Volunteer in France

Preserving the local heritage in Beauvallon
Beauvallon, Rhone-Alpes       July 2 - July 15, 2017

Volunteer project: Welcome to the heart of the Drôme for a local heritage preservation project! The last two years, very successful volunteer projects left a really positive impression on the residents and local authorities. So the Beauvallon town hall (1500 inhabitants) is happy to welcome a third group of international volunteers this summer for two weeks of networking and solidarity.

You will be working for two weeks, in collaboration with the town’s teenagers and adults, in order to restore some areas close to the 16th century castle. In the village centre, you will take part in traditional stone work on low walls. You will also be involved in renovating stone stairways which are part of ancient pools in the woods that surround the town. Local volunteers will share their technical skills. Young people from Beauvallon will participate actively in the project and will be pleased to show you their town: a great atmosphere and conviviality are on the menu, in addition to, of course, an incredible experience in solidarity! You will be working 5 days a week, 4 to 5 hours per day, in the morning.

Special requirements: Participants must be able to ride a bicycle.

Language: English

Possible free time activities: In Beauvallon, you can walk around the lake, in the park, in the old town or along the Véore. You can also explore the Drôme and its beautiful towns and villages (Crest, Saillans, Die, Montelimar, Valence ...) and take part in some local summer events including the feast on July 14. Meeting with other volunteers, family meals, canoe, football, introduction to pétanque (typically French lawn bowling) and concerts are also foreseen.

Accommodation: In the community hall in the center of the town. Mattresses are provided, but please don't forget to bring with you a sleeping bag. You will also have bikes at your disposal.

Location: Located in the Drôme, at approximately 10 km south of Valence, Beauvallon is a small, dynamic and pleasant community overlooking the Rhône valley. The peaceful lake, the orchards, the historical village and the Véore river, are only a few of the available attractions, and respresent a fantastic way to decompress. Bikes will be provided so you can travel around freely, and you can also discover the region thanks to the bus which runs regularly. The locals will be happy to welcome you and help you discover the hidden gems and regional flavors!

Terminal: Beauvallon

Age range: 18 - 30 years old

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Renovation of hiking trails and public spaces in Savoy
St Alban Leysse, Rhone-Alpes       June 17 - July 8, 2017

Volunteer project: Between hiking trails and stone walls, we present you with a unique volunteer project which will take you to the foot of the Savoie mountains, very near to Chambery. The towns of Saint-Alban-Leysse and Bassens which have already welcomed an international volunteer group last summer will both take part in this new international and civic action adventure. Volunteers will take part in the renovation work in the two communities. As usual, the local residents will be there to give you a warm welcome and will help you discover the Savoyard life and explore the magnificent landscapes around Chambery.

You will do renovation work in Bassens during the first ten days of the project. The technical advisors for this part of the project will prepare a program of varied tasks for you: stone masonry maintenance, clearing away undergrowth in green spaces, improving water drainage by trenches. You will have the chance to try everything, under the watchful eyes of the experienced and kind local volunteers.
During the second part of the project, your team will carry out work in Saint-Alban-Leysse. You will help to mark hiking trails, accompanied by local hikers. You will also be involved in painting and cleaning the city center.

Please note: Bikes will be available to you for travelling between your accommodation and the project work sites, and also for exploring the surrounding areas on your own.

Special requirements: Volunteers must be able to ride a bicycle.

Language: English

Possible free time activities: Trekking with the locals, local celebrations, visit of Chambéry, of Aix les Bains, trekking in the park of Les Bauges, to the cross of Nivolet, to a nearby lake.

Accommodation: You will be hosted in a building near to the Saint-Alban-Leysse’s town centre. Sleeping mats will be provided but please bring your own sleeping bag.

Location: St Alban Leysse (6000 inhabitants) and Bassens (4000 inhabitants) have a privileged location: 3km away from the city of Chambéry, the capital of Savoy. Settled at the edge of the mountains and natural park of Les Bauges, the region offers many outdoor activities such as mountains trekking. This is a unique chance to discover Savoy and the local culture! Note that besides bikes, the two cities will also give you bus tickets.

