Tales from the Volunteers; CARE – an EVS project

EVS (European Voluntary Service) is funded by the ERASMUS+ programme of European Commission, to give young people aged between 17 and 30 the chance to volunteer abroad. Ambios Ltd is accredited by the British Council to send and receive volunteers from Europe through this scheme, giving people the unique opportunity to live and learn at Lower Sharpham Farm.

Quentin Bauchet joined us in October 2017 as an EVS volunteer from France, after deciding to take a gap year following the completion of his diploma.  He applied for one of 2 posts for our project CARE (Conservation And Rural Employability) with partners Maison de l’Europe. Here he shares with us the reason he decided to join us at the farm and reflects on the experiences he has had, as well as his own personal development.

I had several aims in my mind for becoming an EVS volunteer with Ambios Ltd, mainly being to improve my English and to learn more about nature conservation.

 I have met beautiful people here and have been able to gain new knowledge about different types of habitats, flora and fauna through several classes and field trip visits to the local National Park and nature reserves. I have also developed practical skills such as building a chalet, hedge laying, fencing and creating bird boxes. 

The experience on the farm develops us, whether from a personal or professional point of view. Personally, I saw myself evolve during these months and I recommend everyone not to hesitate and live this experience thoroughly, because that will be the most beneficial for you.”

If you are interested in becoming an EVS volunteer at Lower Sharpham Farm, please visit our page on the EVS website.