere and you all in South West France. "
Appleby • United States (2011)
"My first trip abroad alone and I was
never made more welcomed. Paul encouraged me all the way"
You can read more about Joy and her trip to La Giraudiere on our blog
New Zealander in Europe
Joy Webster New Zealand a 2014 volunteer
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
thoroughly recommend volunteering or interning at La Giraudiere. Help
out with a bit of work and enjoy getting immersed in French culture –
you’ll love it."
Sam Grace • Australian volunteer (2012)
Read Sam's full testimonial on our Volunteers
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)
French with plenty of opportunities to get involved in local life,
meals and I felt at home the moment I unpacked."
Hollie Higgins • England (August
program good host
well organized but relaxed and flexible and good way of meeting people
community reasonable priced into the bargain. "
Peter Kemball • UK (
Working Holiday in France
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." You
can read my
full article about my La Giraudiere volunteering experience
Volunteers Holiday in France
J Rohling USA 2012 volunteer
opportunity to live like a local in France and The day trips enabled me
the Charente region of France in a way I could not have as a regular
Denise Grunder • United
value and Paul's relationship with the locals makes it unique, I made
contacts French and otherwise thanks LG I will miss LG and you all at
Mowrey • United
a place of
learning and so much more! To me, it is also a place of discovery and
this ancient and fascinating region of our world, about other people,
cultures and lifestyles, about developing different skill sets, and
broadening my knowledge of myself. Thank you for your vision, Paul, and
making this unique opportunity available! "
Cindra Vargas • USA (Volunteer 2012)
everyone so friendly I learned some useful skills loved the dinner
conversations and playing Petanque with the locals."
Hugh Thomson • United
the opportunity to be part of the La Giraudiere team I had a truly
time. You are one in a million and I will be back. "
Rhian Rowlands • Wales (June
2010, 2012 and 2014)
"While some projects and programs claim to provide an opportunity to
become immersed in the host country’s language and culture, most
lack the unique French experience that La Giraudiere
article started by Kelly kean from the USA a volunteer in July/August
and everyone I met and it opens doors to opportunities culturally that
wouldn't get any other way. The integration into the community, in
activities and friends was one of my major likes." - Greg Karle • USA
way to meet
new people, learn new skills and integrate into a real French
Fiona Riley • England
superb! and believe me I checked many programs. La Giraudiere gives an
southern rural France living experience and French lessons for much
less. "Kim Flewallen • USA (June
gave me new
experiences with different cultures brought new understanding and
others. See you next year. "
Vicki Anderson • United
Kim and Vicky were
to return the following year 2011 and again in 2014 with a School group
from the USA
program but La Giraudiere offered the best price I loved the colorful
people and the wine and the sunset, if in France I will return. "
Irvin Fong • Chinese
value. Can't put
a price on the experience and sense of welcoming. Feeling part of the
French community La Giraudiere is priceless. "
Tslil Shemesh • Israel (July
22 ans, Technicienne Logistique de France explique comment elle a
Giraudiere et pourquoi elle a decide d'etre benevole tout en ameliorant
son Anglais. visite,
l'anglais en France
and we were so involved in the local French community. I loved being
to all the locals an authentic French experience thanks Paul superb
Derrick Higgins • Canada (2011)