Terminal: St Alban Leysse

Age range: 18 - 30 years old

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Painting and artistic projects in a school
Cluses, Rhone-Alpes       June 24 - July 16, 2017

Volunteer project: Welcome to the Northern French Alps! Between Mont Blanc and Léman lake, the town of Cluses and its exceptional panoramas are waiting for you to share this summer an international volunteer workcamp! For the third year in a row, the local catholic school gives you the opportunity to work in a creative and collective dynamics for decorating the school, and to enjoy the beautiful region of the Northern French Alps.

If you are a creative arts enthusiast or curious about learning how to paint, this project is made for you! Your mission will be to participate in the renovation and decoration of a part of the school. You will have to paint some walls of the school corridors and will have the chance to create a giant mural on the main wall. Come and take part in the adventure!
In this project you will revive this space for students, will meet people from all walks of life and will leave a permanent mark from your stay in Cluses. You will work every morning (5 hours per day from Monday to Friday). You will have the opportunity to discover other regions through cultural activities and touristic visits in the afternoons.

Language: English

Possible free time activities: Mountain sports, swimming in the rivers or lakes, trips to Geneva, Annecy or Chamonix, concerts and intercultural exchanges!

Accommodation: The school is located in the town center of Cluses, close to many facilities. You will be accommodated in tents inside the school. Tents and mattresses will be provided. You will have to bring your own sleeping bag.

Location: On the foothills of one of the most beautiful mountains in the Northern Alps and next to the famous Grande Route des Alpes, the cute town of Cluses - 17000 habitants – is located in an amazing area! From Cluses you can easily access different touristic sites such as Chamonix, the Mont Blanc and the Leman Lake rivers, Geneva or the pretty town of Annecy. Guided by the locals, you will be able to discover the local culture and the surrounding panoramas through cultural activities and visits!

Terminal: Cluses

Age range: 18 - 30 years old

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Restoration of historic military fortifications in Rhone-Alpes
Dardilly & Limonest, Rhone-Alpes       June 25 - July 15, 2017

Volunteer project: The towns of Dardilly and Limonest are located in the North of Lyon urban area. Small towns where living is easy, very attached to their natural and historical heritage, the two hosted together international volunteers in 2013 and 2015, which left very good memories. The two towns get together again this year and propose a new project on fortified heritage renovation. This is an important project with many different work tasks, leisure activities and many meetings with locals, so the people in charge expect some very motivated participants.

You will spend the same time in both sites, led by local volunteers, passionate about their heritage.
You will start working in Limonest, outside the “Batterie des carrières” (old military battery from the 19th century). You will build a small wall and perform some consolidation works on a ditch.
Your second workplace will be in Dardilly, inside the Fort du Paillet (old military fort), where you will participate in some renovation and painting work (metallic grid and wooden doors).
Be aware, working on these projects may be physically demanding! Work is around 5 hours a day, 5 days a week.

Language: English

Possible free time activities: Visit to Lyon (Fourvières, Croix Rousse, Cathedral, Place des Terreaux, Museum of Arts, park and zoo of la Tête d’Or…), trekking and walks in the Mont d’Or and the Beaujolais wine region, visiting vineyards, swimming, dinners and parties with locals, participation in local celebrations (fireworks, concert).

Accommodation: You will be accommodated in Limonest in a former school canteen. Mattresses will be provided. Please bring your own sleeping bag.

Location: Our partner towns are located a few miles away from Lyon, in the Mont d’Or region. The Monts d’Or offer a hilly landscape with a beautiful natural and historical heritage. With the many local organizations and volunteers involved in the project, you will have the opportunity to discover the region and learn a lot about the history of your workplaces.

Terminal: Dardilly Cedex

Age range: 18 - 30 years old

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Volunteering in an Emmaus community
Neuilly-Plaisance, Île-de-France       2 projects of 3 wks in July and August

Volunteer project: Emmaus is a community that welcomes marginalised and homeless people, mostly men. They are called "companions". The community provides them with a place where they can live and work. It is a place where people live together in a spirit of solidarity. Some companions live there temporarily while going through a difficult phase in life and the community supports them towards social reintegration; others see life in the community as an alternative lifestyle. There are 3 founding principles in all Emmaus Communities: welcoming everybody regardless of their origin and past; rehabilitation through work; sharing and solidarity within the community.

