Volunteer Abroad in France

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Volunteering Abroad in France

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37 Volunteer Abroad Programs in France

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Spend a few months teaching English at a school in France with GeoVisions. Volunteers teach conversational and written English to students for up to 15 hours per week in the northwestern cities of Saint Brieuc and Saint-Malo. Participants, who must have a high level of French and be at least 23 years old, are also expected to help develop activities, games, and lessons that focus on English lan...

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In France, VFP offers over 400 volunteer opportunities each year. Projects involve renovation, construction, historic preservation, archaeology, festivals, environmental projects like trail building, park maintenance, education, organic farming, working with specific social demographics like kids, the elderly and disabled people, and many more! Use the coupon code “gab14” to earn $50 off today!

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With more than 400 projects worldwide and with 25 years experience of providing ethical travel placements, Frontier can find you the perfect adventure whatever you want to achieve. We offer placements in more than 50 countries including Costa Rica, Madagascar, Fiji and loads more. Here are just some of the options available: Marine Conservation and Diving Travel to beach paradises, scuba...

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Veritas Christian Study Abroad incorporates combines international missions into exceptional study abroad experiences. During your study abroad program, Veritas connects you with a Mission Mentor and local ministry partners with whom you will serve alongside in Paris. The City of Lights is home to one of the most diverse populations in the world, with cultures from around the globe bringing ...

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Berlin  Amsterdam  London  Prague and more... Don't travel alone, join our fun group every July and August to explore Europe with our UK leader. Gapforce Europe is the quality way to experience Europe in 25 days. We use trains to speed us safely and comfortably between cities so you have the maximum time exploring. We are based in London  so will ensure you see all that's new in Eu...

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As an eco-volunteer in France, you will help safeguard area bird ecosystems threatened by human activity. This project focuses on improving the environmental conditions in wetlands and natural reserves around the country where urban development has caused disruption to migratory patterns, issues with breeding, and in some cases, even injuring or endangering the lives of the birds. Volunteers...

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Live with a host family in France and teach conversational English to your French family while experiencing French culture firsthand. Cultural Homestay International provides placements in Bordeaux and Lyon. Volunteers are provided with teaching tips and daily meals, in combination with accommodation arrangements.

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Live with a French family and help teach them English or explore the wilderness of France through ALIORE volunteer programs. All volunteers are provided with both meals and housing during their placements in the city of Montpellier and throughout France. Volunteers are encouraged to learn about the local culture and experience the lifestyle of the locals.

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Travel abroad for less and learn the language of your host family in exchange, you teach them back yours. GoCambio connects millions of people who want to learn or improve the language they are learning with the millions of people who travel in search of unique and independent experiences. So, in exchange for a couple of hours a day helping someone improve the way they communicate in the ...

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Work as a Conversation Coach in France through InterExchange. Volunteers will work and live in Paris, where they will be provided with both housing and meals in return for English language lessons with their host family. InterExchange provides all participants with sufficient in-country support to ensure a positive experience.

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Volunteer abroad and earn a TEFL certificate online with i-to-i UK. Programs are located in Lyon and Paris and open to English speakers worldwide who are at least 18 years old. Volunteers can choose to participate for as short as one week or as long as two years.

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The luxurious seaside town of Biarritz, the “surf capital of Europe”, is a beautiful town, full of amenities such as magnificent beaches, superb sporting facilities, and a natural charm unlike any place else in France. Every summer SPI Study Abroad France program participants fall in love with Biarritz as they immerse themselves in the culture by living with local homestays, attending French la...

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If you're dedicated and committed to helping others and care about the environment, then the Eco Volunteer in France program is the right choice for you! In this program, participants will do something good for the French flora and fauna and contribute to making a world a better place. The program offers different projects on protecting the environment, endangered species or injured animals, pr...

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Volunteering Abroad in France

Every romantic dreams of someday living in France. From the mighty cliffs of Normandy to the rolling vineyards of Burgundy to the towering peaks of its Alps, the French countryside personifies aesthetic beauty in itself. Beyond natural magnificence, the art, literature, philosophy, and cookery of France comprise a highly refined cultural tradition which has remained centrally influential to Western society throughout history. Volunteering in France allows visitors to make a positive difference in local communities, while indulging in the French lifestyle, considered one of the finest in the world.

Locations

For starters there is Paris. The capital of France has been a cultural, artistic, and political capital of Europe throughout history, and today is considered to be one of the five most globally connected cities on earth. A big, beautiful city with a rich historical tradition, yet like any large metropolis, the city has its share of social problems bringing about a need for international volunteers in Paris.

Other large cities, such as Lyon and Marseilles offer a similar opportunity to experience the bustling French cosmopolitan lifestyle while volunteering in France. Lyon is nicknamed the “Capital of Lights” for its annual Fête des Lumières festival, while Marseilles is France’s largest commercial port city pristinely situated on the Mediterranean coast.

Montpellier, Nice, and Toulouse are a few other popular metropolitan volunteer abroad locations in France. These cities offer a less hugely international, more authentically French feel, for all the cultural purists out there. 

You may also want to experience a more rural side of France while volunteering. There are many smaller towns and provinces which offer foreign nationals the option to volunteer in France in a variety of projects in a more relaxed pace of life.

Projects & Placements

Though France is one of the wealthiest countries in the world, like everywhere else on earth life in the big city has its way of leaving some people behind. There are a variety of social work and community development opportunities for volunteers in France who are interested in tackling the problems of French urban life and helping the country’s poorest populations.

Education is perhaps the most common field of placement for volunteering in France. Positions can vary from teaching in a classroom setting to conducting private tutoring sessions to even living with a French host family as an English mentor. Generally, these positions are open to participants who speak a high level of French, and can communicate effectively with their students. However ,there are also a variety of volunteer programs in France which combine French language learning with English teaching for those who are not up to fluency.

Another placement for volunteers in France is working on one of France’s plethora of vineyards or agricultural fields. This can be a good way to live a more leisurely paced life in the French countryside, but is understandably also hard work. Some programs will offer a combination of agricultural work with ecological or environmental preservation studies.

Volunteer programs in France typically last from two weeks to a few months.

Costs & Affordability

On the whole, France can be an expensive country to live in; so volunteers will often find themselves paying a considerable price for the opportunity to volunteer abroad in France. However, many program fees are inclusive of food, lodging, and transportation, taking this load off your wallet up front. Consult the specific program which interests you for more details on what is included and check out funding opportunities available in GoAbroad’s Scholarship Directory for programs abroad in France.

Accommodation & Visas

Many volunteer programs in France offer the chance to live with a host family, giving participants the opportunity to perfect their French while gaining an intimate perspective of the local culture. Shorter-length programs will frequently organize group accommodation while you volunteer in France. For longer volunteer programs, you may also want to look into renting an apartment or flat, depending on your placement location.

Depending on your home country and the length of your stay, you may need to organize a temporary visa at a French Consulate. Foreign nationals can apply for a short-stay schengen visa valid for up to 90 days or a long-stay visa for durations exceeding this three month limit. Consult GoAbroad’s French Embassy Directory for information on the specific policy for your home country.

Benefits

From ancient history to its current influential position in global affairs, France has always remained a focal point of the European identity. Culturally sophisticated and naturally beautiful, you will discover no shortage of culturally immersive experiences and professional growth or educational opportunities volunteering in France.

In a country which sprawls from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean, when you choose to volunteer in France you will have the chance to have a positive impact on local communities while being exposed to the true meaning of allez les bleus!

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