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
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…
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!
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)
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