The work will consist in helping the community in their everyday tasks such as: sorting out second hand clothes, sorting out second hand furniture, materials or books, helping to collect second hand items from the people's houses (only strong volunteers can do that), selling the books, clothes, furniture to the public, tidying up the different little “shops” in the community, and finally, any job that can be of benefit to the community.

There are 50 men living in the Emmaüs Neuilly Plaisance community. Most of the companions have had hard times and harsh experiences. They are often tough people in appearance, who won’t talk much at first. Volunteers should be mature and aware of the potential difficulties in communicating with the companions and gaining their trust.
It is important to keep in mind that this is a social project, and that the volunteers will have to adapt their schedule to the one of the companions. Volunteers will have to be really motivated because it is hard work: the team will work from Tuesday to Saturday, from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm. Sunday and Monday are free. Please note that although the project is close to Paris, you will have limited time to visit the city, due to long working hours.

As an additional activity, you will create an exhibition on the topic of tolerance, together with the companions. Your creative talents will be needed!

Special requirements: A motivation letter in English or French is required, to ensure that the volunteers understand the project and explain why they want to participate. Coming to Emmaüs means a commitment to respect both the companions and the rules of the community. You have to show tolerance and open-mindedness. Some knowledge of French would be appreciated.

Language: French

Possible free time activities: Walks along the Seine, visiting Paris or Vincennes, organized activities with the companions.

Accommodation: To facilitate communication and integration, volunteers will take their meals with the companions at the community restaurant. Volunteers will be hosted in basic conditions in a prefabricated building.

Location: Town of Neuilly-sur-Marne, Seine-St-Denis department (Ile de France)

Terminal: Neuilly-sur-Marne

Age range: 20 - 30 years old

All available dates for this project:
July 3 - July 22, 2017
July 31 - August 19, 2017

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Restoration of dry stone walls in the Beaujolais countryside
Charnay-en-Beaujolais, Rhone-Alpes       July 9 - July 23, 2017

Volunteer project: The small village of Charnay-en-Beaujolais, one of the most beautiful villages of the Pays des Pierres Dorées, is hosting this summer its second international volunteer project in order to combine the preservation of its heritage with a new dynamics of cultural exchanges. Residents are looking forward to welcoming the volunteers and sharing their love for the region. Welcome to the heart of the Beaujolais wine region!

Joined by local volunteers, who will share some traditional masonry techniques, you will take part in the restoration of a long wall made of dry stones upon the heights of the village. The region is well-known for its stone walls, therefore it is very important for the village to preserve and restore them. You will work 5 days a week, 4 to 5 hours per day, in the morning.

Special requirements: Volunteers must be able to ride a bicycle.

Language: English

Possible free time activities: You can visit the villages of the Beaujolais, the city of Lyon, several cellars, you can taste some Beaujolais wine, meet local people, join village festivals and the July 14th celebrations. Bikes will be provided for the volunteers - indeed it will be the preferred mode of transport to enjoy the surroundings.

Accommodation: You’ll be accommodated in a municipal building. Please don't forget your sleeping bag.

Location: Charnay (1100 inhabitants) has the great advantage of being located only 30 km from Lyon and at the very heart of the famous Beaujolais region! The area offers numerous possibilities for walks and tours which will enable you to discover the old villages and vineyards of the Beaujolais. Locals will advise you on the best spots!

Terminal: Charnay

Age range: 18 - 30 years old

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Brighten up children's spaces in Cluses
Cluses, Rhone-Alpes       July 9 - July 29, 2017

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 visit 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 French-international team will take part in different solidarity actions: repainting the school hallways, refreshing a wall outside with mural painting. The topic is 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 mornings (5 hours every 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 prettiest mountains in the Northern Alps, and on the edge of the Great Alpine Road, the pretty city of Cluses and its 17,000 inhabitants live in an ideal location! Near 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 scenery 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.

