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In Frankreich wurde die Workcamp - Bewegung mitbegründet und traditionellerweise gibt es die größte Auswahl an Workcamps und Anbietern. Wir arbeiten mit folgenden Organisationen zusammen (für mehr Infos auf die jeweilige Organisation klicken):
   Compagnons Batisseurs France (CBF)
   Concordia (CONC)
   Solidarités Jeunesses (SJ)
   Association Nationale Etudes et Chantiers (ANEC)


Die Workcamps in Frankreich sind in der Regel zweisprachig, d.h. sowohl Englisch als auch Französisch sind offizielle "Campsprachen", daher sind Grundkenntnisse in Französisch für eine Teilnahme zu empfehlen.
Es gibt auch einige rein französischsprachige Camps im Angebot, dies ist in den jeweiligen Beschreibungen vermerkt.

Für manche Workcamps von Concordia benötigst du ein Certificate for Scaffolding Work (= Arbeiten auf einem Gerüst). Dieses kannst du hier herunterladen.


8 internationale Freiwillige aus vier Laendern restaurieren eine Steinmauer zusammen mit franzoesischen Jugendlichen und tragen dabei dazu bei, die Toleranz und Offenheit unter den Teenagern zu foerdern
Frankreich    CBF01    Youth Village in Mettray    24.06.-08.07.2017    SOCI/RENO/SPEC   8vols
Open to Italian, German and French volunteers only!
AGE: 18-30
PROJECT: This project is organized within an educative centre for professional inclusion and medical support for youth. It hosts around one hundred young people, who are facing many sorts of difficulties, all year long. The idea of the workcamp is to mix the international volunteers with the young people of the school for some parts of the day in order to encourage them to exchange with people from different backgrounds, and to integrate them in a collective project of tolerance and citizenship.
The school is situated in a beautiful place that was created in the 19th century and is classified as Historical Monument. For several years now, it hosts an international workcamp at the end of the school year. The workcamp is contributing to the complete restoration of the site and has always provided a very warm welcome.
WORK: Restoration of a stone wall according to traditional masonry and some works of landscaping.
LOCATION: The small town of Mettray (about 2140 inhabitants) is located at 10km north west from Tours (Centre region), in the department of Indre et Loire. It is not far from several castles of the Loire Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage. For more information on Mettray : http://mettray.mairie.com. To discover the touristic sites of Tourraine : http://www.tourism-touraine.com.
ACCOMMODATION: You will be accommodated in one of the buildings, with a kitchen, bathrooms and rooms to organize the sleeping time.
NEXT AIRPORT: Paris
NEXT TRAIN STATION: Tours

Workcamp zur Erhaltung mittelalterlicher Ruinen
Frankreich    SJ10    THE STORMING OF THE ASPREMONT TOWER (Aspremont)    25.06.-15.07.2017    RENO   12vols
PROJECT: The town of Aspremont, a small locality of 320 residents located in the Buëch valley (Hautes-Alpes), bought the remains of a castle overlooking the town. Soon afterwards, a small group of residents was formed with the shared purpose of creating places for walking and hosting outdoor cultural events. In order to encourage the local population to take part in this project, and given the extent of the work to be completed, the town approached the association “les Villages des Jeunes” to request that an international youth workcamp be put in place. Overlooking the village, on a promontory with a stunning view of Aspremont, the castle was probably built to control the routes from Sisteron, from Gap, and from the Cabre pass. The ruins that exist recall the architecture of the 16th century, but the first construction of the castle is thought to have begun in the Middle Ages.
WORK: This year, the workcamp will focus on the remains of the cistern and its surrounding wall. Consolidation work on the bay of the southeast tower will also be carried out. This work will allow you to discover techniques of traditional masonry and protection of the medieval built heritage.
ACCOMODATION AND FOOD: In a camping ground, near the village of Aspremont
LOCATION AND LEISURE: Aspremont (40 km from Sisteron, 35 km from Gap)
Opportunities to meet the locals will be organized, and you will have the chance to take part in local events including the Aspremont village local celebration. During free time, you will be able to discover the small nearby villages and enjoy the surrounding nature with hikes, swimming and sporting activities. Sightseeing trips in the surrounding area will also be organized.
LANGUAGES: eng,fra
NEAREST AIRPORT: MRS
CLOSEST TRAIN STATION: Veynes Dévoluy (05400)

Sei Teil der Fahrradrevolution!
Frankreich    ANEC27    VeloRution Universelle (The Bicycle revolution)    25.06.-12.07.2017    ENVI/FEST/CULT   6vols
PROJECT: What is the VeloRution? Velo means bicycle in French, so this is a bicycle revolution! The VeloRution is an individual and collective endeavour. YOU are the Velorution! Let all of us do the VeloRution on a daily basis: - let’s leave the car in the garage - let’s ride in groups of cyclists so we are more visible. - And let’s never forget: a bicycle is legitimate on the road ! It’s a good apportunity to: - overturn the balance of power usually discrimating against cyclists - demand more space in urban surroundings for soft transport and living - share and keep developping these ideas - tempt everybody to ride a bike - take over the street and use it together It is important that this event be non violent, participatory, festive and militant.
WORK: You will be invited to participate in the organisation of the VeloRution demonstration and festival. What is the VeloRution? Velo means bicycle in French, so this is a bicycle revolution! You'll work with the local volunteers on: preparation of the campsite (camping), the construction of dry toilets, welcoming (reception) of the participants and you will participate during festival which schedule is below: Thursday 6 July From 3 pm: Campers are welcome to settle on the brewery site open scene: Cyclopedic solo concert with NW on the brewery site. Friday 7 July From 10 am: bike polo, games, self organised debates. Radio interviews by RCN. 12 noon: Daily General Assembly. (Brewery) 2 pm Decorate your bike (Dynamo), 3 pm neighbourhood velorution « How nice! A city full of bicycles ! » (Place Carrière) From 5 pm: fiesta with « le collectif Nos 3 Maisons » and the FAT, at the former school of Trois Maisons, 14 Rue Fontenoy Nancy. Saturday 8 July From 10 am : bike polo, games, self organised debates. 12 noon : Daily General Assembly. (Brewery) 2 pm maxi musical velorution ‘Evening dress recommended’ (Place carrière), 7 pm Dynamo’s birthday (www.atelierdynamo.fr/10ans) party (admission : free contribution) (Brewery). Sunday 9 July 11 am debriefing /sunbathing and vote for the next Universal VeloRution host city. 3 pm Start of country Velorution (Brewery).
ACCOMMODATION: Accomodation will be on a camping site. A disused football ground (Stade Laurent Luzzi) will be made available by the municipality of Maxéville for the velorutionaries who have brought their camping gear.There will be dry toilets (self maintained by the users themselves), DIY showers (no hot water provided, so bring your own solar kit), electric power and a rain shelter (although not closed). There’s a wire fence around the stadium with a number coded padlock (and as we trust you guys, we’ll even let you know the code when you get there :-) ).
LOCATION: Nancy (northeast of France, not far from the German border)
TERMINAL: ETZ in Metz/Nancy,France, Nancy train station

Flussreinigung, barrierefreier Zugang zu Gewässer und Teilnahme an einem Festival!
Frankreich    SJ14    WANDERINGS FROM ST-LAZARE TO THE RIEU STREAM    01.07.-22.07.2017    ENVI/CULT   12vols
PROJECT: Feet in the water and head in the stars: between natural space conservation and cultural proposals, St-Lazare gives prominence to the workcamp! Le Lardin-St-Lazare is a small village of Dordogne, near the Black Périgord, formerly called "the city of paper " because of its huge paper factory. Between river and hills, various hamlets make the municipality, among which Saint-Lazare, sitting on the hillside. The inhabitants are looking forward to meeting you!
WORK: You will work on clearing the Rieu, small stream situated below Saint-Lazare. The technical supervision will be made by the team of the Mixed-Union of the Vézère: you will clean, and reveal the banks and brook and facilitate the access. During your stay, the artistic event "Saint-Lazare Déambule" will take place, allying several live performances in the hamlet: you will be actively involved in the organization of this festival, in partnership with the association "La Ruche à Brac".
ACCOMMODATION: In a shared room, in the former school of Saint-Lazare, with kitchen and sanitary facilities access.
LOCATION: Le Lardin-Saint-Lazare is 25km away from Brive-La-Gaillarde and 50km away from Sarlat-la-Caneda and Perigueux.
During your free time, you will be able to walk around on the hiking trails and discover the hilly landscapes of Dordogne. You will be able to benefit from the Vézère river and go canoeing, swimming or participate in the different outdoor activities as well as visiting castles, churches and villages. Terrasson, a close city, offers several times a week, different activities about heritage, arts and crafts and live music.
NEXT TRAIN STATION: Condat-le-Lardin (24570)
NEXT AIRPORT: Bordeaux.

Renovierungs- und Reparatursarbeiten von Kirche und Walkingwege
Frankreich    SJ17    DISCOVERING THE BOCAGE    03.07.-23.07.2017    ENVI/RENO   12vols (no more female)
PROJECT: The community of communes of the Bocage Bourbonnais is engaged in policies of animation and promotion of their territory. Therefore, it organizes a workcamp every year to give volunteers the chance to explore the beautiful region that gave birth to the Bourbon dynasty (king of France during the XVI – XIX centuries). This year, the workcamp will take place in two different towns.
WORK: In the first town, Saint Plaisir, you will repair and mark up a walking trail. You will also work on restoring the church's doors by repainting them with natural ochre paint that you will make beforehand. In the second town, Bourbon l’Archambault, you will clean up a community living-room. The work will consist of building partitions, painting, and you may also participate in the reparation of a dry-stone wall.
ACCOMMODATION: In multi-purpose rooms of different villages. The food will be provided, and the meals will be prepared by rotating groups of volunteers.
LOCATION: Saint Plaisir and Bourbon l’Archambault located 40 km west of Moulins sur Allier
You will have the oppotunity to visit and discover the region and all it has to offer: the Trivoli Garden, the medieval fair of Souvigny, and its historical heritage sites. A small bus will be provided for your trips.
NEXT TRAIN STATION: Moulins sur Allier (03000). We will meet you there at 6pm.
NEXT AIRPORT: Paris.

Freischaffung der zugewachsenen Wanderwege, die zur Naturtherme führen
Frankreich    SJ18    A STORY ABOUT WATER    03.07.-23.07.2017    ENVI/RENO   12vols (no more female)
PROJECT: The city of Saint-Yorre, known for its natural springs, has recently bought the park of Larbaud where one of these natural springs flows. This old thermal bath park is a magnificent place. Therefore, the town wishes to renovate the park and make it a convivial place for the local residents. For 4 years now, the town and local authorities have invited young volunteers to accompany and help them complete this project.
WORK: This year, the workcamp will work on re-opening an old path leading to the park that used to link to the thermal baths in the Larbaud Villa, located in the higher elevations of the park. The work will consist of removing the vegetation that is obstructing the old pathway, and of facilitating the circulation of pedestrian walkways. You may also participate in small demolition works at the Larbaud Villa that will restore the once spacious interiors. Finally, you will organize a festival that is set up each year to encourage the local residents to visit and to meet the volunteers working on the restoration of this place.
ACCOMMODATION: In a municipal building located in a park. The food will be provided, and the meals will be prepared by rotating groups of volunteers.
LOCATION: Saint-Yorre, located 8 km from Vichy
You will have free time to explore the region on the last week of the workcamp. During the weekends, you will be busy working at the fair. However, you may enjoy the fair's activities.
NEXT TRAIN STATION: Vichy (03200). We will meet you there at 6pm.
NEXT AIRPORT: Lyon.

Hilf bei Maurerarbeiten in einem alten Dorf der Tempelritter
Frankreich    CONCF-061    CARENTOIR – Following the knights Templar    05.07.-19.07.2017    RENO   15vols
PROJECT: Come to animate the hamlet of the Temple, historic location which hosted the Knights Templar in the 12th century! For his fourth international workcamp, Carentoir wishes to animate this charming hamlet. The Temple is a small village in the municipality. All consultations are organized with residents in the only trade area, the restaurant-bar. An opportunity to experience the local culture and make unforgettable inter-generational meetings.
WORK: The work is about traditional masonry. Some parts of the wall got damaged and have to be rebuilt to the top, respecting the surrounding walls.
ACCOMODATION AND FOOD: Volunteers will be accommodated in the local camping, in a wooded park, in tents for 2 (bring a warm sleeping bag and comfortable camping mat). Collective life will take place in a room made available to the group. The different collective tasks (cleaning, cooking) will be managed by the group itself. Shopping will be done together with the camp leader and meals should be prepared favoring local healthy products.
LOCATION AND LEISURE: Carentoir (around 3000 inhabitants) is in the Morbihan County. This is a charming little town that has a rich history including a Templar church built in the 12th century. The town’s territory is much extended and the site will take place precisely in the hamlet of Temple, where stands the former Templar Commandery. There are several hiking trails in the town. You can also visit the Farm World, a park with animals in semi-freedom and a village of old Bretons professions. Every summer is held the largest open-air photography festival in France in the neighboring town of La Gacilly.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: The workcamp site is about 3 Kilometers far from the accommodation. We will walk or use bicycles to reach it. Whatever the season in Brittany, you have to bring warm clothes (trousers, sweater; socks, closed shoes, rain clothes) and light ones (skirt or shorts, t-shirt, open shoes). We say here that all four seasons can take place during a day! Please also take with you working clothes, gloves and shoes in addition to your best swimsuit. Bring a warm sleeping bag and an insulated camping mat as nights are sometimes fresh and wet.
MEETING POINT: Redon train station.
NEAREST AIRPORT: Rennes or Paris

Erlerne traditionelle Maurertechniken aus dem Mittelalter
Frankreich    CONCF-002    DOMME - Among France nicest village    05.07.-26.07.2017    ENVI/RENO   13vols
PROJECT: In visiting Domme village, you will get into in the medieval history of a village from the 13th century. Domme has the most famous panorama of Périgord region, plunging on the Dordogne River. Under the fairness of its masonries from the 14th and 18th centuries, lives a fantastic world of natural caves and mirrors of water, emphasized by surreal lighting. This year the workcamp will take place along the ramparts of city to contribute to the rehabilitation of the walking trails.
WORK: With the help of a technical facilitator, you will work on the restoration of walking trails, started last year. Along the city’s fortification walls, you will also work on the restoration of a drystone wall using traditional masonry techniques.
ACCOMODATION AND FOOD: You will be accommodated in a rustic communal area with access to a kitchen and shared bathrooms.
LOCATION AND LEISURE: Located a little over 10 Km south of Sarlat city, Domme, perched on a steep cliff, offers a plunging view on Dordogne valley. This golden walled town holds architectural gems and offers a vast gastronomical experience. For more information, visit http://www.ot-domme.com/ and www.domme.fr
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Rural village without a public transport system: volunteers should love nature and walking. Bring a sleeping bag, working clothes, sports shoes, warm clothes as well as waterproof boots. You will be working in dense vegetation at times.
MEETING POINT: Sarlat-la-Canéda train station.
NEAREST AIRPORT: Bordeaux, Toulouse or Paris.

Hilf bei verschiedenen Renovierungsarbeiten mit
Frankreich    CONCF-274    ADISSAN - Development and small masonry    05.07.-26.07.2017    RENO/FEST   12vols
PROJECT: Discover the local heritage and meet the population of Adissan by participating in development and masonry work in the village! Located in the middle of vineyards, Adissan is a typical and charming village. This place is famous about specific white wine called « Clairette ». This monoculture gave to the local population its prosperity in the course of time. You will discover the rich local heritage by visiting Pézenas and Saint Guilhem Le Desert; you also will be able to swim in the lake of Salagou.
WORK: You will take part in various development works on a garden at the entrance of the village and will continue masonry work on a stone wall near the village that was started during a previous workcamp. You will take part in the organisation of the local festival of Clairette, on July 14th.
ACCOMODATION AND FOOD: You will be accommodated in the former retirement’s house. The group will be sharing the cleaning chores and preparing meals together.
LOCATION AND LEISURE: Adissan is located in the Hérault County (Region of Occitania) between Béziers and Montpellier, at 20 minutes of the Mediterranean coastline. For more information: www.adissanmairie.blogspot.fr
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Do not forget your sleeping bag, working clothes, closed shoes, warm clothes for evenings, protection against the sun (hat, glasses, sunscreen) and a swim suit. You can also bring recipes from your home country, musical instruments and games.
MEETING POINT: In Pézenas, that you can reach by bus from Béziers.
NEAREST AIRPORT: Montpellier, Marseille or Paris

Trockensteinmauern und Wanderwege im Zentralmassiv
Frankreich    ANEC5    Madaleine's mountains: renovation of a forest path (Saint Nicolas des Biefs)    05.07.-20.07.2017    ENVI   12vols
PROJECT: Madaleines mountains are located in the north of the Central Massif, whose the highest peaks elevation is 1164 meters. At the heart of the forest, the association "Le syndicat mixte des Monts de la Madeleine" enhances the forest paths to develop tourism, and to carry out some actions to protect the regional environment which is classified as "sensitive regional heritage".
WORK: You will take part to the touristic promotion of the forest path at the heart of the forest. Tasks consist in strimming, cleaning and rebuilding drystone walls (traditional construction) which delimit the path.
ACCOMODATION AND FOOD: Accommodation is in tents (2 volunteers per tent) in a local camping or in a bed and breakfast. Volunteers will manage the tasks of daily life in teams (shopping, cooking, cleaning).
LOCATION AND LEISURE: It is a beautiful hilly area (around 1000m high) with wonderful views over volcanoes and mounts of Auvergne. Its lovely rural villages are made of stone and wood houses and have a very rich built heritage (bread oven, chapels, castles). It is perfect for hikes, by foot or by bike, or for canoe in the rivers or swimming in the lakes, according to what the campleaders can propose you. Your campleaders will prepare games and activities but you will be invited to propose and create your own activities. Be creative !
LANGUAGES: eng,fra
NEAREST AIRPORT: CFE

Restauriere eine Kirche im Sueden Frankreichs
Frankreich    CONCF-013    LAPLUME – Preservation of the Clunisian church    05.07.-26.07.2017    RENO   13vols
PROJECT: Laplume owns is a municipality with beautiful natural landscapes and built heritage. Proud of this heritage, the city tries its best to maintain its natural and rural territory, while developing touristic activities. This summer, the workcamp will allow to work on the Clunisian church of the village. The workcamp is also very close to the one in Moirax where you will meet other volunteers the 21st of July to work together on the bastion of Moirax.
WORK: This year we need you for a real historical monuments work! You will work on the Laplume’s church which is listed in the historical monument of France. You will deal with the renovation of the buttresses of the church. You will participate in the repairs of the joint with the traditional technique of hydrated lime. You will also work on the rubble removal of material stocked in a part of the church. You will work in link with the local population that looks forward to meet you.
ACCOMODATION AND FOOD: You will stay in a historical home in renovation, 800 meters of the work place and very close to the center of the village of Laplume. The group will share collective tasks, manage the budget along with the camp leaders, shop and prepare meals made of local healthy products as a team
LOCATION AND LEISURE: Close to the city of Agen, Laplume is located south-east of the Lot-et-Garonne department. You will have ludic and sports activities but also discover built and natural heritage around professional that awaits to share their culture and knowledge. Every Thursday night a local market with many concert takes place in the village.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Bring a warm sleeping bag and mat, working clothes shoes, warm and rain clothes and a flashlight.
NEAREST AIRPORT: Toulouse or Bordeaux.

Hilf beim Aufbau einer multifunktionalen Konstruktion aus Holz und Stein
Frankreich    CONCF-256    LA VERSANNE - Stone and wood construction    07.07.-28.07.2017    CONS   10vols
PROJECT: Come to discover the Pilat and participate in the construction of a stone and wood structure in the heart of a spectacular wild nature! La Versanne is a small charming municipality located in the Pilat Mounts. Its heritage sites hold an important place in the environment and in the hearts of the inhabitants. The whole municipality is excited at the idea of hosting their first volunteer workcamp. Be part of this lovely human adventure and discover the hospitality of the locals!
WORK: During this first workcamp you will work on the construction of a wood and stone structure. The local population and our camp leaders will introduce you into the fields of masonry and carpentry. The result of your work will be a multifunctional structure serving as an informational point for tourists, a shelter for people getting off a bus and a clean area for collecting garbage.
ACCOMODATION AND FOOD: You will be accommodated under tents on a land plot in the center of a small hamlet. Bring a warm sleeping bag, nights can be chilly. The kitchen, the toilets, the showers and a space for group activities will be provided inside the city hall. It would be possible to find shelter there in case of bad weather. You will prepare meals in turns out of products bought in spot, we give priority to local products. Tasting of local specialties may be organized by the local producers.
LOCATION AND LEISURE: Land of contrasts, the Pilat unites in a rural area (700km²) natural and cultural heritage sites exceptionally rich and diverse. La Versanne is one of the 47 municipalities of the Park. With a little more than 350 inhabitants, it is a peaceful place ideal to discover the surroundings thanks to a network of hiking trails. Located in the far south of Loire department, the municipality borders the Ardèche department and is very close to the Haute Loire where the mountains of Auvergne open up. Many activities are available in the surroundings (mountain bikes, swimming…).
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Bring working clothes, gloves and shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty. The nights can be chilly, so bring warm sleeping bag and clothes. You will also need sun protection (a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen…). Do not forget your swimsuit! Group leisure activities will be programmed together with our camp leaders taking into account your suggestions! If you would like to share a bit of your culture (cooking recipes, traditional stories, unusual objects…), do not hesitate to bring a piece of your country in your backpack!
MEETING POINT: Train station of Saint Etienne
NEAREST AIRPORT: Lyon or Paris

Hilf beim Beschildern eines 6km langen Wanderpfades
Frankreich    CONCF-091    SAINT-CYR-SUR-MORIN - Marking a hiking trail    07.07.-21.07.2017    ENVI/CONS   16vols
PROJECT: Come and help us restoring a 6km hiking trail! You will be doing the sign marking and the naming of the paths. Come and discover a verdant small village, hiding nice hiking paths and the remains of a rich and original artistic past. Saint-Cyr-sur-Morin is located a hundred kilometers from Paris. The municipality offers you this workcamp about environment and wood working. You will be doing the sign marking of the hiking trail and the pyrography on the wooden information panels along the trail. Activities to discover the surrounding area and cultural visits will be organised for you, to make your experience the richest possible!
WORK: With a technical leader, your main task will be to sign mark the hiking trail placing different wooden posts and to do pyrography on wooden panels to name the different paths along the trail. You will also have the possibility to work on other tasks such as building insect hostels to be set along the paths. You will lead different workshops about culture and environment for the inhabitants of Saint-Cyr-sur-Morin, proposing playful activities in order to share and discuss your experiences and your culture with them.
ACCOMODATION AND FOOD: The accommodation will be under tents, in the garden of a house in Saint-Cyr-sur-Morin. 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 healthy produce from the market and local producers.
LOCATION AND LEISURE: Located just two hours from Paris, you will be immersed in the heart of a small village of the region Ile-de-France. Saint-Cyr-sur-Morin is located in the Seine-et-Marne department, which is formed of several natural regions like Brie and Gâtinais. In the village you will find: the Pays de Seine-et-Marne Museum, the house of the writer Pierre Mac-Orlan, the Auberge de l'oeuf dur, an old Parisian cabaret that used to host many artists in the beginning of the 20th century and is now being renovated, and a roman gothic church guarding different relics of the past.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Please bring gardening gloves, good shoes and working clothes. As the nights can be quite cold, remember also to bring warm clothes and a sleeping bag.
MEETING POINT: La Ferté-sous-Jouarre RER Station.
NEAREST AIRPORT: Paris

