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Assistants are volunteers or salaried employees depending on the role, responsibility and employment law of the country. There is a long tradition in some countries to send volunteers abroad through volunteer-sending organizations.
You live in a/one of the L’Arche homes with other Assistants and members with a disability.
You support people with disabilities in all dimensions of life through daily living and accompaniment
Generally you are asked to make a commitment for one year
All L’Arche communities have a spiritual dimension. We welcome people of all faiths and those with no particular faith.
We expect assistants to be open to and supportive of other’s spirituality and to join in our celebrations.
Be prepared for ongoing training and formation. In most countries l’Arche is a registered charity and must meet legally set standards in professional care.
Experience daily life with people who are different to you. It’s a lot of fun. It’s also challenging.