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Volunteers Benefits

The volunteers at La Giraudiere benefit enourmously from their 18 hours of  volunteered work and the accommodation fee Just read how volunteers benefit from volunteering in France at La Giraudiere.

  • Accommodation
  • Linen & Towels
  • Transfers & Transportation
  • French, or English, lessons
  • Weekly market trips
  • Excursions
  • Community activities
  • Advice & Training
  • Participation certificate
Transportation and Transfers: All arrival and departures transportation to and from Chalais station, as well as trips to Chalais are included. Those requiring transfers for weekend excursions also included.

Accommodation: You will have your own bedroom in one of the apartments at La Giraudiere, unless you indicate that you wished to share. Every effort is made to ensure that the accommodation is separate so that males and females are in different apartments. Each apartment has a shower and wash room independent from the other apartments. The apartments are clean, bright, comfortable and well equipped.

Linens & Towels: Once a week the bed linens are changed. Towels and sheets are provided.

Meals: All meals are included for the days that you are at La Giraudiere.
These consist of-
Breakfast: Cereals, fruit, toast, yoghurt, coffee, tea and juice.

Lunch: Alfresco - salads, meats, cheese, pizza, pasta and quiche (but can vary).

Dinner: Monday to Friday, everyone takes a turn to provide variety.- During a 3 week stay you may have to cook 2 or 3 times, but don't worry, it's always a joint effort with plenty of help being provided! The weekends are yours to do as you wish.  Some volunteers may take off for the weekend, or some may try the local restaurants.

Group Excursions: Once every 3 weeks a group excursion is arranged and provided, therefore during your stay you will benefit from at least one group excursion.

Long weekends: Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday are your days off and ideal for exploring the region! Transfers to and from Chalais train station are included. Remember to budget for those weekends exploring.

French, or English Lessons: Every Friday morning French lessons are provided by our French and English speaking teachers. Normally these lessons are with the whole group and may encompass either something that you are working on in the project or conversational skills needed to communicate with the local people - all levels are catered for.

Work materials and supplies: All work materials are provided.

Internet and phone reception: There is free internet access for laptops, tablets and other devices. You may also use the telephone to receive calls from home but please keep calls to a minimum as broadband in Brossac is not always free.

Advice and training: If there is something in particular that you would like to learn during your stay and feel that we could advise or train you then please ask.

Volunteers' Certificate: At the end of your stay you will receive a volunteers' certificate and a reference letter of participation - essential for your CV or Resumé.

Weekly Market Trip: Every Monday morning there is a traditional French market at Chalais. Transport to and from the market is included.

Christmas Programs  - Please note for the Christmas program we may not have French teachers available because of the holiday period and some of the weekly events will not be available but these will be replaced by additional outings.

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The 2018 volunteers program starts 23rd April 2018 and will continue until the 28th October 2018
The reccomended volunteering period is 3 weeks but you can apply from 1 - 6 weeks.

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