Erstelle einen paedagogischen Pfad, baue Holzmoebel und pflege einen Fluss
Frankreich    CONCF-182    PELISSANNE – Embellishment of a public garden    07.07.-28.07.2017    ENVI/CONS   14vols
PROJECT: Participate in the embellishment of the Pelissanne’s public garden, charming typical Provençal village nestled in hills with intoxicating scents, lulled by the song of the cicadas... The public garden of the veterans, bordered by two water courses, is located in the center of the town, so you will be in the heart of the festivities and the village life. By participating in this work camp, you will contribute to the valorization of the municipality’s green spaces, which wishes to apply for the contest "Cities and Villages in bloom" in order to get a second flower. You will also be initiated to environmental techniques of brush clearing and maintenance of streams. You will discover the local fauna and flora as well as technics of construction of wooden street furniture.
WORK: Several actions are planned in order to wide weight range of activities:
- Creation of a pedagogical path on the flora of the park with carved wooden plates.
- Creation of urban furniture in wood (jardiniere, benches).
- Rehabilitation of the “Petite Touloubre”, banks and river bed cleaning.
ACCOMODATION AND FOOD: You will be accommodated in the community hall provided for the group. Bring your sleeping bag and your sleeping mat. You will share the different collective tasks and prepare meals together. The budget will be managed with your camp leaders and you will participate in the grocery shopping and the preparation of meals, favoring the local and seasonal products.
LOCATION AND LEISURE: Pelissanne is a little town of Provence. There are 10 000 inhabitants throughout the year but the town attracts a lot of tourists during the summer. You will enjoy visiting its historical center, its 16th century belfry, the Pelican’s Fountain, and olive oil mills! Located less than 50 Km from Aix-en-Provence, Arles, Avignon and Marseille, you will have a huge choice of discoveries in your free time. You will also enjoy the summer activities of the little town (like bullfighting) and its well-known Sunday market. For more information about the village and its surroundings, please visit: http://www.ot-massifdescostes.com/fr/
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Please bring: working gloves and shoes, casual clothing, hat/cap, sunglasses, sun cream and mosquitos repellant and your swimming suit.
MEETING POINT: Salon de Provence train station
NEAREST AIRPORT: Marseille or Paris

Gestalte in einem Sozialzentrum einen bunten Garten zum Entspannen
Frankreich    CONCF-032    FOYER LES MÉRIS –Life back to a garden    07.07.-28.07.2017    DISA/MANU   12vols
PROJECT: The aim of this work camp is to transform a soulless park into a pleasant area in which to relax! Located at the heart of the town of Aubusson, "Le Méris" social center aims to involve its physically disabled adult residents in social activities. This will be the first time a group of international volunteers stays at the center. You will be there to participate in improving the residents' living environment by transforming a park into a pleasure garden, in which the residents will be able to maintain a vegetable garden and create a sensory garden over time. The aim of this workcamp is to encourage you to meet and exchange with the other volunteers, the residents and their families by working together on a project that is useful to the community! You will meet with other local organisations and young people living in the town outside of working hours. This will all take place during a pleasant summer month, perfect for living and spending time in Aubusson!
WORK: The center’s educational team would like the residents to reinvest their park, in which they will be able to get back in touch with nature. Your aim will be to transform this area into a welcoming garden. In order to do this, so many small tasks will be awaiting you that it will be difficult to choose between them! You could put up a permanent wire fence; paint balusters, a bike shed and the outer walls of the pavilion; cut the hedge and repair the greenhouse and garden shed etc. You will also have to remove the breeze blocks, hutches and concrete borders that are spoiling the area. Under the instruction of a technical leader, these tasks will help you gain further experience in using tools and looking after green spaces and small buildings.
ACCOMODATION AND FOOD: You will stay in a social center for young disabled workers in Aubusson. The living conditions of your stay will be especially comfortable as each volunteer will have his/her own bedroom, shower and toilet. As well as having access to a kitchen, you will be able to use a large activities room, weights room, TV/reading area, laundry room, computer room and a sports room with pool table, ping pong table and table football. WiFi is available throughout the building. 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. During the week, you will eat lunch with the residents in the canteen at the Méris center. You will get around on foot between the center in which you are staying, the worksite and Aubusson's town centre.
LOCATION AND LEISURE: Aubusson is located in the Creuse department, which is one of the wilder French departments in terms of nature and is located within the "Millevaches" regional nature reserve. Here you will find an area in which nature has been protected and many hiking paths, lakes and outdoor activities, all just a stone's throw away from the town. As this is the international capital of tapestry, you will be able to meet people who make tapestries by hand and discover the history of this traditional craft. Aubusson is also a lively town and during the summer you will enjoy discovering its historic centre and traditional alleyways, relaxing on the shady terraces of the town centre's bars and going to concerts and shows organised by the Tourist Office. For more information visit: http://www.adapei23.asso.fr and https://www.tourisme-aubusson.com
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: During this workcamp you will be working with physically disabled adults. We expect you to behave responsibly and respectfully and adapt to the residents and professionals at the Méris center. Bring work clothes, walking boots and a backpack. Nights can be chilly, so bring warm clothes and a good sleeping bag. You can also bring recipes from your home country, musical instruments and games. You will get around Aubusson by foot and car.
MEETING POINT: Aubusson train station.
NEAREST AIRPORT: Limoges or Paris.

Restauriere die Steinmauer rund um die Terrassengaerten von Pont-du-Chateau
Frankreich    CONCF-033    PONT-DU-CHÂTEAU – Terraced gardens    07.07.-28.07.2017    RENO   15vols
PROJECT: For seven years now, international volunteers have been restoring Pont-du-Chateau's terraced gardens. The site has already changed a great deal. You too can participate in this big project! Located near the natural river Allier, Pont du Château is a town that wishes to bring nature into the city through sustainable management of natural areas. Former terraced gardens are gradually being redeveloped and managed as ecological gardens by international volunteers. Your task on this project will be to reconstruct the walls that border the terraces. This eighth international workcamp in Pont du Château will let you discover its medieval town and share friendly moments with its inhabitants. During your stay, you will meet volunteers from other international work camps staying in Pont-du-Château.
WORK: This summer we are giving you the chance to restore the outer stone wall. The coating is falling off and there are large cracks in the wall. Your work will consist of reinforcing the wall and thus making it look more appealing! Working alongside a technical instructor, you will learn traditional building techniques using lime mortar, how to rebuild a stone wall and apply a natural coating. All the work will take place in an area rich in natural resources, not far from Allier River. You will be accompanied by two camp leaders throughout your stay.
ACCOMODATION AND FOOD: You will sleep at the local site in two-person tents (please bring your sleeping bag). You will have your meals and showers in the stadium, which offers a large living space in a calm place near the river. 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 using good products from the market and local producers. The entire stadium will be available to you and closed to the public.
LOCATION AND LEISURE: Pont-du-Château is a lively town which looks over the river Allier. The town is proud of its natural surroundings and the area is great for walking. The castle is in the heart of the town and offers a remarkable view over the agglomeration of Clermont-Ferrand city and the Auvergne volcanoes. This charming market town, full of tiny alleyways, timber-framed houses and remarkable buildings is full of wonderful surprises for visitors. Clermont-Ferrand, the capital of the region, is located 15km away and can be reached by train. You will be welcomed by local organizations who will offer you a whole load of activities to do during your leisure time: for example kayaking, hiking, swimming, dancing, learning how to play boules, accordion classes, badminton, basketball, football etc. For more information have a look at: http://www.pontduchateau.net and http://www.planetepuydedome.com
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Please bring good shoes, working clothes and your swimsuit. As the nights can be quite cold, remember also to bring warm clothes and a sleeping bag. You can also bring recipes from your home country, musical instruments and games. You will get around Pont-du-Château on foot and by minibus.
MEETING POINT: Pont-du-Château train station.
NEAREST AIRPORT: Clermont-Ferrand, Lyon or Paris

Erneuere das Dach einer Kapelle aus dem 11. Jahrhundert
Frankreich    CONCF-034    SAINT-PAL-DE-MONS - A chapel in the valley    07.07.-28.07.2017    RENO   13vols
PROJECT: Imagine yourself restoring a little chapel from the 11th century, nestled on top of a hill in a wild valley, far away from any roads or civilisation... Saint-Pal-de-Mons is a charming little town and the gateway to the Velay, a region of extinct volcanoes interspersed with valleys. For several years, the town council has been running a project to maintain and showcase local heritage for visitors. You will follow in the footsteps of previous international volunteers who have come from all around the world for five consecutive summers to participate to this project. This year, you will work on the site of a small, isolated Roman chapel in a very beautiful valley that can only be accessed by foot. The local population and young people will be a great help to the workcamp and time will be spent getting to know each other during celebrations, leisure activities and when exploring this region that is rich in natural heritage.
WORK: Your mission will be to rebuild the roof of the chapel. You will work alongside a technician specialised in traditional building methods in order to mend cracks on the outside of the chapel and to consolidate the top of the walls on which the new framework will be based. To do this, you will be accompanied by a specialised company. You will participate in the realisation of a big « human chain » with the inhabitants in order to bring all the materials needed for the workcamp to the chapel. Various restoration works might also be proposed such as the traditional rehabilitation of the walls surrounding the washhouse.
ACCOMODATION AND FOOD: You will sleep in two-person tents in a park located in the centre of the village, closed to the public, with use of a building made available by the council for social purposes (fully-equipped kitchen, dishwasher, large dining room). When the weather is good you will eat your meals outside. 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: Saint-Pal-de-Mons (2,000 inhabitants) is located in the Haute-Loire district of Auvergne, 60km North of Puy-en-Velay and 30km from Saint-Etienne. It is a very beautiful region of medium-sized mountains (800 metres above sea level) with a very natural landscape made up of beautiful valleys. You will have the opportunity to take part in outdoor leisure activities (Hiking, picnics and swimming in the river and Lavalette Lake, rail-biking or even a high ropes course), sharing football games and barbecues with the local team, and visiting towns such as Puy-en-Velay and Saint-Etienne. You will be able to attend different shows throughout your stay.
For more information have a look at: http://www.ot-lepuyenvelay.fr/
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Work will take place on scaffolding. The work site will better suit to people who like nature and walking. Bring working clothes, walking boots and a swimsuit. Nights can be chilly, so bring warm clothes and a good sleeping bag. You can also bring recipes from your home country, musical instruments and games. You will get around Saint-Pal-de-Mons on foot and by car.
MEETING POINT: Saint Pal de Mons bus station.
NEAREST AIRPORT: Saint-Etienne, Lyon or Paris airport.

Befreie den Wanderweg zu einer palaeontologischen Staette von der wuchernden Vegetation
Frankreich    CONCF-123    SANSAN – A path towards history    07.07.-28.07.2017    RENO   15vols
PROJECT: Sansan is a charming small village in the hilly department of the Gers, full of historical treasures! In the center of the village, on the right shore of the Gers and at the foot of the fossiliferous hills lies the church of Saint Michel, with a bell tower coming from the Roman era. The rest of the church was destroyed and reconstructed in the XIXth century.The top of the village is the famous fossil site of Campané, which was searched by the paleontologist Édouard Lartet until 1847. It is registered on the national Inventory of the Geologic Heritage as a site of international level. This site is the most important continental site of the Mid-Tertiary period (approximately 15 million years), and it is probably one of the three most famous places of the world among paleontologists! The Gers is also known for its numerous hiking trails, one of them leading to this site putting the village in the heart of modern paleontology.
This is where you come into play, to help these treasure becoming more accessible and welcoming for all!
WORK: You will rehabilitate a hiking trail invaded by the vegetation. The path passes by a farm building dating the XVIIIth century, also in ruin, and leads to a paleontological site. Your work will consist in making accessible the hiking trail and in cleaning the accesses of the farm building as well as the paleontological site.
ACCOMODATION AND FOOD: You will be accommodated under tents with access to changing rooms, toilets, shower and a kitchen. You will participate in the preparation of the meals giving priority to local products.
LOCATION AND LEISURE: The municipality of Sansan is situated in the area of Auch, in the valley of the Gers. It is 14 km South of Auch and 4 km North of Seissan. Historically Sansan was part of the territory of Astarac. In the center of the Gers, Sansan is close to lakes like Saramon 15km away, or the one of Mirande 20km away, and particularly close to many summer animation present every year: the night-markets, festivals of jazz, rock, circus, the outdoor cinemas... You will not miss opportunities to enjoy the region: sailing, canoeing, kayaking, riding cycling...
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Bring working clothes, gloves and shoes (if possible waterproof in case of rain). Take both light and warm clothes. Bring a warm sleeping bag and trekking shoes. Do not hesitate to bring specialties from home, photos, games, music instruments....
MEETING POINT: Auch train station
NEAREST AIRPORT: Toulouse or Paris

Renoviere eine ehemlige Militaerfestung
Frankreich    CONCF-255    ALBERTVILLE – Fortress renovation    07.07.-28.07.2017    RENO   10vols
PROJECT: Built in order to protect Albertville from attackers a long time ago, the “Fort du Mont” is today a remarkable building, whose renovation requires a lot of work. The “Fort du Mont” is an old military fortress built in 1881. It is located 1100 meters above sea level in the mountains overlooking Albertville, a city known for having hosted the Olympic Games in 1992. Today, it has lost its military vocation but remains an important part of the local heritage and is being visited by many tourists, history amateurs and hikers. In order to give a second life to the building, certain parts have to be renovated. This is why the community counts on a dynamic local association and, for a couple of years, on the participation of volunteers during the international workcamps organised by Concordia. Come and join us in the adventure of the renovation of this remarkable building!
WORK: Continuing the restoration initiated in 2014, this fourth intervention will allow us to work on the parapet walk, in particular on its dry stone walls, some of which we will have to restore in order to ensure the stability of some shelters. We will also have to clean up the vegetation that has grown around. If time allows, we will probably perform some works inside the Fortress as well.
ACCOMODATION AND FOOD: You will be accommodated under tents on the premises of the fort. Bring a sleeping bag. The kitchen, toilets, showers and common living space will be inside the fortress (several rooms available which can at the same time serve as a shelter in case of bad weather conditions). You will prepare meals in turns using the products bought nearby. We will favour the local products and the short supply circuits. Tastings of local specialties may also be organised with local producers (for example cheese from Savoy like Beaufort).
LOCATION AND LEISURE: The Fort is located in the heights above the town of Albertville, which is just twenty minutes away by car. Despite the isolation there are many paths leading to the city and its outskirts and the locals regularly come up to the fort, allowing numerous exchanges with the volunteers. Moreover, the fortress is visited by lots of tourists in the summer period, so meetings and interaction with locals gets even easier. The fort is located 150Km away from Lyon and 130km away from Geneva. The city of Annecy and its famous lake are accessible in less than 45 minutes, offering the possibility of visits, swimming and hiking. Thanks to the support of the community, many other activities will be proposed (hiking, swimming pool, access to Grignon Lake, guided visit to the middle age city of Conflans…).
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Remember to bring gloves as well as working clothes and shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty. In the mountains, nights may be chilly. Remember to bring a warm sleeping bag and warm clothes. Do not forget sun protection as well (hat, sunglasses and sunscreen). The common living activities will be programmed together with your animators and according to your suggestions! If you would like to share a bit of your culture, (cooking recipes, traditional stories) do not hesitate to bring a piece of your country in your backpack!
MEETING POINT: Train station of Albertville
NEAREST AIRPORT: Lyon or Paris

Renoviere ein Waschhaus aus dem 20. Jahrhundert
Frankreich    CONCF-257    NEULISE – The forgotten wash-house    07.07.-28.07.2017    RENO   12vols
PROJECT: In the Loire countryside, an old forgotten wash-house is waiting for you to get back to life! Only the elders still remember this old wash-house. It was a living and meeting place, the last relic from a period when we were taking the time to meet and do things manually. Come and take the time to rebuild this heritage with us, giving its authenticity back. Allow it to regain its place in the history of Neulise, and in the heart of its inhabitants.
WORK: For the second year in a row the municipality of Neulise opens its doors to the volunteers from all over the world. You will participate in the renovation of a wash-house dating from the beginning of the 20th century. The roof was restored last year. This year, you will work on the masonry of the basin that was cracked and degraded by time. To make the washhouse accessible to the hikers we will also clear and arrange the surrounding area.
ACCOMODATION AND FOOD: You will sleep in tents on the municipal football stadium, next to the wash-house. Bring your sleeping bag and mat. The kitchen, toilets, showers, and the collective living space will be indoor, in the sports hall, which will also allow the group to find shelter in case of bad weather. You will participate in the preparation of meals in turns. We'll favor the local products and the short supply circuits. Tastings of local specialties may also be organized with local producers or garden owners.
LOCATION AND LEISURE: Neulise (1 300 inhabitants) is a municipality of the Loire county situated in the north of the new Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region. The cities of Lyon and Saint-Etienne (French capital of design) are both 1 hour’s drive away. The Auvergne region with its volcanoes is also very close. Located near Roanne, “The Land between the Loire and the Rhône” includes 16 municipalities. It is bordered by the Col du Pin Bouchain (760 m. high) in the east and the Gorges de la Loire in the west. It's a land of low mountains alternating with ridges and valleys where many rivers flow. This land, rich in heritage sites, has everything the lovers of fresh air, vast horizons and beautiful landscapes could dream of.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Don't forget to bring working gloves, clothes and closed shoes with you. As the nights can be cool, take a warm sleeping bag with you. Some convivial times will be organized! If you want to share a bit of your culture with the others, bring a piece of your country in your backpack (cooking recipes, traditional tales, unusual objects…).
MEETING POINT: Train station of Roanne
NEAREST AIRPORT: Lyon or Paris

Hilf bei der Renovierung der Aussenmauer eines mittelalterlichen Dorfes
Frankreich    CONCF-122    BASSOUES – A legendary village    07.07.-28.07.2017    RENO   15vols
PROJECT: In the heart of Gascogne countryside, birthplace of the famous DArtagnan, you will be charmed by Bassoues, a small medieval fortified village surrounded by its ramparts. The first thing that strikes you while entering the village for the first time is its splendidly preserved 43 meters high donjon, dating from 1371. A village with typical medieval features with its fortifications and Saint Fris's legend, between myth and reality. The village is listed by the departments of Historical Monuments: perfect for nature and heritage lovers! The village wants to revive the actions of voluntary work together with the inhabitants; this international workcamp is an ideal opportunity for it!
WORK: You will renovate an outer wall in the village, which is weakened by the roots invading it. First you will consolidate it by removing the vegetation and then you’ll seal it with coating and mortar, using traditional construction techniques.
ACCOMODATION AND FOOD: You will be accommodated under tents around a soccer stadium with access to changing rooms, toilets, shower and the kitchen of the clubhouse. You will participate in the preparation of the meals giving priority to local products.
LOCATION AND LEISURE: Culinary specialities, hiking on the paths to the castles and fortified towns, medieval villages, the proximity of Lupiac's lake and the city of Auch, etc. From Bassoues, Gers region is yours! Bassoues is a charming small village on the road of ancient fortified villages. It is also close to the city of Marciac, famous for its international Jazz festival. Multiple cultural and sports activities are available: bal-musette or disco, outdoor cinema, fishing, rugby, local meals, hiking, theatre evening, tennis…
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Please note that you will have to work on scaffoldings. Bring working clothes and shoes (waterproof if possible, in case of rain). Bring a warm sleeping bag and a good camping mat (sleeping in tent), nights are sometimes fresh and wet. Tents will be provided but you can also bring your own. Do not hesitate to bring specialties from home, photos, games, music instruments, etc.
MEETING POINT: Auch train station
NEAREST AIRPORT: Toulouse or Bordeaux

Restauriere eine archaeologische Staette
Frankreich    CONCF-152    AUBIGNE-RACAN – Archaeological Restoration    07.07.-28.07.2017    RENO/ARCH/TEEN   15vols
AGE: 16+
PROJECT: If you are interested in archaeology, this workcamp is for you! It is the 5th year of partnership between Concordia, the Sarthe department and the city of Aubigné-Racan. Aubigné-Racan is a lovely city near the Loir’s river and it spreads over 3203 hectares with 2112 inhabitants. A very important part of Aubigné’s heritage is the Gallo-Roman complex composed of a theater, a temple, thermal facilities and markets built in the second half of the 1st century. This archeological site, property of the Sarthe department, is one of the most beautiful sites of the Pays de la Loire region. This area is very rich in built heritage and natural discoveries. You will discover archeology through the explanations of an Archeologist from the CAPRA (Center of Archeological Prospection and Research of Allonnes) about the Gallo-Roman history of Aubigné and about the wild life. You will take part in the local festivities: July 14th parade and fireworks, lightening of the old city called “Nuit des Chimères”, discovery of the local heritage, hiking.
WORK: Like the four previous workcamps, you will be restoring a part of the archeological site: weeding and restoring the low walls using traditional masonry.
ACCOMODATION AND FOOD: You will be staying in a collective accommodation under tents (2 to 3 volunteers per tent) in a field with toilets and bathroom in a local football club building. Meals will be taken there. 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: Aubigné-Racan is located 40km south from Le Mans, 15 km west from the Château du Loir. Meeting with inhabitants will be organize to exchanges services. For more information, have a look at: http://www.association-capra.com/content/view/20/64/ and http://www.aubigne-racan.com/
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: You will be cycling on a daily basis to go from the city to the workcamp (4km). Please bring gardening gloves, good shoes and working clothes. As the nights can be quite cold, remember also to bring warm clothes. Don’t forget to bring a sleeping-mat, a warm sleeping bag (and a tent if you have your own!).
MEETING POINT: Aubigné-Racan train station.
NEAREST AIRPORT: Paris

Konstruiere Hindernisse aus Holz fuer einen Skatepark
Frankreich    CONCF-253    ERASMUS + GRENOBLE - Here comes the sport!    07.07.-21.07.2017    CONS/SPORT   16vols
PROJECT: Participate in a camp about a skate park renovation and get an initiation to the practice of urban sports in partnership with Bifurk, a cultural and sportive hub welcoming citizenship initiatives. Closed to Grenoble city center, the Bifurk is a place that brings together a group of associations, of which a skate park is very popular among the fans of sliding sports (Skateboard, Roller, BMX, Long Skate, and Snowboard). To offer new experiences to its users, you will take part in woodwork activities aimed to create new modules.
WORK: With the help of qualified volunteers of the skate park you will construct the wooden gliding/sliding modules for such sections as Street, BMX and funbox.
ACCOMMODATION: You will be accommodated inside the building belonging to the Bifurk. Do not forget to bring your sleeping bag (and your floor mat if you want). All the facilities, such as the toilets, the showers and the kitchen will be at your disposal along with a space for collective life. To move around Grenoble you will use public transport or bikes.
LOCATION AND LEISURE: Grenoble is the largest city of the Alps. It is also the third most populated municipality of the region Auvergne­Rhône­Alpes (680 000 inhabitants in Grenoble and its agglomeration). It is surrounded by mountains belonging to different massifs (Vercors, Chartreuse, Belledonne...) and benefits from the proximity of many other agglomerations (Lyon, Valence, Chambéry...). The city can boast numerous touristic attractions which you will have the opportunity to visit and developed cultural, sportive and leisure infrastructures. From the train station there are many ways to easily reach the mountains, to enjoy outdoor activities, which contrasts with the urban valley.
SPECIAL REMARKS: This workcamp is a part of European project NOMADs managed by the Italian association LUNARIA. The project brought together 11 European partners representing 6 countries (Italy, France, Greece, Scotland, Spain, and Estonia). Its objective is to facilitate the mobility of young people through sports. During the summer of 2017 other actions will be organized in different European cities. You will also participate in the preparation and the organization of a sport event in order to promote Sport for Everybody.
Various group activities will be programmed together with our camp leaders taking into account your suggestions! If you would like to share a bit of your culture (cooking recipes, traditional stories, special objects) do not hesitate to bring a piece of your country in your backpack!
MEETING POINT: Train station of Grenoble
NEAREST AIRPORT: Lyon, Paris

