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Current job opportunities

We are seeking :
- a Regional Leader with L'Arche UK
- a Policy and Quality Officer with L'Arche UK
- a Director of Operations for L'Arche International
- two Volunteers for Els Avets (Spain)
- Volunteers for L'Arche in Burkina Faso, Kenya, Dominican Republic, Honduras and India
- a Community Leader/CEO for L'Arche Genesaret (Australia)
- a Community Leader for L'Arche Mount Tabor (New-Zeland)
Read the job descriptions here: News/ Employment opportunities

Vacancies with L'Arche UK

There are two vacancies with L'Arche UK

Regional Leader, Southern England and Wales
£34,618 - £35,342 (outside London)
£38,000 - £38,724 (including London weighting)
We seek a new Regional Leader to be responsible for five Communities and one Project. Together these Communities support and sustain over 120 people with learning disabilities. The post involves providing leadership and guidance to Community Leaders, working in partnership to ensure that the Communities are fulfilling their mission locally, are financially viable, and are meeting required standards of care and support.  The location is flexible, but the postholder should be within easy reach of London, Kent, Bognor, Ipswich, Brecon or Flintshire, and be willing to travel regularly to the other Communities.  
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Policy and Quality Officer
£30,760 (including London Weighting)
This is a new post with a key role in ensuring best practice in our service provision. They will produce and update policies in the fields of care, support, housing, and health and safety, and will work closely with the Deputy National Leader to develop our Quality Assurance systems. They will advise Leaders and Managers and support service improvements. Knowledge of care regulation and standards in England is essential; training in other areas will be offered. The post is based in South London, with some flexibility over working arrangements. 
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Registration: Desert Retreat - April 2018

Probationary Membership agreement

Identity and mission Statement

Videos of Belfast

Videos of Belfast


Presentation of Belfast, made by Laura Goble (Member of L'Arche USA)


Talk of Stephan Posner and Stacy Cates-Carney, new International Leaders - On June 26, 2017 in Belfast


Talk of Patrick Fontaine and Eileen Glass, previous International Leaders, about their mandate - On June 21, 2017 in Belfast


Talk of Padraig Padraig Ó Tuama, Poet and Theologian - On June 26, 2017 in Belfast
You download the text of the talk here:  in English & in Easy Read


Talk of Mickael McDonald, film Director of the web serie #AsIAm - On June 21, 2017 in Belfast


Washing of the feet video projected in Belfast (made by L'Arche Toronto in Canada)

Changes in L'Arche International Team

A few changes in the team of L'Arche International!

The Administrative and Financial Department of L'Arche International is happy to announce the arrival of Flavia Picard as our new full-time accountant, who will replace Sophie Destenay.
Flavia can be contacted by the same email address as Sophie ( and the same Skype account (archecompta). 
Sophie will take a part-time job to assist Valérie Péchard, especially for her work on financial aid, and will also be a back-up in accounting if necessary. 



For reasons of geographical proximity, Christine Lang ( is now attached to the Administrative and Financial Department. Christine is responsible for :
 - Organisation and coordination of translations
 - Management of emails and mailing lists
 - Management of referencing and the accessibility of documents (including international documents and conventions)
 - Database management


Pat Favaro has been appointed as Project Leader for 2018. 
In this capacity, he will:
 - Coordinate the Faith & Culture program.
 - Lead efforts to develop a process to review the current International Charter of L’Arche.   This will incorporate a review of earlier Federation processes (e.g. Identity & Mission, Commitment & Belonging), and a review of the experience of Faith & Culture, and will draw on learnings and recommendations. This work will also incorporate consultations with members across the Federation, ensuring that persons with intellectual disabilities and communities on the edges of the Federation are integral to the process.
 - In collaboration with the Vice International Leader, manage the evaluation of organization structure and support for single communities.
Pat works from the city of Calgary in Canada. Pat reports to Stacy Cates-Carney (Vice International Leader).
Email contact:


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Culture available for everyone – is it possible?

Culture available for everyone – is it possible?

How many people have impacted on our world as much as Anne Frank? Still today, her searing story of life in a ghetto continues to inspire young and old: truly part of our global cultural heritage. But there is a problem: reading words can be a challenge for some people.



Fortunately, L’Arche L’Arcobaleno in Bologna (Italy) has risen to the challenge, in collaboration with specialized local teams, by creating an Inbook using Alternative Augmentative Communication (AAC). This illustrates simple sentences with pictograms. Thanks to their joint efforts, Anne’s story can touch the lives of a whole new audience.



Since its publication on the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, members of the community have been getting used to doing presentations to students and other public organizations.



Let us move forward towards a culture that is inclusive and accessible to all!

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Article from the Italien Newspaper Corriere della Sera 
Translated from Italien to English


Culture available to each and every person. It's one of those books everybody should read. There are no restrictions. Because it is not only heritage of a culture, but more than this it's the history of an entire century. "Anna Frank's diary" worth always to be read and we shouldn't be aware of its value only on The Memorial Day. But this year it is even more important: we can place a small, but very important piece on the possibility that everyone can get to know it.

It was published for the first time translated in the Aac's symbols, Augmentative and Alternative  Communication, so that even people with intellectual or cognitive and behavioral development disability could read one of the fundamental texts of the year 900.

The volume, which was presented at the Memorial House of  Milano on 25th of January, is dedicated  to teenagers and adults, who are facilitated by reading through mediation of these symbols precisely because of  their difficulty of getting access to stories and information expressed only through words and letters.

