As a progressive country in Western Europe, France might not seem to need volunteer support the same as other countries around the world. Nonetheless, there are important opportunities to volunteer abroad in France, especially in community building, education, sustainable ecology, and refugee support. If these areas interest you, becoming a volunteer in France is a perfect opportunity.
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From architecture restoration to creating somewhere for school children to go to enhance their education, there are a number of activities and projects to get involved in across France. This type of programme could be anything from a couple of weeks to a number of months.
Teaching English is big news around the globe when it comes to volunteering, and it is no different in France. Positions tend to be mainly in Paris but you can get them around the country too. Oftentimes, accommodation will be provided by the company and programmes are usually three months long.
Saving the planet is always in the news, and this combined with biodiversity and ecology are things they are always looking for volunteers for. Whether it is how the climate change is affecting the Alps or Vineyard ecology in somewhere like Bordeaux, there is availability here. Generally speaking, the programmes last a couple of weeks.
Health & Safety
As you would probably imagine, going to France is generally classed as a low risk zone. This means that vaccinations aren’t really needed -- though you should be up to date with influenza, tetanus-diphtheria and measles, mumps and rubella. It is always advised to take a medical kit, but citizens of countries within the European Union will be covered for emergency medical treatment.