Renoviere die Waende einer alten Kirche und vollende endlich den Bau des Daches
Frankreich    CONCF-128    RISCLE – Let’s renovate the church    07.07.-28.07.2017    RENO   15vols
PROJECT: Riscle, a small dynamic village situated in the Gers opens its doors this summer. It is a municipality in a very charming frame, part of the vineyard of Côtes-de-Saint-Mont, fruit of a protected heritage. The municipality counted five churches. The most known, the Gothic Church Saint-Peter dating from the XIIth century, is classified as "Historic Monument" since 1974 with its monumental staircase and its golden wooden statue, which was offered in 1638 by Anne of Austria queen of France. Nevertheless, this Church doesn't outshine the others. This summer Concordia will restore one of them dating from1850. A small discreet church, situated at the exit of the village is asking for our attention.
WORK: You will clean and protect the walls of this small church and its sacristy, invaded by the ivy. You will rehabilitate the wall of the sacristy using traditional techniques of masonry. You will rebuild the roof of the church which was never finished and put a framework. These works will allow the completion of this building that is long-awaited by the population.
ACCOMODATION AND FOOD: You will be accommodated under tents around a gymnasium with access to cloakrooms, toilets and showers as well as a kitchen and a place for daily life. It is situated 1 km from the work place. You will participate in the preparation of meals giving advantage to local and seasonal products.
LOCATION AND LEISURE: Riscle, 1829 inhabitants, is situated in the valley of Adour surrounded by three departments: Landes, Pyrénées Atlantiques and Hautes-Pyrénées. From the village, you will enjoy the view of the Pyrenees. In addition to the hikes, you can visit the cities of Mont-de-Marsan, Pau and Tarbes that are close by. Although it is a small municipality, Riscle does not miss energy thanks to an active associative life, which offers multiple activities all year round to its inhabitants. In particular in the summer, the evening called "Eating in the banks of the Adour" with meal, conviviality and fireworks. Too warm? Nothing better than the leisure center of Plaisance du Gers situated close by. The Gers being the department of wine and Armagnac, you will not miss opportunities to visit vineyards nearby or also for example the Castle of the Terms of Armagnac. The Gers is waiting for you!
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Bring working clothes, gloves and shoes (if possible waterproof in case of rain). Take both light and warm clothes. Bring a warm sleeping bag and trekking shoes. Do not hesitate to bring specialties from home, photos, games, music instruments....
NEAREST AIRPORT: Toulouse or Paris.
MEETING POINT: Riscle bus station

Renoviere eine Kapelle aus dem 16. Jahrhundert
Frankreich    CONCF-129    VIELLE-AURE – Saint Antoine Chapel    07.07.-28.07.2017    RENO   14vols
PROJECT: Heritage, traditions, a relaxed rhythm of life, a unique situation in the crossroads of the Valley of Aure 800m above sea level, the ideal place to discover an authentic country rich in contrasts... Welcome to Vielle-Aure! Its inhabitants will be proud to welcome you in their charming small village, where life is enjoyable. Proud and cheerful, they will be especially thankfull to your contribution to the restoration of an important element of their rich heritage, Saint Antoine's chapel, dating from the XVIth century and situated at the heart of the village.
WORK: The coating of the chapel is deteriorated, you will have to remove the coatings and make new ones using lime.
ACCOMODATION AND FOOD: You will be accommodated under tents in a camping, with access to changing rooms, toilets, showers and a kitchen. You will participate in the preparation of the meals and favouring local products.
LOCATION AND LEISURE: Less than 10km away from the famous ski resorts of Saint-Lary Soulan and Piau-Engaly, and only thirty kilometers from Lannemezan, Vielle-Aure is ideally situated to propose you a very large choice of activities. Interested in sport? The annual Big Trek of Pyrenees is waiting for you! Created from the will of a small group of fascinated trailers, this event became a mythical race in the universe of the trail. Naturally, the circuits of hikes are numerous, the possibilities of bivouac are uncountable. Rather interested to discover the territory? Vielle-Aure is close to three site listed as heritage: the valley of Estibère, the site of Oule Pichaleye and the Natural reserve of Néouvielle, the last including 70 lakes and an incredible fauna and flora!
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Bring working clothes and shoes (waterproof if possible, in case of rain). Bring a warm sleeping bag and a good camping mat (sleeping under tent), nights are sometimes fresh and wet. Tents will be provided but you can also bring your own. Do not hesitate to bring specialties from home, photos, games, music instruments, etc.
MEETIN POINT: Vielle-Aure train station.
NEAREST AIRPORT: Toulouse or Bordeaux airport

Restauriere ein beschaedigtes Waschhaus
Frankreich    CONCF-131    AULON – Incredible landscape in the Pyrenees    07.07.-28.07.2017    ENVI/RENO   12vols
PROJECT: A group of stone houses perched in the green mountains; the ringing of the bells of the sheeps, the pure fresh air of the heights touching your face; welcome in the charming small village of Aulon, which welcomes you with to the sound of the bells of its Romanic church from the XVIth century, the sound of the water pouring directly from the mountains to come the wash houses, or the sound of the friendliness in which the Aulonais live!
WORK: You will have to rehabilitate the wash house situated a few meters away from the heart of the village, degraded by an avalanche a few years ago. An important beam is in very poor condition, it will be necessary to change it so that the roof of the wash house does not collapse. You will also reorganize its surroundings for the visitors to take a break and enjoy the landscape
ACCOMODATION AND FOOD: You will be accommodated under tents, with access to cloakrooms, toilets, shower and the kitchen of the rural home. You will participate in the preparation of the meals and will favour the use of local products.
LOCATION AND LEISURE: Municipality of Pyrenees situated in Bigorre area, in the valley of Aure and 8km from Arreau historic capital of the valley, Aulon has a lot to offer! It is situated around cities already very active such as Bagnères-de-Bigorre, Vielle-Aure and Saint-Lary-Soulan. Numerous hiking paths are waiting for you to discover the magnificent and dense Regional Natural Reserve of Aulon. Take your shoes!
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Bring working clothes and shoes (waterproof if possible, in case of rain). Bring a warm sleeping bag and a good camping mat (sleeping under tent), nights are sometimes fresh and wet. Tents will be provided but you can also bring your own. Do not hesitate to bring specialties from home, photos, games, music instruments, etc.
MEETING POINT: Vielle-Aure train station.
NEAREST AIRPORT: Tarbes – Lourdes or Toulouse – Blagnac Airport.

Gefoerderte Teilnahme moeglich: Renovierungsarbeiten des Gehsteigs zweier Brunnen im Zentrum von Frederic-Fontaine
Frankreich    SJ23    BE PART OF IT    08.07.-29.07.2017    RENO/SPEC   12vols
PROJECT: This is the second time that the town of Frederic-Fontaine hosts an international workcamp. The first year was a success, so the villagers are impatiently waiting to meet you.
WORK: You will renovate the pavement of two fountains, located in the centre of the village. You will be introduced to the masonry techniques on cutting and posing stones.
ACCOMMODATION: On camp beds in the local festival hall. Remember to bring your sleeping bag and a pillow. A kitchen will be arranged in the school's courtyard. You will be encouraged to be a part of the collective life. Therefore, you will be in charge of the kitchen and the stewardship, from time to time. Food will be taken care of. You will take showers in the villagers' houses, creating one more occasion for sharing and exchange.
LOCATION: Frederic-Fontaine, at 10 km from Ronchamp and 30 km from Belfort.
The town and its inhabitants want you to have a unique experience. With them, you will have the occasion to visit touristic sites in Franche-Comté. If the weather allows, walks and swimming will be organized. You will be able to visit the city of Belfort, the chapel of Ronchamp, and to organize the traditional international meal.
NEXT TRAIN STATION: Belfort Montbéliard TGV station, in Belfort (90000). A meeting point will be organized in the afternoon (approximately at 4pm).
NEXT AIRPORT: Bâle-Mulhouse

Renovierung einer bescheidenen Straße mit multikulturellem Team!
Frankreich    SJ25    SHARING UNDER PAVING    08.07.-29.07.2017    RENO   10vols (no more female)
PROJECT: This year, we are going to do the 10th edition of the international workcamp in the town of Esprels! Ten years of renovation, sharing, construction of peace and strong bonds between villagers and volunteers. So come and join us!
WORK: You are going to continue the renovation of Street Saint Desle's gutter, which began last year. In a multicultural and heterogeneous group, you will learn how to work in a team. You will also learn both, masonry and the proper way to cut stones. Although the workcamp doesn't require any specific competence, the work will be a bit physical and subject to the local weather.
ACCOMMODATION: You're going to be located at the centre of the village, in the town hall. You will sleep in a common room with camp beds, so remember to bring your sleeping bag and a pillow. A kitchen will be arranged near the school. You will be encouraged to participate in the collective life. Therefore, you will be in charge of the kitchen and the stewardship from time to time. Food will be taken care of. You will take showers in the villagers' houses, creating another occasion for exchange and sharing.
LOCATION: Esprels is a small village in the rural area of Haute Saône. It's 20 km from Vesoul and 50 km from Besançon.
With the help of the villagers, you're going to have the possibility to discover touristic places in the region: among them the historic citadelle in Besançon and the chapel of Ronchamp. But it will also be on you, the volunteers, to propose activities. The villagers are very engaged in the life of the workcamp. They will invite you for dinner, an aperitif, or a coffee. You will have the opportunity to build stong bonds with the locals, and feel like you're a part of the village.
NEXT TRAIN STATION: Vesoul (70000). A meeting point will be organized in the afternoon, approximately around 4pm.
NEXT AIRPORT: Bâle-Mulhouse

Renoviere das Minenmuseum „Musée de la mine“ in Noyant d’Allier und beteilige dich an verschiedenen Restaurationsarbeiten in Saint-Hilaire
Frankreich    SJ28    THE MINE AND THE EARTH : DISCOVERING THE BOCAGE SUD    09.07.-29.07.2017    RENO   12vols (no more female)
PROJECT: Do you wish to discover the rural bourbon lifestyle? If yes, come and immerse yourself in the bocage sud where you are sure to experience a friendly welcome from the beginning! For over 10 years now, the villages of Noyant and Saint Hilaire have been hosting international workcamps, and the local residents eagerly wait each year to meet new volunteers. During this workcamp, the villagers will invite you to visit the mine museum and the Buddhist temple, to try the bike-rail, and to share festive and convivial moments with them. The schedule (10 days in each village), will allow you to discover a diverse territory: the territory of Noyant d'Allier that is marked by a significant asian presence, making the village wonderfully diverse and lively, and the more traditional village of Saint-Hilaire.
WORK: Starting off at Noyant d'Allier, you will work on the projects that were started last year: renovations at the “Musée de la mine”, maintenance of old tools, and restoration of doors of a church. The work will consist of sanding and repainting the doors with natural ochre paint that you will make beforehand. Next, at Saint-Hilaire, you will be introduced to traditional masonry techniques by working on a surrounding wall. The work will consist of cleaning the wall and then repointing it with lime mortar. Finally, an old building situated in the courtyard of the city hall, has to be completely uncovered. So, you will have to redo the framework and cover it in tiles after cleaning them. For the entire workcamp, you will be under the supervision of a professional brick-layer.
ACCOMMODATION: In the villages' common rooms. The food will be provided, and the meals will be prepared by rotating groups of volunteers.
LOCATION: Saint Hilaire and Noyant-d'Allier, located 25 km from Moulins-sur-Allier
This workcamp will give you the opportunity to meet young people of the region, to discover the contryside lifestyle, and to visit touristic places. A small bus will be provided for your trips.
NEXT TRAIN STATION: Moulins sur Allier (03000). We will meet you there at 6pm.
NEXT AIRPORT: Paris.

Trilaterale Jugendbegegnung zum kritischen Umgang mit Medien
Frankreich    SJ/TRI92    How do you see me?    09.07.-30.07.2017    CULT/STUDY/SPEC   15vols
AGE: 18 - 30
PROJECT: We live in a world with an abundance of media and informations, whether it is news, or movie, or advertising, the individual is nowadays exposed to a great quantity of images and informations, and these impact heavily in our way of thinking, believing, comprehending differences and society. It is with this statement than The Réseau d'Entraide Volontaire (REV), in partnership with Centre Socioculturel de Vergèze (Sociocultural Center of Vergèze), would like to invite you in a exchange focusing on the impact of media in our understanding of the world and our critical thinking.
• What is the impact of medias in our representation of cultural identity?
• Is it possible to have perfectly honest and impartial news?
• Can one image have different meaning?
• How can one event can be told in different ways, under different perspectives?
These are the kinds of question that will be adressed during this youth exchange.
Participants will be accompanied by media professional through workshop and debate on those topics, in order to build their critical thinking. Activities will cover the technical side (video making, sound recording, photography, and building of news) as
well as the theoretical side. Moreover, participants will have the opportunity to serve as “reporter” during the celebration of the 14th of July (French national holiday). This event will be the main subject for the participants to produce documents (audio, visual, and audiovisual) questioning the topic of cultural identity and the celebration of it during the National Holiday, as seen by young people, adults and elders alike. But there is more: the camp will take place in Vergèze, south of France, in an area called Camargue, rich with local traditions and a strong cultural identity. This will only enhance the work and the questioning of the participants.
GOALS:
- To collectively create a media project (including image, video and sound) exploring the topic of cultural identity through the
media
- To engage in a collective experimentation questioning the influence of media in our perception of cultural differences.
- To develop a “media literacy” and enhance critical thinking of participants.
ACTIVITIES: Media workshops (photography, sound, and video), documentary making with professionals on local topic (including interviews of local personality), debate and exchange on relevant questions surrounding the topic, reporting assignment among the local populations.
PRACTICAL INFORMATIONS:
WHO? 3 different countries (French, Germany, Italy). Up to 5 participants per country.
Participants must be VOLUNTEERS and INTERESTED in the topic, but no request for any special skill
WHERE? In VERGEZE, little town in the south of France between Nimes and Montpellier. Accomodation will be provided by the partner, the Sociocultural center of Vergèze. Participants will be hosted in the center, at the heart of the city, in a collective way.
FINANCIAL CONDITIONS: Partial travel reimbursement will be given:
• depends on the city of departure for German participants – see the OFAJ grid
• up to 240€ for Italian participants

Restauration einer Krypta unterhalb der Dorfkirche
Frankreich    SJ31    DISCOVERING THE SECRETS OF VALLET'S CRYPT    10.07.-31.07.2017    RENO   8vols (no more female)
PROJECT: Vallet is a charming and small village of Charente-Maritime that has been hosting international workcamps for 20 years. For its twentieth workcamp, the town will organize this workcamp to liven up the ancient and religious heritage of the village, and to breathe new life into the first workcamps organized in Vallet. The town and its residents are eager to welcome you, and to experience cultural exchange moments with you. We also wait for your arrival to make this workcamp a rich and wonderful experience.
WORK: You will work on the restoration of a crypt situated underneath the choir of the village church, dating back to the 12th century. The work will consist of removing the lime paint, in order to uncover the religious painting of the 15th century that is hidden. You will also do traditional lime-stone masonry work by renovating the walls surrounding the stairs and leading to the crypt.
ACCOMMODATION: In group, in the village's festivities hall.
LOCATION: Vallet, Charente-Maritime, 70 km from Bordeaux.
Vallet is situated in the crossroads of big cities: Bordeaux and Angoulême, and it is not far from Saint Emilion and Cognac, all exemplary cities of French vineyards. Trips to these cities, as well as beach days, may be organized. You will have the opportunity to enjoy the rich local heritage sites, such as the roman churches. During your free time, you will participate in the activities of local festivals: The National Holiday, the night markets, and other local farmers markets where you will be able to savor the local products.
NEXT TRAIN STATION: Montendre (17130)
NEXT AIRPORT: Bordeaux

Du bist schwindelfrei? Hast du schon einmal ein Dach neu gedeckt? Hier ist deine Chance!
Frankreich    CBF02    Bringing local heritage to life    10.07.-30.07.2017    CONS   8vols
AGE: 18-30
PROJECT: For many years already has the local authority of this territory been hosting an international workcamp in one of its local villages; mainly to renovate some local heritage. This year the project will be organized in Saint Gilles Vieux Marché. The idea is to renovate a wash house and organize some events in the site; for example on Saturday July 22th, a Fest-Noz - a musical and traditional dance party - will be organized.
The local people are very much involved in the work and the hosting of the workcamp. They are waiting for you and ready to give you a warm welcome!
WORK: You will have the chance to participate in the construction of a new roof above an old wash house: carpentry and roofing. Some works will be done on scaffolding, so this project may not be suitable for people who are scared of heights.
LOCATION: The village of Saint Gilles Vieux Marché is located in the heart of the Bretagne region which is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and the English Channel. This region is known for its wonderful natural richness and its great cultural heritage! The next big town is Saint-Brieuc.
ACCOMMODATION: in tents
NEXT AIRPORT: Paris ou Rennes
NEXT TRAIN STATION: Saint-Brieuc

Renovierungsarbeiten auf traditionelle Weise – und das Dorfleben in Frankreich kennenlernen
Frankreich    CBF03    When the whole world meets in our small village!    10.07.-30.07.2017    RENO   9vols
AGE: 18-30
PROJECT: This workcamp will take place for the fourth consecutive year! The local partners want to use the workcamp to encourage local youth to move and commit themselves to the project. It will be the opportunity for you to meet the local young people: they will happily show you their region and their culture.
WORK: You will renovate a local heritage according to traditional works.
LOCATION: the village is located at around 60km of Rennes, in a green landscape of Brittany region. It is situated only 1 hour from the see and its famous Mont Saint Michel: Wonder of the Western world! The next big towns are Vitré and Rennes
ACCOMMODATION: In tents.
NEXT TRAIN STATION: Vitré

Hilf dabei ein Waschhaus aufzubauen
Frankreich    CONCF-005    LANGOIRAN - Wash-house restoration    11.07.-31.07.2017    RENO/CONS   15vols
PROJECT: The Langoiran municipality, embedded between cliffs and water, is part of the Gironde department. By participating to this workcamp you’ll contribute to the preservation of its heritage by renovating a wash-house in order to open it again to the public.
WORK: Supervised by a technical leader and a group life leader of Concordia, you will continue the work started last year. You will work with wood to build the framework and will set the roof tiles. You will also be invited to participate in the local traditional celebration, the Saint Pey, which will take place the last weekend of the workcamp, and to run some stands.
ACCOMODATION AND FOOD: You will be accommodated under tents, you should expect basic collective life conditions. The group will be sharing the cleaning chores and preparing meals together.
LOCATION AND LEISURE: Langoiran is a municipality located on the Garonne shores around 20 km from Bordeaux.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Bring a sleeping bag, working clothes, hiking shoes, warm clothes and a raincoat.
MEETING POINT: Bordeaux train station.
NEAREST AIRPORT: Bordeaux or Paris.

Hilf dabei den Hof von Muell zu befreien und die Vegetation zu stutzen
Frankreich    CONCF-221    CLAIREMARAIS – In the heart of the marsh    11.07.-25.07.2017    ENVI/RENO   15vols
PROJECT: In the heart of Audomarois marsh, the Coastal and Lake Shore Conservatory, a public body in charge of the protection of endangered natural areas in France, has just acquired a former 120 hectares farm. They are willing to involve international youth to highlight this natural zone. The international workcamp is expected to valorise this place. The marsh is in the heart of an area classified as biosphere reserve by the UNESCO and is listed as “RAMSAR” site, important wetland. Youth services are associated to the workcamp and activities such as boat excursions are already planned.
WORK: There will be 2 areas of works:
In the farm: with local technical teams you will help collecting and sorting out waste left by the former owner in order to recycle them (wood, tyres, scrap metal) and you will clear the areas from bushes (cutting elderberry for example).
Around the farm: there is a former water mill from the 18th century. We need your help to clear surroundings (cutting elderberry, brambles); pick up and select stones and bricks in order to reuse them later.
ACCOMODATION AND FOOD: You will be accommodated under tents in Claremarais. The group will be sharing the cleaning chores and preparing meals together.
LOCATION AND LEISURE: Clairemarais is close to Saint Omer, in Pas de Calais region, an hour from Lille.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Please note that you will walk a lot during this workcamp!
Bring working clothes and boots. For the accommodation under tents, bring your sleeping bag and floor mat. Please feel free to bring some food specialities, pictures, musical instrument: things you like and want to share with the group and the local community!
MEETING POINT: Saint Omer train station
NEAREST AIRPORT: Paris

Renovierung des Waschhauses der Gemeinde in Cercoux
Frankreich    SJ33    EXPERIENCE NATURE IN CERCOUX    11.07.-01.08.2017    ENVI/RENO   12vols
PROJECT: Situated at the crossroad between Charente-Maritime, Dordogne, and Gironde, Cercoux is a charming and small village surrounded by vibrant nature. A strong sense of local volunteer work, striving to liven up the city center and its surrounding areas by rehabilitating heritage sites that were classified in Natura 2000, has nurtured a collaborative relationship between Cercoux and the association Solidarité Jeunesses Poitou-Charentes. Therefore, this project will work towards renovating the community wash house, which, surrounded by nature, encourages respect towards the environment, and calls for a durable development. This year, we hope that your experience at this workcamp will be rich in humanitarian and environmental awareness.
WORK: Under technical supervision, you will work on renovating the community wash house made out of wood. Therefore, you will have the opportunity to learn different techniques of carpentry, as well as the basic theories and techniques that will allow you to complete the first stage of assembly. You will also work on reestablishing the ecosystem around the wash house, thanks to the expertise and support of the association Argiope, whose objective is to encourage knowledge and develop a study of nature.
ACCOMMADTION: In groups, indoors, in one of the classrooms of a local elementary school.
LOCATION: Cercoux, Charente-Maritime, between Bordeaux and Angoulême
Leisure activities: Cercoux is situated at the crossroad of big cities: Bordeaux, Angoulême, and not far from St. Emilion and Cognac, which are all known for they wine-vineyards. Excursions and event trips with local residents will be organized, to give you the opportunity to meet people and experience cultural exchange. During you free time, you will also be able to go to the movies, to spend time at the swimming pool, or to go on trips to further destinations, such as the ocean or la Rochelle.
NEXT TRAIN STATION: Coutras (33230)
NEXT AIRPORT: Bordeaux

Repariere die zerstoerten Teile einer Steinmauer
Frankreich    CONCF-272    LIEURAN-CABRIERES – Renovating a retaining wall    12.07.-21.07.2017    RENO   12vols
PROJECT: Located in the middle of the valley of Herault, the small village of Lieuran-Cabrières will charm you by its typical setting. The municipality is composed of a principal borough and a hamlet called the Mas de Roujou located along the banks of a small river, the Dourbie. You’ll have the opportunity to discover the beauty of various sites near this place such as the Lake of Salagou, the Dolomitic circus of Mourèze, the ancient Royal Manufactury of Villeneuvette (where is organized each year a Festival combining street theater, concerts…) and less than 20 km away, city of Pezenas.
The objective of the work camp is to repair a dry stone retaining wall, of which certain parts were damaged by bad weather.
WORK: The retaining wall giving access to various terraces is partially collapsed. You will continue to rebuild this wall, to support the path above.
ACCOMODATION AND FOOD: You will be accommodated under tent in a camp-site (if you have one, you can bring it). You will have access to a room for cooking and eating. You will participate in the preparation of meals and cleaning chores in turns.
LOCATION AND LEISURE: The village of Lieuran-Cabrières is located in the Hérault County (Region of Occitania) 16 km from Pézenas and 40 km from Béziers.
For more information: www.lieuran-cabrieres.com .
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Please note that the work might be arduous. Take working clothes, closed shoes, warm clothes, a torch for the evenings, your sleeping bag, protection against the sun (hat, glasses, sunscreen) and your swim suit. You can also bring recipes from your home country, musical instruments and games.
MEETING POINT: In Clermont L’Hérault, that you can reach by bus from Béziers train station.
NEAREST AIRPORT: Montpellier, Toulouse, Marseille

Renoviere eine mittelalterliche Burg fuer den Tourismus
Frankreich    CONCF-212    TOUTENCOURT –Middle age castle’s ruins    12.07.-26.07.2017    ENVI/RENO   15vols
PROJECT: Toutencourt is a small village of 500 inhabitants on the North of Amiens. In the heart of the village there is a « feudal clod » which means the ruins of a Middle Age castle. Archeological excavations took place and brought to life the importance of the site. In partnership with the tourism office of “Pays du Coquelicot”, the village of Toutencourt and local associations, your task will be to enhance this area in order to develop visits and tourism.
WORK: Various tasks are planned: construction of a stone well coping, cleaning and brushing around the ditches and staging the routes of the former walls of the Castel highlighted by the archeological excavations.
ACCOMODATION AND FOOD: You will be accommodated under tents and will use the reception hall, with all equipment (dishwasher, oven...), for the daily life. The group will be sharing the cleaning chores and preparing meals together.
LOCATION AND LEISURE: Toutencourt is 20km North of Amiens, in the heart of battlefields of WW1. For more information: http://www.paysducoquelicot.com/ and
www.toutencourtmemoireetculture.asso-web.com
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Bring working clothes and shoes. For the accommodation under tents, bring your sleeping bag and floor mat. Please feel free to bring some food specialties, pictures, musical instrument: things you like and want to share with the group and the local community!
MEETING POINT: Albert train Station
NEAREST AIRPORT: Paris

Renoviere eine Kapelle
Frankreich    CONCF-225    LAVERSINES 1 – Renovating a chapel    12.07.-02.08.2017    RENO   15vols
PROJECT: In the heart of the town there is a former chapel named St Germain tower. This chapel needs to be renovated in order to be transformed into a musical, exhibition and associative place. Moreover this international work camp is part of the will of the City Council to organize activities throughout the year for young people of the town. Locals are expecting you, there will be various activities to make you live a memorable work camp.
WORK: You will make traditional masonry around the tower: recovery of joints of the walls, picket, repointing, a few bricks to change, etc…Warning: you will have to work on scaffolding.
ACCOMODATION: You will be accommodated under tents in the heart of the village and will use a house for daily life. The group will be sharing the cleaning chores and preparing meals together.
LOCATION AND LEISURE: Laversines is close to Beauvais, capital of the Oise Department. More information: http://www.laversines.fr/
NEAREST AIRPORT: Paris Beauvais
MEETING POINT: Beauvais train station or Paris-Beauvais airport.

