volunteers at La Giraudiere benefit enormously from their 18 hours
of volunteered work and the accommodation fee. Here you can
read exactly how you benefit and what you receive in exchange
Just read how volunteers benefit from volunteering in
France at La Giraudiere.
Linen & Towels
Transfers & Transportation
French, or English, lessons
Weekly market trips
Advice & Training
Membership to the Association and it's alumni
The Benefits of Volunteering
will have your own bedroom in one of the apartments at La Giraudiere,
unless you indicate that you wished to share with a friend or your
partner. 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. Remember this is a
volunteers project not an hotel.
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 are also
& Towels: Towels and sheets are
provided. Once a week the bed linens and toweling should
Food & Meals:
All food and meals are included for all the days that you are at La
Giraudiere, These consist of-
fruit, toast, yogurt, eggs, coffee, tea and juice.
- salads, meats, cheese, pizza, pasta and quiche (but can vary).
Monday to Friday, everyone takes a turn to provide variety of the
evening meal.- 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 sample the local cuisine in nearby
restaurants. At La Giraudiere the weekend, Saturday & Sunday, is time to do your own thing
as regards meals and food. Always there is something in the at the house.
Once every 2 weeks a group excursion is arranged and provided,
therefore during your stay you will benefit from at least one group
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.
English Lessons: Normally, every Friday morning French
lessons are provided by our French and English speaking qualified
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.
materials and supplies: All work materials are
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.
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.
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.
Trip: Every Monday morning there is a traditional
French market at Chalais. Transport to and from the market is included.
to the Association and it's alumni
New for 2019 is the putting in
place of volunteers alumni for each year. Each participating volunteer
will be given membership going back to when the project started in
2018. The membership will attract certain benefits for example a reduced
price for members and other benefits. Maybe you would like to work on
creating the alumni if so come along and help.
- 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.
benefits of volunteering go further than this list read an article from
a previous volunteer who touches on some of the unexpected benefits of