Volunteer in France

Restoration of an ancient castle in the Pyrenees
Durban-sur-Arize, Midi-Pyrenees       2 projects of 2 wks in July and August

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

All available dates for this project:
July 9 - July 21, 2018
August 20 - September 1, 2018

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Rehabilitation of a rural heritage site in Auvergne
Chaspinhac, Auvergne       July 7 - July 28, 2018

Volunteer project: The municipality of Chaspinhac will host international volunteers once again this year. The village has unique natural environment and rich heritage that attract tourists during the summer: the Saint-Julien Historic Monument, hiking trails, a church. The municipality wants to rehabilitate the Saint-Quentin site, which is a former hamlet overlooking the Loire river. This site will eventually host a tourist information desk, as well as exhibition rooms and a cultural center (open air theater). Your work will be the last stage of this rehabilitation. This volunteer project will have a huge environmental and ecological dimension: you will actively participate in the wildlife protection and you will have information visits with a bird protection group.

The project will focus on the rehabilitation of the Saint-Quentin site in Chaspinhac. The team will work on saving a ruined building (consolidation of the existing structure, jointing with lime) and clearing the site and excavations to welcome visitors. A technical supervisor will teach you specific restoration techniques. You will work 5 hours in the morning, 5 days a week.

Language: English

Possible free time activities: Tours, hiking, excursions, meetings with local farmers and tasting great organic produce are some of the possible activities. This workcamp is for those who like nature and are really interested in the environmental/ecological dimension of the project.

Accommodation: Under tents in the Saint-Quentin campsite with magnificent views of the gorges of the Loire. Tents and mattresses will be provided. Bring your own warm sleeping bag.

Location: Chaspinhac has 800 inhabitants and is located 15 km north of Le Puy-en-Velay city (no public transportation from the village to the city). It’s a village steeped in history that attracts many tourists and hikers, especially with its preserved environment. Several sites around are under environmental protection: the Loire’s Gorges, the Loire’s Valley. One of the hiking trails that crosses the Saint-Quentin site, offers a beautiful view on the Loire’s Gorges. The hamlet of Saint-Quentin, built in the 19th century, hosted farms in the past. Deserted for more than 70 years now, its buildings are turning into ruins.

Nearest terminal: Le Puy-en-Velay

Nearest airport: Lyon

Age range: 18 - 30 years old

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Restoration and promotion of the historic heritage of Viviers
Viviers, Rhone-Alpes       July 8 - July 28, 2018

Volunteer project: Attention all architecture and heritage lovers! A great project is organised, with historical discoveries and friendly meetings. In this project, international participants will join efforts with French volunteers for the restoration and promotion of the regional heritage of Viviers, a splendid little town in Ardèche near the Rhône river. They will work on several historic sites, in particular a large Renaissance residence in the downtown and an old working-class housing. In partnership with Viviers town hall, international volunteer projects took place in the past 4 years. Local people will be happy to help you discover their city and its surroundings.

The international team will work with local volunteers on the two historic sites that are the pride of Viviers. If you are attracted by construction and architecture, this project is made for you! You will do stone work and stone cutting work, in a protected area alongside the House of the Knights, which is a magnificent mansion from the Renaissance. Your work will concern the enhancement of an arch, a window and a façade (for this a scaffold will be used with a specialist). You will also work on the site of a former working-class area called «Cité Lafarge» in order to clean a room which eventually could be used to show the way of living in the 1900’s. Two people specialized in stone work will also share their technical and historic knowledge with the group. You will work every morning, 4 to 5 hours a day, 5 days a week.

Language: English

Possible free time activities: Special evenings and meals will be organised during the project. Along with the local volunteers, you will have the opportunity to discover the region and its history: visits of the old city and historical sites in the surroundings, markets, hiking, kayaking the Ardèche river, nautical base. The local people are very enthusiastic to welcome the international volunteers!

Accommodation: The group will be hosted in a building in the city center. Mattresses will be provided but don’t forget to bring your sleeping bag.

Location: Viviers is a beautiful city of 4.000 inhabitants that overlooks the Rhône Valley. It has an important architectural heritage and a very nice and warm weather. The town hall and the local volunteers want to take advantage of your presence to organise a lot of meetings with the local population. Cultural discoveries and good atmosphere are surely guaranteed!

Nearest terminal: Montelimar

Nearest airport: Marseille

Age range: 18 - 30 years old

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Beautifying the heritage of Saint-Amant
Saint-Amant-Roche-Savine, Auvergne       July 8 - July 28, 2018

Volunteer project: Located 900 meters above sea level in the heart of the Livradois-Forez Regional Natural Park, Saint-Amant-Roche-Savine is a small rural town often considered as a dynamic village. In a privileged location, with a preserved natural environment, local associations bring together the population around various activities such as sports, visual arts and culture. In order to further increase its tourist appeal, the town wants to organize an international volunteer project for the second time in 2018. The goal is the restoration of a small heritage site.

Volunteers' main task in the project will be to restore a small heritage site in the town. A technical supervisor will be on site to teach you specific techniques. The group will work for 5 hours in the morning. Afternoons and weekends are reserved for free time activities.

Language: English

Possible free time activities: In this unspoiled natural environment, you can hike, swim in the river, visit exceptional sites such as Saint Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, whose interior is entirely painted, or Jasseries du Forez. Many tourists come to the holiday village of Saint-Amant-Roche-Savine, where they enjoy during the summer an incomparable cultural program. Like them, you will quickly love the landscapes, markets, local producers, artisans, all those who make this country live! There will be a big party on the last weekend of your stay - an opportunity to live unforgettable moments in the heart of French culture!

Accommodation: In tents, at the soccer field right by Saint-Amant’s downtown. Tents and mattresses will be provided, please bring a sleeping bag.

Location: Located in a mountain, the town offers magnificent views of the Forez mountains. You can admire the landscapes, fauna and flora while hiking the trails. The local heritage is unique: since 2014, the municipality is committed to the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism Development with the Livradois-Forez Regional Natural Park.

