Giraudiere initially opened its doors to volunteers with volunteering
opportunities back in 2007, and since then has accommodated over 500
volunteers from around the world. This fine old stone built charentaise masters house called La Giraudiere is being renovated, restored and transformed into a place where
people, students, schools and groups from around the globe can come and
learn about France, Improve their French and live the French way of
life without breaking the bank.
2011, saw the foundations laid for the School Trips to France website
aptly named, "School Trips to France" and to date we have already
tested our logistics and accommodated school trips and groups from the
UK and the USA. La Giraudiere remains unfinished and work continues on
the restauration of this fine old French stone built property together
with it's park and gardens. "Les Amis de La Giraudiere" our association
together with other local asscociations will be holding communal fund raising events throughout 2015 and
yet another special Christmas volunteer program is planned for
"Do you think you can come and help make this all happen?"
In return for your 21 hours of volunteered work per week you will
benefit from the Unique French experience that only La Giraudiere
offers. You will get your accommodation, 3 meals a day, French lessons and so much
more, all from just 18 euros per day. You can read exactly what is
rewarded for the work and your input at
Benefits of Volunteering at La Giraudiere
"Who can Apply to help?"
La Giraudieres' volunteers'
project and it's program is open to all. People of all backgrounds,
ages, and nationalities are invited to apply and have the chance to
live together, learn about each others' lifestyles and exchange their
knowledge, experiences and skills, whilst helping with the Project at
La Giraudiere in France.
La Giraudiere project as been described
as "a Culture exchange like no other before" Volunteers would be
preparing for those to come in the future the same as those who came in
the pass have prepared for you. The only criteria is all volunteers
should possess a willingness to help and get involved. So if you are
retired you can come and contribute your experience and students come
and bring some new life into La Giraudiere. Skilled or unskilled, all
"What are the Fees?"
Prices start from 18 euros per day, normally accommodation to stay in
south west France with full bed and board would cost around 80 euros
per day, maybe more, but La Giraudiere offers you the chance to stay
from as little as 18 euros per day. As a volunteer, you would be
expected to give 21 hours of your time each week working on the
project. The cost for single accommodation would be about 182 euros per
week, which is 26 euros a day. For those sharing the price is reduced
to 140 euros per week, which is 20 euros per day.
You can read more about the Volunteers
"What work is there that needs to be done?"
Volunteers are needed to help with all types of work from event
organising for the association, construction, renovation and the
property maintenance. Landscaping, gardening, writing articles or blogs
for our websites, researching, marketing, household management,
administration, general office duties, and more. You can read more on
the work opportunities and work volunteers can offer and what is
planned at What volunteers can
help with There is still a lot to do, but the project is now well
on the way of reaching its goals.
La Giraudiere offers you a truly unique French experience that cannot
be compared to anything that has passed before. To give you some idea
of what is on offer you can read what other volunteers wrote about
French Experience Read what Carrie a volunteer from the UK thinks
time out volunteering or maybe what Darrell Rohling, a doctor from
USA, wrote about his volunteers working holiday
Hundreds of volunteers have passed through the doors at La Giraudiere
and many send reviews, letters and cards of thanks for their stay at La
Giraudiere you can read individual testimonials throughout this site
but also by visiting Volunteers