Here we explain the different projects which are either ongoing or will be started this season in 2022.
The program for 2022 is a true assortment and for sure there is something for everyone. The volunteers’ program is flexible and aims to involve you in something you would either like to do.
You can spend your whole stay on one project or take on different tasks, the decision is yours! Whatever the task, La Giraudiere is a great place to volunteer, you can learn new skills and maybe contribute to the education of the other volunteers or interns. Whatever your age or your field you can be sure that there is something for you at La Giraudiere…
One of the most appreciated and most important tasks is the household manager or manageress. This volunteer is responsible for the household management of La Giraudiere of which tasks includes:
• Looking after the common areas at La Giraudiere
• Maintaining the of food hygiene and cooking areas
• Tidying up common areas and linen cupboards
• Daily trips to buy fresh bread
• The weekly shopping lists
Cooking especially evening meals Is not the responsibility of one person as Evening meals are a shared responsibility and each volunteer, or intern, takes their turn to cook for the group. This way we can ensure a varied selection and a variety of international cuisine.
Brossac Website Local Community Project
This is an ongoing project but every year needs updating and improving. Apart from the updating of what exists also planned for 2022 is the addition of a section of “Where to Stay” This new section will provide information on Hotels, Gites, Camping, Caravan and anything else we find which is new and where you can stay in and around Brossac.
The volunteers work here involves research, photographer, writing, interviewing and then finally preparing & publishing the relative web pages. This task or project is ideal for those who wish to become immersed in village life, you can see what has been done by previous volunteers at:
Brossac Village website
Gardening & Landscaping
Gardening & Landscaping We have a 2,500 square meters of park, of which a small amount is garden. The Park is an ongoing project and each year a little more is done as regards planting trees and putting in pathways, but more is planned to make the park attractive and functional.
The garden area needs constant attention so that we do not lose what has been done. As part of the Gardening and Park project we hope to put in place a website section about the floral that can be found at La Giraudiere. Some foundations for this project have been laid and now is time for someone with green fingers to take it forward and build upon them.
As part of the Gardening and Park project we hope to put in place a website section about the floral that can be found at La Giraudiere. Some foundations for this project have been laid and now is time for someone with green fingers to take it forward and build upon them.
Administration, Marketing and Accounting
The day-to-day running of the administrative tasks at La Giraudiere’s. Every day enquiries and applications arrive from around the globe and placements have to be organised.
Then there is Marketing and blogging: – La Giraudiere has a large following that likes to know what is happening. Maintenance and improvements of the website content, which is an ongoing project with its articles and photos Twitter and other social media sites which need to be updated. Could any of these be a job for you?
If working with computers, or in an office / business setting is something you are interested in or willing to explore then there is a place for you!
Maintenance and improvements of the website content, which is an ongoing project with its articles and photos Twitter and other social media sites which need to be updated. Could any of these be a job for you? If working with computers, or in an office / business setting is something you are interested in or willing to explore then there is a place for you!
Event planning and setting up
La Giraudiere and its volunteers have always been available to the local village associations whenever needed. In the past we have helped set up the celebrations for Bastille Day (14th July), helping with the annual cross-country run “the trail de Brossac” and the spring Village Fair.
In addition to village events, this year La Giraudiere, via its association, will be organizing its own event and maybe more than one, presently planned is a Vide Grenier. These are open to the community and the goal is to bring The La Giraudiere project to the public’s attention.
Construction, Restoration & Building
The main construction goal for La Giraudiere at this time is the installation of the professional kitchen and the group dining area situated on the ground floor of the main house. Lots of work has already been carried out here and we have made use of this space when holding events. On completion there will be a professional kitchen with its auxiliary rooms such as a pantry, washing up room and food preparation room. There will also be a communal / dining room which eventually will be a common room for the volunteers/ Interns and the school trips. There are plans for a reception area which will also be used as a bar when holding social and communal events. We will also provide toilets facilities and washrooms will be accessible to people with reduced mobility.
The 2021 volunteers program starts May 2021 and will continue until the 7th October 2021. The recommended volunteering period is 3 weeks but you can apply from 1 – 6 week
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The 2022 volunteers program starts May 2022 and will continue until the 7th October 2022. The recommended volunteering period is 3 weeks but you can apply from 1 – 6 week