Volunteer In France
Erasmus Plus in France
, iraudiere's EVS Project
What is Erasmus+ ?

Erasmus+ is the EU's program to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe. Its budget of €14.7 billion will provide opportunities for over 4 million Europeans to study, train and gain a new experience, and volunteer abroad. The program is set to last until 2020, Erasmus+ doesn't just have opportunities for students. Now merging seven prior programs, it has opportunities for a wide variety of individuals and organisations.

Detailed information on these opportunities, including eligibility criteria, is available in the Erasmus+ Program Guide. you can download a copy at Erasmus Program Guide

In 2016 La Giraudiere directed an Erasmus project titled "Young Entrepreneurs Rejuvenate Rural France". - acromyn YERRF

What is YERRF?
La Giraudiere, a seventeenth-century farmhouse in Brossac, one hour from Bordeaux in the south west of France, is where thae project was born and is the home of the YERRF project  (Young Entrepreneurs Rejuvenate Rural France),  YERRF encourages entrepreneurship amoung young people. For the second stage of YERRF our project is aptley called Recognizing Young Entrepreneurs and teaching Entrepreneurship we are presently looking for 5 partners each of whom will be sending a candidate to volunteer.  The second phase of the project will commence in May 2019.

Primary Aims of YERRF
The primary aim of the project is to produce and present entrepreneurial workshops for young people about to enter the workforce and who have completed their formal education, or for those who are unemployed following the end of their formal education. Via our project website YERRF or Young Entrepreneurs which is continuing to expand we aim to show all that a young entrepreneur needs to start his or her entrepreneurial path, a "One Stop Shop" for young entrepreneurs.

                  Other Important Aims of YERRF            
To encourage young people to stay in their rural communities
To encourage entrepreneurship socially and commercially in a bid to reduce youth unemployment in rural communities
To encourage young people to stay at school by adding entrepreneurship as a goal in life
To Encourage schools and Universities to include entrepreneurship into their curriculum
To enable young people to learn new skills that will help their future careers
To encourage university students to return to their rural homes and to share their newly acquired skills and
knowledge with the community
To learn a new language - business English
How entrepreneurship can be used to help integrate refugees and immigrants into the local community.
 The spirit of - Entrepreneurship, not just for those contemplating a medium or small businesses but also to encourage GO's that apprenticeships and training to be an entrepreneur should be available to all.

Project Outline
 The EVS Volunteers will participate in all aspects of the project, and will benefit not only from a international cultural exchange in France, but also from  the informal learning on the topics of the project and the proposed workshops. As the project is based in Brossac, the Volunteers will discover a region in the SW of France, The Volunteers will work along side the La Giraudiere team, comprised of local and international Volunteers.

The ESC/EVS volunteers will;
Acquire knowledge of rural France and how it is part of the greater SW France region
 Learn to live and work with an international group.
Improve their confidence by acquiring new skills by producing and presenting the YERRF website and workshops.
Improve their linguistic competencies – the languages used in the project will be English and French.
learn skills for preparing for and presenting workshops on the spirit of entrepreneurship.
Research, Identify and liaise with universities and other organisations as workshop partners.
Visit schools, universities, employment offices, education Open Days, trade shows and employment fairs.
Learn the logistics of organising on-site visits to present workshops.

Learning Outcomes for ESC/EVS Volunteers
 Thanks to the La Giraudiere informal learning approach, the ESC/EVS Volunteers will acquire new skills and competencies regarding, Social and commercial entrepreneurship, Marketing (using traditional and new methods)
Website design and creation emphasis on being found, Blogging and Social media for business.
The language for the workshops will be in French for Anglophones and in English for speakers of French thus increasing the confidence in both French and English.
Accounting for both commercial and social projects is important and volunteers will learn about double entry bookeeping to using modern software to account for your actions.
Certification and Recognition of the ESC/EVS volunteers
All participants will received their Europass certificate as well as a Volontaires La Giraudiere certificate.  They also received a project participation evaluation in English, in French or in both languages.
Dissemination of ESC/EVS project YERRF and final results
Social media will be used to promote the project and the work of the group.  Facebook, Twitter, Google and La Giraudiere’s own blog – including a new sub-domain - will be used.  All aspects of the project and workshops will be placed on Google Drive, and all participants, partner organisations and agencies will have access and will be invited to participate.  Video films and games will also be created.

At the end of the project when the Volunteers return to their homes, the Sending Organisation will help them to reintegrate with their family and society.  The Sending Organisation will also provide an opportunity for the Volunteers to exchange and share their experiences and skills learned during the project.

Transparency and dissemination of project results
  Further dissemination of results will be carried out as all project partners will be asked to share information and photographs on their respective sites, in social media and other publications.  Schools, universities and other organisations will be invited to publicise the events and the project.  Press releases will be sent to print and electronic media.

The proposed European project for 2019 is called  and you can read more at
European Erasmus Project 2019

If you are not eligible for the Erasmus program then do not despair as you are welcome to volunteer with LGV but please note that the dates for Erasmus project are different to those of the La Giraudiere project and  The 2019 volunteers program starts 1st May 2019 and will continue until the 30th September 2019
 The recommended volunteering period is 3 weeks but you can apply from 1 - 6 weeks.
The recommended stay is 3 weeks but you can apply for 1-6 weeks.

The Erasmus Project is only a part of the planned projects for 2019 you can read how LG, or La Giraudiere, volunteers help out at

La Giraudiere Volunteers Objectives

The La Giraudiere 2019 volunteers program starts 1st May 2019 and will continue until the 30th September 2019
 The recommended volunteering period is 3 weeks but you can apply from 1 - 6 weeks.

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