Nearest terminal: Ambert

Nearest airport: Clermont-Ferrand

Age range: 18 - 30 years old

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Landscaping a park and renovating a dry stone wall in the heart of Beaujolais
Chatillon d’Azergues, Rhone-Alpes       July 9 - July 28, 2018

FRENCH SPEAKING PROJECT
Volunteer project: Come and discover the captivating region of Pierres Dorées through a variety of cultural and environmental activities! This summer, the three neighbor towns of Chatillon d’Azergues, Le Bois d’Oingt and Chessy-les-Mines will welcome for the 8th time in a row an international volunteer team in this pretty countryside between Lyon and the famous Beaujolais region!

The volunteer team will take part in various types of outdoor work every morning (4-5 hours per day, 5 days a week).
The first mission will be to continue the renovation of a dry stone wall in the village of Châtillon d’Azergues that was started by the volunteers last summer. You will have the opportunity to learn this technique with the help of the specialists who will be happy to lead you on the work site.
The second part of the project will be dedicated to the arrangement of the municipal park of Bois d’Oingt, a beautiful “rose village” in the heart of the Beaujolais vineyards. With the help of local youngsters and volunteers, you will participate in the creation of a green spot for public use in the village center. Your landscaping activities in the park will contribute to a better maintenance of the biodiversity.
This project is a very good opportunity to establish contact with French speakers and to actively participate in the life of the community! Local young people will accompany you during the project.

Special requirements: This is a French speaking project. French will be the main language for the daily life, work and activities. We expect the volunteers to have at least a basic level of French!

Language: French

Possible free time activities: You will have various opportunities to discover this scenic area. Possible leisure and cultural activities include visits of the villages and wine cellars of Beaujolais, trip to the city of Lyon, French national day festivities and fireworks, meetings with the locals, shared meals, biking and swimming in the river.

Accommodation: This is a project for camping lovers! The former Chessy-les-Mines camp site, which will be your accommodation place, is situated halfway between the two towns and offers an ideal location near the village center, perfect for guitar nights and outdoor BBQs! Tents and mattresses will be provided; please don’t forget to bring your sleeping bag!

Location: The Region of Oingt is located 40 km north of Lyon, in the “Land of golden stones”, a lovely part of Beaujolais, known as "Little Tuscany". One can discover here many charming old villages and vineyards on the hill tops. Testimonies of past heritage are present everywhere.

Nearest terminal: Chessy

Nearest airport: Lyon

Age range: 18 - 30 years old

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School renovation in St Ybars
St Ybars, Midi-Pyrenees       July 9 - July 28, 2018

Volunteer project: St Ybars, located at the gateway to Ariège, once again wishes to organize an international volunteer project! This town which benefits from a magnificent view of the surroundings was built around a Bastide. The village overlooks the valley and gives these people an exceptional living environment. A large part of the village is also classified in the heritage of France and is therefore subject to special protection. In order to continue to preserve these places, the municipality decided to welcome once again international volunteers to work on the local school.

This town of 600 inhabitants is lucky to have a communal school of 5 classes and they want to maintain and enhance it! The barriers that surround the courtyard where students have recreational activities are severely damaged by the weather. Your mission will be to give color to these bars to cheer up the school a little!

Special requirements: Motivation letter is required with application.

Language: English

Possible free time activities: St Ybars organizes every year a village festival that spans 4 days and ends with the traditional Cassoulet! You can taste regional specialties and meet the inhabitants of the town. Exchange and intercultural meeting will be at your fingertips and you can soak up the Ariège culture! Just 50 minutes by bus from Toulouse, you can enjoy your free time to visit the pink city and its summer activities.

Accommodation: You will be staying in a camping next to the hunters house. For the shower you will have access to the one located in the village hall which is in front of the school. The campsite is located less than 5 minutes from the heart of the village.

Location: St Ybars, Midi-Pyrenees

Terminal: Toulouse

Age range: 18 - 30 years old

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Brighten up children's spaces in Cluses
Cluses, Rhone-Alpes       July 9 - July 28, 2018

Volunteer project: Welcome to the Northern Alps region! Halfway between Mount Blanc and Léman lake, the town of Cluses and its exceptional views await you this summer for an international volunteer project. You will be welcomed by some of the town’s local young people, aged 18 to 25, who will be by your side working on the project and helping you to discover their splendid region. Expect cultural immersion and celebrations on this exciting volunteer project.

You will make a contribution to the beautification of a school! Working together with 8 local young people, you will carry out some important work for the children by putting colour and life back into a school located in a popular neighbourhood of the city. To do this, your Franco-international team will take part in different solidarity actions: repainting the school hallways, refreshing an exterior wall with a mural painting on the theme of sharing and cultural awareness! You will be helped by two local leaders for the technical part. For the painting task, you will be able to bring in your artistic talents and your collective creativity to produce murals which express the group’s shared values. The work will be done in the morning (5 hours a day from Monday to Friday).

Language: English

Possible free time activities: You will put together an itinerary of cultural and leisure activities with your French team-mates involving sports, swimming in lakes, excursions, visit of Annecy and other towns, celebratory meals, and of course plenty of cultural exchanges! The young people of Cluses look forward to helping you discover the region and their culture, as well as getting to know you all better!

Accommodation: You will be staying in a building in the town, near to the city centre and shopping facilities. On site are a kitchen, showers and a common room; one of the rooms will be converted into a dormitory. Floor mats will be provided, but you must bring your own sleeping bag.

Location: At the foot of one of the most beautiful mountains in the Northern Alps, and on the edge of the Great Alpine Road, the pretty town of Cluses and its 17,000 inhabitants live in an ideal location! Close to Italy and Switzerland (40 minutes from Geneva!), Cluses gives you direct access to well-known tourist sites such as Mont Blanc or lake Léman: you will be amazed by the greenery and you will be able to learn more about the culture of high altitude towns through unique cultural visits and activities! Also, you will be able to make the most of the city’s summer events.

