Heritage restoration and conservation


Restoration of an ancient castle in the Pyrenees
Durban-sur-Arize, Midi-Pyrenees, France       August 20 - September 1, 2018

Volunteer project: The Medieval Castle of Saint-Barthelemy and its chapel stand on a hill just above the gorges of Arize, in the municipality of Durban-sur-Arize. The aim of this project is to go further in the conservation of these buildings and continue the protection of the site, secure access to the castle and complete the development of a permanent visitor and volunteer center. A group of international volunteers is invited to help in this project for the fifth time.

The volunteers will take part in various maintenance and development projects on the site of the Château Saint-Barthelemy. This includes restoration of walls (masonry work), clearing of vegetation, etc.

Language: English

Possible free time activities: Located in the heart of Séronnais, the site offers many hiking opportunities. Local volunteers will offer you an introduction into archeology and rock climbing.

Accommodation: You will stay in tents on the grounds of the castle. Housing conditions are simple and basic (dry toilets and solar showers). The project is for those who love peace and nature. Access to the castle is only by foot (15 minutes up a steep path from the village).

Location: Located halfway between Foix and St Girons, Durban-sur-Arize, crossed by Arize, is a charming village in the Ariège part of the Regional Natural Park of the Pyrenees. With the castle overlooking, the village has a remarkable built heritage with many preserved stone buildings. The Castle of Saint-Barthelemy is an ancient medieval fortress dated back to the 11th century.

Nearest terminal: Foix

Nearest airport: Toulouse

Age range: 18 - 30 years old

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Enhancement of the Fortress of the Dunes in the North of France
Leffrinckoucke, Nord-Pas de Calais, France       July 16 - August 6, 2018

Volunteer project: After twelve successful years of hosting international volunteers, the municipality of Leffrinckoucke wishes to invite a new group to take part in the restoration of the "Fortress of the Dunes", a military fort built in the XIXth century. The fortress is located in the North of France, 500 meters from the beach and 500 meters from the town of Dunkirk. The goal is to develop and enhance the site so that it can be visited and used for cultural purposes by local associations and music bands, and at the same time to create intercultural dynamics by favouring links between the local people, visitors and volunteers.

In the past years, many improvements were made to receive the public: guided visits are organised, a secured guided circuit tour is offered outside, several rooms were restored including a particular one dedicated to the history of the fortification with an interactive map of Operation Dynamo.

With a technical leader, you will work on various parts of the site of the fortress. The planned activities consist of clearing the outskirts, restoration of the external staircases, collecting old paving stones and branches and clearing undergrowth off the ditches. This work will be carried out in small groups.
The volunteers will help prepare and participate in a meeting with associations of the town (Beach Fest) during the last weekend, and will present the international volunteer workcamps. The volunteers will also participate in the World Shrimp Hulling Championship.

Language: English

Accommodation: In tents, at the municipal soccer field (stade municipal). Kitchen and showers nearby.

Location: The town of Leffrinckoucke is located a few kilometers from the town of Dunkirk. Buses are available to reach neighbouring towns. The nearest train station is in Dunkirk, and many connections are available by TGV to Lille (35 min) or Paris (2 hours).

Terminal: Dunkirk

Age range: 18 - 30 years old

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Renovation and protection of Fujian Tulou - the ancient earthen castles of China
Yongding, Fujian, China       July 21 - August 1, 2018

Volunteer project: Fujian Tulous are unique Chinese rural dwellings built between the 12th and 20th centuries by the mountainous Hakka people living in Fujian. In China, the Chinese traditional concept called “Feng-Shui” focuses on the relationship between human being and nature. Therefore, the Tulous were built with great consideration of the harmony with and respect for their surrounding nature in a very sustainable and energy efficient way, using local materials. They are interdependent with the mountains and rivers and form an ecological connection with nature over time. However, with globalization and the expansion of cities today, the environment is sometimes ignored and new structures are being built around the Tulous.
Moreover, a Tulou is usually inhabited by one family clan of several generations, and the enclosed structure allows for members to work together defending each other. Individual rooms provide privacy, but there are also communal areas, which provide for cultural gatherings and communication. Nowadays, the community dependence is weakening with young people moving out to the cities for work or for school. Emphasis on private property is growing and villagers prefer living in larger and more modern buildings.

