There are several ways of getting involved in L'Arche

The encounter with the person who has a disability: 

a unique and extraordinary experience. 

Brave the adventure!

Approaching
a community

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One way of establishing a link with the people is to approach the community nearest to where you live: participate in the events which are offered, spend time there regularly as a friend or get involved as a volunteer

Carry out a
civic service role

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The civic service volunteer lives with people with an intellectual disability. S/he accompanies them in everyday life in the home and in the activities offered. S/he commits for a period of approximately 1 year. It is a foundational experience!

An out-of-the-ordinary
internship

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In L'Arche, we learn things we don't learn at school; we escape our social, cultural and intellectual backgrounds... Some discover this through an out-of-the-ordinary internship.    

Participate
in an event

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The L'Arche communities regularly organise events open to young people from all walks of life: out-of-the ordinary WYD, sporting events, weekend meetings and spiritual retreats... Check out the calendar (in French)

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When I came, I knew nothing at all about disability and was asking myself: "But what am I doing here?" On the first evening, Antoine, a core member in the home, took my suitcase and led me into the lift. I was overwhelmed. In one year, I have learned and changed more than in all the previous years.   
Léa, former volunteer for L'Arche in Paris