Nearest terminal: Cluses

Nearest airport: Lyon

Age range: 18 - 30 years old

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Beautifying a traditional village in Rhone-Alpes
Clansayes, Rhone-Alpes       July 14 - August 5, 2018

Volunteer project: Volunteer projects have been organized in the village of Clansayes for many years, thanks to the willingness of elected officials to improve the quality of life and quality of reception reserved to volunteers from other countries. Clansayes has many attractions for those who want to discover the history, culture and landscapes.

Supervised by local volunteers, you will participate in different activities over three weeks intended to make the village more beautiful than it is already. You will perform various works: clearing and embellishment, especially around the ramparts, for 5 hours in the morning, 5 days a week. This is physical work and you may have to carry heavy loads! You will also participate in the village festival together with local volunteers, and will help with some installations.

Language: English

Accommodation: In a municipal building, in the heart of this lovely traditional village. Mattresses will be provided, please bring a sleeping bag. No shops and no public transportation in the area.

Location: Clansayes (500 inhabitants) is located in South Drome, at the broder with Provence. 20 km away from Montelimar and 5 km away from St Paul 3 Chateaux. The village has many traces of a rich past. Be open, the inhabitants love to welcome the volunteers !

Terminal: Montelimar

Age range: 18 - 30 years old

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Guitar festival in Auvergne
Chanteuges, Auvergne       July 14 - August 4, 2018

Volunteer project: Located in Haute-Loire in the « Gorges of Allier », Chanteuges is one of the remarkable villages of Auvergne. Built on a basaltic spur, the abbey Benedictine of the XIIth century, its priory, its church and convent overhang the village and its calades. From 24 till 28 July, the municipality organizes a Guitar festival: the Abbey of Chanteuges welcomes for four days guitarists’ recitals, both of established and young musicians. This project will be the opportunity to combine the restoration of the small heritage of the municipality with participation in the organization of this festival. An opportunity to ally culture and heritage in one of the most beautiful villages of the region!

Guided by local volunteers, you will participate in the organization and running of the festival: setting up rooms, installation of the festival area, cleaning after each performance (stage, outside space, etc.), waste management and recycling. At the end of the festival, you will have to remove and store materials. On some evenings, you will also participate in drinks and concert posters selling. Participants have to be able to communicate in French, at least at a basic level.
Some tasks are repetitive but essential. Your motivation is really needed before, during, but also after the festival. Working hours may be very flexible. Time for leisure or for the group life will depend on the needs for help on the festival area. Work is 20 hours a week; you may have to work on Saturday and Sunday. The volunteers are expected to be dynamic, enthusiastic and ready to meet the many local volunteers and the festival audience. You will have a free access pass and be able to attend most of the concerts.

Language: English and French

Possible free time activities: You can swim in the Allier, canoe or participate in local parties. Hikes are possible around Chanteuges.

Accommodation: You will stay at the campsite. Tents and mattresses will be provided, please bring a sleeping bag.

Location: Chanteuges 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!

Terminal: Langeac

Age range: 18 - 30 years old

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Restoring an ancient abbey in Pebrac
Pébrac, Auvergne       July 15 - July 21, 2018

Volunteer project: Located in the heart of the Haute-Loire, 12 km of Langeac and 40 km of the Puy en Velay, the small village of Pébrac shelters the remains of an abbey established in 1062. Local associations work to develop the local heritage as well to organize friendly activities which enliven the village. To continue the restoration of this exceptional site, the village wishes to organize an international volunteer project. The objective is to reshape a wall in dry stones around the abbey.

Your mission during the project will be to redevelop a dry-stone wall of 22 meters bordering the abbey. There will be work of clearance and restoration of stone walls. You will have the mission to restore it: handing stones and masonry. This project is a real opportunity to acquire manual skills in traditional masonry. A technical supervisor will be on site to teach you specific techniques. The work takes place in the morning for 5 hours maximum. Afternoon and weekends are dedicated to free time activities.

Language: English

Possible free time activities: You can swim in the Allier, canoe or participate in local parties. Hikes are possible around Pébrac.

Location: Pébrac 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!

Terminal: Langeac

Age range: 18 - 30 years old

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Rehabilitation of socially disadvantaged areas in Clermont Ferrand
Clermont Ferrand, Auvergne       July 15 - July 28, 2018

FRENCH SPEAKING PROJECT
Volunteer project: The group of international volunteers will be involved in the rehabilitation and cleaning of urban furniture in a socially disadvantaged area in Clermont Ferrand. The work will mainly consist in painting, cleaning entrance halls and common areas, tag cleaning, creating murals. You will work with local youth of the neighborhood, supervised by a professional. The local participants are unemployed young people who are part of a social and professional integration program. You will be divided into small groups to allow a mix between you, the volunteers, and the local youth. The aim is to enable young people in difficulty to open up to Europe and international opportunities. In addition, it will show to local young people another vision of youth, from outside their neighbourhood, in order to change their vision of the world.
Motivation is essential! You will work from Monday to Friday, from 8am to 12pm. You will participate in different activities in the afternoon: cultural visits, sports, etc. The project will have a real impact on people who live in this district.

Special requirements: Motivation letter required with application.

Language: French

Possible free time activities: Exchanges with sports and cultural associations, meetings with associations developing actions towards youth. In the town: walking tours, Cathedral, visit the various museums: the Museum of Art, museum Lecoq, museum Bargouin, sports activities, discovery of the Puy de Dome, visit of Vulcania.

Accommodation: You will be accommodated in an apartment in Clermont-Ferrand.