Project aims:
• To preserve, protect, and promote Tulou (background, history, culture, architecture)
• To enhance international exchange and promote sustainable tourism and development of the Tulou
• To inspire future changemakers who are impactful towards world heritage preservation and sustainable tourism and/or building structures

Volunteer activities:
• Learn why and how to renovate Tulou and assist in renovating and beautifying its surrounding environment
• Continue the building of a Tulou wall
• Share the World/Cultural Heritage of your country with the local people
• Interact with local villagers through cultural activities
• Participate in discussions on changemaking stories or ideas on world heritage preservation and sustainable building structures whether they are from your country or from others

Language: English

Accommodation: Volunteers will be staying in an old village school dormitory with simple beddings.

Location: Da Ling Xia Village, Yongding, Longyan, Fujian Province
Longyan is located in western Fujian Province. Mountains and hills zigzag from northeast to southwest, occupying nearly eighty percent of the city's land area. This city belongs to the subtropical zone, enjoying an oceanic monsoon climate. The weather is moderate all the year round.

Closest airport: Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport (XMN)

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 1,200 CNY (about 160 Euro)
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Renovating an ancient fortification in Salins
Salins-les-Bains, Franche-Comté, France       July 30 - August 18, 2018

Volunteer project: Come to Salins-les-Bains, a small typical town in the French Jura, for an incredible experience! Salins is a welcoming town which has an impressive natural, gastronomic, and architectural heritage, such as the famous Great Saltworks listed in the UNESCO World Heritage sites. You will have the chance to take part in the enhancement of local heritage by taking part in this project which is organised for the 5th year in a row!

The town owns a plot of land in the centre that the representatives of the Community Center wish to transform into a community garden. In order to secure the access to the future garden, the municipality needs to renovate the fortification wall beneath with the help of an international volunteer team.

You will help renovate an ancient fortification using traditional masonry techniques: removing old coating, jointing, and rebuilding some destroyed parts of the wall. You will be trained and supervised by a specialist who will happily share with you his knowledge and expertise. You will work 5 hours a day, in the morning, 5 days a week.

Language: English

Possible free time activities: Visit of the town, of the Salt museum, hiking in the surrounding mountains, swimming, shared meals and parties with locals, visit of a vineyard, etc. You will be in charge of organizing an international meal for the inhabitants during your stay.

Accommodation: Accommodation will be in the Golden Tower (Tour Dorée), another architectural beauty of Salins, with access to a garden and a terrace. You will have a choice to sleep inside or in the garden in tents. Tents and ground mattresses will be provided, but please don’t forget to bring your sleeping bags.

Location: Located in the charming valley of La Furieuse, in the heart of the Jura region, Salins-les-Bains is a typical little town of Franche-Comté that has over 3000 inhabitants. Overlooked by two ancient forts and the Mount Poupet, the town has a rich cultural and natural heritage, as well as beautiful buildings which show the glorious past of this “saline city”; among them the UNESCO World Heritage “Saline building”. Salins-les-Bains developed with the extraction and commercialization of salt and nowadays hosts many spa-goers.

