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France France: CLAUSONNE ABBEY 1 (SJ12)

Dates

05/06/2024   -   19/06/2024

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Renovation

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Age
18 - 90
Max number of volunteers
12
Still room for
1 Male + 3 Female
Languages
English
Vegetarian food
Yes
Access with disability
Yes
Nearest airport
Marseille (MRS)
Nearest bus/train station
Veynes-Dévoluy (05400) is accessible via Marseille Saint-Charles, Valence TGV and Valence-Ville stations, as well as Grenoble, Briançon - and Paris by night train. By bus, you can also come from Nice (3 hours).
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The Friends of Clausonne Abbey association would like to build a burnt-wood hut to accommodate hikers in case of bad weather. Construction will take place over 2 years, and this year we will be preparing to lay the foundations. We'll clear the necessary space in the old sheepfold and select the stone for the cyclopean foundations.

We will also be working on embellishing the immediate surroundings of the sheepfold: we have found the remains of an old dry-stone retaining wall, which we began restoring last year. In 2024, we'll be continuing the restoration of this wall: we'll be lowering the slope, finding the old stones and dismantling the wall until we're back on a sound footing. We will then learn how to build a dry stone wall and rebuild the embankment. We will also restore the masonry inside the sheepfold, learn how to prepare mortar and work on the old stone walls.

The technique is not complex, but requires patience and a keen sense of observation. The work is supervised by a professional who will pass on his knowledge and technical skills, and ensure the safety of the site. The work can be physical, but is accessible to everyone, regardless of physical condition. Everyone participates according to their means. Talk to us if you have any special needs (injury, illness, etc.)

Accomodation and food

You will be accommodated in an individual tent on one of the camping spots at the Faï farm. Le Faï is an old farm run, animated and renovated by the association Les Villages des Jeunes, located 15 minutes' walk from the abbey. On site, you will meet other people from all over the world, find out about the association's project and take part in the other activities we do there. The campsite has a beautiful view and the Faï is a lively place.

We'll be preparing our own meals, taking turns as a team. The aim is also to share recipes typical of your region! Bear in mind that we won't be eating meat or animal products every day, in order to control our environmental impact.

Location and leisure

We'll work together to manage day-to-day life: menus, outings, shopping... The idea is for everyone to contribute with their own ideas and share their own vision of things. We're really looking to manage ourselves. It's not always easy, and you'll be accompanied by our team in making collective decisions.

Evenings and weekends are free, for the activities we choose to organise together. We'll be exploring the region together, going hiking or bivouacking if we feel like it, or visiting rivers and lakes for swimming, the local markets to discover regional produce and the entertainment at the Faï to meet new people! The hostel generally organises one musical evening a week, with homemade wood-fired pizzas.

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The Clausonne abbey was founded in the 12th century by the Chalaisian order. They decided to settle in this lush haven of greenery, in a remote mountain range that was inhabited at the time. At an altitude of 1140m, the site is well guarded by the Maraize canyons to the west and a high plateau to the east.

Destroyed and rebuilt over the centuries, through religious wars and various inhabitants and owners, the abbey is now mainly visited by walkers, campers and musicians. Since 1994, the Friends of Clausonne Abbey association has been working to protect, maintain and promote the site, by carrying out masonry work on the abbey church, landscaping the area around the site, promoting hiking trails for tourists and organising cultural events, including the arrival of a grand piano, which resides in the former choir of the abbey throughout the summer.

Directions to meeting point

We will come pick you up at Veynes-Dévoluy between 4pm and 6pm, depending on the arrival of buses and trains of other participants.

Sustainable Development Goals

Responsible Consumption and Production
France France: PYRENEES MOUNTAIN HERITAGE (CONCF-3101)

Dates

07/06/2024   -   28/06/2024

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Renovation

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Free
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Age
18 - 99
Max number of volunteers
14
Still room for
4 Male + 4 Female
Languages
English
Vegetarian food
Yes
Nearest airport
Toulouse (TLS)
Nearest bus/train station
LUZ-SAINT-SAUVEUR - tourist office bus station
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Work

From Luz-Saint-Sauveur, the Pyrenees Mountains are all yours. All the best hiking sites, peaks and highlands are easily accessible. Here, you will find the freedom to breathe freely, move, broaden your horizons and enjoy!

Luz-Saint-Sauveur was a thermal hub for the noble and wealthy throughout the 1800s : the medicinal bathing sites attracted emperors, artists, intellectuals and more. Amongst the historical figures that often visited Luz was the French emperor Napoleon III (grandson of Napoleon Bonaparte) who had fallen in love with the town and surrounding mountains, he encouraged the development of the village throughout the 1860s. Today Luz probably has the best-conserved heritage from that era in France and elsewhere.

The great writer Victor Hugo described Luz as a “charming old town… beautifully situated in a deep triangular valley… When the miquelets (Catalan militia men) and Spanish smugglers arrived from Aragon … they saw a great light… They named this town light, or Luz.”

Your job will consist of the requalification of an old amphitheater nearby the post office. You will learn the art of masonry and revegetation techniques, to enhance the space and make it accessible for everyone. Throughout your whole stay, you will be accompanied by camp leaders, one being a technical facilitator who will teach you and help you master the techniques of traditional masonry.

Accomodation and food

You will be accommodated in an individual tent, with access to toilets, shower and kitchen. The group will be sharing the cleaning chores and preparing meals together. The budget will be allocated to the group leader and you will participate in the grocery shopping and in the preparation of meals, prioritizing products from the market and local producers.
Please bring your sleeping bag and mat. You will wash your clothes and other items manually. Wifi is not available, French volunteers can share their internet connections via a hotspot.

Location and leisure

Luz Saint Sauveur is in the Hautes-Pyrenees County, south-west of France near the pilgrimage city of Lourdes. It is close to the most beautiful natural sites of the Pyrenees Mountains: Midi Peak, Gavarnie Valley, Bridge of Spain, Neouvielle Natural Park, Pyrenees National Park (with many highland lakes).
The beauty and diversity of this county presents a great historical, architectural and environmental interest.

