About the local hosting organizationl'Arche , is a non-profit organization and it has a long tradition of welcoming volunteers of all countries, of different social and cultural backgrounds interested in participating and collaborating in its project of integration with persons having different learning disabilities.
About the volunteer workThe mission of L'Arche is to welcome adults with disabilities. You will realize that disabled people are not only patients, and volunteers are not only caretakers. In L'Arche, what is vital is to aim for a mutual relationship. We could summarize your roles in L'Arche as such: you are a "friend", but not only. By also having a role of authority, you have a supporting/teaching or Â‘educational' role; therefore, you are "a listener" too. As part of a team, the volunteer shares his responsibility by: ï‚· supporting disabled people in different activities (work, recreation, health, hygieneÂ…) inside and outside the day-care centre; ï‚· cooperating in the daily functioning between the houses and the day-care centre by accompanying the people with disabilities from their houses to their workplace, having fun and celebrating together, for instance; ï‚· assisting the training related to disabilities, accompaniment (how to cope with violence, affections, feelings, authority, interdependence between different status, etc.).
Local accommodationThe volunteers in the houses have their own private room in the same house where they are working, with disabled people. Every month, a general allowance is given to the volunteer who is working in the day center. But every working day, the volunteer eats a warm meal together with disabled people.
About the project locationFrench lesson is provided for the volunteers staying 6 months and more. Volunteers will receive pocket money every month