Nearest terminal: Mouchard

Nearest airport: Lyon

Age range: 18 - 30 years old

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Global culture camp at Baekje Historic Areas
Seocheon, Chungcheongnam, South Korea       July 30 - August 10, 2018

Volunteer project: The Baekje is one of the ancient kingdoms in Korean history. The kingdom was located in the mountainous mid-western region of the Korean peninsula and lasted about 700 years from 18 B.C. to 660 A.D. The Baekje Historic Area has eight archaeological sites dating from 475-660 A.D. including the Gongsanseong fortress and royal tombs at Songsan-ri related to the Ungjin capital Gongju; the archaeological site in Gwanbuk-ri and Busosanseong fortress, Jeongnimsa temple site, royal tombs in Neungsan-ri and Naseong city wall related to the Sabi capital Buyeo; the archaeological site in Wanggung-ri and the Mireuksa temple site in Iksan related to the secondary Sabi capital.

In July 2015, Baekje Historic Areas became a World Heritage site. UNESCO World Heritage Committee adopted a statement of the Outstanding Universal Value of Baekje Historic Areas because of its contribution to the cultural development in ancient East Asia. The aim of this project is promoting the importance and value of the Baekje Historic Areas among local people and volunteers from all over the world, and raising the public awareness about the site.

Participants will organize a global culture camp for youth not only to raise their awareness of the world heritage site but also to give them a chance to experience the cultures of other countries. In addition, they will learn more about the importance of the world heritage and also how other countries treat the world heritage.

Language: English

Leisure activities: Visiting historic places in Seocheon

Accommodation: In shared rooms with other volunteers in the school dormitory

Location: Seocheon, Chungcheongnam-do

Terminal: Incheon International Airport, Seocheon Bus Terminal

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Preservation of the ruins of a castle from the XIIc.
Bramevaque, Midi-Pyrenees, France       July 31 - August 18, 2018

Volunteer project: The municipality of Bramevaque and the district council of Barousse are mobilized to maintain and to restore the remains of the castle of the Earls of Comminges which attracts many visitors. For 23 years now, the small village of Bramevaque has been hosting international volunteer projects every summer which makes it possible to carry out this task and to create an original event in the village.

Supervised by an experienced mason, the group of volunteers will continue the conservation of the remains of the castle of the Earls of Comminges in Bramevaque. The work activities include clearing the overgrowth, masonry, building small stone walls. The site hosts several hundreds of visitors in the summer months.

Language: English

Possible free time activities: Hiking, swimming in the river, visit of prehistoric caves, the famous abbey of St Bertrand de Comminges, the water sports resort of Antignac, the Barousse museum.

Accommodation: You will stay in tents on the grounds of the castle. The living conditions are very simple and basic (dry toilets and solar showers). The project is suitable for nature lovers. Access to the castle is only by foot (10 minute walk up a steep path from the village).

Location: Bramevaque is a charming rural village of 30 inhabitants, at the foot of the Pyrenees mountains marking the border with Spain. The site offers beautiful landscapes and viewpoints. The Barousse valley is one of the most remarkable valleys of the Pyrenees; it is also on the itinerary of the “Tour de France” cycling race. The nearest cities are Montrejeau (15 km) and Toulouse (25 km).

Nearest terminal: Montréjeau-Gourdan-Polignan

Nearest airport: Toulouse

Age range: 18 - 30 years old

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Promoting the importance and historic value of Namhansanseong mountain fortress
Seongnam, Gyeonggi, South Korea       August 3 - August 12, 2018

Volunteer project: Namhansanseong was designed as an emergency capital for the Joseon dynasty (1392–1910), in a mountainous site 25 km south-east of Seoul. Built and defended by Buddhist monk-soldiers, it could accommodate 4,000 people and fulfilled important administrative and military functions. It is the only fortress that has been used as an emergency palace during a war so it has historical significance for the history of Korea. In recognition of its value, Namhansanseong was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2013. But so far it is more famous as a hiking, rock climbing and driving destination for local residents and visitors. Besides, many people have no idea that it is a World Heritage site. The aim of this project is promoting the importance and value of Namhansanseong as a World Heritage and preserving it.

The volunteers will organize a global culture camp for youth not only to raise their awareness of the World Heritage Site of Namhansanseong, but also to teach them about the importance of the world heritage in general and how other countries treat their heritage sites.