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The municipality has been developing a large project to restore its local heritage, especially through international workcamps. For over 6 years the volunteers of Concordia and from the whole world have been renovating old streets, washhouses, fountains, and hiking trails.

Directions to meeting point

The meeting point is set at the LUZ-SAINT-SAUVEUR - tourist office bus station, on the 7th of June at 6 PM.
Once you reach LOURDES train station (direct trains from PARIS, TOULOUSE, and BORDEAUX), take the bus n°965 to LUZ-SAINT-SAUVEUR (about 30 minutes). From PARIS, you can reach LOURDES from the Montparnasse train station.
LUZ-SAINT-SAUVEUR is also accessible by the night train for those who would like to try it!
The trains are open to booking about 4 months before the departure dates, accessible on the following website:
https://www.sncf-connect.com/en-en/
If you are coming first by plane, remember that you will need some time to commute from the airport to the train station, therefore we recommend that you arrive early enough for you not to rush and have a stress free travel.
If possible, please consider using low-carbon transportation (train and bus rather than airplane) for a sustainable international workcamp.

Additional comments

Bring working clothes, gloves, and closed shoes. Bring a warm sleeping bag, as nights might be cold due to the altitude and we may also sleep in the mountains if we organizing outings. To enjoy the mountains, bring your trekking shoes. For the brave ones who want to take a dip in the river, bring your swimming suit. A sunscreen is also recommended for the ones with sensitive skins. Feel free to bring activities from home such as photos, games, musical instruments, etc.
Foreigners from the European Union must bring their personal EHIC (European Health Insurance Card), and all participants must bring their insurance certificate. If health issues arise during the program, volunteers will need to cover all costs; they will be reimbursed upon their return to their home country.

The last day (28/06) is dedicated to the departure, which is usually set in the morning.

France France: FREE MUSIC FESTIVAL (SJ05)

Dates

07/06/2024   -   26/06/2024

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Cultural
Festival
2
Place(s)
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full for < 18

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Age
18 - 99
Max number of volunteers
12
Still room for
1 Male + 1 Female
Languages
English
Vegetarian food
Yes
Access with disability
Yes
Nearest airport
Bordeaux (BOD)
Nearest bus/train station
Montendre train station
Map

Work

You will collaborate with the organization's volunteers in the preparation and setup of the festival (site barricading, parking, etc.) Your tasks will involve organizing the park to make it attractive for the public and assisting volunteers in the logistical management of the event. After the festival, you will help clean and tidy up the site in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. Additionally, you will participate in activities promoting interculturality and sustainable development.

Accomodation and food

You will sleep in a dormitory in the big International Maison des Bateleurs, where you will share daily life with international volunteers welcomed under the European Solidarity Corps programme. Located a few hundred meters from the festival in Montendre, the house provides all necessary amenities: showers, kitchen, garden, bamboo grove, etc. A vehicle will be at your disposal for transportation to the workcamp site and for exploring the region. Breakfast and meals will be provided (you will have a food budget managed and communicated by the facilitators throughout the workcamp). Meals, prepared on a rotating schedule by you and the international volunteers, will respect environmental values, local resources, and the dietary preferences of everyone (including hot and cold dishes, as well as vegetarian and vegan options). The first week, you will have lunch at the Maison des Bateleurs, the second and third weeks, you will have lunch with the festival team (on-site catering with various menus, including vegetarian and vegan options will be offered).

Location and leisure

Montendre, 75 km from Bordeaux

Leisure activities: Located at the crossroads of several charming villages in southern Saintonge, you can fully enjoy the local heritage. Outside of work hours, you will participate in summer activities, such as music festivals, night markets, and visits to local producers with tastings of their products. City outings to La Rochelle, Rochefort, or Angoulême and a day at the ocean may also be organised. Cognac and St-Emilion, emblematic cities of the French vineyard, are also nearby!

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Join the adventure of the International Workcamp at the 24th Free Music Festival in Montendre! Immerse yourself in a unique experience combining music, creativity, and intercultural exchanges. Contribute to the magic of the festival, broaden your artistic horizons, and create unforgettable memories. Together, let's build a living picture of friendship, sharing, and discovery. Join us for an enriching and festive experience in the heart of southwest France!

Directions to meeting point

We will meet you at Montendre train station at 4:00 PM. Facilitators will drive you to the accommodation location. To reach Montendre, you will have to take a direct train from Bordeaux Saint-Jean train station (40 minutes).

Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Cities and Communities
France France: DISCOVER A CASTLE LIFE (CONCF-7201)

Dates

12/06/2024   -   02/07/2024

Feedback from 700 volunteers

Tags

Renovation

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Germany

Fee

Free
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Details on the project

Age
18 - 99
Max number of volunteers
12
Still room for
5 Male + 4 Female
Languages
English
Vegetarian food
Yes
Nearest airport
Paris (CDG)
Nearest bus/train station
Argentan Train Station
Map

Work

In the heart of the “Pays du Haras”, in the department of Orne, come and discover the Bourg-Saint-Leonard, a 12th-century castle, classified as a Historic Monument in 1942.
On the domain, you can find the castle, an orangery, stables, caretaker's lodgings, a garden and orchard, a park and a 400-hectare forest. The Chinese boudoir and library were restored over several months.
The commune of Gouffern en Auge has embarked on a vast project to restore the various parts of the estate over several years. This project is being monitored and coordinated by architects of historical monuments. You will continue the restoration of the wall, staking the mortar and repointing with a lime mortar (a masonry technique used with old buildings). You will be accompanied by skilled guides throughout the project to help you learn these techniques step by step!

