Our Communities around the world only started thanks to the voluntary service. People who have intellectual disabilities need support in their everyday lives. In L'Arche, persons who choose to share their life, 'assist' them in a wide variety of tasks: cooking, housekeeping, medical or personal care and hygiene, gardening, social events….
We have a wide team of professionals to aid the persons with especial needs and volunteers. Volunteering is a very important part of our project; people with disabilities do not feel recognized and valued. The daily life and living together promote the growth of strong bonds, which are an emotional support for core members. The cultural exchange and "virtual traveling around the world" is also a benefit offered by the volunteers; the effort of the people with disabilities to teach our culture to the volunteers (food, feasts, football teams, language, daily life…) is also important. This exchange is always very rich in new, lovely, happy, fun and interesting experiences.
We have a team of 6-7 long-term volunteers coming from different countries plus many local volunteers.