Language: English

Leisure activities: Visiting Seoul, the capital of Korea

Accommodation: In the university dormitory

Location: Seongnam, Gyeonggi Province. Seongnam is a satellite city of Seoul.

Terminal: Incheon International Airport, Seongnam bus terminal

Age range: 18 - 40 years old

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Restoration of ancient stone walls in Cantal
La Salve, Auvergne, France       August 5 - August 25, 2018

Volunteer project: At the heart of an exceptional region with lush flora, let’s come together in a colorful town! The municipality of Saint-Mamet-la-Salvetat wants to host a volunteer group, in the framework of development projects and enhancement of its historical heritage. Saint-Mamet-la-Salvetat is 750 meters above sea level, facing the mountains of Cantal and Aubrac, near Aurillac City, where a big festival takes place in August.

You will work on a 1000-year old site that needs to be restored. This site is located in a picturesque village, La Salvetat, where stone and rocks are everywhere. The work to save this site will focus on the restoration of dry stone walls around the Commandery (the place where Knights established this site). You will learn how to build dry stone: the ancestral technique for stacking stones without any binder for making a wall solid and durable. A technical supervisor will show you the restoration techniques. The team will work for 5 hours in the morning, Monday to Friday.

Language: English

Possible free time activities: In the region, you can admire the landscapes, visit local farms, and hike the many trails through the mountains.
Saint-Mamet is near the city of Aurillac so you will have the opportunity to enjoy the international street theater festival of Aurillac! This event will take place from August 23rd to 26th. It is a great occasion to discover artists and to attend many free shows taking place in the streets of Aurillac.

Accommodation: Volunteers will be accommodated in a communal building. Remember to bring your sleeping bag.

Location: Saint-Mamet-la-Salvetat has an exceptional heritage: the bread oven, the cross of Cayre, the farrier shoeing stock, the fountain rack system, the mural of the village from past to present, the orchard with its young transplants, the “secadou” (a building where chestnuts are dried), dry stone walls, the workshop (a former center for bottling carbonated water)... Indeed, in 1821 a source of sparkling water was discovered in the area, and it became legendary. A Natura 2000 site (200 hectares) is located nearby, and works to protect bats that hibernate in mining relics.

Nearest terminal: Aurillac

Nearest airport: Rodez

Age range: 18 - 30 years old

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Preservation of the Saint-Ilpize Castle
Saint Ilpize, Auvergne, France       August 5 - August 25, 2018

Volunteer project: This project is about preservation and promotion of Chateau Fort Saint-Ilpize. International volunteers will have the opportunity to participate in the enhancement of this beautiful site and enjoy the local culture. The municipality of Saint-Ilpize is also a partner in this project. The castle is a protected national historic site.

The castle was roughed by nature: storms, winter snow, lush vegetation, and is now in great need of maintenance and rehabilitation. The group will work on the restoration of a hiking trail leading to the site. This involves clearing and refitting a staircase with wooden logs. A technical supervisor will be on site to teach you specific restoration techniques. The work is 5 hours a day in the morning.

Language: English

Possible free time activities: You can swim in the Allier which runs right next to the campsite. Hikes are possible around Saint-Ilpize. On August 15, you will participate in the Festival of the UFO (Unidentified Floating Object): you’ll build a float to participate in this fun and creative party!

Accommodation: The volunteers will stay at the campsite near the castle and just next to the Allier River. Mattresses and tents are provided. Please, bring your sleeping bag.

Location: Saint-Ilpize is a village of nearly 200 inhabitants located along the Allier River. The setting is exceptional: the nature is lush and historic sites are numerous!