Accomodation and food

You will be staying close to the Château du Bourg Saint Léonard. This means you can easily walk to the site each day. The accommodation will be in individual tents (bring your own sleeping bag and warm duvet). The kitchen and living area, as well as showers and toilets, will be close to the camp. You'll be able to enjoy the view of the castle as you go about your daily life. Volunteers will be able to share their internet connection (no WIFI), and laundry will be done by hand.
You'll share collective tasks and prepare meals together. A budget will be allocated to the leaders, and you'll help with shopping and meal preparation, giving priority to healthy, local produce, and exchanging recipes if you wish.

Location and leisure

Gouffern en Auge is a new commune, created by a merger of 14 communes. It is located in the department of Orne in the Normandy region.
This work camp is an opportunity to take full advantage of the exceptional and prestigious setting of the castle and to immerse oneself in Norman culture: culinary specialities, hiking, discover the local heritage, visits of the castle of Chambois (the commune where you will be accommodated) and the national stud farm (Haras National du Pin 5 km away), activities and entertainment with the local inhabitants.
For more information:
https://www.ornetourisme.com/visites-loisirs/chateau-du-bourg-saint-leonard/
and https://www.gouffernenauge.fr/chateau-du-bourg-saint-leonard/

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This is the third year of the partnership with the commune of Gouffern-en-Auge.
The council wishes to revitalise the commune by hosting a volunteer work camp, to set up an international and intercultural project for the inhabitants, and to promote the local heritage.
The castle of Bourg-Saint-Leonard is open to visitors during the summer.
In an English-style park surrounded by a 400-hectare forest, the castle, with its orangery and stables, is a showcase of 18th-century furniture. The Chinese boudoir and the library have been restored over several months and are open to the public.

Directions to meeting point

The meeting point is scheduled at Argentan Train Station at the end of the afternoon of the first day. On the last day (02/07), the departure time is usually set in the morning.

From Paris, you can take the train from Gare Montparnasse, regular departures are scheduled throughout the day. The journey takes about 2 hours.
If you are coming first by plane, remember that you will need some time to commute from the airport to the train station, therefore we recommend that you arrive early enough for you not to rush and have a stress free travel.
The exact meeting time will be given with the infosheet which will be sent at least 4 weeks before the start of the workcamp.
If possible, please consider using low-carbon transportation (train and bus rather than aeroplane) for a sustainable international workcamp.
For more information about trains: https://www.sncf-connect.com/en-en/

Additional comments

Please bring gardening gloves, good shoes for working and working clothes. As the nights can be quite cold, remember also to bring warm clothes. Don’t forget to bring a camping mat, a sleeping bag for cold weather (comfort temperature 5 degrees): nights can be really cold in Normandy.
Don’t hesitate to bring traditional things from your country/region, photos, games, music instruments, etc.

Requirements

Foreigners belonging to the European Union must bring with them a personal EHIC (European Health Insurance Card), and everybody must, in any case, bring their insurance certificate. If health issues happen on the project, volunteers will have to pay for it, and then be reimbursed once back in their home country.

France France: VILLAGE AND RIVERS (SJ07)

Dates

14/06/2024   -   04/07/2024

Feedback from 394 volunteers

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Renovation
Environmental

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Spain

Fee

Free
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Details on the project

Age
18 - 99
Max number of volunteers
10
Still room for
3 Male + 3 Female
Languages
English
Vegetarian food
Yes
Access with disability
Yes
Nearest airport
Bordeaux (BOD)
Nearest bus/train station
Lalinde train station
Map

Work

You'll be helping to enhance our heritage by maintaining and cleaning up the riverbeds and rebuilding small dry-stone walls. You'll build a special bond with the local people who live along these waterways, and you'll also be at the heart of a festive energy by helping to set up one of the village's flagship events, "Le feu de la Saint-Jean" (St John's bonfire).

Accomodation and food

You'll stay in tents on our summer camp with its lovely panoramic views. Access to dry toilets and showers on site. Individual tents or tents for two will be provided, as well as sleeping mats. Remember to bring your sleeping bag and a pillow. You will prepare the menus and meals together, taking into account the season, everyone's needs and the pleasure of sharing together.

Location and leisure

Village of Cause de Clérans.

Leisure activities: During your stay, you will have the opportunity to participate in local festivities and cultural events, to discover the region and to organise your programme of activities with the other volunteers and the leaders.

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The historical particularity of the town of Cause de Clérans comes from its two market towns, "Cause" and "Clérans", which have been united for a very long time. One had a defensive function with its castle and the other a religious function with its church.
Our international workcamp is waiting for you to perpetuate this age-old link. Together with the locals, we'll be helping to maintain and promote the local heritage, both in terms of the environment and the village's essential festivities.
The spirit of cooperation and conviviality are characteristics that define the way of life around here. Join us and enjoy the good life at Cause de Clérans.

Directions to meeting point

From Bordeaux airport, take a shuttle to Bordeaux-Saint-Jean train station. You will take a direct train to Lalinde (around 1-hour journey)

Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Cities and Communities Life Below Water
France France: MIRROR, MIRROR ON THE WALL (SJ13)

Dates

15/06/2024   -   30/06/2024

Feedback from 394 volunteers

Tags

Construction
Social
Environmental
3
Place(s)
left
full for < 18

Already accepted volunteers from

Colombia

Fee

Free
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Details on the project

Age
18 - 90
Max number of volunteers
12
Still room for
2 Male + 1 Female
Languages
English
Vegetarian food
Yes
Access with disability
Yes
Nearest airport
Toulouse (TLS)
Nearest bus/train station
Laguépie train station
Map

Work

As part of this project, you'll be helping to build a "self-care" area to complement the facilities already on site. Mainly, you'll be building dry toilets, washbasins, and mirrors for your beauty moments! You'll also develop your DIY spirit by making 99% eco-friendly household products. A great opportunity to try out alternative methods for reducing environmental impact and encouraging more responsible consumption habits.
To make the site more welcoming and, above all, to protect certain areas from the summer heat, you'll start creating a shaded area in the garden. You'll also have the chance to get to grips with the garden, its vegetables and herbs, and put your green thumb to good use.
Finally, weather permitting, you'll get to grips with low-tech toolmaking, and start making wooden games - the big project that will keep our youngsters busy in July. What better way to stimulate your creativity?
There's never a dull moment here! So come and spend two unforgettable weeks and bring Citrus to life with your creations.