Location: Clermont-Ferrand is the prefecture of the department of Puy-de-Dome and capital of the Auvergne region. It is located in the Massif Central, at 410 m altitude. To the west, the city is dominated by a basaltic plateau (900m on average) with the chain of Puys, the largest chain of volcanoes (extinguished) in Europe, including the Puy de Dome, the most famous volcano. To the east, the metropolitan area reaches the plain of Limagne, with river Allier. The city is both a point of contact between the plain Limagne and Mountains of Domes. A large part of the city occupies a volcanic hill called the central plateau. It is, in fact, the edge of the crater, 156.000 years old. It is approximately 1,5 km in diameter and has been filled by the alluvium of the Tiretaine, a small river running through the city. Clermont is also built on the edge of the valley of Allier. The city has developed around this central plateau on which stands the cathedral, extending to the east in the plain, and to a lesser extent, on the hillsides to the west.

Terminal: Clermont Ferrand

Age range: 18 - 30 years old

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Creating a public park in Issoire
Issoire, Auvergne       July 15 - August 4, 2018

Volunteer project: In this project, you will actively participate in the creation of a park located in the city center of Issoire. This place is appreciated by local residents and they like to meet there and enjoy the surrounding nature.

The tasks before the volunteers include:
- Work with earth: digging holes along the plots of land
- Masonry work: putting some concrete, fences and gates
A technical supervisor will teach you specific construction techniques. The work takes place the morning for 5 hours maximum. Afternoon and weekends are dedicated to other activities.

Language: English

Possible free time activities: Time is planned to explore the city, enjoying its magnificent Romanesque abbey, but also hiking in the area, activities with the Youth Center, visiting the Volcanoes, going to the swimming pool. In addition, you will attend an international Folklore dance festival in town.

Accommodation: The accommodation is located in the local sport hall. Camp beds provided. Bring your sleeping bag. The accommodation is 15 minutes walk from the city center.

Location: Issoire is a city of 15,000 inhabitants located 35 km south of Clermont Ferrand, in the plain between two regional parks: the Auvergne Volcanoes Park and the Livradois Forez Park. The Allier river runs through Issoire and attracts many canoe riders in the summer.
You will be surprised by the richness of Auvergne scenery which has rightly been classified among the 10 regions in the world to visit in 2016 by Lonely Planet.

Terminal: Issoire

Age range: 18 - 30 years old

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Heritage restoration and organizing a local festival in Condat
Condat-lès-Montboissier, Auvergne       July 15 - August 4, 2018

Volunteer project: Located 700 meters above sea level in the heart of Regional Park Livradois, Condat lès Montboissier is often considered as a dynamic village. In a privileged location, with a preserved natural environment, a few associations unite people around various activities such as sports, art and culture. In order to further increase its tourist appeal, the town wants to organize a volunteer project. The goal is to restore an old wash house and participate in the local festival.

Your mission during this project is to preserve different elements of the building heritage of Condat. As the first mission you will act for the restoration of the washhouse. Then you will participate in the organization of the local festival, a chance to live unforgettable moments in the heart of French culture! A technical supervisor will teach you specific techniques. The work takes place in the morning for 5 hours maximum.

Language: English

Possible free time activities: In this protected natural environment, you can walk, swim in the river, visit exceptional sites. You can see amazing landscapes, markets, local producers, artisans, those that sustain this country!

Accommodation: You will stay at the football stadium a few meters from downtown. Tents and mattresses will be provided, please bring a sleeping bag.

Location: Located in a mountain, the town offers magnificent views of the mountains of Forez. You can admire during your walks on the many marked trails specificity of landscapes, fauna and flora. The local heritage is unique: since 2014, the municipality is committed to the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism Development with the Regional Natural Park Livradois.

Terminal: Issoire

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       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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Nature experience camp for teens
Vassieux en Vercors, Rhone-Alpes       2 projects of 2 wks in July and August

FRENCH SPEAKING PROJECT
Volunteer project: The project is based in an outdoor nature camp in the heart of the Vercors Regional Natural Park, a protected area of forested mountains in the Rhône-Alpes region of southeastern France. All kinds of projects have been hosted here through the years, with one goal: to enable a wider audience to live in the wilderness. The site is meant to become an educational place about energy transition. Since 2011, international volunteers have contributed to this project. In the last six years, the camp has hosted groups of young volunteers for an eco-construction project and collective outdoor living, and wishes to repeat the experience this year.

During the project, your mission will be to continue the work done by the volunteers last year. You will be guided by the site’s supervisors and will accomplish varied tasks of eco-construction, such as redoing the primers and making the finishing touches on the roofs of eco-huts and on the paths. Natural/recycled materials will be used. You will also be given other tasks in order to maintain and keep the site running such as looking after the vegetable garden, writing a blog, doing different little improvements and constructions, and making a radio podcast. You will take part in leisure activities for the kids hosted on the site. This is the prefect project for nature lovers and creators of all stripes!

Special requirements: This is a French speaking project. French will be the main language of the daily life, the work and the activities. We expect the volunteers to have at least a basic level of French.

Language: French

Possible free time activities: With the help of the group leaders, you can organize numerous activities for leisure and discovery, group games in nature, hiking, visiting local food producers. The Vercors plateau is known for having sheltered great acts of resistance during the Second World War - you can also explore this piece of local history.

Accommodation: The facility is comfy but basic, made for the outdoors enthusiasts. You will be accommodated in tents on the camp site. Mattresses will be provided, but please bring your sleeping bag. The camp host pays special attention to the management of resources, energy and waste on site, but also to the source of materials and food. Whenever possible, meals are prepared with local and organic products.

Location: The campsite is located a few miles from Vassieux en Vercors, a mountain village at over 1000m altitude.

Nearest terminal: Die

Nearest airport: Lyon

Age range: 14 - 17 years old

Extra fee: 380 Euro

All available dates for this project:
July 17 - July 28, 2018
August 1 - August 12, 2018

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Jazz Festival in the medieval town of Crest
Crest, Rhone-Alpes       July 22 - August 7, 2018

FRENCH SPEAKING PROJECT
Volunteer project: Every year, the Crest Jazz Vocal Festival is the highlight of the summer in town. The preparation of this major event needs a lot of time and people available. For more than 10 years, motivated volunteers have helped with its organization.

