Location
  • France
    • Bordeaux
Length
1 to 9 weeks

Program Details

Language
English
Age Min.
17
Age Max
95
Timeframe
Short Term Spring Break Summer
Housing
Apartment
Groups
Small Group (1-15)
Travel Type
Solo

Pricing

Starting Price
$24 USD
Price Details
Prices start from 18 euros per day all inclusive check out the fees upon our website for further information. The fee includes Accomodation, transfers, excursions, language lessons all meals and much more. The accommodation you will have your own bedroom in one of the apartments. Unless you applied as a couple or Friends in which case you will share with your partner or friend. Every effort is made to insure that the group is such that male and female apartments are separated. Each apartment has a shower room and wash room independent from the other apartments. The apartments are clean, bright, comfortable and well equipped in fact when not accommodating the work party they are rented
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Equipment Meals Wifi
What's Not Included
Airfare Domestic Airfare SIM cards Travel Insurance Visa
Mar 16, 2021
Oct 27, 2014

About Program

Come to south west France and help put a small holiday or learning hamlet in place. La Giraudiere was once a maison de maitre or masters house. In 1997 we acquired the property which had been left in a state of ruin and decided to create a small holiday hamlet which upon completion will specialize if providing accommodation and facilities for school trips visiting France. Initially the school trips will be for children of primary school age from the UK and USA. If you would like to get involved and help make it happen then this is an ideal opportunity to learn how to live and work in France, sample the delights of this region and be involved in a project that will be here for the rest of your life.

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Program Highlights

  • All inclusive Accommodation and Meals
  • Free excursions and transfers
  • Free language lessons French or English with Qualified teachers
  • Long weekends to explore the region of South West France
  • Join international group and be part of a culture exchange and make contacts which will last a life time

Program Impact

We need your help in France. This once Masters House is being transformed, maintained, restored and renovated to be an auberge, or hamlet, a place of learning a place of uniqueness and exchange cultural. It is a place where people of all from all walks of life can experience and learn about France, improve their French, or English, and immerse themselves in the rural French way of life. This project is open to all ages from all backgrounds.

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Sierra
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Yes, I recommend this program

Good times at LG

This 3-week adventure volunteering for La Giraudiere was a one of a kind opportunity that I'll never forget. It was a great way to experience this southern region of France. The owner, Paul, was a great host, and the other 7 volunteers there at the time were great people. Everyone in my group left with good friends and memories.

Here are some of my own memories of this experience:

-Walking to and from "LG" and the little town of Brossac about a mile away. Especially at night after dinner or a game of Petanque. The air is so clear there, the stars put on a good show at night. On those dark walks, it was also kind of fun scaring each other with ghost stories and watching the bats dart around the sky. Pretty magical.

-Traveling to nearby cities like Saintes and Bourdeaux with the group. This whole region is beautiful and dotted with small, quaint villages. Even Brossac, is the cutest small town you've ever seen. It's hard to find any part of the Charente region that is not picturesque.

-Taking photos and contributing blog posts. It was great that Paul let us work on what we thought our strengths were. If I did it again, I would want to do more physical labor. Maybe help with the painting or landscaping, do something I've never done before. Also, everyone takes turns cooking for the group, and I wasn't a big fan of this since I'm not used to cooking for a large group. I loved having dinners together, I just didn't want to cook, so a lot of the time I would volunteer to be chef's assistant, or offer to clean up. I suggest you practice ahead of time if you aren't used to cooking, and remember that the ingredients you are used to using at home they might not have at the Brossac store.

-Taking our weekly French lesson. I've forgotten most of what I learned, but it really helped while I was there. Brossac though is an expat town, so it wasn't hard finding people who spoke English.

-I went during the summer, so the weather was warm pretty much every day, but never too hot. I saw some of the most beautiful sunsets I've ever seen there.

Overall this was a truly unique and amazing experience, that I would highly recommend to anyone of all ages.

What would you improve about this program?
I wouldn't have to cook! Haha.
7 people found this review helpful.

Questions & Answers

Yes, 2 hour French lessons are provided each week by one of the professionally qualified teachers and it is included in the price.

Volunteers from 18 years of age to 84 have offered their services. Remember the minimum age is 18 unless you are accompanied by an adult.

Hi Cathy, the program costs 182 euros per week, which includes accommodation.

Volunteers can apply to live in singles, doubles and twin room. Yes, people of all ages are welcomed.