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.
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
a copy at Erasmus
La Giraudiere runs a project titled Young Entrepreneurs
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
information on how you can apply.
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.
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
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
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
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 :
Outcomes for EVS Volunteers
- Acquire knowledge of rural France and how it is part
of the greater SW France region
- Learn to live and work with an international
- 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
- Learn in an informal manner how a non-profit
organisation like La Giraudiere works.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
recommended stay is 3 weeks but you can apply for 1-6 weeks. The LGV volunteers project is different from the Erasmus EVS project.
Giraudiere, an accredited organisation Under the European lifelong