Guided by volunteers of the association in charge, you will participate in the life of the festival: installation of the festival area, setting up rooms, cleaning after each performance (stages, outside space), waste management and recycling. At the end of the festival, you will have to remove and store the materials. On some evenings, you will also participate in drinks and concert posters selling. Therefore, participants have to be able to communicate in French. This is a project for enthusiastic and motivated volunteers who wish to practice French and enjoy good jazz music!

Note: Some tasks are repetitive, but essential. The organizers of the festival rely on your motivation to help them before, during, but also after the festival. Working hours will vary according to the needs. The time for leisure or group life will depend on the need of help for the festival. The volunteer work is 20 hours a week; you may have to work on Saturday and Sunday. The volunteers are expected to be dynamic, motivated, enthusiastic, ready to meet the many local volunteers and the festival audience, and of course, fond of music! You will have a free access pass and will be able to attend most of the concerts.

Special requirements: In order to facilitate the contacts with the local population, this project is meant for French speakers/learners only! Language for working activities and exchanges within the volunteer team will mostly be French. You have to be able to communicate in French, at least at a basic level.

Language: French

Possible free time activities: Visit of the Tower of Crest, visit of the towns of Valence or Die (old town and cooperative cellar), night markets, free concerts within the jazz festival, swimming pool, canoe, hiking in the Vercors mountains... The volunteers will organize an international meal for the local people during the project.

Accommodation: In a former school. Mattresses will be provided; bring your own sleeping bag.

Location: Located in the Drôme valley, in the south of the Vercors regional park, the small town of Crest has 8000 inhabitants. Dominated by its medieval tower (52m high), the town owns an inheritance of quality. Very busy in the summer period, the town offers many sport and cultural activities. Towns nearby: Montélimar (40 km) or Valence (30 km).

Nearest terminal: Crest

Nearest airport: Lyon

Age range: 18 - 30 years old

Extra fee: 50 Euro

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Preservation of the architectural monuments of Peyrilles
Peyrilles, Occitanie       July 22 - August 11, 2018

Volunteer project: Peyrilles, located in Lot, is a town of 600 inhabitants. This municipality hidden at the door of Quercy gives its inhabitants an exceptional living environment. In the middle of the green valley of the Lot, numerous Perigordian buildings surround the castle of Peyrilles, which the residents maintain and restore over time. The local associations and the communal employees work regularly for the preservation of these places where many local events are organized. An Anglophone community has been established for some years now in the town attracted by the natural and cultural assets of Peyrilles.

In addition to the castle, the town is full of small architectural monuments to preserve and restore. The work that will be done this year during the project will be organized around the development of the heart of the village and will go through several small projects: Bread oven maintenance work, development of a path leading to the castle, punctual work of restoration at the castle, clearing of vegetation, cleaning and small repairs on several fountains, calvaries and chapels located in hamlets. This work will be supervised by a municipal employee and a few local residents.
The volunteers will be invited to participate in the organization of the village festival to be held on August 4th and 5th. A great opportunity to meet the locals and discover their traditions and festivities!

Language: English

Possible free time activities: You will have the opportunity to discover the surroundings with the village of Rocamadour, and the chasm of Padirac.

Accommodation: You will be housed in two communal apartments located in the heart of the village, 3 bedrooms each. You will be split by 2 per room.

Location: Peyrilles is a community active at the associative level. The inhabitants are mobilized to organize many events. You will be invited to participate in each one of them! The bread oven is lit several times a year in order to organize festive meals with the whole community, then to your pizzas!

Terminal: Cahors

Age range: 18 - 30 years old

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Maintenance of medieval heritage and community gardens in Luzech
Luzech, Occitanie       July 22 - August 11, 2018

Volunteer project: Luzech is located in the Lot department in the heart of the Cahors wine region. It is surrounded by the River Lot and forms a peninsula. At the top of this rock were erected different citadels and castles over the years. Luzech has inherited a well-supplied historical heritage, which is maintained by the city and its volunteers. Local associations participate in the animation of this city and do not hesitate to exchange around the shared gardens located below the Luzech tower.

Luzech needs to see the heart of its village refreshed and embellished, which is why they asked for volunteer help. You will have the task of repainting the entrance doors of the two churches of the village, but also work to restore the medieval gate located on the heights of the city. A job of clearing and maintenance of the hot oven will be required. And finally you will participate in the maintenance of community gardens. You will have the opportunity to work on several different themes with the support of young people in the city. A great opportunity to meet the locals and discover their traditions and festivities!

Language: English

Possible free time activities: You will be able to participate in the various events that will be held in the village, while discovering the surroundings. The natural riches of the Lot will invite you to beautiful hikes among the vineyards. You will have the opportunity to discover the surroundings with the village of Rocamadour, and the chasm of Padirac.

Accommodation: You will be lodged at the municipal campsite under tents.

Location: Luzech is a very active community, with many events happening regularly. With about 1500 inhabitants, Luzech offers a variety of leisure activities.

Terminal: Cahors

Age range: 18 - 30 years old

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Give a new life to a small river in Auvergne
Arfeuilles, Auvergne Rhône-Alpes       July 22 - August 12, 2018

Volunteer project: Located in the Monts de la Madeleine, Arfeuilles is a small mountainous town, between 400 and 800 meters above sea level. In the South, the Barbenan creek starts, and it gradually becomes, with input streams of the nearby hills, the river running through the town of Arfeuilles. Formerly, turbines allowed to supply electricity to the village of Arfeuilles, thanks to the large flow of rivers in the municipality. The municipality would like to revive this activity and make Arfeuilles self-reliant in electricity production and consumption: it will become a positive energy territory (PET). The municipality would like volunteers to help develop and enhance the river on which were once the turbines.