 The book was created in collaboration with the pugliese publishing house "La Meridiana", which published the series of books Parimenti, in collaboration with the team of a laboratory specialised in the creation of books accessible to Handicap Documentation Center from Bologna and Arca's Association, The Arcobaleno Community from Granarolo (Bologna) productive on this for a long time. 

What we have in front of us, now it's one of the initiative that aims to fill a gap: the presence of books written in Aac's symbols in the school7 or educational editorial proposals. These books target not only whoever has a permanent disability, but even those with a temporary one, as they still live complex educational needs. there can you find the presence of these texts even in the public libraries, starting for about ten years ago at The Verdello Library, which came out with the first section of books translated in Symbols. This space expanded so much that had an impact on a CSInBook creation, a study center of comprehensive (inclusive) books, with editions created not only with the aim  of supporting certain weakness, but dedicated to everybody, starting  with the kindergarten.

On the site are to be found the translations in symbols  of different texts and pages of the Sunday Gospel. They are published even on the Facebook page of the comunity.




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L’Arche Arcobaleno - Anna Book

L’Arche Arcobaleno - Anna Book

Christine Lang 2014

Pat Favaro 2016

“You are truly delightful to me.”

“You are truly delightful to me.”

Testimonial by Justin Lorenz, assistant

“You are delightful to me. You are truly delightful to me.” – Many people never hear those words said to them. Justin Lorenz, however, has been fortunate enough to hear them each evening, during his year in L’Arche Mexico City. “Every evening, Tavo (one of the community members with an intellectual disability) would say to me, ‘You are delightful to me, Justin.’ This was just one of the many ways in which my time in Mexico City has enriched my life.”




Why sign up as a solidarity assistant? Justin explains: “I wanted to live abroad in L’Arche in a materially poorer community so as to develop a visceral understanding of how our mission is lived in such a community (different culture, language).”

Before arriving in Mexico, Justin had already spent over five years in L’Arche USA. “I was in Jacksonville, Florida for four months preparing to be a founding assistant in St. Louis. Once there, I took on a variety of responsibilities including live in assistant, house co-coordinator and program coordinator. That whole experience planted a growing desire to stay with L’Arche long term in my life, and so I realized I wanted to get more connected to L’Arche around the world. And I also wanted to become fluent in Spanish. I did not want to put off for too long a desire to live abroad.”




“I received a lot of financial support from L’Arche: $1,000 from L’Arche St. Louis; another $1330 through crowdfunding, many contributors being friends of L’Arche St. Louis. And L’Arche wants to encourage experienced assistants to go to a materially poorer community, so L’Arche International offered $1,000 for flights and health insurance among other necessary costs. And before I set off to Mexico, a lot of people showed up for my goodbye party: they wanted to support my project, even if they couldn’t go to Mexico themselves.”

Contact with the community before arriving

“I video called the community leader once or twice and the English-speaking board president once beforehand. I had seen some photos, but had very little knowledge or contact with the rest of the community members.”


“Unfortunately, in spite of the community leader’s best efforts, I could only get a tourist visa, and not a temporary resident visa. This meant I had to leave Mexico after 6 months and then re-apply for a second tourist visa.”

Settling in

“I had studied abroad in Spain and been to a number of other countries, including Peru and Morocco, so I came in with some experience of another culture. But it was still a challenge to settle into Mexican culture. For instance, it was a shock to find that the community was located in a very ugly, poor part of the city, with a high crime rate. And I had to unlearn some language expectations: Mexican Spanish can be very different from the vocabulary I had learned previously! Also, the community had very few regular meetings, compared to L’Arche in the US. But surely the biggest single difference was the background histories of the community members with a disability: before L’Arche, most had been abandoned or treated horribly as babies or children. That puts in perspective those words: “you are a delight to me, Justin…”

What helped

It really helped my settling in process to be able to hang out in the evenings with a couple other foreign assistants; we were all adapting to Mexican culture and it was good to share about our experiences. A variety of other supports as well: respite days at the homes of board members, and some social time with a local friend who could explain some things; community accompaniment from a L’Arche France member who had stayed with El Arca beforehand; a Spanish tutor who was helpful for learning the language and the culture; staying in touch with family and friends in the States was also really important.


Having already had a solid grounding in L’Arche, I could bring some know-how to the community, the leadership and other assistants who had not lived in L’Arche before. For instance, I facilitated a formation on the Identity and Mission of L’Arche in both Mexico City and in the other Mexican community in Queretaro; in addition, I could help the leaders discern which issues to prioritize. More broadly, as a live-in, I could help follow up on things as they happened and provide a certain continuity of care. One aspect of this was establishing team and house meetings again which allowed us to communicate much better, decide on a common approach to behaviors, plan events and share hopes. Another aspect was to initiate regular prayer times and spirituality nights. These grounded us a bit more in our relationships with each other and God. The biggest single event, where I felt I made a difference, was when the whole community moved to a new part of town in December. Among other things, Meredith, Julia, (the other foreign assistants) and I could point out things that needed changing with the setup of the new home.




Four things:

  • Get to know the transportation system!
  • Don’t talk in your native language with other assistants. Establish rules with housemates to ensure this.
  • Invest early on in meeting people outside the community. Say yes. Get to functions where there are non-L’Arche people so that you’re life contains diversity and ways to find new life outside the home.
  • Pray for patience, compassion, and forgiveness every day. Most of these economically poorer communities have drastic and different weaknesses than richer communities. Forgive the leadership and members their imperfection, and forgive yourself your weaknesses. The forgiveness of others can only really come from recognizing our own weakness and being able to forgive that.