Nearest terminal: Brioude

Nearest airport: Clermont-Ferrand

Age range: 18 - 30 years old

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Restoration of the historic Salt Road in Vanoise National Park
Termignon, Rhone-Alpes, France       August 6 - August 25, 2018

Volunteer project: Welcome to the small Alpine village of Termignon, in the very heart of the beautiful Vanoise National Park! Between vertiginous mountain heights, large flowered meadows and fresh waterfalls, you will have the pleasure of contributing to the development of the village as well as getting introduced to the ancient dry stone building technique. After three successful volunteer projects in the last years, the local people expect a new team of highly motivated volunteers to carry on the renovation work on the famous “Salt Road”. A project designed for mountain lovers and those interested in dry stone building!

The “Salt Road” is a 27km route in the heart of the Vanoise National Park which connects the municipalities of Pralognan and Termignon. For five centuries, this route has served as a passage for transporting salt on mules, from Tarentaise to Maurienne and to the Italian Piedmont.

It’s on one part of this emblematic road, a few kilometers from the heart of the village of Termignon, where you will intervene. Led by passionate professionals who are keen to share their knowledge with you, you will participate in the repair and construction of a calade (cobblestone pavement). Work is 5 hours per day, 5 days per week.

Language: English

Possible free time activities: Climbing, tennis, nature exhibits, water sports, swimming pool, summer events, meeting with local people ...

Accommodation: Accommodation at the village’s campsite, sleeping in tents. Tents and mattresses will be provided; please bring a warm sleeping bag.

Location: Located at 1,300 meters above sea level, Termignon offers beautiful scenery, and many opportunities for hiking and viewing wildlife and flora. A free shuttle from the village allows you to go to the heart of the Park, from the main hiking trails to explore the lakes and mountain huts! If you love the mountains and the outdoors, welcome to Termignon!

Nearest terminal: Modane

Nearest airport: Lyon

Age range: 18 - 30 years old

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Heritage preservation and conservation in the Imperial City of Potosi
Potosi, Bolivia       August 17 - August 30, 2018

Volunteer project: Potosí was one of the most important cities in the world during the colonial period, called "Imperial Villa" because of the rich silver deposits in the Cerro Rico. During the 16th century it was considered as the largest industrial complex in the world. The extraction of silver ore was based on a series of hydraulic mills. The famous "Cerro Rico de Potosí" is a Cultural and Natural Heritage site recognized by UNESCO. The city of Potosí was declared Patrimony of the Humanity for its importance in human history. It is an important historical center of World Heritage, whose well-preserved structures and buildings attest to the events that took place here and provide an atmosphere of history and cultural richness.

Volunteer activities and workshops:
• Inviting representatives of authorities, institutions, local youth groups to present workshops on world heritage and the characteristics of the "Ciudad de Potosí" heritage.
• Forming mixed groups for round table discussions, in which proposals for conservation, preservation and promotion of Potosi's heritage are presented.
• Directing discussion groups and work towards realistic proposals that include indigenous rural population, urban population, youth, etc.
• Summarizing the work done at the round tables and preparing a document of good practices on the subject.
• Sharing the work done with the press, radio and television.
• Reflective workshops and discussions on the theme of world heritage and the relationship between heritage and biodiversity with the participation of volunteers, local community, authorities and civil society organizations.

Special requirements: Interest in history, heritage and archeology are expected.

Language: English

Leisure time: During the free time, cultural activities or countryside visits will be organized in order to introduce the history, traditions and pluricultural customs of the country. Volunteers will always be in contact with the local population.

Accommodation: Volunteers will be accommodated in a community center in the historic city of Potosi.

Location: Potosí, in the southern highlands of Bolivia

Terminal: Potosí

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 280 Euro
Transportation from Cochabamba Airport and local transportation during the project are included.
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Explore and promote Southern Thai culture at the Folklore museum on Yor Island
Songkhla, Thailand       1 to 12 months

Volunteer project: The officers of The Institute for Southern Thai Studies are enthusiastic to have a language and culture exchange with international volunteers and they welcome international volunteers’ contribution in their culture seminar activities. The Folklore museum of the Institute of Southern Thai Studies is located on the hill on Koh Yor island, Songkhla with fantastic views over the Songkhla Lake and aquaculture farms.