The goal of the project is to give a new life to the small river that runs through the village. Currently, bushes and shrubs have invaded the banks, the wall that runs along the river disappears, and the path along the brook needs maintenance. We must therefore carry out clearance work, river cleaning, clearing brush off the banks to highlight the wall and make the trail accessible. A technical supervisor will teach you specific techniques. The work takes place in the morning for 5 hours maximum. Afternoons and weekends are reserved for other activities

Language: English

Possible free time activities: The life in Arfeuilles is very lively during the summer: fireworks, craft festival, festival of the Rivers, Classical Music Festival, the Great Games, which bring together all surroundings towns. Other activities and events will also be organized with local associations (football tournament, etc.) and artisans of the municipality (painter, sculptor): the best opportunities to discover the culture of Auvergne region!

Accommodation: Volunteers will be accommodated at the campsite of the town, and tents will be provided. Remember to bring your sleeping bag.

Location: At the heart of the Bourbonnaise Mountain, Arfeuilles is located in a particularly remarkable natural setting. You can make many walks along the river and admire the waterfall of Pisserotte, tourist shrine, the Calvary and the Madonna overlooking the valley. Arfeuilles also has a particularly typical built heritage, like the dungeon of Montmorillon. Located both on the pilgrimage path Saint Jacques de Compostela and the Via Santi Martini, which crosses Europe from Hungary, many hikers and tourists are passing through the town during the summer.

Terminal: Vichy

Age range: 18 - 30 years old

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Restoration of ancient water mills in Auvergne
Besse, Auvergne Rhône-Alpes       July 29 - August 18, 2018

Volunteer project: The diversity of the natural and built heritage of Besse-Et-Saint-Anastaise (the full name of the town) gives it a special attraction. It is located in the heart of the Auvergne volcanoes situated on the Massif du Sancy (the highest mountain in Auvergne). The town is known for its Ski resort “Super Besse”. The town attracts tourists both during summer and winter. Besse is also distinguished by its human dynamics, the number of associations and events happening in the area throughout the year. It is with great enthusiasm that the residents and the local associations will meet you in this authentic village.

Besse is crossed by a river taking its source from one of the deepest lakes in Europe, Lake Pavin. On the banks of this river called Couze Pavin, you can find old water mills. Two centuries ago men built water mills to use the energy of the river. These mills are now in ruins but they need to be saved. Your mission will be to preserve these mills. This would require cleaning the sites from invading vegetation and traditional masonry work. The aim of the project is preserving the history written by men of the past. The restoration work will be guided by a technical supervisor. The work will be for 5 hours a day in the morning.

Language: English

Possible free time activities: Some activities will be proposed to the volunteers such as tours, excursions, hiking, swimming.

Accommodation: You will be accommodated in an exceptional setting in a small cottage. Mattresses are provided. Please, bring your sleeping bag.

Location: Besse is considered as one of the most beautiful sites of the Auvergne region. The village is a part of the Natural Regional Park of the Volcanoes of Auvergne. It is located in the Massif du Sancy born 5 millions years ago. The village benefits of a preserved environment and great landscapes made up of volcanoes and lakes. Besse is 1hour away from Clermont-Ferrand.

Terminal: Clermont-Ferrand

Age range: 18 - 30 years old

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Preserving the built heritage of Siaugues
Siaugues Sainte Marie, Auvergne Rhône-Alpes       July 29 - August 18, 2018

Volunteer project: Situated at 900m above sea level in the heart of the Haute-Loire, Siaugues Sainte Marie is a small rural district considered as a dynamic village. The preserved natural environment and abundant built heritage offer privileged and pleasant living conditions.

Volunteers will work for the preservation of different elements of the built heritage of Siaugues. As the first mission you will act for the restoration of the washhouse. In addition, the bread oven also requires intervention. This project is a real opportunity to acquire skills in manual craftsmanship and traditional masonry. A technical supervisor will teach you specific restoration techniques. The work takes place the morning for 5 hours maximum. Afternoon and weekends are dedicated to other activities.

Language: English

Possible free time activities: In this protected natural environment, you can hike, swim in the river, visit exceptional sites.

Location: Located in a mountain, the town offers magnificent views. You can admire during your walks on the many marked trails beautiful landscapes, fauna and flora. The local heritage is unique. Many tourists visit the Haute - Loire where they enjoy during the summer of incomparable cultural programming. Like them, will enjoy landscapes, markets, local producers, artisans, those that sustain this country!

Terminal: Langeac

Age range: 18 - 30 years old

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Restoration of religious heritage sites in Occitanie
Chalabre, Occitanie       July 29 - August 19, 2018

Volunteer project: Located at the edge of the Ariège and Aude, the municipality of Chalabre is noted for its heritage and natural environment. The village of Chalabre was born in Cathar country in the 12th century. Its country houses and castles formed the heart of the village. Over the years two churches were built, as well as the Chapel of Calvary overlooking the village.

Here you will have the opportunity to work on the French historical heritage! Two projects will be run in parallel so that each volunteer can work on all the projects. The first project will take place in Notre Dame Church, where cleaning of the woodwork will be done. Careful dusting and deposition of specific coatings should be done as well. You will be supervised by a municipal employee. The second project will be organized around the restoration of crosses located on the Way of the cross leading to the chapel of Calvary. Work of small masonry and cleaning will be put in place.

Special requirements: Motivation letter is required with application.

Language: English

Possible free time activities: Chalabre organizes various cultural events throughout the summer. You will be invited to the Book festival which will be held the first weekend of the project, to a festival of art and music which will take place the last week of the project. During your stay, you can visit the castle of Chalabre and that of Montségur. You can also participate in the pétanque tournament and swim in the river that runs through the village.

Accommodation: You will be staying in a tent on the municipal campsite. You will be only 5 minute walk from the heart of the village, where you will find all the amenities (post office, supermarket, bakery etc. ...).

