Giraudière, Brossac, South West France
Internship Type - Tasks
and projects related to the organisation's purpose and
mission and possibly encompassing the academic or business
qualification you hope to receive or may already have. This
internship will include French, or English language lessons, with the
number of lessons depending on the length of the internship
Interns Career Level -
Length of Internship -
minimum internship is 4 weeks and the maximum is 12 weeks.
Intern Dates - Dates
at present are flexible with places available spring, summer
and the fall. You can read more about
Dates & Length of Internship
Hours - The
maximum hours 21 hours per week, the 21 hours includes your
Assessment - Your
French, or English, language skills will be assessed in terms of
Listening, Reading, Spoken Interaction, Spoken Production
and Writing, after which a French language learning program
personalized to your needs will be prepared.
Group Lessons - Half a
day each week there is a group French lesson.
Individual to you
half a day per week you will have one-to-one intensive
French or English lessons customized to your needs.
Appraisal - A
final appraisal of your improvement as compared with your
original assessment will be carried out during the last week
of your internship, and an award of French Language
attainment will be presented alongside your Certificate of
Internship and Letter of Achievement.
Primary Contact Communications -
role will involve dealing with the range of enquiries
received from potential applicants (volunteers, interns,
school and University trips), both French and English
speakers wishing to take part on the La Giraudière Project.
You would be using various media such as telephone, letter,
Skype and emails. This first task will introduce you to the
programs on offer and the project as a whole, and will equip
you with the knowledge required for the rest of your
internship and to advance.
Selection and recruitment -
Although La Giraudière project does not conduct formal
interviews, there may be occasions where you can sit in,
observe and take notes on meetings. You will learn to put
into practice selection skills based on the Project's needs
and the potential volunteers' written applications.
Volunteers receive no monetary reward, so you will learn why
people volunteer and what we can give them in return and how
this might be applied in the profit sector.
Scheduling accommodation -
number of approved applications needs to be matched to the 4
different programs for the number of spaces available. This
activity (often known as Hotel Room Scheduling) is an
excellent means for you to develop or demonstrate your
organsational, logistis, planning skills and scheduling ability.
Logistics and communications -
Liaising with staff, management, and volunteers concerning
the day to day household logistics of La Giraudière is
vital. Even in a small project like La Giraudière it is
important that everyone concerned is kept informed. Regular
informal meeting are essential, and you will be part of those
meetings and encouraged to contribute. Teamwork and
cooperation are central to our success, and your skill in
these areas will be used, developed, or enhanced.
Planning - human resources -
are the key asset or resource of both profit and non-profit
organisations, so learning about human resource planning is
a major part of this internship. Volunteers' CVs may not list
all they can do, can contribute, or want to learn, so part
of Project Direction is to assess during the orientation
what skills the new volunteers have, and deciding whether we
start a new project to use their skills, or how they might
best contribute to what has already started. Balancing the
realisation of the organisation's goals whilst meeting
individuals' needs will be key to the intern's role. Also,
maintaining motivation throughout the various projects is
vital; good interpersonal skills will be key to this role.
Accounting & Bookeeping -
every action that takes place on a project, as in the profit
sector, could attract an accounting procedure. Everything
must be documented and accounted for. The internship will
show you basic double entry accounting up to producing a
trail balance and the systems that ensure La Giraudière is
accountable and seen to be accountable.
Marketing is changing but some of the old methods still
work. This internship will show you how La Giraudière uses
and blends the new and the old methods, and give you
opportunities to help promote the organisation in the best
At La Giraudière we
have no manufactured products for sale - merely the project
So how do we sell the La Giraudière project to such
a wide international clientele ?
Come and discover
Search Engine Optimization - SEO -
internet has given us access to a global audience, which
means we can advertise our project and programs around the
world. Volunteer projects have little or no money to pay for
advertising, so how do we attract an international group and
get on that first page of search results? Learn how we do
this, and how can you use these skills in the future to
promote your own 'brand'.
Event Planning -
Giraudiere via it's association "Les Amis de La Giraudiere"
hold many events during the year. Depending upon when you
are here you may well be involved in the setting up and
Your Resume / CV just got a boost:
completion of the internship you will receive a Certificate
of Internship, a Letter of Achievement, an award of French
Language attainment and the knowledge of how to make a
Resume / CV that is search engine friendly.
The contact you will make will go on for a life time.
You should read more
about the rewards from this internship by visiting
Benefits of Interning