projects claim to provide an opportunity to become immersed in the
country's language and culture, most lack the unique
culturel exchange experience
that La Giraudière provides.
A Unique French Experience in France
What exactly is meant by "A unique French experience?"
There are many different ways to visit France, each one offering
something different. For some a "unique French experience" is simply by
ordering a coffee and watching the world go by from a square in the
centre ville. Others prefer the busy southern beach towns of the
Mediterranean coast, museums of Paris or the beautiful scenery and the
chateaux of the Loire Valley. But what if you are a courageous soul
looking for something entirely different- something unique? What if you
want a way of getting to know the French and their lifestyle from a
place within theirs? It is this very opportunity that awaits you in the
rural heartland of southwest France at La Giraudiere, Brossac.
La Giraudiere is a 'place of learning' where you can experience France
from within; a place where challenges to interact across the language
barrier will be rewarded by the hospitality of the French people.
During your stay at La Giraudiere you will be encouraged to participate
in the weekly events within the village. Other local meeting spots
where you can meet, converse and interact with the local community
include the bar and restaurant by the lake. Your host at La Giraudiere
will also introduce you to both the locals and the patrons.
The yearly village fetes offer yet another opportunity for you to be
involved in village life. La Giraudieriens are continually invited to
help with the preparations for the Fete du Muguet- a spring fete held
in May and for Bastille Day in July. In October the Autumn Fete which
entails a 10km walk with stops for roasted chestnuts and grape juice
from the recent vendage is something which you may be invited to. 2012
saw La Giraudiere helping out with the South Charente cycle tour; a
local event like the Tour De France and enjoying the fun of the Jeu
Inter Village, a contest between the Brossacaise and the neighboring
Obtaining an insider's glimpse of the French lifestyle naturally means
speaking French. The weekly French lessons at La Giraudiere are
excellently taught and the goodwill of the local community encourages
even the most timid. The sense of accomplishment in discovery through
one's own efforts to talk with the people is very satisfying.
The weekly marchès are part of the rich tapestry of local life into
which La Giraudièriens are drawn as an important part of their learning
experience. After your first week in Brossac your visit to the Chalais
market boosts your sense of belonging to the broader community as you
hear bonjour from someone you have met during your first week.
From La Giraudière a traveler can enter the rich, rural
traditions of French generations. He/she can absorb the serenity and
rhythm of a rural lifestyle that has continued over centuries in a
landscape still displaying its ancient foundations. Here in Brossac at
La Giraudière you can gain a unique French experience, a true taste of
France’s remarkable joie-de-vivre!
"This article was started by Kelly Kean from the USA a volunteer in
July 2012 and followed up by Merise Riddell from Australia a volunteer
in September 2012.
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