Restauriere eine alte Muehle und schaffe damit ein Zuhause fuer Fledermaeuse
Frankreich    CONCF-281    MOULIN DE REALS 1 – Preserve an old mill    12.07.-26.07.2017    ENVI/RENO   12vols
PROJECT: Within the framework of the preservation of the Sensitive Natural Areas project, the department of Herault wish to consolidate and secure the Reals mill, which represents a strong interest in biodiversity (bat’s house). Indeed, this mill could then be occupied by protected species of bats. Located at the water edge, the nautical base of Reals constitutes a privileged place for the athletes of the French team of canoe-kayak, and hosted one of the world championships. This beautiful and sunny area surrounded by nature, characteristic of the South of France, will bring you warmth, good mood, and satisfactions!
WORK: Firstly, your job will be to get rid of some plants and roots which are gradually degrading the mill. After that, your task will be to secure the mill and gradually rehabilitate it.
ACCOMODATION AND FOOD: You will be accommodated under tents at the municipal camping of Cessenon-sur-Orb. If you have a tent you can bring it. The group will be sharing the cleaning chores and preparing meals together.
LOCATION AND LEISURE: Located 34km to the lake of Salagou, 30km to Narbonne and 18km to Béziers, the municipality of Cessenon-sur-Orb will offer you a wide range of activities (hiking, water sports…) and many places of historical heritage to visit! For more informations: http://www.cessenon.fr/
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Do not forget to take working shoes and clothes, as well as sun protection (hats, creams, caps, sunglasses,), and your sleeping bag.
MEETING POINT: Bus stop “Collège/Centre” of Cessenon-sur-Orb.
NEAREST AIRPORT: Montpellier, Toulouse or Marseille.

Fortsetzung der Restaurationsarbeiten der Außenmauer einer Grundschule in Cressanges, als auch der Dorfkirche in Châtel-de-Neuvre
Frankreich    SJ36    A COMPLETE IMMERSION INTO THE BOURBONNAIS COUNTRYSIDE    15.07.-05.08.2017    RENO   12vols (no more female)
PROJECT: The towns of Châtel-de-Neuvre and Cressanges began to host international workcamps in 2015, and now, they are affected by their charm! The local residents wait for you with open arms and are ready to share wonderful experiences with you and invite you to discover their town. This is a moving workcamp, so you will stay 10 days in each town.
WORK: In Cressanges, you will work on projects that were started last year: the restoration of a surrounding wall in an elementary school. You will work on repointing and leveling the exterior face of the wall. You will learn how to apply traditional masonry techniques, such as the use of lime mortar, and how to lay small tiles in order to make a typical Bourbon wall cover. You will also help the local residents to organize and host the Cressanges flea market. Further, in Châtel-de-Neuvre, you will take part in the restoration of the village church. This roman church, dating back to the 11th century, has been named as a historical monument, and now strives to protect this title. It will be necessary to complete the work, following the rule of art! The work will consist of redoing the masonry work of the walls that have suffered from humidity: cleaning and repointing the walls with lime mortar.
ACCOMMODATION: In municipal buildings at the center of each village. The food will be provided, and the meals will be prepared by rotating groups of volunteers.
LOCATION: Cressanges and Châtel-de-Neuvre (Allier), located 25 km from Moulins-sur-Allier
This workcamp will give you the opportunity to interact with local residents, to discover the countryside lifestyle, and to visit the surrounding touristic sites and villages. You will also be able to enjoy Vieure's bodies of water, which are perfect for canoeing. A small bus will be provided for your trips.
NEXT TRAIN STATION: Moulins sur Allier (03000). We will meet you there at 6pm.
NEXT AIRPORT: Paris.

Hast du Lust, bei der Restauration einer militaerischen Befestigungsanlage und dessen Gelaende mitzuwirken?
Frankreich    SJ37    THE PINSON MOUND REDOUBT    15.07.-05.08.2017    RENO   14vols (no more female)
PROJECT: The Pinson Mound Redoubt, a military fortification dating back to the late 19th century, used to protect the city of Paris. The redoubt is currently hosting some local associations (apiculture, shooting, wine making). International summer camps have contributed over the years to the restoration and renovation of the fort, aiming to open it to the public (especially for heritage days in September).
WORK: This year, the work will focus on two main tasks. First you will continue to restore the fort's surrounding wall with traditional building methods. Then you will remove the vegetation around the entrances of three tunnels of the fort, in order to facilitate the access to them. During the whole project, you will work with local youngsters. This summer camp is organised in partnership with four neighboring towns, the goal being to encourage local young people to engage themselves in projects in their community.
Note: This project should not be seen as a sightseeing trip to Paris. If you wish to visit Paris, you should arrive some days before or leave a few days after the dates of the workcamp.
ACCOMMODATION: You will sleep on inflatable mattresses in school dormitories. You need to bring along a sleeping bag. Food will be provided and cooked by the volunteers in turns. One kitchen is located at the school and another kitchen for lunches is located in the fort. Showers are available in the school.
LOCATION: The fort is located at the top of a small hill in the middle of a 110 hectare regional park and near some urban areas. The town of Montmagny is located 15 km north of Paris.
During the workcamp, you will be able to take part int cultural outings and social exchanges organised with local partner associations and with local young people. Other free-time activities will be organized collectively, depending on the wishes of the group and the available budget.
NEXT TRAIN STATION: Deuil-Montmagny train station, Montmagny (95360)
NEXT AIRPORT: Paris Roissy Charles de Gaulle, Paris Orly and Paris Beauvais.

Komm und hilf beim Festival der Kulturen
Frankreich    ANEC10    Festival Cultures du Monde (Maison des traditions 03 800 Gannat)    15.07.-05.08.2017    FEST/CULT   12vols
PROJECT: Plunge into world cultures ! The festival Cultures du Monde is a unique place to meet more than 400 dancers and singers, and get involved in the organisation of a big festival in close cooperation with the local volunteers. We have been cooperating with the association organising the festival for several years and it is always a successful workcamp! The festival lasts 10 days, for more info: www.cultures-traditions.org
WORK: You will be fully integrated in the team of local volunteers. Before the festival, you will participate to create the decorations and set up the place. During the festival, you will join the teams in charge of welcoming the public and hosting the artists, and in charge of catering and refreshment stalls. After the festival, you will help to pack up and clean the site. Important : during the festival, work is very intense, days are long and nights are short... but the atmosphere is very warm and full of beautiful meetings !
ACCOMODATION AND FOOD: Accommodation is under tents (2 persons per tent) on the town stadium. Volunteers will manage the tasks of daily life in teams (shopping, cooking, cleaning). There is a bigger tent hosting the iving room. During the festival, you will eat with the organisers. Showers and toilets are in a building just near by the tents.
LOCATION AND LEISURE: Gannat is a small town 45km North from Clermont-Ferrand. The region is rich with historical villages, and beautiful natural areas to visit ! Your campleaders will prepare games and activities but you will be invited to propose and create your own animations ! Be creative ! The heart of the project remains the organisation of the festival and a lot of activities will be linked to meeting the local volunteers.
REQUIREMENTS: French speaking workcamp (send a motivation letter in French please).
LANGUAGES: fra,eng
NEAREST AIRPORT: CFE

Wohne auf einem Schiff und renoviere dessen Fassade
Frankreich    CONCF-092    TRIEL-SUR-SEINE – Everybody on board    17.07.-31.07.2017    RENO   16vols
PROJECT: If you love boats, this is the workcamp for you! Come to take part in the renovation of the outside of a barge moored on the banks of the Seine. This barge hosts an association: L Arche de l espérance, a lively and friendly place for reflection, creativity and initiative. Located West of Paris region, this barge has a surface of around 250m2 and welcomes various activities all year round: writing workshop, arts lessons, language exchange, movie projection, etc.
WORK: Guided by a team of workcamp leaders, you will participate in the renovation of the outside of the barge: cleaning, sanding and painting. You will also take part in the installation of the signage of the association. You will organize moments to share with Triel-sur-Seine s residents.
ACCOMODATION AND FOOD: The accommodation will be on the barge, in the lower level. You will share the various daily collective tasks with the other volunteers. The workcamp leaders will be given a budget and you will take part in the shopping and the preparation of meals, favouring local and healthy products.
LOCATION AND LEISURE: The barge is located in Triel-sur-Seine, West of Paris. Its largest part spreads out on the hillsides of Hautil, one of big forests of Ile-de-France. This municipality is close to Saint-Germain-en-Laye, to the Palace of Versailles and is situated an hour from the centre of Paris by the train.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: As you will be accommodated in a barge, it is mandatory to know how to swim! Remember to bring warm and waterproof clothes and shoes, and a good sleeping bag. The nights can be chilly! Plastics boots could be very useful, they would allow you to not slide when you clean the pontoon.
LANGUAGES: eng,fra
MEETING POINT: SNCF train station of Triel sur Seine
NEAREST AIRPORT: Paris airports

Wiederbelebung eines Wanderwegs westlich von Paris
Frankreich    CONCF-094    EVECQUEMONT – Stroll by the Seine River    17.07.-31.07.2017    ENVI   15vols (no more female)
PROJECT: If you’re a nature lover, this camp is for you! Perched on the massif of Hautil and located in the regional Natural Reserve of French Vexin, Evecquemont is small village with an exceptional situation overhanging the valley of the Seine. This municipality possesses the second remarkable forest of Yvelines where two hiking trails pass. During this workcamp, you will take part in the development of this natural heritage by the rehabilitation of a part of a hiking trail.
WORK: With a technical leader, you will take part in the rehabilitation of one of the hiking trails of the municipality. You will participate in the reconstruction of the initial route of the path which has suffer from collapsing over time. You will also organize cultural exchanges with the locals and will make this small municipality of 800 inhabitants livelier.
ACCOMODATION AND FOOD: You will be hosted in shared room in the center of the village.
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 meals with healthy products from the market and local producers.
LOCATION AND LEISURE: Situated in Yvelines, West of Paris, Evecquemont offers a great view over the valley of the Seine. Far from the pollution of the city you can enjoy the open air, more than half of the municipal territory is occupied by the forest of Hautil and it is a member of the regional park of French Vexin. Evecquemeont offers beautiful hikes, in particular thanks to the GR 1 and GR 2 hiking trails passing through. Furthermore every Sunday a Baladobus is organized by the natural reserve of Vexin, it is a stroll by bus that crosses the countryside of French Vexin to make you discover the main places of interest of this territory. You will be one hour and a half away from the centre of Paris.
LANGUAGES: eng
NEAREST AIRPORT: CDG

Erlebe die goldenen Zeiten der Schloesser und Kutschen in Avreyon, waehrend du bei Restaurationsarbeiten tatkraeftig mithilfst!
Frankreich    SJ41    IN THE TIME OF CASTLES AND CARRIAGES    19.07.-09.08.2017    RENO   12vols (no more female)
AGE: 17+
PROJECT: An incredible medieval village with enthusiastic locals, and a magnificent welcoming environment, Avreyon is as real as it is beautiful and great!
In Aveyron, time is not the same: it passes differently and it's at Salmiech, a small charming village, where you will feel the spirit of time. In this village, a church was built from the remains of a castle, and after many years, it has been the home of the rural museum of charroi. Classified as a museum of France in 2002, this museum presents a beautiful collection of ancient wheels, antique carriages and carts, and diverse artisan tools, all which date back to the golden past. Therefore, don't hesitate. Come to join us on a journey into the past of great Aveyron!
WORK: We will be cleaning and arranging stones from the ruins of the castle from which the Church of Saint-Firmin was built. After many years, the church is home to the museum of rural Charroi. In collaboration with the association « Friends of the Museum », you will bring and arrange your stone that will help maintain this historical place. This year, we will clean, restore, and do masonry work in order to bring light to this patrimonial site that is a part of a picturesque environment worthy of interest.
ACCOMMODATION: In a hosting center accommodated with rooms, bathrooms, and kitchens.
LOCATION: Salmièch, located 27 km from Rodez, and 187 km north of Toulouse.
You will have the opportunity to discover Aveyron and its rich natural sites, such as the canyons of Aveyron and Céor, and the historical architecture of its fortified towns, abbeys, and castles. You will also be able to participate in summer events like the market of countries that welcomes a significant number of artisans and local producers each year, as well as the village festival. Finally, you will indeed have the opportunity to meet locals who will be more than happy to share the unique history of their village with you.
NEXT TRAIN STATION: Rodez (12000)
NEXT AIRPORT: Toulouse

Restauration und Einkehren neuen Lebens des mittelalterlichen Schlosses in Lesdiguières
Frankreich    SJ42    TRACING THE STEPS OF THE DUKE OF LESDIGUIERES    19.07.-08.08.2017    RENO   12vols
PROJECT: At the foot of the Massif du Dévoluy, in the Hautes-Alpes, there is situated the remains of the castle of Lesdiguières, located at the entrance of a hamlet of the same name, in the district of Glaizil. This castle was built in the 16th century by François de Bonne, the future duke of Lesdiguières and the last constable of France. Today, only the ruins of the old chapel, the towers, and broken down sections of the walls can be found at the site of this once-grand castle, ranked as a French national historic monument. The general council of the site's owners and the association of Lesdiguières have decided to preserve this piece of local history, and to bring it back to life. It is with this goal in mind that, since 2010, a dynamic partnership has formed with the association “Les Villages des Jeunes” to organize an international youth workcamp each year. Following the 2012 report stating that the 17th century left a serious and unknown mark on the Dauphiné, many academics and conservatives decided to name 2017 the « year of Lesdiguières ». In fact, the 400 year celebration of Duke's second marriage will call for a number of activities, organized by different community players (the general council, the tourism office, etc.)
WORK: In 2017, you will apply a coating on the elevation of a wall along the southern door. The coating will be a mixture of lime mortar and natural materials. The finishing stage of the coating is called « fouettée ». This will be your opportunity to discover and learn about the ancient techniques of masonry work and how they were applied to medieval building.
ACCOMMODATION: In tents on the «La Pra » campground, located at the entrance of the Valgaudemar valley. On the campground, you will enjoy a calm stay in a green setting. You will have access to camping equipment: toilets, cater fountains, and a community barbecue. The entertainment team will encourage you to participate in the community's life: menu and meal preparation using local produce, dish-washing, and clean-up...
LOCATION: Lesdiguières, town of Le Glaizil (30 km from Gap)
You will be able to organize hikes, swimming trips, sports and games, and sightseeing tours in the surrounding areas. You will also have the opportunity to attend the events celebrating the 400th anniversary of the Duke's marriage. During your free time, you will also be able to organize events with locals such as international meals, joint workcamp days, parties, festivities…
NEXT TRAIN STATION: Gap (05000). Access via the train stations: Valence TGV, Valence ville, Grenoble, Marseille Saint Charles.
NEXT AIRPORTS: Marseille Provence, Lyon Saint Exupéry

Archaeologische Ausgrabungen in Sanxay
Frankreich    SJ46    GALLO-ROMAIN SITE OF SANXAY    22.07.-12.08.2017    RENO/ARCH   12vols (no more female)
PROJECT: The Gallo-Roman site of Sanxay is one of the major archaeological sites of the old province of Aquitaine. Tucked between the twist and turns of the Vonne Valley, this small village used to stretch over 25 hectares and was occupied from the 1st to the 5th century. Sanxay underwent an important development and monumental phase during the 11th century AD. The archaeological site of Sanxay is one of the best conserved ancient sites of France, and must remain so. In this regard, the Center of National Monuments asked our association to be present.
WORK: This workcamp will give you the opportunity to learn the techniques of modern archaeological excavation, and to put them into practice by working on an old landyard of rubble dating back to the 19th century. The excavation will be significant because it will reveal important historical facts of the place, and it will allow us to learn how the first archaeological excavation was carried out. Therefore, the work will consist of doing an analysis of archaeology. Under the supervision of an archaeologist, you will have to remove all the grubble, clean the zone, and sort the stones. You will have to be very vigilant and meticulous during the clean-up, because you may find archaeological remains or objects. You will also be working with other local youth during the workcamp.
ACCOMMODATION: In groups, in tents on the Sanxay campground (pool, river, multi-sport areas)
LOCATION: Sanxay, 30 km from Poitiers
You will have the time to particiate in the local summer events organized by the town. You will also have the opportunity to discover the region: le Marais Poitevin, La Rochelle, and Poitiers. You will also get to meet the local residents and share wonderful cultural exchange moments, as well as discover the historical and cultural heritage of the region (castles, abbeys, and a tree conservatory).
NEXT TRAIN STATION: Rouillé (86480)
NEXT AIRPORT: Bordeaux

Konstruktion einer Trockenmauer fuer den Zugang der historischen Mine von Vallauria
Frankreich    SJ49    THE MEDIEVAL WALL    23.07.-06.08.2017    CONS   12vols (no more male)
AGE: 17+
PROJECT: The organization Neige et Merveilles is working on a series of studies and valorisation programs linked to the mining heritage of Vallauria; one of the maritime Alps’ silver mines. In the near future, this mining site will be open to the public. You will be participating in the construction of a support wall, which will be built using traditional dry-stone wall construction techniques. This secured platform will provide future visitors with an area where they will be able to stop and listen to guides, and discover the entrance of the vast open ceiling cave (11th century) of the medieval mine.
WORK: You will be working outdoors on the mine’s access path. Rocks gathered at this location will be used in the construction, respecting the natural appearance of the site. (Length of wall to be built: 15m – Height according to the landscape of between 0.60m and 1.50m). You will be working four days per week from 08:30 to 12:00 and 14:00 to 17:30. You will be accompanied by a technical supervisor who specialises in the restauration of heritage.
ACCOMMODATION: You will be sharing a room with 3-4 other volunteers. Bathrooms are also shared. Meals are prepared by our kitchen staff. You will be asked to lend a hand with the preparation of some food, tidying the dining area, and doing the dishes.
LOCATION: Tende - 2 hours from Nice by train. Neige et Merveilles is situated at 1.500 metres of altitude in an isolated mountainous area, 10 km from the Closest village of Tende, and 50 km from Vintimille (Italy).
You will have the chance to visit the villages in the valley, the Merveilles museum in Tende, archaeological sites located at the heart of the Mercantour national park and the Vallauria mine. You will also be offered the opportunity to take part in hiking and other sporting activities, which you will decide on collectively. Speakers (local guides) will be invited to help you meet members of the local population.
NEXT TRAIN STATION: Tende (06430)
NEXT AIRPORT: Nice (06000)
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Working on secured scaffolding. Some rocks will be heavy and difficult to move.