Location: Chalabre, Occitanie

Terminal: Pamiers

Age range: 18 - 30 years old

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Renovating an ancient fortification in Salins
Salins-les-Bains, Franche-Comté       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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Restoration of the rural heritage of Occitanie
Sarp, Occitanie       July 30 - August 18, 2018

Volunteer project: Located in the heart of the Hautes-Pyrénées, the town of Sarp will host this summer an international volunteer project. It will be organized around the restoration of the Grange Foraine. Engaging in the preservation and promotion of their built and environmental heritage, Sarp seeks to introduce its region to new generations.

Located on the discovery trail, about 15 minutes walk, the Grange Foraine is undergoing renovation. The discovery trail allows one to explore and enjoy the surrounding thanks to explanatory panels. This year, the project will focus on restoring the stone walls of the barn. This requires work on consolidating the walls and paving the interior of the building. Local volunteers will help as well. You will have to go up the 4 walls of the barn so that next year the next group of volunteers can install the roof of it. A real work on French heritage awaits you!

Special requirements: Motivation letter is required with application.

Language: English

Possible free time activities: In this town of a hundred inhabitants, you can access many sports activities such as archery or climbing, installed and organized by local associations. For the cultural side and French heritage, you will be only 1km from St Bertrand de Comminges and its medieval town, and a few minutes’ drive from the castle of Bramevaque. Swimming, hiking, and exchange with locals are expected!

Accommodation: You will be lodged under tents at the bottom of the discovery trail. The site of the camp is in the heart of the village, next to the multipurpose hall. The construction site is 15 minutes walk from the camp, and it can only be reached on foot.

Location: The valley of Barousse where the village of Sarp is located offers visitors an entrance to the heart of the Pyrenees. You will discover during your walks the landscapes that structure the valley.

Terminal: Montréjeau-Gourdan-Polignan

Age range: 18 - 30 years old

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Preservation of the ruins of a castle from the XIIc.
Bramevaque, Midi-Pyrenees       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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Improving the environment and organizing a local festival in Midi-Pyrenees
Antichan de Frontignes, Midi-Pyrenees       July 31 - August 21, 2018

Volunteer project: International volunteer projects carried out previously in the village of Antichan de Frontignes have been a success, and the mayor wants to host a new group to implement concrete actions towards improving the living environment and to integrate international volunteers into the local life, especially during the village festival which is a very popular event every year.

The volunteers will participate in various activities in the village including pruning, weeding, cleaning trails, etc.
The group will also participate in the organization, conducting and closing of the local festival that enlivens the village and entertains much of the population every year.

Language: English

Possible free time activities: The site is rather isolated but offers many opportunities for hiking, exploring the beautiful local heritage sites, sports, swimming in the lake near the village... The village is very lively during the festival.

Accommodation: The volunteers will stay in tents near the village. Tents and sleeping pads are provided. Please, bring your sleeping bag.

Location: Antichan de Frontignes is a small rural village at the foot of the chain of the Pyrenees near the Spanish border, surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery. Altitude: 580 m, 87 residents.

Nearest terminal: Montréjeau-Gourdan-Polignan

Nearest airport: Toulouse

Age range: 18 - 30 years old

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Restoration of ancient stone walls in Cantal
La Salve, Auvergne       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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Renovation project at a migrant center
Saint-Beauzire, Auvergne       August 5 - August 25, 2018

Volunteer project: Since October 2015, Léo Lagrange Center East is involved in the reception of refugees on the site of Saint-Beauzire in Haute Loire. The mission of Léo Lagrange Center East is to welcome, guide and accompany people in their efforts to access rights. Working with a team of volunteers, they offer French language courses and various workshops: sport, discovery of the region, coffee and discussions, cooking, etc. The center also makes it possible to meet professionals for individualized social monitoring, in a relationship of trust and support in accessing social rights, access to health coverage and support in integration procedures. The center for asylum-seekers administratively houses people without accommodation, which allows them to receive mail, maintain regular links with various organizations and have easier access to rights.

To reinforce this spirit of interculturality, the center wishes to organize a volunteer project in 2018 with various small restoration projects to improve the place: restoration of a health trail, cleaning up a mini-golf course and even creating a collective mural are on the program. You will work in small groups together with migrants from the center. In the afternoons, you can share friendly moments by taking part in different activities.

The main task in this project will be to renew places of the center not used by the migrants but having potential. The center indeed has a fitness trail, a mini-golf and huts for children which need to be cleaned and emphasized. You will do small works such as clearing, sanding and painting. At the end of the stay, you will create a mural on the wall of a tennis court. You will work with groups of young migrants. A technical manager will teach you the specific techniques. The work take place in the morning, for up to 5 hours.

Special requirements: Motivation letter is required with application.

Language: English

Possible free time activities: You can share friendly moments with the migrants by participating in activities proposed by the center (sport, swimming pool, workshops, music, movie club) or by visiting the region with local volunteers.

Accommodation: You will stay at a campsite near the center. Tents and mattresses will be provided, please bring a sleeping bag.

Location: The center for asylum-seekers is situated in Saint Beauzire in Haute-Loire. Situated a few kilometers away from Brioude, you can visit one of the most beautiful basilicas of the region or swim in fresh waters of the river.

Terminal: Brioude

Age range: 18 - 30 years old

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Preservation of the Saint-Ilpize Castle
Saint Ilpize, Auvergne       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       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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Renovating rural heritage in Saint Avit
Saint Avit, Auvergne       August 12 - September 1, 2018

Volunteer project: Located 650 meters above sea level in the Puy de Dome, Saint Avit is a small rural town of 250 inhabitants. In a privileged location, with a preserved natural environment, it is with enthusiasm that the town and its inhabitants wish to host international volunteers this summer.

Your mission during the project is to restore a small heritage site. You will be guided by a technical supervisor who will teach you specific techniques. The work takes place in the morning for up to 5 hours. Afternoons and weekends are dedicated to free time activities.

Language: English

Possible free time activities: Saint Avit does not miss attractions: hiking in volcanoes, visiting Clermont-Ferrand, bathing in lakes, discovering charming protected villages, participation in the local parties! Your group will have at its disposal a minibus on weekends and the last week of the project.