Accomodation and food

You'll be accommodated in 8- to 12-person, single-sex collective tents with floors and beds. Amenities include dry toilets and solar-powered showers. A pedal-powered washing machine is available for laundry. There is no wifi connection.
You will take part in the upkeep of the premises and in the preparation of meals, accompanied by an educational supervisor in the kitchen. Choices will be made collectively to ensure a balanced diet based on your tastes and local seasonal produce.

Location and leisure

Near the village of Laguépie (82250), 100 km northeast of Toulouse, between Albi and Villefranche-de-Rouergue.

Leisure activities: In the heart of Laguépie (82250)he Aveyron gorges, you'll be able to take advantage of all the possibilities offered by the Tarn-et-Garonne region: swimming in the Viaur river, accessible on foot, visits to medieval villages, kayaking, visits to Albi cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site. With the support of the animation team, you'll also organize activities and take part in meetings with the local population: international meals, intercultural games, film screenings, traditional festivals, etc.

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Join the Citrus association's major project and help renovate the Laguépie international welcome center. For over ten years, international volunteers have been building, renovating, imagining, and giving shape to a large-scale project.
On the heights of the village of Laguépie, Citrus is a place of sharing and encounters, where young people from all over the world come to contribute to the renovation and fitting-out of the international welcome center. Since 2012, the association's buildings have been in the former hamlet of La Mayounelle: offices, a communal living space and an activity room, all surrounded by fields, a green theater and a vegetable garden. Accompanied by experienced leaders, you'll live at the heart of the association and share daily life with the Citrus team and other volunteers on site.

Directions to meeting point

There is a direct train from Toulouse to Laguépie. The leaders will be waiting for you at Laguépie train station in the afternoon.

Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Cities and Communities Responsible Consumption and Production
France France: REPAIRING THE WASH-HOUSE (CONCF-3310)

Dates

17/06/2024   -   01/07/2024

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Age
18 - 99
Max number of volunteers
14
Still room for
4 Male + 5 Female
Languages
English
Vegetarian food
Yes
Access with disability
Yes
Nearest airport
Biarritz (BIQ)
Nearest bus/train station
BIARRITZ SNCF Train reservations are possible approximately 4 months before departure on the SNCF website, link below: https://www.sncf-connect.com/
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Work

Come and restore the old wash-house on Erretegia beach, on the Basque coast in Bidart!
Together, you'll clean up the area to bring back the wash house walls, make them more solid and recreate the water circuit upstream and downstream of the wash house with stone channels. You will be accompanied by a technical guide who will show you traditional techniques.

Accomodation and food

You will be accommodated in individual tents, with sanitary facilities, a kitchen and a communal living room where you will enjoy a beautiful view of the surrounding countryside. You will share the various collective tasks and prepare meals together. A budget will be allocated to the leaders, and you will help with the shopping and meal preparation, giving priority to healthy, local produce. WIFI available, laundry done by hand.
Together, you'll help organise community life (cleaning, activities, etc.) and take turns preparing meals using locally sourced produce. We want to encourage vegetarian eating with local, seasonal produce, while respecting participants' diets and discovering local cuisines together.

Location and leisure

Bidart is a commune in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques region of the Basque Country. It is known in Basque as "Bidarte", which means "at the crossroads". It stretches for almost five kilometers along the Atlantic coastline, and its seafront is characterized by long, deeply folded cliffs overlooking several beaches. Bordering Biarritz, it lies twenty-five kilometers north of the Franco-Spanish border.
Throughout your stay, you'll have the chance to discover many of the region's tourist sites, try your hand at surfing and go hiking.

Project hosted by

The worksite is located in the Erretegia cirque, a beach on the Basque coast. It is an area classified as a Sensitive Natural Area, surrounded by cliffs. It can be reached on foot (350m walk) or by bike. It's also part of the coastal path, surrounded by magnificent vegetation. From the washhouse, you'll have a breathtaking view of the ocean. You'll be taking part in the work being carried out by the département to preserve this site, so it's a great opportunity to discover more about the local flora and fauna, as well as learning more about how to preserve the coastline.

Directions to meeting point

The meeting point is at BIARRITZ SNCF station on 12/06 in the late afternoon.
The exact meeting time will be communicated with the route map, sent out no later than 4 weeks before the start of the project.
Several direct trains (about one per hour) leave PARIS for BIARRITZ. The journey takes about 4 hours.

Additional comments

Bring a sleeping bag, a thick mattress, work clothes, walking and work shoes, warm clothing and rain gear, a torch, a swimming costume and sun cream.
If you'd like to share a little of your culture (recipes, traditional stories, unusual objects, music...), don't hesitate to take a little bit of your country or region in your rucksack.

Requirements

Foreigners belonging to the European Union must bring with them a personal EHIC (European Health Insurance Card), and everybody must, in any case, bring their insurance certificate. If health issues arise on the project, volunteers will have to pay for it, and will then be reimbursed once back in their home country.

France France: CLAUSONNE ABBEY 2 (SJ14)

Dates

21/06/2024   -   05/07/2024

Feedback from 394 volunteers

Tags

Renovation

Fee

Free
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Details on the project

Age
18 - 99
Max number of volunteers
12
Still room for
4 Male + 4 Female
Languages
English
Vegetarian food
Yes
Access with disability
Yes
Nearest airport
Marseille (MRS)
Nearest bus/train station
Veynes-Dévoluy (05400) is accessible via Marseille Saint-Charles, Valence TGV and Valence-Ville stations, as well as Grenoble, Briançon - and Paris by night train. By bus, you can also come from Nice (3 hours).
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Work

The Friends of Clausonne Abbey association would like to build a burnt-wood hut to accommodate hikers in case of bad weather. Construction will take place over 2 years, and this year we will be preparing to lay the foundations. We'll clear the necessary space in the old sheepfold and select the stone for the cyclopean foundations.