Bauarbeiten von Fußwegen rundum der Friedensbruecke von Morlhon-le-Haut
Frankreich    SJ51    A BRIDGE FOR PEACE     26.07.-16.08.2017    RENO   10vols (no more female)
AGE: 17+
PROJECT: Live the village life, meet the friendly residents, and participate in the building of peace! At the heart of a vast and green forest in a magical ambience, lies an ancient stone bridge. Saved by a multicultural community that worked on its reconstruction for 4 years, it is seen today as a symbol of peace between the peoples. For the 5th time this year, Morlhon-le-Haut will welcome a group of international volunteers to restore this bridge. Sheltered by a village perched on a hill ringed with trees, this small yet magical heritage site has been left forgotten for a long time. 50 years ago, one of the bridge's arches was partly destroyed by a flood. Fortunately, two groups of international volunteers reconstructed the arch. In 2016, the fourth workcamp of volunteers started the construction of the parapets that you will now work on to finally erect this symbol of peace!
WORK: The goal is to make the bridge more practicable by completing the final touches. You will mostly be working on ground pavement (you might create a mosaic at the center of this). One part of the workcamp will be dedicated to the clean-up of pedestrian pathways leading to the bridge. Passionate in the works of masonry and a master in the necessary techniques, an employee of the community of Morlhon-Le-Haut will be by your side and introduce you to the methods traditionally implemented in the construction of stone bridges.
ACCOMMODATION: In dorms situated in the village's festivities venue.
LOCATION: Morlhon-le-Haut, located 135 km northeast of Toulouse, between Cahors and Rodez.
You will have the opportunity to discover Aveyron's natural sites, such as the canyons of Aveyron and Doulouze, and the historical architecture of its fortified towns, abbeys, and castles. You will also be able to participate in the village's festivities, such as the « Festival of fortified towns » in the surrounding medieval towns, and Morlhon's « Festival of the Lake », where, following tradition, the local youth called « classards » go around the village offering flowers to each house.
NEXT TRAIN STATION: Villefranche-de-Rouergue (12200)
NEXT AIRPORT: Toulouse

Hilf dabei das Leben benachteiligter Menschen zu verschoenern
Frankreich    CONCF-260    GRENOBLE –Fight against precarity    28.07.-18.08.2017    SOCI   15vols
PROJECT: During the summer, many associations are looking for volunteers to pursue their all-over-the-year actions in order to help disadvantaged people… Solidarity is never on holiday! During the summer months associations are looking for backup for their actions. In Grenoble, even though the associative network is very important, many organisations are closing their doors because of a lack of human resources. A collective of associations that acts in favour of the most vulnerable people has decided to take action by welcoming a group of volunteers, in order to support the local initiatives and to continue with the field work. Come and help us to reinforce the challenge of solidarity by meeting and joining committed people!
WORK: Together with 6 associations of Grenoble, you will participate in different activities: organising collections of food products, distribution to families with low incomes and animations in favour of social meeting and awareness... all your actions will be in fact the solution to the need noticed and expressed by the local associations, in order to enable the improvement of the daily life of disadvantaged people. You will be closely accompanied by volunteers of the organisations, who will introduce you to the context of their interventions and the local problems. If you are interested in the local social actions, this workcamp is made just for you!
ACCOMODATION AND FOOD: You will be accommodated in one of the partner's associations. All facilities (toilets, showers, kitchen) will be at your disposal there, as well as the space for collective life. You will mainly use bikes to move around the city for your missions. You will prepare the meals in shifts using the products bought nearby. We will encourage the purchase of local products.
LOCATION AND LEISURE: Grenoble is the largest city of the Alps. It is also the third most populated municipality of the region Auvergne­Rhône­Alpes (680 000 inhabitants between Grenoble and its agglomeration). It is surrounded by mountains (Vercors, Chartreuse, Belledonne...) and benefits from the proximity of many other agglomerations (Lyon, Valence, Chambéry...). The city has many touristic assets and leisure infrastructures. A few kilometres away from the city centre, you'll have the chance to easily reach natural spaces.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: You will realise actions in direct contact with the public of the associations. You will have to follow the recommendations of the volunteers that will enable you to establish a trustful relationship with the people you will be helping. For that, it could be useful to speak some French. During the summer, it is often very hot in Grenoble. However, if you go on a trip in the mountains the difference of temperature may be important. Consider bringing some warm clothes and hiking shoes with you. The common life activities will be programmed together with our animators and according to your suggestions! If you would like to share a bit of your culture (cooking recipes, traditional stories, special objects) do not hesitate to bring a piece of your country in your backpack!
LANGUAGES: eng,fra
MEETING POINT: Train station of Grenoble
NEAREST AIRPORT: Lyon

Hilfe bei Restaurationsarbeiten des Capucins’ Schlosses fuer Teenager und Kinder mit intellektuellem Defizit
Frankreich    SJ52    THE CAPUCINS CASTLE    28.07.-14.08.2017    RENO   12vols (no more female)
PROJECT: Supported by the French Red Cross, The Medical Education Institute (MEI) of Tonnay-Charente has undertaken the mission to welcome children and teenagers suffering from a light intellectual deficiency.
Now settled in the Castle Les Capucins, the former tuberculosis hospital, the MEI, develops an individualized project that helps teenagers to build self-confidence, to learn the community life, and to be more independent, by encouraging them to build a future life, and to develop a love for learning (academic training or professional).
WORK: To welcome the children and teens, the buildings have to be in good condition. The main building, a castle from the 17th century, is therefore under continuous renovation and restoration. Under the supervision of a referred technician of the MEI, and in collaboration with some children and teenagers who are part of the MEI, you will work on restoring the terrace of the MEI's restaurant. The work will consist of stone-paving in the roman style, and building two small walls on each side, using lime mortar and implementing traditional masonry techniques.
ACCOMMODATION: Indoors, in the MEI's residential school
LOCATION: Tonnay-Charente, Charente Maritime, around 40 km from La Rochelle
In order to live and share times of intercultural exchanges, the hosts will organize excursions in the region and animations with the local population. You will discover the local heritage: a suspension bridge, a former abbey, and a priory. During your free time, you will participate in the local summer festivities (music festival, night market etc.), and you will visit the famous nearby town of La Rochelle. You will also be able to enjoy a stroll on the beach and swim in the ocean.
NEXT TRAIN STATION: Tonnay-Charente (17430)
NEXT AIRPORT: Bordeaux

Dekorative Festivalvorbereitungen auf und am Fluss Loue sowie Teilnahme am Festivalprogramm
Frankreich    SJ53    LET'S DANCE ON THE RIVER LOUE    29.07.-19.08.2017    FEST/CULT   12vols (no more female)
PROJECT: Always international, the "fête de l'Oie" puts the spotlight on dance this year: it is in Coulaures, a charming village settled in White Périgord, Northeast of the department of Dordogne that will take place the event. For two years, the municipality welcomes an international workcamp on the occasion of the annual festival, which attracts more than 1000 visitors!
WORK: You will decorate costumes and floats as part of the "Fête de l'Oie”, the annual festivity of Coulaures which celebrate a new topic every year, with an international dimension. "Journey through dance" is the theme of this year: in addition of the creative part, you will work on choreographies in order to cheer up the festival, and will be involved in the global organization of the event!
ACCOMMODATION: In a shared room in the town’s hall of events with kitchen and sanitary facilities acccess. Food is included, and you will cook in turns.
LOCATION: Coulaures is 15km away from Thiviers, 30km away from Périgueux, and 8km way from Excideuil.
During your spare time, you can discover the magnificent landscapes of Dordogne, visit the castle of Excideuil, or Périgueux city, full of History. The workcamp will take place during the summer time, a lively season: you will be able to meet the local residents at the farmers’ markets, during the festival and during the traditional international meal that you will share with them.
NEXT TRAIN STATION: Thiviers (24800)
NEXT AIRPORT: Bordeaux.

Hilfe bei der Isolation des Hosting-Centers inmitten eines Urlaubsortes
Frankreich    SJ54    A GREEN SHELTER FOR VAUNIERES 2    30.07.-20.08.2017    RENO   12vols (no more female)
PROJECT: Located in the heart of the Hautes-Alpes, the association “Les Villages des Jeunes”, www.villagesjeunes.org, manages, runs and renovates a hosting centre at Vaunières since 1964! It is an old mountain hamlet that has become both a “trampoline” for youth and adults facing hardships, and a welcoming place for French and international volunteers. Vaunières is a vacation destination for families, tourists and people with disabilities who come to enjoy the calmness of the mountain and the place’s dynamic atmosphere. Our workcamps, with volunteers from all countries, allow us to reinforce the cultural diversity of our work, and to open up the site to the world, making it a place where people from all ages and socio-cultural backgrounds agree to meet each other by working together and sharing the life of the community. We hope that, whether you are a French or an international volunteer, you will join us in an atmosphere of exchange and “do-it-together” that characterize our project.
WORK: The hosting centre is composed of several buildings including the “Hotellerie” House which was restructured in 2014 by adding housing and a lodge. This workcamp will focus on insulating the walls of the building, especially the northern façade (all other façades were completed in the summers of 2014-2016). You will add natural insulation after preparing the walls and constructing a solid wood frame that will allow us to add the plaster. This project will also teach you new techniques and skills including traditional coating and the use of environmentally friendly materials.
ACCOMMODATION: In individual tents with access to a sanitary block accommodated with 3 showers and toilets. As for meals, you will eat with the other volunteers and local residents. Different groups will alternate to cook the meals, do the dishes, and clean up after the meals.
LOCATION: Vaunières (7km from St. Julien en Beauchêne, and 50km from Gap)
Located within a remarkable natural environment, Vaunières is an ideal place to go hiking in the mountains and discover the rural life with its farmers’ markets and its producers. In the evenings you will be able to organize games, screenings, international meals and more. Tourist visits will also be a possibility.
NEXT TRAIN STATION: Lus la Croix Haute (26620). Access via the train stations: Valence TGV, Valence Ville, Grenoble, Marseille Saint Charles
NEXT AIRPORT: Marseille Provence, Lyon Saint Exupéry

Die Stadtmauer als Kulisse der Freilichtbuehne - komm nach Pompey im Osten Frankreichs
Frankreich    ANEC14    Become the lord of the Château de Pompey (Maison forte de l avant-garde)    31.07.-20.08.2017    CONS/ARCH/CULT   14vols
PROJECT: This will be the second and consecutive year that an international workcamp is set up on this site. In the Mid-term the objective is to work on all the rampart to make it the background of an open-air theatre as the town hall of Pompey wishes.
WORK: The workcamp consists in the rehabilitation of a part of the rampart between the towers 8 and 10. It implies taking off all the herbs and plants around, careful listing of the stones and reconstruction and solidification of the chosen part of the rampart.
ACCOMODATION AND FOOD: Accomodation will be in tents.
LOCATION AND LEISURE: Pompey is 10 minutes away from Nancy, city of the Duc Stanislas and his mythical Place Stanislas, on the top 5 of the most beautiful square in the world. It is 1h30 away from the capital, Paris, in high-speed train. The workcamp is just next to a tree-climbing park and other leisure activities. Come and enjoy the contacts with the local associations and people.
REQUIREMENTS: Places for 17 years old are really limited (maximum 2, one international and one French).
LANGUAGES: eng,fra
NEAREST AIRPORT: ETZ

Saniere eine der Mauern des Schlosses Pailly - zelte und wohne auf dem Schlossgelaende
Frankreich    ANEC16    Protect the Castle of Pailly (Château du Pailly)    31.07.-20.08.2017    CONS/ARCH/CULT   14vols
PROJECT: English: The workcamp is located in the Château du Pailly. Langres is 10min away and Paris 1h30 by high-speed train. You will have the opportunity to meet local people and associations.
Français: Le chantier se situe sur le château du Pailly. Un lien privilégié avec les habitants et les associations. La ville de Langres se situe à 10 min et la Capitale Paris à 1h30 en train à grande vitesse.
WORK: Reconstruction of an outer wall of the Castle.
ACCOMODATION AND FOOD: English: Tents near a pond, next to the castle. Restroom will be in buildings.
LOCATION AND LEISURE: The castle of Pailly is in the town of Pailly, 13km away from Langres, in the Haute-Marne department. It is seen as the most prestigeous exemple of the Renaissance architecture of the Champagne-Ardennes region. During the workcamp there will be the festival du chien à plumes (feathered dog) a few kilometers away and the festival du cheval en fête (happy horse).
REQUIREMENTS: Not recommended for wheelchair because the work site and life site are not accessible. Places for 17 years old are really limited (maximum 2, one international and one French).
LANGUAGES: eng,fra
NEAREST AIRPORT: DLE

Entdecke und pflege historische Zeugnisse der Befestigung von Vaudemont
Frankreich    ANEC15    Discover Colline de Sion and its landscapes. (Colline de Sion)    31.07.-20.08.2017    ENVI/CONS/CULT   14vols
PROJECT: The colline de Sion - or colline de Sion-Vaudémont - is a hill located in the Saintois land in the south of the Meurthe-et-Moselle department, in the Grand Est region. It is 540m high, making it the highest spot of the Moselle slopes. Thanks to its history, its pilgrims and its topography it is a major place of tourism in Meurthe-et-Moselle.
WORK: In the entrance of the village of Vaudémont, we still find the very present tracks of the former path of guard and staves. Our construction plan is the maintenance of the path by the clearing, as well as the reassurance of this one.
ACCOMODATION AND FOOD: In the hostel of the colline de Sion.
LOCATION AND LEISURE: The colline de Sion-Vaudémont is one of the rare Europe sites keeping up to thousands of years of civilisations. Sion must has been populated for at least 4 thousand years, which way before the creation of the oldest cities of France. Sion is 25 minutes away from Nancy, city of the Duc Stanislas and his mythical Place Stanislas which is the top 5 of the most beautiful square of the world. It is also 2 hours away from the capital by high-speed train. Discovering the vineyards will be part of the activities.
LANGUAGES: eng,fra
NEAREST AIRPORT: ETZ

Renovierungsarbeiten an einer Kapelle
Frankreich    CONCF-276    VINGRAU – Preserve local heritage    02.08.-23.08.2017    RENO   12vols
PROJECT: Vingrau is a beautiful small village located in the middle of the Corbières hills. The area offers many hiking trails with beautiful landscapes. The village is close to the city of Perpignan, the sea the mountains and Spain. You will have the opportunity to discover the surroundings and the prehistoric site of Tautavel listed as world heritage of UNESCO. The ancient church of Vingrau, above the village dates from the 12th century. It's a long term project which will require many years of restoration. The Heritage Foundation is a partner of this project.
WORK: You will continue the work started last year on the chapel: cleaning it and removing existing coatings on the walls.
ACCOMODATION AND FOOD: You will be accommodated at the municipal hall. You will have access to the changing rooms, showers, toilets, and a room for collective life. The group will be sharing the cleaning chores and preparing meals together.
LOCATION AND LEISURE: Vingrau is located in the South of France, 20 minutes from Perpignan and the Mediterranean Sea.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Bring a sleeping bag. Do not forget to bring working clothes and closed shoes. Bring a hat, sun glasses, sun cream and a swimming suit.
MEETING POINT: Vingrau bus station, reachable from Rivesaltes train station.
NEAREST AIRPORT: Toulouse or Paris

Restauration verschiedener kleiner Bauten im Nationalpark mittels traditioneller Techniken
Frankreich    SJ59    A WORLD OF EXCEPTION    02.08.-23.08.2017    RENO   12vols
AGE: 17+
PROJECT: The friendly residents of Lot welcome you with open arms to discover an unbelievably beautiful and preserved rural heritage site. Lugagnac and Crégols are two charming villages that border each other and are typical of Lot. In 2016, the first group of international volunteers was amazed by the warm welcome of the residents. However, the friendly residents of two villages will welcome you to immerse yourself in the local culture, and to become a part of the daily life of both villages for 3 weeks. During the summer, these villages, located amid the beautiful Parc Naturel des Causses du Quercy, are entirely illuminated by the sun, and enveloped by the sound of cicadas, making it an ideal place for adventurous spirits looking to discover the natural trails, hills, and rivers within this land of legends located steps away from the magestic valley of Lot.
WORK: You will be trained in dry-stone building, an ancestral technique that gives this region's villages their charm. Afterwards, at the heart of this exceptional nature, you will participate in the restoration of ancient wash houses, as well as the renovation of an old bread oven, and help assemble the framework. You will be supervised by a group of passionate local volunteers who will be happy to share their knowledge with you.
ACCOMMODATION: In tents of 6 to 8 people, located next to a charming covered space accommodated with a kitchen and an outdoor lounge. You will have access to showers and toilets. If you wish to have more privacy, you may bring your own personal tents.
LOCATION: Lugagnac, located 120 km from the northeast of Toulouse, between Cahors and Brive-la-Gaillarde.
You will participate in local summer festivities like the festival of music in Limogne-en-Quercy or the gourmet market of Lugagnac, and will have free time to enjoy the local natural and cultural heritage of Quercy: the valley of Lot, walking tours, bike and canoe rides, and visits to Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, Cahors, and other remarkable sites in the proximity. The residents of Lugagnac and Crégols are already planning surprise outings such as an invitation to lunch or dinner, visits to exceptional sites, and a walk under the stars, all making each day a marvel.
NEXT TRAIN STATION: Cahors (46000)
NEXT AIRPORT: Toulouse

Renovierungsprojekt am Garonne Fluss bei Bordeaux
Frankreich    CONCF-012    ST PIERRE D’AURILLAC – Enjoy the banks of the Garonne!    03.08.-24.08.2017    RENO   15vols
PROJECT: The “Jetins” area has been listed in the inventory of the picturesque sites of the Gironde department since 1978. This area, set in a rural and welcoming environment, has become a popular place of relaxation where many fishermen come with their families to enjoy the calm of this place, on the edge of the Garonne River. Walks, fishing, picnic, parties.... come and enjoy the banks of the Garonne River! This space created by the municipality of Saint Pierre d'Aurillac welcomes tourists and walkers all year round. It is also a place for important events such as the festivals of Saint Peter, the festival of fifes of Garonne. Local festivals and discovery of the region will punctuate your stay.
WORK: A chimney fire damaged part of the roof and the owner of the place and the land, wanted to demolish it. Petition from local population did not allow it. You will participate in the renovation of the site. It will mainly involve structural work, a little demolition and masonry works and the development of the banks of the Garonne River. You will work with the local population, particularly involved in the project.
ACCOMODATION AND FOOD: You will be accommodated under 2 person tents (don’t forget your sleeping bag) at the soccer stadium and will have access to a kitchen and living space in the club house. You will share the different collective tasks and prepare meals together. A budget will be allocated to the animators and you will participate in the shopping and preparation of meals, favoring the healthy and local products.
LOCATION AND LEISURE: St Pierre d'Aurillac is a village of almost 1,400 inhabitants located on the banks of the Garonne River, about 40 kilometers away from Bordeaux. Surrounded by vineyards, it offers many attractions between walks on the Garonne, visits to Bordeaux or even out on the Atlantic Ocean. For more information: http://st-pierre-daurillac.fr/z/index.php
LANGUAGES: eng
NEAREST AIRPORT: BOD

Befreie den Weg zum Dorf von der wuchernden Vegetation
Frankreich    CONCF-262    OULLES – Clearing the path    04.08.-25.08.2017    ENVI   15vols (no more female)
PROJECT: In the heart of a small hamlet, perched on the mountains, discover the nature in an exceptional way and participate to an original human adventure! On the slopes of the mountain, a serpentine road leads to one of the smallest villages of the Alpes mountains: Oulles en Oisans. This road, built in the sixtys, is the only passable way to reach the valley. It took immense efforts to build it. In the past, the only way to get to the village was a small pathway crisscrossing through rocks and woods. Today this path is almost inaccessible anymore: the roadwork damaged it and the vegetation took over the place. Come and join us in this adventure to bring it back to life, for the pleasure of both hikers and the inhabitants of the village.
WORK: For the second year in a row you will be hosted by the municipality of Oulles en Oisans and its hospitable inhabitants in order to take part in the rehabilitation of the path by cleaning up the vegetation that blocks the access (taking out brambles and invasive plants, cutting up dead wood…). In order to make it easy for the hikers to spot it you will clear the path of the route and create some useful facilities for the hikers.
ACCOMODATION AND FOOD: You will be accommodated under tents, on a land in the heart of the hamlet. Bring your sleeping bag. The kitchen, toilets, showers and the common living space are part of the city hall building. You will also be able to find shelter there in case of bad weather conditions. You will participate in the preparation of meals in turn, using products that will be bought locally. We will favor the local products as well as the short supply circuit. Tasting local products is also possible with local producers.
LOCATION AND LEISURE: Oulles en Oisans (4 permanent inhabitants!) is the smallest community of Isère county. Perched at 1,400 meters above sea level it has an amazing view over the vast massifs of the Alps. Bourg d’Oisans is the closest municipality with all necessary facilities. From Grenoble, situated an hour driving from the village, you can access the big cities of our region (Lyon, Valence, Chambéry…) and discover the vast natural territories of the Vercors, Belledonne, Chartreuse or Ecrins massifs. For those fond of nature and hiking the territory offers unlimited possibilities! Mountain bike amateurs will also be pleased...
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Remember to bring suitable gloves, working clothes and closed shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty. Nights may be chilly, bring a warm sleeping bag and warm clothes. Do not forget sun protection as well (hat, sunglasses, sunscreen…). The common leisure activities will be programmed together with your camp animators and according to your suggestions! If you would like to share a bit of your culture, (cooking recipes, traditional stories …) do not hesitate to bring a piece of your country in your backpack!
MEETING POINT: From the train station of Grenoble take a bus to Bourg d’Oisans. The meeting point is the Tourist Office of Bourg d’Oisans.
NEAREST AIRPORT: Lyon or Paris

Befreie den Zugang zum Wasserkraftwerk von Pflanzen
Frankreich    CONCF-264    SAINT BARTHELEMY DE SECHILIENNE – On the Silk Road    04.08.-25.08.2017    ENVI/RENO   15vols
PROJECT: Discover the history of the Silk through this workcamp in the heart of Saint Barthélemy de Séchilienne, a village which heritage tells you the secrets of a production that is still considered to be the wealth of the region. Being the real hub of silk since the Renaissance, the city of Lyon owes a part of the fame of its industry to the work realized in the Romanche Valley, where the first power stations allowed the weaving manufacturers to be supplied in energy. Come and participate in the first workcamp in the municipality of Saint Barthélemy de Séchilienne, aiming at giving value to the site of one of the earliest power stations fed by the hydraulic force of torrents and streams.
WORK: To get access to the power station, you will need to clear the area from invasive plants. You will also clean the low part of the canal to facilitate water flow and work to highlight old pylons, made remarkable by their riveted metal structure. On the site there are also some stone walls that need to be rebuilt.
ACCOMODATION AND FOOD: You will be accommodated under tents placed on the municipal stadium. Bring a warm sleeping bag (the nights may be quite chilly). The kitchen, the toilets, the showers and a space for group activities will be provided in the changing room of the stadium. You will prepare meals in turns out of products bought on site. We encourage the purchase of the local products as well as short circuits. Tasting of local specialties may be organized by local producers.
LOCATION AND LEISURE: The community of Saint Barthélemy de Séchilienne has an incredible history! You can rely on Gilles, the mayor of the village, to paint it for you in colorful details. If you are a fan of history, geology or environment, this workcamp was made for you. Situated on the outskirts of the city of Grenoble, Saint Barthélemy de Séchilienne is on the verge of a suburban area and a mountainous zone boasting many ski stations, for example, the station of l’Alpe d’Huez. You will have the opportunity to discover the territory through numerous hiking paths and through the practice of various outdoor activities (swimming, mountain bikes…). Grenoble is only 40 minutes away. There you will discover one of the most important cities of the Alpes and a model of environmental development.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: To be able to work, bring suitable gloves, as well as shoes and clothes that you won’t mind getting dirty. Take with you a warm sleeping bag and warm clothes (and a mat if you need it). Do not forget about sun protection (a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen…) and bring your swimsuit for bathing! Hiking in the mountains will require sturdy hiking shoes. You will work under supervision of our technical leader who, together with the municipality, will guarantee your safety on the site.
Group leisure activities will be programmed together with our camp leaders taking into account your suggestions! You will take collective decisions related to visits and activities during your stay. If you would like to share a bit of your culture (cooking recipes, traditional stories, unusual objects…), do not hesitate to bring a piece of your country in your backpack!
MEETING POINT: From Grenoble take the bus of Transière network (line 3000) direction Bourg d’Oisans. Get off at Saint Barthélémy de Séchilienne.
NEAREST AIRPORT: Lyon or Paris