Accommodation: You will stay at the football stadium a few meters from downtown. Tents and mattresses will be provided, please bring a sleeping bag.

Location: Saint Avit is situated in the department of Puy de Dome.

Terminal: Clermont-Ferrand

Age range: 18 - 30 years old

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Couvre Feu music festival
Corsept, Pays-de-Loire       August 17 - August 31, 2018

Volunteer project: Couvre Feu is a music festival with rock, reggae, ska, metal, and pop rock concerts, which takes place every year in Corsept in the Loire-Atlantique department in western France. The 16th edition of the festival will take place on August 23, 24, 25 and 26. The organization of such an event requires a lot of time and people available, and from the start, international volunteers have been involved in the organization of the festival to help run the event and accommodate nearly 30,000 visitors.

Supervised by the directors of the organizing team, you will participate in setting up and taking down the festival. This includes the installation of circus tents (where concerts take place), closing the site with fences, arranging parking lots, dressing rooms, refreshment stands and catering, dismantling and equipment storage. During the festival, you will be responsible for welcoming the public and site maintenance. The week following the weekend’s festival will be dedicated to dismantling, equipment storage, cleaning and restoration of the site.
Note: Tasks are a little repetitive but essential. Festival organizers are counting on your motivation to help before, during and after the festival. The work schedule will vary a lot according to the needs. Little time for leisure activities, but the atmosphere is very festive. Volunteers must be especially dynamic and enthusiastic, and of course must be music fans!

Language: English

Possible free time activities: Enjoying the beach and water sports; charming beach resorts like Pornic and Saint-Brevin-les-Pins; large sandy beaches dotted with fishing spots; walks along the coastal footpath in Bourgneuf Bay, along the Loire estuary, or in swamps and thickets of the hinterland.

Accommodation: You will stay, as all the other volunteers and organizers in tents at a camping site. Tents will be provided, you will need to bring a sleeping bag and mattress.

Location: Located on the south bank of the Loire estuary, and northern boundary of the Pays de Retz Atlantic, the village of Corsept has 2,600 inhabitants. Pays de Retz is at the heart of unspoiled landscapes between Brittany and the Vendee, west of Nantes and bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and the Loire.

Nearest terminal: Nantes

Nearest airport: Nantes

Age range: 18 - 30 years old

Extra fee: 50 Euro

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Implementing a water phyto-purification system for a farm
Retournac, Auvergne       August 18 - August 28, 2018

Volunteer project: Volunteers will be welcomed on an educational farm in Retournac amidst a unique and preserved area, rich of natural heritage. The farm is unusual and unique place of agricultural production (vegetables, breads, cheeses), artistic creation and education. All these activities are carried out with respect to the environment and organic farming.

Water is an indispensable resource for life and it needs to be preserved! Thus, the farm has set up a system of Phyto-purification to treat water. This system works with plants. In order to enhance this approach the farm needs you to arrange the place. Thus, your mission will be to realize a dry stone wall, to design and realize wooden panels that introduce the system, to decorate the place and create an educational path for visitors. The diversity of these tasks will allow you to learn different crafts (working with stone and wood) but you will also develop your creativity! You will be guided by a technical supervisor. The work takes place in the morning for up to 4 hours. Afternoon and weekends are dedicated to other activities.

Language: English

Possible free time activities: During your free time you can discover with the group the fauna and flora along the Loire. The territory offers many possibilities for hiking along the river. Come and enjoy the freshness of our river with exceptional panoramas on the volcanoes of Velay. Finally you will have the opportunity to discover the different activities of the farm and experience the life of shepherds, bakers and farmers!

Accommodation: You will be accommodated in the lodge belonging to the farm with all the modern facilities. The cottage was built with ecological materials with respect to the environment. The cottage offers an exceptional setting for a unique stay. Bring your sleeping bag.

Location: The farm is located in Haute-Loire, in the town of Retournac. There are different places of interest near the farm: the amazing ruins of the Castle of Artias, the Loire Gorges (one of the most beautiful rivers in France), volcanoes mountains, etc.

Terminal: Retournac

Age range: 18 - 30 years old

Extra fee: 200 Euro

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Renovation of hiking trails in Billom
Billom, Auvergne       August 19 - September 1, 2018

Volunteer project: After 16 years of partnership with the Municipality of Billom, the locals welcome ever more enthusiastically the international volunteers. The project will take place in the heart of this beautiful medieval town.

The project this year will be about hiking trails. Volunteers are needed to clear the undergrowth and other improvements are to be planned. A supervisor will teach you specific techniques concerning woodcraft. The work takes place the morning for 5 hours maximum. Afternoon and weekends are dedicated to other activities.

Language: English

Possible free time activities: Participation in a medieval festival, meeting with the local associations, visiting the medieval city, swimming pool, football, basketball, tennis, hiking in the gorges of Madet, horseback riding, visiting Mauzun Castle and the Castle of La Chaux Montgros, visiting the park Livradois Drill, visiting the cities of Clermont-Ferrand and Issoire.

Accommodation: You will be lodged in a little cottage with all facilities. The cottage is surrounded by nature but the city center is very close. There's a supermarket, bakery, butcher’s shop, restaurants, pharmacy and café in the city.

Location: Billom is a town of 4800 inhabitants located in the Regional Natural Park of Livradois-Forez, 20 min from Clermont-Ferrand and from Thiers. Originally Gallic village and druidic center, the Romans made of it a stop on the great way connecting Lyon to Bordeaux. Its intense development enabled the village to become one of the first important towns of Auvergne in the XII century and to build its fortifications. Billom is renowned for its medieval quarter in the heart of the city and its architectural and historical heritage. It is a dynamic city that hosts many events throughout the year. Billom is 25 km away from Clermont-Ferrand.

Terminal: Clermont-Ferrand

Age range: 18 - 35 years old

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