We will also be working on embellishing the immediate surroundings of the sheepfold: we have found the remains of an old dry-stone retaining wall, which we began restoring last year. In 2024, we'll be continuing the restoration of this wall: we'll be lowering the slope, finding the old stones and dismantling the wall until we're back on a sound footing. We will then learn how to build a dry stone wall and rebuild the embankment. We will also restore the masonry inside the sheepfold, learn how to prepare mortar and work on the old stone walls.

The technique is not complex, but requires patience and a keen sense of observation. The work is supervised by a professional who will pass on his knowledge and technical skills, and ensure the safety of the site. The work can be physical, but is accessible to everyone, regardless of physical condition. Everyone participates according to their means. Talk to us if you have any special needs (injury, illness, etc.).

Accomodation and food

You will be accommodated in an individual tent on one of the camping spots at the Faï farm. Le Faï is an old farm run, animated and renovated by the association Les Villages des Jeunes, located 15 minutes' walk from the abbey. On site, you will meet other people from all over the world, find out about the association's project and take part in the other activities we do there. The campsite has a beautiful view and the Faï is a lively place.

We'll be preparing our own meals, taking turns as a team. The aim is also to share recipes typical of your region! Bear in mind that we won't be eating meat or animal products every day, in order to control our environmental impact.

Location and leisure

We'll work together to manage day-to-day life: menus, outings, shopping... The idea is for everyone to contribute with their own ideas and share their own vision of things. We're really looking to manage ourselves. It's not always easy, and you'll be accompanied by our team in making collective decisions.

Evenings and weekends are free, for the activities we choose to organise together. We'll be exploring the region together, going hiking or bivouacking if we feel like it, or visiting rivers and lakes for swimming, the local markets to discover regional produce and the entertainment at the Faï to meet new people! The hostel generally organises one musical evening a week, with homemade wood-fired pizzas.

Project hosted by

The Clausonne abbey was founded in the 12th century by the Chalaisian order. They decided to settle in this lush haven of greenery, in a remote mountain range that was inhabited at the time. At an altitude of 1140m, the site is well guarded by the Maraize canyons to the west and a high plateau to the east.

Destroyed and rebuilt over the centuries, through religious wars and various inhabitants and owners, the abbey is now mainly visited by walkers, campers and musicians. Since 1994, the Friends of Clausonne Abbey association has been working to protect, maintain and promote the site, by carrying out masonry work on the abbey church, landscaping the area around the site, promoting hiking trails for tourists and organising cultural events, including the arrival of a grand piano, which resides in the former choir of the abbey throughout the summer.

Directions to meeting point

We will come pick you up at Veynes-Dévoluy between 4pm and 6pm, depending on the arrival of buses and trains of other participants.

Sustainable Development Goals

Responsible Consumption and Production
France France: ACCESS PATH TO SAINTE-BARBE CHAPEL (SJ08)

Dates

23/06/2024   -   06/07/2024

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Environmental
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Place(s)
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Turkey Spain Germany Russia

Fee

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Details on the project

Age
18 - 99
Max number of volunteers
12
Still room for
1
Languages
English
Vegetarian food
Yes
Access with disability
Yes
Nearest airport
Nice (NCE)
Nearest bus/train station
Tende train station (06430)
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Work

Your work involves facilitating access to the Sainte-Barbe Chapel by recreating a pedestrian access path and arranging the surrounding spaces. This includes cleaning the areas (mowing, cutting, clearing), envisioning the future route for visitors and drawing it, and finally securing the location by creating a wooden safety barrier. This work does not require specific qualifications and will be supervised by a technical leader. You will work 4 days a week, from 8:30 am to 12 pm and from 2 pm to 5:30 pm.

Accomodation and food

You will be accommodated in rooms for 4 to 6 people with facilities and equipped with mattresses, blankets, and pillows. You will need to bring your sleeping bag. Meals are prepared on a rotating basis by the volunteer team with the help of the leader and in a kitchen with all the necessary equipment. It is possible to request vegetarian meals. You will assist in tidying up the dining area and take turns doing the dishes as a team.

Location and leisure

Tende (06430), 2 hours from Nice. We are located on the heights of the town of Tende, in the mountains.

Leisure activities: In addition to the weekends, one day of the week will be dedicated to discovery and leisure activities. You will have the opportunity to explore the mountain environment (fauna, flora, hiking, etc.), participate in sports activities, and engage in activities on site or in the surrounding towns to meet the local population.

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Neige & Merveilles association welcomes you in the heart of the Mercantour National Park, at an altitude of 1500 meters, to work on the development project of the Vallauria Mine. You will discover an exceptional geological heritage and participate in a human and collective adventure that has been going on for over 60 years. Neige & Merveilles has been working since its creation to revive this historic site in order to offer a haven of peace promoting discovery, encounters, and diversity through the organisation of workcamps. The Sainte-Barbe chapel has already been restored during several youth projects and now needs to be highlighted both for its heritage interest and for the entire history it can testify to. We aim to promote the discovery of this place by rehabilitating the access path leading to it.

Directions to meeting point

The meeting point will be at the TENDE train station on Sunday, June 23, at 5:10 pm. There is a direct train from Nice to Tende that departs in the early afternoon. If you arrive the day before, you must arrange your own accommodation. Departure time on the last day: 10:00 am

Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Cities and Communities
France France: RESTORING A SHEEPFOLD IN NATURAL LANDSCAPES (CONCF-6913)

Dates

28/06/2024   -   12/07/2024

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Age
18 - 99
Max number of volunteers
10
Still room for
3 Male + 1 Female
Languages
English
Vegetarian food
Yes
Nearest airport
Grenoble (GNB)
Nearest bus/train station
Meaudre Place bus station
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The Vercors Regional Nature Park stretches across a vast mid-mountain massif between Isère and Drôme. Come and discover it, and the village of Autrans-Méaudre en Vercors. Its landscapes will take you on a journey. The project will involve restoring a shelter known as "La Bergerie", located on the edge of a footpath and a mountain bike trail. The exact history of this site deserves to be known, as it would appear that in the past this vast area was grazed by sheep. Meadows replaced the present-day forest and there was indeed a sheepfold here, but we're investigating with local residents to find out more.Your job will be to clear the undergrowth around the shelter and consolidate it by working on the masonry. No previous knowledge is necessary. A good dose of motivation and the desire to work as part of a team will enable you to complete this project.