Renoviere die Aussenfassade der Saint Roch Kapelle
Frankreich    CONCF-261    SAINT BARTHELEMY LESTRA – Restoring saint roch chapel    04.08.-18.08.2017    RENO   12vols (no more female)
PROJECT: Find yourself in the heart of verdant green hills of Forez and participate in the restoration of Saint Roch Chapel by bringing back its forgotten charm. Located in the municipality of Saint Barthelemy Lestra in the Loire region, Saint Roch Chapel is part of the history of this small village and is the pride and joy of its inhabitants. This edifice was built in 1750 in order to protect the village from the epidemic of plague and to pay homage to Saint Roch renowned for centuries for taking care of sick people in public hospitals. Nowadays the Chapel is part of the heritage which the community would like to renovate in order to give it a second life. In 2017 works on the roof and framework will be performed. As a member of a team of volunteers supported by the inhabitants of the village you will participate in the restoration of the exterior walls of the Chapel.
WORK: During this first workcamp you will work on outside facades. You will clear the stones from the old layer of plaster in order to coat them with lime later. This way the works will deliver visible results.
ACCOMODATION AND FOOD: You will be accommodated under tents on a land plot in the heart of the hamlet. Bring a warm sleeping bag, as the nights in the mountains can be quite chilly. The kitchen, toilets, showers and the common living space will be inside a communal hall. You will also be able to find shelter there in case of bad weather conditions. You will prepare meals in turns, using products that will be bought on spot. We will encourage the purchase of local seasonal products as well as short supply circuits. Volunteers might also have an opportunity to taste local specialties provided by local producers.
LOCATION AND LEISURE: Saint Barthelemy Lestra is a municipality of nearly 700 inhabitants. It is located in the north of the Loire department, close to Feurs. Saint Etienne, the city of design, and Lyon, the capital of Auvergne Rhône-Alpes region, are an hour away by car. The village is located in Forez, the territory which boasts remarkable natural landscapes and unlimited opportunities for visits and strolls. This is a land rich in traditions whose hospitable inhabitants will eagerly help you to discover local heritage!
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Taking into account the type of works to complete, you will work on scaffoldings. You will be working under the supervision of our technical leader who, together with the municipality, will guarantee your security on site.
For the work, remember to bring gloves, clothes and shoes which you don’t mind getting dirty. Nights may be chilly, bring a warm sleeping bag and warm clothes. Do not forget sun protection as well (hat, sunglasses, sunscreen…). Group leisure activities will be programmed together with our camp leaders taking into account your suggestions! If you would like to share a bit of your culture (cooking recipes, traditional stories, unusual objects…), do not hesitate to bring a piece of your country in your backpack!
MEETING POINT: Train station of Feurs
NEAREST AIRPORT: Lyon or Paris

Renoviere den Weg zur Burgruine und erlerne traditionelle Bautechniken - Teilnahme ab 16 moeglich!
Frankreich    CONCF-039    ALLEGRE – Medieval borough    04.08.-25.08.2017    RENO/TEEN/SPEC   15vols
AGE: 16+
PROJECT: To embellish is to make something prettier, more attractive and also more charming. And this is exactly what this international workcamp is offering you to do, alongside the towns inhabitants who will be there to encourage you along the way!
Allègre is a medieval town with a very rich heritage. At an altitude of 1,000 meters, the remains of a classified castle overlook the village. The village is crossed by old pedestrian alleys, locally called "Charreyrons". For 8 summers, international volunteers have been taking turns to renovate these alleyways and the remaining of the castle. This year, we do invite you to take part in the rehabilitation of a dry stone wall situated on a “charreyron” under the castle. Local celebrations, meals with the inhabitants and the discovery of the region will be on your workcamp schedule!
WORK: You will continue to restore a path to access the ruins of the castle. You will learn how to rebuild a dry-stone wall from the base upwards, taught to you by a specialized technical instructor. This traditional technique gives a beautiful aesthetic result! The secondary objective for you will be to participate in the reconstruction on the paving of the path, in the centre of the village.
ACCOMODATION AND FOOD: Allègre’s school, located in the centre of the village, will be made available to the group. You will sleep on mattresses on the floor, in three classrooms on the first floor. On the ground floor you will use the fully-equipped kitchen and a large activity room for socializing. The showers and toilets are also on site. 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: Allègre is a small town located in the Haute-Loire County in the Auvergne region, 30 km north of Le-Puy-en-Velay city. It is a village located in the Natural Regional Park of Livradois-Forez, with picturesque alleyways and red roofed houses, built on the slopes of an extinct volcano, the "Mont Bar". From the "Potence" (gallows) at the top end of the village you can look out across hundreds of kilometres of countryside! You will have the chance to go swimming in lakes, to attend local celebrations and take part in outdoor leisure activities. For more information visit: http://www.mairie-allegre.com and http://www.auvergnevacances.com.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: This project is supported by the OFAJ, the French-German Youth Office. Some volunteers from France - Germany – South Korea may be eligible to have their travel costs supported on the presentation of original receipts. Bring work clothes, walking boots and a backpack. Nights can be chilly, so bring warm clothes and a good sleeping bag. You can also bring recipes from your home country, musical instruments and games. You will get around Allègre by foot and minibus.
MEETING POINT: Darsac train station
NEAREST AIRPORT: Clermont-Ferrand, Lyon or Paris

Hilf dabei die Fassaden der Kalkoefen zu erneuern
Frankreich    CONCF-041    DAVAYAT – Lime kilns    04.08.-25.08.2017    RENO   15vols
PROJECT: For six summers now, international volunteers have been coming to Davayat village to learn how to build with stones and lime mortar, to discover the region and share meals with the community. Concordia has been participating in the renovation of Davayat's former lime kilns since 2011, working alongside with a local organization called Cynorhodon 135, set up by friendly volunteers. You will see how much the work has progressed! This year again, the organization’s volunteers are looking forward to showing you their region. You will share friendly moments and good meals with the inhabitants.
WORK: This is a very important year, because you will finish building the outer walls of the kilns! Your goal will be to rebuild the west-facing outer wall, the east-facing outer wall and the kiln's decorative top. The work will be varied and there will be plenty to do! Supervised by a technical instructor, you will learn traditional building techniques using local stones and lime mortars.
ACCOMODATION AND FOOD: In tents built for 2 (bring your sleeping bag) in the village near the leisure center. Access to toilets, shower facilities, a kitchen and two rooms of activities in the leisure center nearby. When the weather is good you will eat your meals outside. 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. On the first evening, you will be welcomed by the locals who will have prepared local culinary specialties for you!
LOCATION AND LEISURE: Davayat is a big village in the Auvergne region situated on the plain of Limagne, at the foot of the volcanic mountains. Situated at around 20 km north of the city of Clermont-Ferrand, it is a wine-producing region which offers many hiking opportunities, canoe/kayak trips and swimming in the lakes. Your stay will also include seeing concerts and shows in the town of Riom. For more information have a look at: http://www.ville-davayat.com and http://www.tourisme-riomlimagne.fr.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Bring working clothes, walking boots and a backpack. Nights can be chilly, so bring warm clothes and a good sleeping bag. You can also bring recipes from your home country, musical instruments and games. You will get around Davayat on foot and by car.
MEETING POINT: Riom train station.
NEAREST AIRPORT: Clermont-Ferrand, Lyon or Paris

Restauriere eine Kirchenfassade mit traditionellen Techniken
Frankreich    CONCF-156    LES-AUTHIEUX-DU-PUITS – The place to be!    04.08.-25.08.2017    RENO   15vols
PROJECT: In the heart of Pays du Haras, in the department of Orne, come to discover the tiny village of Authieux-Du-Puits. Perfect workcamp for nature lovers! Last year, a workcamp took place in a village 5 km far from theirs, and the inhabitants of Authieux-Du-Puits wanted to live the same experience! Enthusiastic about hosting their first international workcamp this year, the 72 inhabitants, highly involved, will host you with open arms to make you discover the Normand culture and their remarkable natural environment. They are really looking forward to meeting new people with rich and diverse cultures. For this first year, we will work on the restoration of the village’s church facade. The exchanges between locals and volunteers are guaranteed: you can be sure that you will enjoy the jovial atmosphere of this village!
Normand cooking specialties, hiking, discovering national stud farms etc. From Les Authieux-Du-Puits, the Orne welcomes you!
WORK: You will take part in the restoration of the church facade. Two leaders will supervise the work and introduce you to traditional techniques: masonry works, using lime mortar, repairing joints…
ACCOMODATION AND FOOD: You are going to sleep under tents, by 2 or 3 (bring your mattress and your sleeping bag). The cooking and living spaces will be under a large tent. The sanitary facilities (toilets and showers) will be available at the inhabitant’s places. 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: Les Authieux du Puits is located 50 km North-East of Alençon.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: You will work on small scaffoldings; you should therefore be able to work in heights. Please bring gardening gloves, good shoes and working clothes. As the nights can be quite cold, remember also to bring warm clothes. Don’t forget to bring a sleeping-mat, a warm sleeping bag (and a tent if you own one!).
Don’t hesitate to bring specialities from your place, photos, games, music instrucments, etc.
MEETING POINT: Sainte Gauburge train station.
NEAREST AIRPORT: Paris

Restaurierungsarbeiten an der Kirche und an der Friedhofsmauer
Frankreich    CONCF-219    THIERS SUR THEVE - Renovating the church    04.08.-25.08.2017    RENO   15vols (no more female)
PROJECT: It’s the 8th workcamp hosted by this municipality in Oise County, at the edge of the Chantilly and Ermenonville forests. Thiers sur Thève wishes to receive volunteers and contribute to the valorisation of its heritage and the local life’s animation through the rehabilitation of its church. It is a small town with 2 shops, surrounded by forests: a green workcamp! Every year, several inhabitants mobilize to offer the best welcoming to the volunteers and make them discover local assets. A small training workcamp will be organized in May 2017 to prepare the main work.
WORK: This year we will work in two different areas:
On the church, you’ll have to finalize some little works on the choir, on a cornice…to give back its splendour to the church.
On the wall of the cemetery, that was built around the same time as the nave of the church, you’ll have to remove the joints and joint the walls as they used to do in the past, using traditional techniques with lime. If necessary, there will be stone cutting.
ACCOMODATION AND FOOD: Volunteers will be accommodated at the municipal hall with equipped kitchen (oven, dishwasher…). You will be able to sleep under tents or use camp beds to sleep on the municipal hall, as you prefer. The group will be sharing the cleaning chores and preparing meals together.
LOCATION AND LEISURE: Thiers sur Thève is located in the “Oise Pays de France” Regional Nature Park, near the Val d’Oise County and city of Senlis. You’ll be at the heart of Chantilly forest, its famous castle and stud farms, close to Paris. More information: https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thiers-sur-Th%C3%A8ve
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Remember to bring clothes for the manual work and closed shoes. Bring your sleeping bag and if you prefer sleeping under tent, a floor mat. Please feel free to bring some food specialties, pictures, musical instrument: things you like and want to share with the group and the local community!
MEETING POINT: Orry la Ville train station
NEAREST AIRPORT: Paris

Renoviere eine Kirche in einer wunderschoenen Gegend im Sueden Frankreichs
Frankreich    CONCF-130    SAINT-MARTIN-D'ARMAGNAC – Castagnet church    04.08.-25.08.2017    RENO   14vols
PROJECT: Saint Martin of Armagnac is a charming small municipality situated on the West of the Gers, on the border of Landes, inviting you to discover its numerous small treasures: the typical landscape is hilly, wooded and strewn with beautiful vineyards; its village, still shelters Gallo-Roman vestiges near its XVIth century castle. The Camasa association was created to advocate the preservation of the heritage and in particular one of its churches, the Church of Castagnet made with magnificent dressed stones coming from a nearby village, and from a raw earth.
WORK: The north facade of this church is degraded. You will have to rehabilitate this part of the church by applying a lime coating, then by replacing stones of one of the pillar of the church, and finally to rebuild missing cornerstones.
ACCOMODATION AND FOOD: You will be accommodated under tents around a soccer stadium with access to cloakrooms, toilets and shower. You will have access to a building with a kitchen for the everyday life. You will participate in the preparation of the meals and will favour the use of local products.
LOCATION AND LEISURE: In the Armagnac area, Saint-Martin and the surrounding villages offer you quite specific architecture that you will have the leisure to appreciate. Furthermore, situated nearby are three of the most beautiful villages of France: Montréal-du-Gers (34km), Fources (39km) and Larressingle (39km). Saint-Martin d’Armagnac is close to the charming city of Eauze, capital of Armagnac, but also to Mont-de-Marsan in Landes. During the summer, you can enjoy various markets around, or chill and refresh at the nearby lake situated in the heart of the forest in the municipality of Aignan.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Bring working clothes and shoes (waterproof if possible, in case of rain). Bring a warm sleeping bag and a good camping mat (sleeping in tent), nights are sometimes fresh and wet. Tents will be provided but you can also bring your own. Do not hesitate to bring specialties from home, photos, games, music instruments, etc.
NEAREST AIRPORT: Toulouse or Bordeaux airport.

Hilf mit den wunderschoenen Rosengarten des Schlosses Lafayette zu pflegen
Frankreich    ANEC24    Restore the garden of Lafayettes Castle    08.08.-28.08.2017    ENVI/MANU   12vols
PROJECT: Lafayette’s castle is located in the middle of Auvergne near the town « Le Puy en Velay ». This castle from the 18th century is the famous Marquis de Lafayette’s birthplace, the American hero of independence. This castle is renowned for his beautiful rose garden and trees. During the summer, the castle is visited by 15 000 visitors www.chateau-lafayette.com
WORK: The workcamp will be about stone and water. The aisles are delimited by the small walls which form the small channels where the rainwater flows. Volunteers will participate to rebuild those canals by learning and using a traditional and regional technique of construction: the dry stone walls technique.
ACCOMODATION AND FOOD: Accommodation is under tent (2 people per tent) in a municipal camping. Daily life is provided by volunteers (shopping, meal preparation, housework) under a big common tent. The showers and the toilets are inside the camp's building.
LOCATION AND LEISURE:Chavaniac Lafayette is located 100km south of Clermont Ferrand, the capital of Auvergne’s region, As the workcamp will take place in a small village, you can discover the way of French living. The town offers lots of cultural, sportive, architectural and gastronomic interests. The region is perfect for hiking, by foot or by bike, or for canoeing in the rivers or swimming in the lakes, according to what the campleaders can propose you. Your campleaders will prepare games and activities but you will be invited to propose and create your own activities. Be creative ! Bring games, music, recipes or typical ingredients from your region or country to share with the rest of the group! For the working part, bring adapted clothes and security shoes. The rest of the equipment will be provided.
SPECIAL REMARKS: 2 places for 17 years old volunteers (1 International and 1 French).
CLOSEST TERMINAL: BRIOUDE Train Station (Gare SNCF de BRIOUDE).
CLOSEST AIRPORT: CFE in Clermont-Ferrand, France.

Restauriere ein Waschhaus und einen Brunnen im Herzen des Dorfes
Frankreich    CONCF-126    MONTGAILLARD – The reflection of Pyrenees    09.08.-30.08.2017    RENO   14vols
PROJECT: Little village in the Massif of Pyrenees, between mountains and rivers, Montgaillard has enough to amaze you! Montgaillard takes its name from the hill situated on the West of the municipality. This one supports the oppidum of "Eras Puyolas" built by the Romans. On this little mountain was built the church of Saint Hilaire. Just like numerous houses in the village, the city hall with its grey stone frames and its monumental fireplaces corresponds to the typical architecture of the valley. The remains of a landscape formerly very marked by agriculture, reveals a whole system of irrigations and water control, offering to the municipality an important hydraulic heritage due in particular to the presence of ancient mills. Numerous washhouses punctuate the streets of the village, one of them is situated on the shores of Adour, letting appreciate the view on the oldest bridge of the village: the bridge of the Devil. It is the first time the “Montgaillardais” host international volunteers, they are looking forward to meeting you!
WORK: You will restore a washhouse and a well from the XIXth century, located in the heart of the village. Both are falling apart and the aim of the workcamp is to rehabilitate these two constructions while respecting their former shape. You will participate in demolition works and restoration of lime coatings and use traditional techniques of construction for the well. You will also straighten the washhouse, build a low wall in pebbles inside it, and create a deviation to bring the water down to the drinking trough. If you have time left after all this, you will be able to fill up the wall surrounding the alley leading to the church, with lime mortar and pebbles.
ACCOMODATION AND FOOD: You will be accommodated under tents on a field behind a municipal building, 200m of the work place. You will have access to toilets and showers located inside the building.
LOCATION AND LEISURE: Montgaillard is a small municipality of the Hautes-Pyrénées, in the High Bigorre countryside. It is located in a plain, at the entrance of the valley of Haut-Adour and is crossed by the river Adour and numerous smaller rivers like the Douloustre or the Gailleste. You will find the cookie factory Védère which today revives the old railroad line Tarbes-Bagnères thanks to the opening of a coffee shop and a bakery on this one. Since 1998, every summer an outdoor festival of music named "Truca Taoules" is organised, enjoyed by numerous inhabitants of the valley.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Bring working clothes, gloves and shoes (if possible waterproof in case of rain). Take both light and warm clothes. Bring a warm sleeping bag, trekking shoes, and don’t forget your swimsuit! Do not hesitate to bring specialties from home, photos, games, music instruments....
MEETING POINT: Tarbes train station
NEAREST AIRPORT: Toulouse or Paris

Recyceln, Sortieren, Renovieren fuer die Emmaues Gemeinschaft
Frankreich    CONCF-127    EMMAÜS - Fighting exclusion    09.08.-23.08.2017    SOCI   12vols
PROJECT: You will work with the Emmaüs community in Escalquens, in the Midi-Pyrénées region. The secular solidarity movement of Emmaüs was born in 1949 to help people in need. Under the leadership and example of the Abbé Pierre, the “compagnons” have been working all around the world in order to help deprived people to find security, dignity, autonomy through work and mutual support.
They collect all kind of objects (furniture, clothes, household appliances etc.) in order to fix them up and resell or recycle them. The profit from the sales is used to help people in need and to encourage people to get involved in this solidarity approach.
WORK: You will work in the “Bric a Brac” with the Companions of Emmaüs and the volunteers: recycling, sorting, renovating, and selling many different objects, and preparing meals for around thirty people...
ACCOMODATION AND FOOD: You will stay under tents on the site of Emmaüs Escalquens. You will have access to the bathroom and showers. You will share meals with the Companions. You will organize yourself in order to keep the facilities clean and to prepare meals.
LOCATION AND LEISURE: You will decide together on what to do during your free time and organise with the locals in order to encourage communication with the young locals. Escalquens (6000 inhabitants) is located at the gates of the Laurageais area, between sunflower covered hills and small houses. In this beautiful setting you will find a bridge from 1772, a pink brick castle from 1568 in the city center and a 14th century church. At the Cousquille crossroads, you will find local shops and the Sunday market. During your days off, you can reach Toulouse in less than one hour by bus. Toulouse is a beautiful, innovative, cultural and dynamic student city famous for its rich heritage. In the area, you will get to discover villages, castles and wine estates, together with the UNESCO World Heritage “Canal des Deux Mers”.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: You need to write a motivation letter in order to apply to this workcamp. You will live with the “Compagnons” which may come from difficult backgrounds; they are spending a year in the Emmaüs facilities as part of their integration process. They usually had previous professional or social difficulties, related to their age, health or highly unstable situation. You will share the same place and therefore the same rules will apply to you in order to live all together. You will work mornings and afternoons (about 6/7h a day), help prepare meals and clean the place. Your days off will be Sunday and Monday. During the day, you will share the companions’ life and will be between volunteers in the evenings or time off. Outsiders are not allowed outside working hours, alcohol is forbidden on the facilities with no exception. Consider taking work clothes and shoes (waterproof if possible, in case of rain). Bring a warm sleeping bag and a good camping mat (sleeping in tent), nights are sometimes fresh and wet. Tents will be provided but you can also bring your own. Do not hesitate to bring specialties from home, photos, games, music instruments, etc.
MEETING POINT: Escalquens train station
NEAREST AIRPORT: Toulouse or Paris

Organisiere spannende Spiele und Aktivitaeten fuer Kinder und Jugendliche
Frankreich    CONCF-158    LE MANS – Sociocultural animations    09.08.-23.08.2017    KIDS/SOCI/SPEC   12vols
PROJECT: It has been 7 years now since the Normandie-Maine Concordia regional office settled in the popular neighbourhood of Le Mans called Les Sablons. The goal of its establishment was the creation of various volunteering projects as part of the social development of the city. Indeed, it would open this neighbourhood to an international scale through the creation of a real dynamic in which local inhabitants and youth would get involved. Concordia has been organising international workcamps for the past 4 years in order to develop local activities for the kids and inhabitants of the neighbourhood.
WORK: You will be supervised by leaders for the organisation of animations in the district with the local kids and inhabitants. It will allow the valorisation of their artistic and cultural abilities. This workcamp will enable the youth of Les Sablons to take part in free activities organised in the heart of their neighbourhood and to become aware of intercultural meetings and international commitment. A particular attention will be paid to the participation of the residents, local organisations and the youth in the creation of activities to develop local events.
ACCOMODATION AND FOOD: You will be sharing a collective accommodation in 2 flats in the neighbourhood, with basic living conditions. There will be rooms of 4 or 5 people with mattresses provided by Concordia. 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. Bring your sleeping-bag with you.
LOCATION AND LEISURE: Le Mans (143000 inhabitants) is located in the West of France. It is the administrative centre of the Sarthe County, in the Pays de La Loire region (50 min from Paris, and 1h30 from Nantes by train). You will have time to discover the city. Le Mans is a beautiful art and history city, it is the third one of the Pays de la Loire region when it comes to culture and tourism. The old city centre is surrounded by Roman walls and the most recent renovation works organised to preserve the oldest parts of Le Mans have helped to enhance its local heritage. Two rivers cross the city which has been named one of France greenest cities. There we can find various parks and gardens, in addition to the two big forests bordering the city. During summer, many festivals and events are organized, such as “La Nuit des Chimères” which highlights the historical heritage of the town. At night, the walls of the cathedral and monuments of the old city become projection screens. A must see! For more information about the city: www.lemans.fr
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: This project is supported by the OFAJ, the French-German Youth Office. Some volunteers from France, Germany and Greece (Elix) may be eligible to have their travel costs supported on the presentation of original receipts. Volunteers should be interested in child/youth animation and come with ideas (original games, outdoor activities, workshops about recycling and materials recovery…). Don’t forget your sleeping bag!
MEETING POINT: Le Mans train station
NEAREST AIRPORT: Paris

Vielseitiges Workcamp in den Pyrenaeen - Bereichere das kleine Dorf Fa und seine Einwohner durch Austausch und handwerklicher Arbeit im Gruenen
Frankreich    SJ/TRI62    THE FA'S OVEN    09.08.-30.08.2017    CONS/SPEC   12vols
AGE: 18-30
PROJECT: The city council of Fa and its inhabitants are looking forward to host an international workcamp next summer. They already organized one last summer, and have been very welcoming to the international volunteers. In this remote area of France, at the threshold of the Pyrénées mountains, you may feel isolated or far from everything, but you will be welcomed and invited into the community of people living here.
Through the work and the exchange with other volunteers and villagers, the participants will become part of the community of this little remote yet lovely place called Fa.
WORK: You will significantly participate in increasing the quality of life of the local residents. Indeed, the project is to build a bread-oven in a public space, on the village square, which will then be used for the different village festivals and celebrations. You will also work on other work of a different nature in the public area of the village, such as creating an area for recycling and another one for composting.
ACCOMMODATION: You will set up your tents in the heart of the village (with access to bathroom and kitchen in a nearby building), and will have the opportunity to exchange with all the inhabitants who will welcome you and share their daily life with you in this remote area.
LOCATION: Fa is a village located near the Pyrénées Mountains in south of France. This village is inhabited by a couple hundreds of people who live in a spirit of community.
Don't be fooled, remote doesn't mean quiet and cold. You will enjoy the rich culture of the area, the live-concert in the local café, the summer festival in the village of the area, and plenty of opportunities to discover the natural surrounding area. Even the mayor will give you a tour and share with you the history of the surroundings.
NEXT TRAIN STATION: Esperaza (11260)
NEXT AIRPORT: Toulouse or Montpellier