Terminal: Cluses

Age range: 18 - 30 years old

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Restoration of an ancient castle in the Pyrenees
Durban-sur-Arize, Midi-Pyrenees       2 projects of 3 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 fourth 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.

Terminal: Durban sur Arize

Age range: 18 - 30 years old

All available dates for this project:
July 10 - July 29, 2017
August 16 - September 2, 2017

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

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 five years, the camp hosted groups of young volunteers for an eco-construction project and collective outdoors life, 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 realizing a radio podcast. You will take part in leisure activities for the kids hosted in 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 outdoor life 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 the 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.

Terminal: Vassieux en Vercors

Age range: 14 - 17 years old

Extra fee: 380 Euro

All available dates for this project:
July 15 - July 29, 2017
August 1 - August 14, 2017

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Restoration and promotion of the historic heritage of Viviers
Viviers, Rhone-Alpes       July 16 - July 29, 2017

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 3 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!

Terminal: Viviers

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 17 - August 7, 2017

Volunteer project: After eleven 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 Dunkerque. The goal is to develop and enhance the site so that it can be visited and used for cultural purposes by local associations and groups, 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.

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 Dunkerque. Buses are available to reach neighbouring towns. The nearest train station is in Dunkerque, and many connections are available by TGV to Lille (35 min) or Paris (2 hours).

Terminal: Dunkerque

Age range: 18 - 30 years old

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Jazz Festival in the medieval town of Crest
Crest, Rhone-Alpes       July 23 - August 9, 2017

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 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 for 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 for the whole festival duration and 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 (52 m 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).

Terminal: Crest

Age range: 18 - 30 years old

Extra fee: 50 Euro

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Restoration of the historic Salt Road in Vanoise National Park
Termignon, Rhone-Alpes       August 6 - August 26, 2017

Volunteer project: A project designed for mountain lovers and volunteers interested in dry stone building! 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 ancestral dry stone building technique. After two successful volunteer projects in 2015 and 2016, the local people expect a new team of highly motivated volunteers to carry on the renovation work on the famous “Salt Road”.

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 was used 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 desire to transmit their knowledge, 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. Mattresses will be provided; please bring a warm sleeping bag.

Location: Termignon covers over a third of the Vanoise National Park! Located at 1,300 meters above sea level, the village offers beautiful scenery, and many opportunities for hiking and viewing wildlife and flora. A free shuttle from the village also allows to go to the heart of the Park, from the main walking routes to explore the lakes and mountain shelters! If you love the mountains and fresh air, welcome to Termignon!

Terminal: Termignon

Age range: 18 - 30 years old

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Couvre Feu music festival
Corsept, Pays-de-Loire       August 17 - September 1, 2017

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 15th edition of the festival will have a new shape called « Caravane de Couvre Feu »! From August 12th to 21st, it will be an itinerant festival of 10 days in 6 different locations, with more than 40 shows. 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.
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!

This year, the festival will take place in 6 towns on the south bank of the Loire estuary, in Paimboeuf, Corsept, Saint-Père en Retz, le Saint-Viaud, St Brévin and Frossay. The volunteers will work mainly in St Brévin and Frossay but could reinforce the festival teams in the other locations.

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, at the camping site in St Brévin from August 8th to 10th, and then in Frossay from August 10th. 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.

Terminal: Nantes

Age range: 18 - 30 years old

Extra fee: 50 Euro

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Incredible Edible Billom
Billom, Auvergne       August 20 - September 2, 2017

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 aim of the project is to help enrich the community of Billom by providing easy access to healthy local food. The volunteer work will involve the development of a garden plot in the park in the heart of the medieval town, where local residents will plant different vegetables and aromatic herbs in the spirit of the Incredible Edible movement. A technical supervisor will teach you specific techniques. You will work 5 hours a day, in the morning, 5 days a week, from Monday to Friday.

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: In the main building of the campsite. Mattresses will be provided; bring your sleeping bag. There's a supermarket, bakery, butcher’s shop, restaurants, pharmacy and café in the village.

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: Billom

Age range: 18 - 35 years old

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