Accomodation and food

You will be accommodated in a chalet equipped with beds: remember to bring sleeping bags. The site is a 20-minute drive from the accommodation. You will then have to walk for 10 minutes on an accessible path, but with some gradients. The group will be supervised at all times by a team in charge of group life and technical aspects, in liaison with our local partners, in particular the eco-guards from the PNR Vercors. Together, you will help to organise group life (housework, activities, etc.) and take turns preparing meals using locally sourced produce. We will use local produce and short distribution channels as much as possible, and will ensure that all participants' diets are respected.

Location and leisure

Autrans-Méaudre en Vercors is a destination renowned for the quality of its environment, the extraordinary wealth of its flora and fauna and the wide range of activities on offer. It is located in the Vercors Regional Nature Park, 15 km from Villard-de-Lans (the main town in the North Vercors Massif) and around 40 km from Grenoble. One of the main activities for enjoying the beauty of the landscape is hiking. A Park eco-guard will be on hand to guide you during your free time. Depending on the programme agreed with the entertainment team, you can take advantage of the nearby swimming pool and outdoor activities such as mountain biking, caving, zip-lining, orienteering, beach volleyball, etc.

Project hosted by

The PNR Vercors has been a partner of Concordia for many years. Each year, this long-standing relationship enables Concordia to introduce the volunteers who join us to a part of the Vercors, a natural territory offering a variety of landscapes marked by history and rich in cultural identity. For the Regional Nature Park, the workcamps are a fantastic opportunity to involve volunteers in its work to preserve natural areas in collaboration with the local communities. In 2024, he will be working with the village of Autrans-Méaudre en Vercors, which is very interested in proposing an intercultural and intergenerational project: young people from the village will come and help on the site for one or two days. In 2025, the elders of the local association Cabane 44 will be in charge of building the roof of the shelter after the volunteer workcamp. They will also visit the site to meet you and create links. The park's main missions are to preserve and enhance the natural environment, and to support the sustainable development of its territory in the fields of agriculture, tourism, culture, energy, mobility, town planning, etc.

Directions to meeting point

Meet at the Meaudre Place bus station in the late afternoon. The bus station is accessible by bus from Grenoble SNCF station. A suggested itinerary will be presented in a detailed info sheet. Train reservations can be made approximately 4 months before departure on the SNCF website, link below:
https://www.sncf-connect.com/

Additional comments

Remember to take closed clothes and shoes for the work, which are resistant to dirt. You'll be sleeping in individual beds: remember to take a sleeping bag as well as a fitted sheet and pillowcase. You should also bring waterproof clothing for your walks. Nights can be chilly at altitude, so pack some warm clothes. Don't forget sun protection (hats, glasses, cream, etc.), a water bottle and your swimming costume for swimming (pools, water sports centres, etc.). If you'd like to share a little of your culture (recipes, traditional stories, unusual objects, etc.), don't hesitate to pack a little piece of your country or region in your backpack and a small Bluetooth speaker to share your favourite playlist!

On the last day (12/07), the departure time is usually set in the morning.

Requirements

Foreigners belonging to the European Union must bring with them a personal EHIC (European Health Insurance Card), and everybody must, in any case, bring their insurance certificate. If health issues happen on the project, volunteers will have to pay for them personally, and will then be reimbursed once back in their home country.

France France: ORGANISING AN ECOLOGICAL FESTIVAL (SJ15)

Dates

29/06/2024   -   13/07/2024

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Age
18 - 90
Max number of volunteers
20
Still room for
3 Male + 2 Female
Languages
English
Vegetarian food
Yes
Access with disability
Yes
Nearest airport
Paris (PAR)
Nearest bus/train station
La Ferté-Alais RER (suburban train)
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During this workcamp, you take part in an important step of the village developement, the construction of a new Yurt, and the Vir’volt Festival !
For the third year, the village is organizing a festival ! You will have the opportunity to make it possible ! By building wooden furnitures, ecological decoration, but also realilzing workshops, the Vir’Volt festival will be the one you will make ! You will also take part in the construction of a new scene in wood, in order to host theater and music bands.

Accomodation and food

You will sleep in collective Yurts, non-mixed on the campsite of the association. Please bring a sleeping bag with you. The campsite has separate bathrooms and showers, as well as a kitchen place. Food will be provided and cooked by the volunteers in turns.

Location and leisure

La Ferté-Alais (91590) is approximately 50km south of Paris.

Leisure activities: You will have the chance to enjoy the association's campsite and to discover the cultural and natural heritage of the region which is part of a natural park. You will also help organise some activities in order to meet and socialize with local young people. Other leisure activities will be organised collectively depending on the wishes of the group and the available budget. On day in Paris is scheduled.

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Vir'Volt stands for InteRnational VolunTeer Village (in French). For 3 years, the organisation has been based in the heart of nature, in the middle of a regional park. By welcoming young people from all over the world each year, the future village is being built around a number of different objectives: getting to know each other and learning from our differences, reflecting and acting together to protect the environment, but also having a positive impact on the surrounding area and people by putting solidarity at the heart of each of our actions. Vir'Volt also aims to become fully eco friendly and sustainable which is reflected in our campsite ; yurts and teepees as rooms, permaculture farming and gardening, water saving projects, reducing and reusing waste. This small village will become great without sacrificing or damaging the surrounding environment whilst always searching better and more eco friendly ways of living.