Begebe dich in ein neues Abenteuer einer laendlichen Gegend inmitten mittelalterlichen Gebaeuden des 18. Jahrhunderts
Frankreich    SJ63    A NEW ADVENTURE    09.08.-30.08.2017    RENO   10vols (no more female)
AGE: 17+
PROJECT: A vibrant village awaits you! Hundreds of volunteers have already stepped foot on this village, and you will be the next!
The town of Verfeil sur Seye has been a loyal partner of Citrus for a long time now. It is a small and medieval fortified town from the 18th century, built on a promontory located amid a beautiful landscape of wooded hills. Its past is governed by rich and historic events, and today, in a visible tranquility, the town is home to a significant diversity of characters and community-run activities. Colette Magny, a famous jazz singer, once lived here.
WORK: Many workcamps have already taken place in Verfeil, and this one will partake in the reconstruction of a retaining wall and the restoration of a wash house. Therefore, you will be introduced to small masonry work. You will also be accompanied by Christian, a motivated and enthusiastic municipal employee, who is impatiently waiting for your arrival.
ACCOMMODATION: In tents on a football field, located in proximity to a kitchen and an everyday-living space situated in a festivities venue.
LOCATION Verfeil sur Seye, located 100 km northeast of Toulouse, between Albi and Montauban
You will be able to go on walks along the numerous pathways all around Verfeil, and to join the local residents in a game of pétanque. You will also have the opportunity to participate in the village festival, discover the beautiful countryside of Rouergue and the canyons of Aveyron, and visit the surrounding medieval villages of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val, Najac, and Cordes-sur-ciel. Finally, you will also enjoy the rich exchanges with local residents who will be more than happy to welcome you.
NEXT TRAIN STATION: Lexos (82330)
NEXT AIRPORT: Toulouse

Entdecke den Charme der Kirche “La Mère Église“ und unterstuetze die Restaurationsarbeiten!
Frankreich    SJ67    MYSTERY AT THE CHURCH    13.08.-02.09.2017    RENO   12vols (no more female)
PROJECT: Come and discover « La Mère Église », one of the oldest chapels of Hautes-Alpes! Every summer, its stones dance to the music of musicians coming from different parts of the world for the Music Festival of Dévoluy. Built in a roman architectural style, the chapel is located in the community of Saint Disdier amid the mountain range of Dévoluy. Named as a historical monument in 1927, La Mère Église was built by the Clusien monks. Witness to the implementation of a monastic life amid a mountainous region, the chapel also represents the modest proportions of roman art, whose research is dedicated to symbols, the ties between the visible and the invisible, the passing from a materialistic life, therefore the beyond, and to human nature. Its stone bell and its thatched roof, give it its charm. In the interior, one can admire it'
s magnificent frescoes.
WORKS: The remains of multiple fortified buildings dating back to the period of religious wars, the cemetery, and the chapel of « Giscons », also known as La Mère Église, are located in a restrictive place. In 2017, the work will consist of clearing and extracting material around the remains of ancient fortifications located in the northern extremity of the site. However, you will also work on fortifying the low-wall parapet, located on the southern part of the cemetery. This will be your opportunity to learn traditional techniques of masonry work, and to discover the proper functioning of this building that survived different wars.
ACCOMMODATION: In tents at the Saint-Étienne campground in Dévoluy, located 7 km from the workcamp site. The entertainment group will be there to help you particiate in the community's life (cleaning, dish-washing, and organizing outings), but also to prepare meals using local produce.
LOCATION: Saint Disdier (31 km from Veynes)
Dévoluy Valley offers numerous outing possibilities. According to your tastes and desires, from being on the mountains (there are 200 km of hiking trails, multiple rock-climbing sites, and canyonying, to enjoying activities organized by the leisure center of Superdévoluy). You will also be able to visit heritage sites and go on walking tours to discover the villages perched on hills, farms, and sheepfolds.
NEXT TRAIN STATION: Veynes Dévoluy (05400). Access via train station: Valence TGV, Vallence ville, Grenoble, Marseille Saint Charles
NEXT AIRPORTS: Marseille Provence, Lyon Saint Exupéry

Verbessere den Zugang zu Ruinen fuer Fussgaenger und Rollstuhlfahrer - Teilnahme ab 16 moeglich!
Frankreich    CONCF-223    WIMEREUX – Le fort de la crèche    16.08.-30.08.2017    RENO/TEEN/SPEC   15vols
AGEW: 16+
PROJECT: Between Boulogne sur Mer and Wimereux, facing England, the Peak “la Crèche” is a natural area protected by the Coastal Academy. Created to protect the port of Boulogne, the Peak has been fortified thanks to the construction of a Napoleonic fort used during the XIXth century, reinforced during WW2 and partially destroyed during the battles for Liberation of 1944. For 15 years, an organization of passionate people has been working to preserve this heritage and organizes various activities throughout the year to promote the site. It will be the 7th workcamp in partnership with the organization « Fort de la Crèche ». On the 26th of August will be celebrated the 15th anniversary of the organization and you’ll be associated to the preparation and the celebration.
WORK: This year we are continuing the work started the previous years: valorisation of the ruins, maintenance of pedestrian routes… Moreover, with a volunteer of the organisation, you’ll convert some areas to make them accessible for people in wheelchairs (removal of steps, creation of gentle slopes…). You might also have some painting to do.
ACCOMODATION AND FOOD: You will be accommodated under tents in the municipal camping very close to the beach. The group will be sharing the cleaning chores and preparing meals together.
LOCATION AND LEISURE: Wimereux is located close to Boulogne sur Mer, on the very beautiful Côte d’Opale. In case of clear weather you catch sight of the English cliffs.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: This project is supported by the OFAJ, the French-German Youth Office. Some volunteers from France, Germany and Czech Republic may be eligible to have their travel costs supported on the presentation of original receipts.
Bring working clothes and close shoes. For the accommodation under tents, bring your sleeping bag and floor mat. Please feel free to bring some food specialities, pictures, musical instrument: things you like and want to share with the group and the local community!
MEETING POINT: Boulogne sur Mer train station
NEAREST AIRPORT: Paris

Renovierungsarbeiten in und rund um das Castle of Guilhem
Frankreich    CONCF-285    CLERMONT L’HERAULT 2 – Developments around the castle    16.08.-30.08.2017    ENVI/RENO   12vols
PROJECT: The project is about cleaning the area around the castle to make the access and the visit of the castle more pleasant to visitors. Depending on the progress made by the international workcamp, some small works may be done to embellish the city. The feudal castle of the Guilhem was built in 12th century at the top of the Clermonts small hill. It overhangs the city and offers a magnificent view on all the valley of the Hérault. The visit of the castle is a pleasant stroll within a historic site, with a magnificent view on a typical Mediterranean environment. The volunteers will have the possibility to have various activities in this attractive rural small town in the heart of the vineyards, and near the exceptional site of the Lake of Salagou!
WORK: The work will be about development and maintenance work around and in the Castle of Guilhem (clearing brush...), and maybe also in other parts of the city.
ACCOMODATION AND FOOD: You will be accommodated in a building, with a collective room for the meals. Take your own sleeping bag. The group will be sharing the cleaning chores and preparing meals together.
LOCATION AND LEISURE: Clermont-l Hérault is located in the department of Herault (Languedoc Roussillon). Volunteers will discover the rich historical heritage of this region (Château des Guilhem, Collegiate St. Paul ...) and natural heritage (Lake of Salagou, Mourèze ...). You will have many opportunities during your free time: hiking, bathing in the Gorges de l Hérault, some water activities…
For more information: http://www.ville-clermont-herault.fr/
REQUIREMENTS: Bring a warm sleeping bag, working clothes, gloves and shoes, warm and rain clothes and a flashlight.
MEETING POINT: Bus station of Clermont-l’Hérault.
NEAREST AIRPORT: Montpellier, Marseille

Hilf mit bei der Errichtung eines Wanderweges in einer besonderen Weidelandschaft
Frankreich    CONCF-227    YONVAL – Preserving the « larris »    17.08.-31.08.2017    ENVI   16vols
PROJECT: Concordia has been called to organise a workcamp in Yonval within the framework of a territory valorisation project directed to young people. This workcamp will associate young people from Abbeville and its surroundings, young French people and Internationals. Professional contributors will come to share their technical skills about the "larris", its fauna and flora. Moreover, you will be associated to the activities of the Youth Service (excursions, animations, tours) and will be able to enjoy the nearby beaches of the wonderful bay of the Somme. In other words, an intense workcamp!
WORK: Between the towns of Yonval and Mareuil Caubert exists what is called in Picard dialect (from Picardie Region) a "larris", that is to say a dry and calcareous grasslands which hosts a very specific fauna. This site is labelled as a sensitive natural area. Your task will be to contribute to the care of this area by cutting trees and bushes and taking out the organic wastes. This work will valorise a hiking path and therefore enable its access for hikers.
ACCOMODATION AND FOOD: You will sleep under tents and will have a common room for the daily life. You will share the different collective tasks and prepare meals together.
LOCATION AND LEISURE: Yonval is a small village of 240 inhabitants, located south of Abbevile in the Somme department, Hauts-de-France region, close to the beaches of the Channel.
SPECIAL REMAKRS: Please note: volunteers will have to move around a lot, it is necessary to know how to ride a bike. Bring working clothes and boots. Tents will be provided but you have to take your sleeping bag and floor mat. You may bring regional/geographic specialties, pictures, music instrument: things you like and want to share with the group and the local community!
MEETING POINT: Abbeville SNCF train station.
NEAREST AIRPORT: Lille or Paris.

Repariere ein Trike und drehe einen Film zu den Themen Freiwilligenarbeit und Mobilitaet in Paris
Frankreich    CONCF-095    PARIS - The volunteer Motor Tricyle! (paris 13th)    19.08.-02.09.2017    ART/MANU   15vols
PROJECT: Fan of mechanics and handiwork, arts and involvement, this workcamp is for you! Take part in the preparation of the "Volunteering and mobility" Festival organized by la Maison des Volontaires! A festival to promote the different forms of volunteering and involvement! On one side, you will take a tour on the motor tricycle that you will help to restore and fit out. On the other side, you will express your creativity through the realization of a short film.
WORK: Guided by a technical leader, you will take part in to the reparations and the fitting of a second-hand motor tricycle. You will give form and decorate the interior of the vehicle with your creativity. You will also take part in the realization of a short film which will serve as a promotion tool to raise awareness among young people about volunteering and mobility. It will be an opportunity to express your creativity and make this video a testimony of your experience as a volunteer. Along with young local people and the neighbours, you will organize and facilitate several workshop and meetings moments.
ACCOMODATION AND FOOD: You will be accommodated 15 minutes by feet from the work camp place in the 13th arrondissement of Paris. You will be accommodated in a building, 2 or 3 per room. Please bring your sleeping bag. You will share the various daily collective tasks with the other volunteers. The workcamp leaders will be given a budget and you will take part in the shopping and the preparation of meals, favouring local and healthy products. Meals and cooking will take place in the workcamp place.
LOCATION AND LEISURE: Located in the 13th arrondissement of Paris. During the workcamp, you will get the opportunity to discover the "Paris insolite". However, an important focus will be made on discovering the 13th arrondissement and its inhabitants, in particular the neighbourhood of the workcamp place.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: The workcamp place is located in a multicultural area of Paris. Bring different kind of clothes in order to feel comfortable in any circumstance. Bring your sleeping bag. If you want to discover Paris as a tourist, please come few days before the workcamp or stay a bit more after.
NEAREST AIRPORT: Paris CDG
MEETING POINT: Métro Porte d'Italie – Paris 13.

Als Umweltschuetzer die Entwicklung der Biodiversitaet vorantreiben
Frankreich    SJ71    IN THE BIO’SPHERE OF MELLE    22.08.-13.09.2017    ENVI   8vols (no more female)
PROJECT: Melle, a small, lovely, and very dynamic town, is known for its rich local heritage, including a UNESCO roman church, a collection of old motorbikes, middle age silver mines, and a perennial contemporary art collection. The town of Melle is a loyal partner of Solidarités Jeunesses Poitou-Charentes, and has hosted several workcamps over the last few years. This small city is very concerned with environmental protection, and it has created a botanic garden that nurtures more than 1800 different species.
WORK: Devoted to environmental awareness, the workcamp will work on developing the biodiversity of a site classified in Natura 2000 (an European network of natural sites). The work will consist of making a reproduction den for a protected species of bats. During your stay, you will participate in the European Night of the Bat, as well as the cultural event of « Les Nuits de Saint-Hilaire ».
ACCOMMODATION: Indoors, in the tourist hosting center of Melle, located in the center of the village
LOCATION: Melle, 60km from the sea, between Poitiers and La Rochelle
During your free time, you will have the opportunity to attend summer concerts and shows. You will have the chance to discover the international biannual exhibition of contemporary art in Melle. Other regional charms include tourist attractions and landmarks, a local cinema, and a swimming pool. Activities with the locals will be organized, and a minibus will be provided for the group, to go on excursions to the ocean, La Rochelle, Poitiers, and Niort.
NEXT TRAIN STATION: Niort (79000)
NEXT AIRPORT: Bordeaux

Unterstuetze ein Festival zum Thema Umwelt
Frankreich    ANEC28    Festival Sauvage    22.08.-04.09.2017    ENVI/FEST/CULT   6vols
PROJECT: "The Green Workshop", created in 2009, has been organising "The Wild Festival" for 6 years now. Our main objectives are: making nature accessible to all, protecting and valuing biodiversity and our local environment. The association is mainly carrying out actions with schools, local actors and all the people interested on these topics. Every year, we raise awareness among more than 10.000 children thanks to 5 employees (including 4 Environment Educators), hundreds of our members and around 30 volunteers. Activities always call on various educational approaches (cognitive, affective, playful, sensory, psychomotor) for a better understanding and attention of our audience. For kids as for adults, between friends or in family, "the Wild Festival" welcomes you every evening in a different municipality, with a well-established formula: - Late in the afternoon, the Festival begins with the "Wild Rally": more than 10 recreational and sensory activities in the style of a "huge carnival" (sensory and wooden games, nature discovery and quizz). Take part in all the activities to participate in the Wild Tombola and try to win numerous green gifts! - Then, enjoy the twilight for a friendly break in the open air, a picnic on the spot or a dinner restore in the "Inn of the Badger". - Lastly, in the dark night, settle yourself for projections on big screen of movies relative to nature or environmental issues. This year, the festival will take place from August 30th until September 2nd. In the program: Laxou: in August 30th (Topic: "The small carnivores") Froville: in August 31st (Topic: "Dive into the universe of the water") / Sion: in September 1st (Topic: "The world of forests") / St Nicolas de Port: in September 2nd (Topic: "The world of birds") Check the links below for more information : www.lateliervert.org , www.festivalsauvage.org, https: // www.youtube.com / watch? V=JUoshqAhFPY , https: // www.facebook.com / assolateliervert54/
WORK: The works will include several tasks: A first phase would be dedicated to the preparation of the festival (do-it-yourself works, painting but also to nature activities (creation of educational pond, clearing of an educational garden, harvest of vegetables for the workcamp and the festival). A second phase would be dedicated to the organisation and facilitation of the "The Wild Rally" stands during the 4 days of the festival.
ACCOMMODATION: Accommodation would be made under tent on the site of the "Harcompet Hut". Dry toilets will be available, as well as solar shower (possibility of taking a shower under a building in the village - 15 minutes walking from the hut). The camp will be settled in the open air to live in the mist of nature closest during these 15 days of the workcamp. The meals will be prepared and taken in the hut. We favor organic and/or local products. A truck farmer can supply vegetables during the workcamp.
LOCATION: Rosières-aux-Salines is situated in the department of Meurthe-et-Moselle in Lorraine.The city is located in a rural area that you can reach by car from Nancy in twenty minutes. Rosières-aux-salines is a municipality of 2900 inhabitants. Check this site for more infos: Http://www.rosieres-aux-salines.fr
TERMINAL: : Blainville-Damelevières SNCF Train Station Bus TED: 7 round-trip Rosières-aux-Salines/Nancy from Monday to Saturday line R650, stop at "Route du Pré Chapon (Haras)". To get the schedule, call +33 3 83 36 41 14 or check the website: www.ted54.fr (line R650 – Nancy-Lunéville). On August 22nd at 1.00 pm (13:00).
NEAREST AIRPORT: ETZ in Metz/Nancy,France
REMARKS: You'll work with many French volunteers. Several members of the association speak English, Spanish and naturally French. The volunteers must be opened to outdoor life (campsite, dry toilet, etc.).

Hilf bei der Organisation eines Shortfilm-Festivals
Frankreich    CONCF-093    FESTIVAL SILOUHETTE – Paris in the spotlight    23.08.-06.09.2017    FEST/CULT/SPEC   15vols
PROJECT: Film and culture fans, this is the workcamp for you! Come and take part in the organisation and running of the Silhouette festival. In the heart of Paris, this open-air festival is an international short-film competition which brings together more than 20 000 people every year. The Silhouette festival aims to be a friendly and festive event, open to all for free. The festival features a creative kind of film-making, allowing the viewer to dive into as many different worlds as there are themes.
WORK: With the guidance of a team of workcamp leaders, you will participate in the logistic support to the festival, in the catering and the greeting of the public, mostly in the evenings. You will also be helping the implementation of the voluntary space of the festival and its decoration. In addition, you will meet the locals from the neighbourhood for moments of sharing. This workcamp being set up on a festival, schedules are atypical: the mission will take place essentially in the afternoon and the evening from August 25th till September 2nd.
ACCOMODATION AND FOOD: You will be accommodated in a building. You will share the various daily collective tasks with the other volunteers. The workcamp leaders will be given a budget and you will take part in the shopping and the preparation of meals, favouring local and healthy products.
LOCATION AND LEISURE: Located in the 19th arrondissement of Paris, in the Butte du Chapeau Rouge Park.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: This project is supported by the OFAJ, the French-German Youth Office. Some volunteers from France - Germany – Spain may be eligible to have their travel costs supported on the presentation of original receipts. Remember to bring warm and waterproof clothes, the nights can be chilly! Also think of your sunglasses, your sunscreen and a sleeping bag! Closed shoes are compulsory on the site.
MEETING POINT: Paris
NEAREST AIRPORT: Paris

Handwerkliche Arbeiten und Teilnahme an Events inmitten der mittelalterlichen Stadt Salles und dessen Stadtzentrum
Frankreich    SJ72    THE ABANDONED GARDENS    31.08.-21.09.2017    RENO/CONS/TEEN   10vols
AGE: 17+
PROJECT: Be ready for a warm and enthusiastic welcome to the abandoned gardens where you will be surrounded by opportunities to meet a diverse group of people! Since the first two projects, the gathering of teens from different parts of the world has created an enthusiastic atmosphere in Salle's town center. The residents of Salles, moved by the cheerful encounters with volunteers in the past, are impatiently waiting for your arrival! Once you arrive, you will have the opportunity to work with and get to know the local volunteers. Located between Carmaux and Cordes-sur-Ciel (which was elected as a favorite city by the French in 2014), the medieval town of Salle radiates with beautiful architecture and natural sources such as the Cérou river that crosses it.
WORK: The work for this project will be composed of a series of small jobs around the village. You will have the opportunity to learn different traditional techniques that are used to build the dry stone walls, and you will be introduced to the skill of stone-cutting. During you time there, you will work alongside different local associations working to save the village's heritage. For example, you will participate in a two-day event called Days of European Heritage.
ACCOMMODATION: A local resident will provide his garage as a dormitory, and tents will also be set up. If you wish to have more privacy, you may bring you own tent.
LOCATION: Salles, located an hour and 30 minutes north of Toulouse and 30 minutes from Albi.
You will have the opportunity to enjoy the heritage and natural environment by going swimming or canoeing down the streams. During your free time you will also discover Salles and all of its heritage sites by foot, or you may visit neighboring villages such as Najac, Cordes-sur-Ciel, Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val, Albi, and other remarkable sites within the proximity. You will also have the chance to share where you come from through exchanges with local associations and residents.
NEXT TRAIN STATION: Carmaux (81400)
NEXT AIRPORT: Toulouse

Renoviere die Fassade einer Kirche
Frankreich    CONCF-224    AVRICOURT – The flagship workcamp    01.09.-23.09.2017    RENO   14vols
PROJECT: This is the 18th successive workcamp in Avricourt! This small village of barely 200 inhabitants makes every effort to give the best greetings to the volunteers; some of them even came back. Village meals, dining invitation, gifts of jams and vegetables from the garden are a classic in Avricourt. Several exchanges in perspective, and with the team leaders, you will organize meetings and animations in the village and the school. Be careful, they expect a lot of you! A concert will close up the workcamp on the evening of the 22nd of September.
WORK: This year continuing the work done since 2011 you will help the renovation of the church. You will do traditional masonry work outside the church: recovery of joints of the walls, staking out, repointing, a few bricks to change, etc.
ACCOMODATION AND FOOD: You will live in the village hall with an equipped kitchen (community oven, dishwasher, etc.). You will use camp beds to sleep, bring your sleeping bag. Note: there is only one shower and one toilet to share. The group will be sharing the cleaning chores and preparing meals together.
LOCATION AND LEISURE: Avricourt is 15 km from Noyon, in the North of Oise.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Bring gardening gloves, good shoes and working clothes. Bring a warm sleeping bag. Part of the work will be on scaffolding. Bring a photo of yourself with you for a “who's who”. If you are a musician, please feel free to come with your instrument: the harmony of Noyon is ready to welcome you to play with them.
MEETING POINT: Noyon train station
NEAREST AIRPORT: Paris

Bau einer Kalkzementmoertelmauer fuer den Besucherweg unter der Erde - Silberminen
Frankreich    SJ73    THE MERCANTOUR SILVER MINE 4    03.09.-17.09.2017    RENO/TEEN   12vols
AGE: 17+
PROJECT: You will be participating in this heritage site’s development project which aims to create a visitor’s circuit within the mine. In 2016 a group of speleologists succeeded in opening a new mining gallery. The goal of this workcamp is to clear out this space which is called the “salle de la junction” (the intersection).
WORK: You will be working inside the mine constructing a lime mortar wall (length: 15m, height: 2m, thickness: 0.60m) as well as a ramp and stairs. You will be working four days per week from 08:30 to 12:00 and 14:00 to 17:30. You will be accompanied by a technical supervisor who specialises in the restauration of heritage.
ACCOMMODATION: You will be sharing a room with 3-4 other volunteers. Bathrooms are also shared. Meals are prepared by our kitchen staff. You will be asked to lend a hand with the preparation of some food, tidying the dining area, and doing the dishes.
LOCATION: Tende - 2 hours from Nice by train. Neige et Merveilles is situated at 1.500 metres of altitude in an isolated mountainous area, 10 km from the Closest village of Tende, and 50 km from Vintimille (Italy).
In addition to days off at the weekend, one day in the middle of each week will be dedicated to activities. You will have the chance to learn about the surrounding mountainous area (flora, fauna, hiking in archaeological sites in the Merveilles valley), as well as the region’s cultural and historical heritage (visits to the medieval villages in the Roya valley). Sporting activities will also be offered such as visiting a forest adventure centre, via-ferrata, swimming in the rivers etc...
NEXT TRAIN STATION: Tende (06430)
NEXT AIRPORT: Nice (06000)

