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Erasmus in France: La Giraudiere'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 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

La Giraudiere runs a project titled Young Entrepreneurs Rejuvenate Rural France. If you wish to apply as a volunteer with Erasmus funding then you should, in the first instance, approach a sending organisation within your country and ask them for further information on how you can apply.

What is YERRF?
                                  La Giraudiere, a seventeenth-century farmhouse in Brossac, one hour from Bordeaux in the south west of France, is the home of the YERRF project (Young Entrepreneurs Rejuvenate Rural France), For the second stage of this project 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 April 2018.

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.

                  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, medium and small businesses, apprenticeship and training to be an entrepreneur

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 and will visit schools,
universities, government offices and agencies that deal with unemployment in the region.
The Volunteers will work beside the La Giraudiere team, comprised of local and international Volunteers.

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. ( 2018 program)
  • Be involved in the daily management and upkeep of la Giraudiere.
  • Learn in an informal manner how a non-profit organisation like La Giraudiere works.
Learning Outcomes for EVS Volunteers
 Thanks to the La Giraudiere informal learning approach, the 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 EVS volunteers
All participants will receive their Europass certificate as well as a Volontaires La Giraudiere certificate.  They will also receive a project participation evaluation in English, in French or in both languages.
 
Dissemination of 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.

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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 2018 LGV program starts 23rd April 2018 and we are open until the end of October 2018
The recommended stay is 3 weeks but you can apply for 1-6 weeks. The LGV volunteers project is different from the Erasmus EVS project.

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