Directions to meeting point

You can arrive at La Ferté-Alais RER station by taking line D of the RER (suburban train) in Paris Gare de Lyon or Gare du Nord.

Additional comments

This project should not be seen as a sightseeing trip to Paris. If you wish to visit Paris, you should do so before arriving or after the dates of the summer camp.

Sustainable Development Goals

Responsible Consumption and Production Climate Action
France France: A NEW PLACE FOR THE MONTVERTIPONTAINS (SJ74)

Dates

01/07/2024   -   15/07/2024

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Age
18 - 99
Max number of volunteers
13
Still room for
2
Languages
English
Vegetarian food
Yes
Access with disability
Yes
Nearest airport
Montpellier (MPL)
Nearest bus/train station
Génolhac station. Trains from Montpellier, Marseille, Paris, Lille and other major cities take you to Génolhac via Nîmes. It's a 40-minute drive from Génolhac station to the REV site. If you arrive the day before, you'll need to arrange your own accommodation.
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You'll be helping to refurbish the village's old sports field. You'll be helping to design a friendly, intergenerational leisure area, bringing freshness by planting the site, enhancing the setting : river Tarn, views of the Mont Lozère massif, peace and quiet, and finally making the place welcoming, safe and clean. Several activities are planned for this project. The details of your project will be decided before your arrival, thanks to a final consultation with the local residents. 25h/week.

Accomodation and food

The workcamp will take place in a particularly isolated area, where you will be accommodated in the village gîte or campsite. You'll have access to sanitary facilities and a communal kitchen. If weather conditions deteriorate too much for camping, you'll have access to a shelter. Meals will be provided by the association and prepared in turn by the participants.

Location and leisure

Pont-de-Montvert, the nearest town is Mende.

Leisure activities: Far from the French metropolises, Lozère is nonetheless a very dynamic region. The region's activities revolve around local festivities, concerts and unspoilt natural areas (mountains, rivers, forests).

Project hosted by

The workcamp will take place in the commune of Pont-de-Montvert, near Mont-Lozère in the heart of the Cévennes. The aim of the project is to help build a new town square. This square has historically been home to sports facilities, in particular the former tennis courts in the village. However, since the closure of the tennis courts, this space has been more or less left to its own devices, serving as a parking lot and occasional storage area. Since 2018, the commune has planted trees, hedges and installed a playground for the village's children. Your mission : to continue beautifying and transforming this square so that it becomes a place for village gatherings and activities.

Directions to meeting point

You should arrive at Génolhac train station (30450) on Monday 1st July between 4 and 6 p.m.

Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Cities and Communities
France France: RESTAURATION D UN VIEUX FORT-LEFFRINCKOUCKE (JR24-01)

Dates

02/07/2024   -   18/07/2024

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Age
18 - 30
Max number of volunteers
14
Still room for
5 Male + 2 Female
Languages
English
Vegetarian food
Yes
Nearest airport
Lille (LIL)
Nearest bus/train station
DUNKERQUE
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Work

Supervised by a technical animator, you will work on different parts of the fort for the clearing of the exterior parts, the restoration of the exterior stairs, the collection of old paving stones and branches. You will also continue the work of clearing brush. This work will be done in small groups. Among the highlights of the workcamp, you will help prepare and participate in the Beach Festival, a meeting with associations of the city, the first weekend of July. You will present the international workcamps. You will be able to participate in the World Shrimp Peeling Championship: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-i2BuwquXmI

Accomodation and food

You will be accommodated in a tent and have access to a kitchen and sanitary facilities . You will participate in the preparation of meals and in daily tasks (washing up, cleaning, tidying up). Remember to bring a sleeping bag, mattresses are provided. We cannot take care of you if you arrive before the start date.

Location and leisure

The city of Leffrinckoucke is located a few kilometers from the city of Dunkirk. The military fort is located 500 meters from the beach and 500 meters from the city of Dunkirk. Nature lovers can go for a walk on the Dune Dewulf. This remarkable nature reserve of the Nord-Pas-De-Calais coastline extends over nearly 300 hectares. It is a mixture of wooded dunes, wet pannes and dry dunes and thus has an important ecological value. There are buses to the neighboring towns. The nearest train station is in Dunkerque. Many connections exist and several TGV links to LILLE (35min) or PARIS (2h00) are proposed.

Project hosted by

After more than a decade of successful workcamps with our association, from 2006 to 2022, both for the participants and for the commune, the latter wishes to welcome for the 17th time an international volunteer workcamp to participate in the restoration of the Fort des Dunes , a military fort built in the 19th century. The objective of the commune was both to enhance the value of this site so that it could be visited and used for cultural purposes by associations and music groups and to bring an intercultural dynamic by creating links between the inhabitants, visitors and volunteers. Over the years, important improvements have been made to open this site, which is full of history, to the public. Outside, with a secure tour route (interpretation of the site with the help of an audioguide), and inside, where rooms have been restored and opened to visitors, including a room dedicated to the history of the fort (interactive presentation, animated model of Operation Dynamo).

Additional comments

chantier ouvert au participants francais a partir de 17 ans

Requirements

1/ The association does not provide vehicles for the volunteers during the work camp. 2/ Foreigners from the European Union must bring their European Health Card (for reimbursement of medical expenses upon return to your country) or European Health Insurance Card. You will be responsible for your own health care costs on site and will be reimbursed once you return to your country of departure. 3/ If you have a driver license, bring it with you in case of need. Don t forget to bring: a sleeping bag, warm clothes (a thick sweater and a K-Way), a bathing suit. For boys: underpants are generally forbidden in public pools in France, so bring a pair of swimming trunks. For work: used clothes and sturdy shoes (boots, safety shoes - mandatory for safety reasons). Your games, songbooks, CDs, musical instruments and recipes are also welcome To facilitate exchanges and meetings, think of bringing photos of your home, a few postcards and small gifts. 4/ All the information about the train transportation on www.voyages-sncf.com

Sustainable Development Goals

Gender Equality Reduced Inequalities
France France: A CHURCH FOR YOU! (CONCF-3507)

Dates

03/07/2024   -   24/07/2024

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Age
18 - 99
Max number of volunteers
14
Still room for
3 Male + 4 Female
Languages
English
Vegetarian food
Yes
Nearest airport
Rennes (RNS)
Nearest bus/train station
Rennes or Paris
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Come to animate a town in the breton coast and enhance a beautiful site in the center of the city.
The municipality of Pleurtuit welcomes you for its first international workcamp where you will help to enhance a site in the center of the main church of the city. An opportunity to discover the local culture and make unforgettable intergenerational encounters. You will work on the wall of this site to make it look great again!
You'll also get to find out more about the town and its surroundings, as well as the activities planned for this summer!