Renovierung des Dachs von einer Bildungsstaette in Tende
Frankreich    SJ74    A ROOF FOR THE MERVEILLES    03.09.-17.09.2017    RENO/TEEN   12vols
AGE: 17+
PROJECT: You will be participating in renovating the roofing of a building, and improving its energy performance (isolating the roof, double glazing windows, wood heating). This building serves mainly as an area where children taking part in school trips are welcomed. It is made up of classrooms, a library, and offices.
WORK: You will be replacing the existing roofing and insulating the new one. You will be installing a wood burner with a chimney. You will be working four days per week from 08:30 to 12:00 and 14:00 to 17:30. You will be accompanied by a technical supervisor.
Note: You will be working on a roof. Avoid if you have vertigo!
ACCOMMODATION: You will be sharing a room with 3-4 other volunteers. Bathrooms are also shared. Meals are prepared by our kitchen staff. You will be asked to lend a hand with the preparation of some food, tidying the dining area, and doing the dishes.
LOCATION: Tende - 2 hours from Nice by train. Neige et Merveilles is situated at 1.500 metres of altitude in an isolated mountainous area, 10 km from the Closest village of Tende, and 50 km from Vintimille (Italy).
In addition to days off at the weekend, one day in the middle of each week (or two half days) will be dedicated to activities. You will have the chance to learn about the surrounding mountainous area (flora, fauna, hiking in archaeological sites of the Merveilles valley), as well as the region’s cultural and historical heritage (visits to the medieval villages in the Roya valley). Sporting activities will also be offered such as the forest adventure centre, via-ferrata, swimming in the rivers...)
NEXT TRAIN STATION: Tende (06430)
NEXT AIRPORT: Nice (06000)

Workcamp in hochgelegenem historischen Dorf Laragne – Restaurationsarbeiten in der Kapelle des Schlosses von Arzeliers
Frankreich    SJ75    UNDERNEATH THE CASTLE OF ARZELIERS    04.09.-24.09.2017    RENO   12vols
PROJECT: Located at the doors of the provecial Baronnies, the site of Arzeliers opens onto a small mountain where one can enjoy a wonderful view of the Durance Valley. This old village in ruins is the birthplace of the Laragne community, where one can still find the remains of a chapel and houses. After many years, the community of Laragne has mobilized itself to revive, maintain, and enhance the remains of the castle of Arzeliers, which is a witness to the rich past of its districts. Since 2013, three international workcamps of young volunteers were organized by the associations of « Les Villages des Jeunes » and « Les amis de l'abbaye de Clausonne » to carry out the community's goals. Strengthened by its past achievements, the association has offered to oversee the safeguarding work in 2017.
WORK: In 2014, a workcamp of young international volunteers restrengthened the masonry work of the remains of the natives’ arches inside the castle's chapel. This year, following the previous works, you will do masonry work on the existing carved stone. You will also participate in the creation of an area that will be used to make the plaster « à l'ancienne », located in the castle's site dedicated to the days of heritage. Furthermore, a day open to the public will be the opportunity to invite people who are not involved in the workcamp, and to present the actions and achievements of past workcamps.
ACCOMMODATION: In tents on the Monéglin campground, with access to a sanitary block and showers. This campground also offers wifi, and is accomodated with a swimming pool and an open space for barbecues. Together and with the help of hosts, you will prepare the meals in rotating groups by using local produce. You will also participate in the community's chores (clean up and dish-washing).
LOCATION: Laragne (10 km from Sisteron, and 40 km from Gap)
Meet ups with local residents will be organized, and you will have the opportunity to participate in local events, such as the religious festival of Laragne, opened with a magnificent show of fireworks. During your free time, you will have the opportunity to discover Laragne and its region, and enjoy the surrounding nature by walking, swimming, or playing sports.
NEXT TRAIN STATION: Laragne (05300). Access via the train stations: Valence TGV, Valence ville, Grenoble, Marseille Saint-Charles.
NEXT AIRPORTS: Marseille Provence, Lyon Saint Exupéry

Fortsetzung der Schutzwallbauten um das Schloss Montendre
Frankreich    SJ76    THE CASTLE OF MONTENDRE    04.09.-25.09.2017    RENO   12vols (no more female)
PROJECT: The town of Montendre wishes to renovate and maintain its castle, a symbol of its heritage. Each year, by welcoming volunteers and international workcamps, the town of 3,000 inhabitants works on the restoration of its heritage, and contributes to the increasing opportunities of cultural exchange. Indeed, Montendre also hosts one of the international hosting centers of Solidarités Jeunesses. The municipality has recently implemented a walking tour around the castle. This project will be a continuation of the work done in previous years.
WORK: This year, you will work on the ramparts of the castle. The aim will be to complete traditional masonry work: the remove and replacement of the chalk mortar joints found inbetween the stones. You will also repair the walls: replace the stone and rebuild other parts of the stone walls.
ACCOMMODATION: In mixed groups, indoors, in the hosting center of La Maison des Bateleurs.
LOCATION: Montendre, Charente Maritime, located 65 km from Bordeaux.
The goal is to share your cultural wealth with the people and associations of Montendre. You will participate in national heritage days (when all the heritage buildings of France open). Visits to the region will also be organized, collectively, as you wish: city tours, ocean and museums visits. Activities such as pizza parties and game nights will be organized to encourage you to interact with the other volunteers staying at the center. This will also be an opportunity to discover the association of Solidarités Jeunesses.
NEXT TRAIN STATION: Montendre (17130)
NEXT AIRPORT: Bordeaux

Renoviere und verschoenere ein Gemeinschaftsgebaeude in Korsika
Frankreich    ANEC26    Urban renovation in Porto Vecchio (Corsica island)    04.09.-22.09.2017    SOCI/CONS/MANU   12vols
PROJECT: Etudes et Chantiers Corsica is an association of popular education and social inclusion which activity covers the study and implementation of projects relative to the environement protection, management of natural areas and restoration of rural heritage (small buildings in dry stone). This project is part of a “call for projects” issued by the municipality of Porto Vecchio (City in Corsica). Its aim is to continue the work undertaken to reduce territorial inequalities and gaps between individuals. The action we are proposing targets the inhabitants of the districts of Pifano and U Stagnu.
WORK: As part of the plan for the "urban renovation" of the neighborhoods Pifano and U stagnu, a law provides for each project the a new “Maison du Projet” = "House of Project" : it is a place where the inhabitants of these neighborhoods can go for informations and give their opinions on the transformations made in their neighborhood. It is in this context that we have been choosen to renovate / restore this place and make it into the new “Maison du Projet” = "House of the Project". The work consists in: Cleaning, raking and delimiting the garden with wooden fences, constructing a terrace and a stone separation wall, participating in a graffiti art workshop that will be supervised by a professional graffiti artist.
ACCOMMODATION AND FOOD: Accommodation will be in a campsite near the construction site, we have at our disposal: two bungalows (or more according to the number of local participants). All bungalows have two bedrooms (bedroom with single beds and bedrooms with double beds), kitchenette in each bungalow and showers. Houseworks and meals preparation will be done collectively (meals, cleaning, etc.), each meal will be prepared by a team of 2 to 3 people, the choice of meals will be made collectively. The transport (Site/Campsite, and for activities) will be carried out by minibus. Daily programme : construction site in the morning and activities / discovery of the region in the afternoon and week-ends.
LOCATION AND LEISURE: Porto-Vecchio is a seaside resort on the south-east coast of Corsica (French island) and is the third most populous town on the island after Ajaccio and Bastia. Activities: Walks, hikes, museums, beaches, etc.
http://www.ot-portovecchio.com/?lang=en
TERMINAL: FSC in Figari,France

Saniere eine Burgruine und feier deren 800. Geburtstag
Frankreich    ANEC23    The middle age Castle of Montaigu le Blin 4 (Stade municipal 03150 Montaigu le Blin)    05.09.-19.09.2017    RENO/ART   8vols
PROJECT: ENGLISH: Inside a lovely little French village, the castle of Montaigu le Blin is an impressive medieval fortress, classified as Historical Monument. It is located on the top of a hill, overlooking the countryside. Since 2002, volunteers have been participating, every summer, to the restoration and touristic life of the castle, It will celebrate its 800th birthday in 2017 ! Français: Au cœur d'un charmant petit village français, le château de Montaigu le Blin est une imposante forteresse médiévale, classée au titre des Monuments Historiques. Il est situé sur une colline qui domine la campagne. Depuis 2002, des volontaires participent chaque été à la sauvegarde et à l'animation touristique du château qui fête en 2017 son 800ème anniversaire.
WORK: ENGLISH: Participate to the protection and enhancement of this exceptional heritage ! Within the castle, you will realize various works of restoration of walls (ramparts, towers) with traditional techniques, of securing the place (installing wooden fences) of maintaining the vegetation (clearing bushes) and many varied tasks. You will also participate to the touristic life of the site, helping the guided visits by realising a drawing exhibition to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the castle. Français: Participez à la sauvegarde et à la valorisation de ce patrimoine d'exception ! Au sein du château, vous allez réaliser divers travaux de restauration des murs (remparts,tours), de sécurisation (pose de barrière en bois), d'entretien des espaces verts (débroussaillage) et autres travaux divers. Vous participerez aussi à l'animation touristique du site en aidant aux visites du site et en réalisant une exposition de croquis pour célébrer les 800 ans du château.
ACCOMODATION AND FOOD: ENGLISH: Accommodation is under tents (2 persons per tent) at the town stadium. Volunteers will manage the daily life tasks in teams (shopping, cooking, cleaning), There is a kitchen, and the toilets and showers are in a recent building on the camping site. Français: L'hébergement se fait sous tente (2 personnes par tente) sur un stade municipal. La vie quotidienne est assurée par les volontaires (courses, préparations des repas, ménage). Un bâtiment récent regroupe la cuisine, des douches et des sanitaires.
LOCATION AND LEISURE: Montaigu le Blin is located in the Bourbonnais area, 30km North from Vichy and 90km North from Clermont-Ferrand, in Auvergne. It is a countryside rich with historical heritage, which you will be able to discover by visiting a few of the numerous castles and medieval cities, or by hiking, or going by bike or canoe, according to what the leading team can propose you. Your campleaders will prepare games and activities but you will be invited to propose and create your own activities. Be creative ! Français: Montaigu le Blin est situé dans le bourbonnais, à 30km au nord de Vichy et à 90 km au nord de Clermont-Ferrand, en Auvergne, C'est une campagne riche en patrimoine historique que vous allez pouvoir découvrir en visitant quelques uns des nombreux châteaux et ville médiévale (Moulins) ou en faisant des ballades à pied, en vélo ou en canoë selon les propositions faites par l'équipe d'animation. Vos animateurs prépareront des jeux et des activités mais vous inciteront également à proposer et à construire vos propres animations en fonction de vos envies. Soyez créatifs !
LANGUAGES: eng,fra
NEAREST AIRPORT: CFE

Sommerworkcamp in Laguepie - Projekt des Deutsch-Franzoesischen Jugendwerks mit 5 franzoesischen, 5 deutschen und 5 armenischen Freiwilligen und weiteren Gruppen vor Ort
Frankreich    SJ/TRI77    RURAL UTOPIA     06.09.-27.09.2017    ENVI/RENO/SPEC   15vols
AGE: 18-30
PROJECT: Come and be a part of the daily life of the young long-term international volunteers staying at Laguépie, and participate in a solidarity project.
This workcamp will take place in the Citrus associations site in Laguépie, where you will partake in two big projects organized by the association: construction of a future welcome center and the clean-up of an educational garden. During the project, you will work alongside passionate supervisors and the professional group, all whom you will get to know through multiple opportunities of cultural exchanges during meal times. This project will bring together 5 French, 5 German, and 5 Armenian participants as part of a partnership with the Office Franco-Allemand pour la Jeunesse.
WORK: Two main parts of the work to be done are masonry and gardening: The building of a big community kitchen, in accordance to Citrus standards, that will feed many groups, as well as landscaping the gardens of Mayounelle and the welcoming sites (decoration and exterieur furnisment). All the work will be supervised by members of the Citrus association.
ACCOMMODATION: In tents with access to a sanitary block located at the site of the Citrus association.
LOCATION: Laguépie, located 100 km northeast of Toulouse, between Albi and Villefranche-de-Rouergue.
You will have free time to discover the surrounding natural heritage sites by going swimming or canoeing down the rivers. You will also have the opportunity to discover the local heritage sites by foot, and to visit neighboring villages such as Najac, Cordes-sur-Ciel, Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val, Albi, and other remarkable villages within the proximity. You may also organize pizza dinners and invite local residents.
NEXT TRAIN STATION: Laguépie (82250)
NEXT AIRPORT: Toulouse

Aufgepasst Hobbygaertner! Flora und Fauna geschuetzt durch die Europaeische Union – Gartenarbeit nahe Kuestengebiet
Frankreich    SJ79    LEUCATE WITCH'S CLAWS    09.09.-30.09.2017    ENVI   10vols (no more female)
PROJECT: The workcamp will take place in a "Natura 2000" area, an area recognized and protected by the European Union for the quality and uniqueness of its environment. It's been several years now that at the end of the summer, the city and the syndicate in charge of the preservation of this environment together organize an international workcamp to participate in the protection of the area.
WORK: Same as the previous year, the work will mainly consist of protecting the area by eradicating the "Witch's Claws", a plant that grows very quickly and puts the delicate balance of this area at risk. You will be accompanied in this work by a syndicate worker, who will teach you about the area and its specificities, and how to protect it.
ACCOMMODATION: The partner will provide housing in a guesthouse in a nearby village. Transportation (provided by the organization) will be needed every day to reach the work area.
LOCATION: You will be hosted in Saint Laurent de Salanque, and the work will take place on Leucate's beaches.
This project takes place in an area by the sea, which is visited by a lot of tourists during the summer holidays. However, at the time of the workcamp, most of the tourists are already gone, so you will have the opportunity to enjoy the numerous leisure activities of the area without being overcrowded by tourists.
NEXT TRAIN STATION: Leucate-La Franqui (11370)
NEXT AIRPORT: Montpellier

Insel d’Aix im atlantischen Ozean – Restaurationsarbeiten an historischer Sehenswuerdigkeit
Frankreich    SJ78    THE LIEDOT FORT OF L’ILE D’AIX    09.09.-30.09.2017    RENO/CULT   12vols (no more female)
PROJECT: Ile d'Aix is a small pedestrian island located in the North Atlantic Ocean. Marked by an eventful maritime past, this island contains lots of places steeped in history, especially the Fort Liedot, which was built by Vauban and classified as a historical monument. This town is a loyal partner of the association Solidarités Jeunesses. In fact, for several years now, l'île d'Aix has hosted international workcamps. The town leads actions and different events, all throughout the year, to animate this place. The fort includes 3 wall-walks. Thanks to previous projects, you can safely visit one of the wall-walks today.
WORK: This year you will work on the Herse's room at the entry of the Fort Liedot. The work consists of removing the vegetation covering the whole room; in order to begin masonry work. The workcamp will consist of stabilizing a part of the wall, taking it off, repairing the stones, and finally rebuilding it. The other parts of the room should be joined with chalk mortar. The technical leader will train you in traditional masonry techniques, which are the exact same ones that were used in the construction of the Fort Liedot. Finally, you will build a wooden fence to enhance the security of the place.
ACCOMMODATION: In group, indoors, on the island
LOCATION: In the middle of the sea! 20km from Rochefort-sur Mer, Charente Maritime.
Oh how many activities you will have this year in l'Île d'Aix! You will have the chance to set up and host the “Islanders Festival”, and to enjoy all the activities it has to offer: concerts, shows, bass bands, local produce markets, expositions, and film projections. You could also practice your skills in some aquatic activities, like fishing or sailing, with the local clubs. During your free time, you will also have the opportunity to interact with local residents that are eager to meet you. Finally, you will have the time to discover the beach, to go on bike rides along the sea, to play beach-volleyball, and to participate in many other activities. You could also go and visit the villages like La Rochelle or Rochefort.
NEXT TRAIN STATION: Rochefort (17300)
NEXT AIRPORT: Bordeaux

Restaurationsarbeiten an einer Kirchenmauer
Frankreich    SJ80    IN THE HEART OF THE BOURBON MOUNTAIN    10.09.-30.09.2017    RENO   12vols
PROJECT: Come and participate in a workcamp where you will restore a small heritage site of the Breuil town. Do you wish to learn the basics of traditional masonry, and to invest yourself in the life of a small village and contribute to maintain its heritage? If yes, then come and join us in Breuil! The town of Breuil asked the Association of Solidarité Jeunesses in Auvergne to organize a workcamp for young international volunteers to restore part of the sustaining wall below the church, and to renovate the vault and guardrails of a bridge.
WORK: The wall that you will be working on was built using traditional masonry techniques. Therefore, after cleaning the seals and getting rid of unstable elements, you will repoint the stones with lime mortar. The second part of the work to be done is more technical and will therefore allow you to discover the techniques behind building a vault: creating and placing a wooden center, placing a voussoir (a stone in the shape of an arch), and using silver masonry.
ACCOMMODATION: In a campground at Lapalisse (10 km from the workcamp). Food will be provided, and meals will be prepared by rotating groups of volunteers.
LOCATION: Le Breuil and Lapalisse, located 25 km from Vichy.
This workcamp will give you the opportunity to meet young people coming from all over the world, as well as young French people, and to discover the countryside lifestyle. You will also be able to organize trips into the city, Vichy or Moulins, and to visit some pf the region's touristic sites. A small bus will be provided for your trips.
NEXT TRAIN STATION: Vichy (03200). We will meet you there at 6pm.
NEXT AIRPORT: Lyon.

Altsteinbauten im Suedwesten Frankreichs – Restauration von einem Stadtgebaeude
Frankreich    SJ81    IN THE COUNTRY OF D’ARTAGNAN    13.09.-04.10.2017    RENO/TEEN   10vols (no more female)
AGE: 17+
PROJECT: It is a world of meet-ups and exchanges where the spirit of the Southwest of France vibrates! Afternoons are filled with the joy of bowling, (palets gascons), and pétanque games. Le Gers prides itself in being the home of Armagnac, one of the most prestigious alcohols in the world, and the birthplace of D'Artagnan character in The Three Musketeers. Le Gers is also a land of balance between man and nature, so you will be able to discover it both calmly and passionately. Therefore, for the third consecutive year, the international workcamp will take place in Condom, a subprefecture of Gers. Brimming with historical monuments, Condom is the perfect destination for old-stone lovers.
WORK: This workcamp will partake in the interior restoration of a building located in the center of the village. You will mostly be doing masonry work, and if time allow, you will have the opportunity to work in the village's garden located inside of the old defense walls. You will be accompanied by a technical supervisor who is eager to meet you, and you will get to meet other local associations from the ventilated center and the PIJ, with whom you will be able to organize activities. Finally, you will also have the opportunity to participate in organizing the Bol d'air festival.
ACCOMMODATION: In bungalows on the municipal camping field.
LOCATION: Condom, located between Agen and Auch.
You will participate in local festivals, and will have free time to enjoy the surrounding natural and cultural heritage by foot, bike, or canoe, and you will have the opportunity to visit the neighboring villages such as Agen, Beaumont, Larressingle, and other remarkable sites within the proximity. You will also discover the small vallet lights, the colorful scenery, and the local fauna and flora by following the secret passages that will lead you though fortified towns and castles. Lastly, you will alsp get to meet the local residents.
NEXT TRAIN STATION: Agen (47000)
NEXT AIRPORT: Toulouse

Schuetze das Tal von Buëch und unterstuetze die Restauration von Flussbecken gegen Ueberschwemmungen
Frankreich    SJ82    LET'S PROTECT THE RIVERS OF BUECH    25.09.-15.10.2017    ENVI   12vols
PROJECT: Come and discover the secrets of the Hautes-Alpine's rivers. This workcamp will allow you to learn about the professions related to the preservation of the environment and the aquatic domain, and to think in more general terms about the management of watercourses.
The Mixed Intercommunal Syndicate of the Buëch region and its Tributaries (SMIGIBA in French) handles the ecological management of the purification and the protection against floods of the rivers of the Buëch valley in the Hautes-Alpes. Since 2011, the association “Les Villages des Jeunes”, has organized several international workcamps in partnership with the technical team of SMIGIBA while working to conserve riverbanks and encourage the local population to get involved with river preservation.
WORK: You will participate in the restoration of the rivers on a basin pouring from the Buëch. This workcamp will mainly focus on restoring a piscicultural clearing, protecting an eroded riverbank, a reforesting a riverbank. With the help of professionals dedicated to the enhancement of the aquatic domain, this experience will allow you to discover the challenges and the importance of actions taken in the natural world.
ACCOMMODATION: In dormitories of 4 to 5 people, including the volunteers from other workcamps, at the welcoming center of Faï, 05400 Le Saix. You will also have access to the sanitary facilities and the welcome center rooms. An entertainment group will invite you to participate in the community's life: prepararing menus and meals, using local produce, dish-washing, and cleaning…
LOCATION: Veynes, 25 km from Gap
During your free time, you will have the opportunity to participate in local events, to organize hiking trips in the surrounding mountains, and to visit the Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur region. On the evenings, you will be able to organize community games, film projections, and international meals in the Faï farm.
NEXT TRAIN STATION: Veynes Devoluy (05400). Access via the train stations: Valence TGV, Valence ville, Grenoble, Marseille Saint Charles.
NEXT AIRPORTS: Marseille Provence, Lyon Saint Exupéry

Hilfe bei Bauarbeiten auf dem Gelaende einer Kirchenruine
Frankreich    SJ83    HISTORICAL WANDERINGS IN CLAUSONNE ABBEY 3    07.10.-20.10.2017    RENO   12vols
PROJECT: The Clausonne abbey is situated in the Saix, a small village in the canton of Veynes in the Hautes-Alpes. Today, only the remnants of this 12th century building are found as the abbey was destroyed, burnt, rebuilt and finally used as a farm and school in the 19th century. Clausonne remains, however, a remarkable site, sharing the beauty of the wildness that surrounds it: situated at 1200m of altitude, in the heart of a vast « circus » of mountains, the abbey became the route point for numerous hikers that visit the Haute vallée of Maraize. Thus, rather than letting the vegetation once again cover the ruins of Clausonne, 20 years ago, the inhabitants of Saix founded an association in order to highlight and maintain this site. Progressively, thanks to numerous international workcamps that have worked there, this place lives again and is currently open from April to October. The workcamps organised at the Clausonne site are received by the hosting centre of the Faï farm, not far from there. The Faï is an extraordinary place where you will meet young people in difficulty, employees in training as well as professional artists or long term volunteers. We hope that during your stay at the Fai you will bring your willingness and good humor to contribute to the spirit of encounter and of teamwork that enlivens this place.
WORK: In 2017, the work will concern the accessibility of the site and its visibility for hikers. You will highlight the vestiges of the pit by clearing and securing existing walls. You will make a path in the abbey's vestige and will discover the technical creation of a pebble way. You will also participate in the preservation of the carved stone. A final phase will emphasize an old barn from the abbey which will serve as a technical room.
ACCOMMODATION: In tents at the Faï farm, in rooms you will share with 2 to 7 other volunteers.
LOCATION: Clausonne, 5km from the village of Saix, 30km from Gap, 200km from Marseille.
Located in a remarkable natural environment, Clausonne is an exceptional place to discover the pleasures of mountain hiking and life in a rural area, with its local markets and producers. In the evenings, at the Ferme du Faï, you will be able to organise games, international meals and project movies. During the workcamp, touristic outings to discover the towns and villages of the region may also be organised.
NEXT TRAIN STATION: Veynes Dévoluy
NEXT AIRPORT: Marseille Provence, Lyon Saint Exupéry