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La Giraudiere is an ongoing project that has many different objectives.
On this page you can view these different projects and also see how you as a volunteer could contribute.
Read how volunteers can help by volunteering in France at La Giraudiere

Our volunteers' program is flexible and we try to involve you in something you would either like or learn to do. You can spend your whole stay on one project or take on different tasks, the decision is yours! Whatever the task, La Giraudiere is a great place to volunteer, you can learn new skills and maybe contribute to the education of the other volunteers or interns. Whatever your field you can be sure that there is something for you at La Giraudiere...
Event planning and Setting up

La Giraudiere and its volunteers have always been available to the local village associations whenever needed. In the past we have helped set up the celebrations for Bastille Day (14th July), the annual cross country run and the spring Village Fair. In addition to village events, this year La Giraudiere, via its association, will be organizing its own events. These are open to the community and the goal is to raise funds for our association and bring La Giraudiere to the public’s attention.
volunteering stone work Property Maintenance and DIY or Bricolage

The main construction goal for La Giraudiere at this time is the installation of the professional kitchen and the group dining area situated on the ground floor of the main house. Lots of work has allready been carried out here and we have made use of this space when holding events.

On completion there will be a professional kitchen with its auxiliary rooms such as a pantry, washing up room and food preparation room. There will also be a communal/dining room which eventually will be a common room for the volunteers/ Interns and the school trips. There are plans for a reception area which will also be used as a bar when holding social and communial events.  We will also  provide toilet and washrooms will be accessible to people with redeuced mobility.

Not forgeting the ongoing property maintenence of the finished areas, 4 apartments with 11 bedrooms, 3 lounges and 4 bathrooms are finished and need constant maintenance.

A variety of work is available including: Plumbing - Plastering - Painting - Flooring - Electrical - Fitting of cupboards and shelving - Fitting of doors - Restoration of stone work and more.
volunteer gardening workGardening & Landscapping

We have a 2,500 square metres of park of which a small amount is garden. The park is an ongoing project and each year a little more is done as regards planting trees and putting in pathways but more is planned to make the park attractive and functional.

The garden area needs constant attention so that we do not lose what has been done.
american_volunteer-officeworkAdministration, Marketing and Accounting

The day-to-day running of La Giraudiere’s enquiry and volunteer placements
Marketing and blogging:-
La Giraudiere has a large following that likes to know what is happening.
Maintenance of the website content which is an ongoing project with its articles and photos
Twitter and other social media sites which need to be updated.
Could any of these be a job for you?
If working with computers or in an office/business setting is something you are interested in or willing to explore then there is a place for you!
volunteer-house_keeperHousehold Management

One of the most appreciated volunteers is the household manager or manageress. S/he is responsible for the household management of La Giraudiere which includes:

•    Laying the table for breakfast and preparation of lunch
•    Maintaining the hygiene of food and cooking areas
•    Tiding up common areas and linen cupboards
•    Daily trips to buy fresh bread
•    The weekly shopping

Evening meals are a shared responsibility and each volunteer takes their turn to cook. This way we can ensure a variety of international cuisine.
Teaching and training La GiraudiereEducation
La Giraudiere is a place of learning, a place which offers cultural exchange like no other, a place where interns from around the world can come and learn French or English or perhaps acquire that special something to give their CV or Resumé that bit exra so important today.
So you could help with lesson planning, marketing to universities around the globe telling them what is on offer here in France, tell them about the teachers we have and the training we provide. We need some training modules for house management, facility management, marketing, social media and more so if you have good ideas then come along and help.
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