page we explain the different projects which are either ongoing or will
be started this season in 2019.
The program for 2019 is a
assortment and for sure there is something for everyone. The
volunteers' program is flexible and aims 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 age or your field you can be sure that there
something for you at La Giraudiere...
Volunteers Program for 2019
One of the most appreciated and most important
tasks is the household manager or manageress. This volunteer
is responsible for the household management of La Giraudiere of which
• Laying the table for
breakfast and preparing of lunch
• Maintaining the of food hygiene and
• Tidying up common areas and
• Daily trips to buy fresh bread
• The weekly shopping
Evening meals are a shared responsibility and each volunteer,or intern,
takes their turn to cook. This way we can ensure a variety of
international cuisine. Normally the person responsible for
household would prepare the rota for the coming week and be sure we
have all the necessary ingredients for the person cooking each evening.
Brossac Website Local Community Project
is an ongoing project but every year needs updating and improving.
Apart from the updating of what exists also planned for 2019 is the
addition of a section of "Where to Stay" This new section
provide information on Hotels, Gites, Camping, Caravaning and anything
else we find which is new and where you can stay in and around Brossac.
The work here involves research, photographer, writing,
interviewing and then finally preparing & publishing the
web pages. This task or project is ideal for those who wish
to become immersed in village life, you can see what has been
by previous volunteers at
Gardening & Landscaping
have a 2,500 square meters 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. As part
the Gardening and Park project we hope to put in place a website
section about the floral that can be found at La Giraudiere. Some
foundations for this project have been laid and now is time for someone
fingers to take it forward and build upon them.
Administration, Marketing and Accounting
The day-to-day running of the administrative tasks at La Giraudiere’s.
Every day enquiries and applications arrive and placements
have to be organised. Then there is Marketing and blogging:-
La Giraudiere has a large following that likes to know what is
happening. Maintenance and improvements 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!
Every spring Brossac holds the cross country run called the"
Trail du Brossac" and here three volunteers help out by preparing the
showers and other facilities at the stade de Brossac
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), helping with the annual cross country run "the trail de Brossac"
and the spring Village Fair. In
addition to village events, this year La Giraudiere, via its
association, will be organizing its own event and maybe more than one,
presently planned is a Vide Grenier. These are open
the community and the goal is to bring The La Giraudiere
project to the public’s attention.
Property Maintenance, DIY
La Giraudiere we have 4 apartments which consist of 10 bedrooms, 4
Shower rooms, 4 WC, kitchens and common areas all of which need
constant maintenance so for those keen on DIY and property maintenance
there is plenty for you to get your teeth into.
A variety of work is available including:
Plumbing - Plastering - Painting - Flooring - Electrical - Fitting of
cupboards and shelving - Fitting of doors - Restoration of stone work
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
already 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 communal
events. We will also provide toilets facilities
and washrooms will be accessible to people with reduced
What does England, Scotland, Puerto Rico and Australia have in common?
Answer is La Giraudiere. Four of the finest you will ever find
Chine Franco Alliance International Project
of this project is to encourage Chinese volunteers to take on the
challenge of volunteering at La Giraudiere. Last year,2018, we started
to form links in China and as a result we had 14 different Chinese
volunteers arrive from all part of China. One of the projects they
started is a website in Chinese to explain La Giraudiere and
encouraging Chinese volunteers to come and join us in France.
Like to help with this one?
La Giraudiere is a place of learning, a place
which offers cultural exchange like no other, a place where volunteers
and interns from around the world can come and learn
French, or English, or perhaps acquire that special
something to give their CV
or Résumé that bit extra,
extra which is 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
European Community projects
is an accredited receiving organisation for the Erasmus Plus
program a program operated by the European Commission under
its Life Long
Learning program. for further detail of what is planned
for 2019 for our Erasmus volunteers and how you could help
2019 Project in France