Accomodation and food

You will sleep in two-person tents (please bring your sleeping mat and a warm sleeping bag) near the field made available by the municipality. The group activities and meals will take place in a room made available to the group. The group will be sharing the cleaning chores and preparing meals together. The budget will be allocated to the group leader, shopping will be done with him/her and you will participate in the preparation of meals with products from the market and local producers (if possible).

Location and leisure

Pleurtuit (about 7000 inhabitants) is located in the department of Ille et Vilaine (35) in the north of Brittany. It is located 15 minutes away from the city of Dinard. It is also very close to the sea where you can go on many outings.

Project hosted by

Pleurtuit is a commune of about 7000 inhabitants located in the north of Ille et Vilaine. The workcamp is located in the center of the city. The elected representatives of the commune are delighted to welcome a group of young internationals to animate this first workcamp with Concordia!

Directions to meeting point

The meeting point is at the Dinard train station at 5pm, more information will be given in the infosheet, sent to you no later than 4 weeks before the workcamp.

Train reservations can be made approximately 4 months before departure on the SNCF website, link below: https://www.sncf-connect.com/

See you soon!

Additional comments

You will have to bring warm clothes (trousers, sweaters, socks, closed shoes, rain clothes) and light ones (skirts or shorts, t-shirt, open shoes) because weather can change very suddenly in Brittany. You can literally experience all four seasons in one day! Please also take with you working clothes, gloves and shoes in addition to your swimsuit. Bring a warm sleeping bag and an insulated camping mat as nights are sometimes fresh and wet.

On the last day (24/07), the departure time is usually set in the morning.

Requirements

Foreigners belonging to the European Union must bring with them a personal EHIC (European Health Insurance Card), and everybody must, in any case, bring their insurance certificate. If health issues happen on the project, volunteers will have to pay for it, and will then be reimbursed once back in their home country.

France France: A PIECE OF THE PAST (CONCF-8009)

Dates

03/07/2024   -   24/07/2024

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Age
18 - 99
Max number of volunteers
16
Still room for
5 Male + 0 Female
Languages
English
Vegetarian food
Yes
Nearest airport
Paris (CDG)
Nearest bus/train station
train station of Orry-la-ville
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Come discover the town of Orry-la-Ville and participate in its project to redesign the outdoor space of its town hall!

In an effort to rearrange the spaces around its town hall, Orry-la-Ville is organizing in partnership with Concordia a project involving international youth volunteers. On the agenda: dismantling the old stone enclosure wall to restore access to the town hall courtyard and creating a romantic wall to enhance its beauty.

Accomodation and food

Accommodation will be provided in tents, with a sports complex as a living space, including a dining area and restroom facilities. The group will be sharing the cleaning chores and preparing meals together. The budget will be allocated to the group leader and you will participate in the preparation of dishes with good products from the market and local producers.

Location and leisure

Orry-la-Ville is a small commune in the southern part of Oise where calm and simplicity prevail, far from the hustle and bustle of big cities. The spirit of community is highly developed here, creating a warm and familiar neighborhood atmosphere. Local small shops and weekly markets add a touch of traditional charm to daily life.

The town is surrounded by beautiful natural landscapes, offering opportunities for tranquil walks and outdoor relaxation. Numerous historical sites are also located nearby (church, mill, etc.). But the city is never too far away! Indeed, Orry-la-Ville is close to major urban centers such as Chantilly or Paris, for even more exploration!

You will also have the opportunity to participate in the city's fireworks display during the festivities on 14/07.

Project hosted by

The town of Orry-la-Ville, with its picturesque landscapes and remarkable heritage, provides a conducive setting for community engagement and heritage preservation. As a town bearing an identity deeply rooted in the history of the region. 10 years after our last project, we are relaunching this partnership to also reinforce shared values of environmental preservation, social inclusion, and promotion of cultural diversity, by fostering intercultural exchanges and encouraging active citizen participation in common projects. Concordia is committed to contributing to the dynamism and flourishing of the town of Orry-la-Ville, while celebrating its rich heritage and cultivating enduring relationships based on mutual respect and collaboration.

Directions to meeting point

The meeting is planned at the train station of Orry-la-ville on 03 July at the end of the day. The exact time of the meeting will be communicated with the info sheet, sent at least 4 weeks before the beginning of the workcamp.

From PARIS, regular trains (around 1 per 30min) leave from the Gare du Nord train station for Orry-la-ville train station (25-minute trip).

The trains are open to booking about 4 months before the departure dates, accessible on the following website: https://www.sncf-connect.com/en-en/

If you are coming first by plane, remember that you will need some time to commute from the airport to the train station, therefore we recommend that you arrive early enough for you not to rush and have a stress-free travel.

Additional comments

Please bring good shoes, working clothes and a swimsuit. As nights can be quite cold,
remember also to bring warm clothes and a sleeping bag. You can also bring traditional recipes from your home country/region, an instrument of music and games.

On the last day (24/07), the departure time is usually set in the morning.

Requirements

Foreigners belonging to the European Union must bring with them a personal EHIC (European Health Insurance Card), and everybody must, in any case, bring their insurance certificate. If health issues arise on the project, volunteers will have to pay for it, and will then be reimbursed once back in their home country.