The volunteers in this project will support the activities of the Folklore museum. They will learn about Southern Thai culture, will receive tour guide training and will assist tourists visiting the site, will clean the antiques in the museum.

Special requirements: Cultural respect, open mind and love for learning and sharing is needed.

Leisure activities: Visiting the Water Park in Songkhla zoo, Songkhla Beach, local temples and Songkhla city

Language: English

Duration of the project: 1 to 12 months

Accommodation: The volunteers will stay in the museum’s accommodation or home stay with the Museum staff.

Location: Yor Island, Songkhla. Songkhla is both one of Thailand's most important port cities and a coastal province known for its ethnic diversity and its unique traditions, dialect, and folk entertainment.

Terminal: Hatyai International Airport

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $560 US)

Extra fee: 14,000 Bath per month for the 1st month (including orientation week); 12,000 Bath per month for 2nd, 3rd and 4th month; 10,000 Bath per month after the 4th month.
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Historic heritage of Buganda kingdom
Kasubi, Kampala district, Uganda       1 - 12 months

Volunteer project: The Buganda kingdom dates 200 years back and has a very rich history. One of the outstanding treasures of Buganda is the Kasubi Tombs which were declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. In 2010 some parts of the site were almost completely destroyed by a fire. After this tragedy, the Buganda Kingdom has vowed to rebuild the tombs of their kings, and the kingdom is looking for motivated volunteers to help rebuild the former glory of the kingdom by conserving, protecting and promoting the heritage site in all aspects. The Kasubi Tombs is the only Heritage Site of its kind in Uganda. The volunteers will be partnering with the kingdom to rebuild, restore, and document some of the activities of a two decade legacy.

Volunteer tasks include: restoration, promotion and protection of cultural values and sites; intercultural exchange; social work; educational support; raising awareness; guiding and counseling; tree planting.

Study theme: Protection, preservation and promotion of historic heritage, sustainable tourism and improving the livelihoods of local communities.

Language: English

Duration of the project: 1 to 12 months. The program is running throughout the year.

Accommodation: Accommodation will be in a host family or a group accommodation on site.

Location: The site is located in the Central region of Uganda, Kampala district, which surrounds the capital city.

Age range: 19 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $560 US)

Extra fee: 300 Euro for 1 month; 450 Euro for 1-3 months; 750 Euro for 3-6 months; 900 Euro for 6-9 months; 1200 Euro for 9-12 months;
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Support the Management Boards of UNESCO Protected Sites in Vietnam
Vietnam       2 - 12 months

Volunteer project: Placement on this project can be on one of 8 UNESCO protected sites in Vietnam:
• My Son World Heritage site
• Can Gio Biosphere Reserve
• Western Nghe An Biosphere Reserve
• Dong Van Global Karst Plateau Geopark
• Lower U Minh Ha National Park (under Mui Ca Mau Biosphere Reserve)
• Cat Tien National Park (under Dong Nai Biosphere Reserve)
• Dong Nai Culture and Nature Reserve (under Dong Nai Biosphere Reserve)
• Citadel of the Ho Dynasty

The volunteers will support the staff of the site management board. Volunteers' tasks include: giving English training course to the staff and the local community; conducting research about sustainable tourism development and management, and protection of the tropical forests; writing handbooks, leaflets and guidebooks…

Special requirements: Background/experience in environmental management, heritage management or tourism management is preferred.

Language: English

Duration of the project: 2-12 months

Accommodation: Volunteers will be provided with accommodation at the site. They need to bring a sleeping bag.

Location: Ha Giang Province, Nghe An Province, Quang Nam Province, Ho Chi Minh City, Thanh Hoa province, Ca Mau Province, Dong Nai Province, and Quang Ninh Province.

Terminal: depends on the site

Age range: 21 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $560 US)

Extra fee: 7,500,000 VND (about 300 Euro)/month
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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