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Restoration of the ruins of the ancient Iscle Castle
Vidreres, La Selva          July 27 - August 10, 2014

Volunteer project: The Iscle Castle is situated in Vidreres, a town of the XII century. The castle is a historical patrimony of big importance in Catalonia, that has been abandoned for many years. There is the will to recover the castle in order to re-establish its value as it has played a great historical role in the past. The project aims to establish intercultural relations among international volunteers and locals from Vidreres by organizing several cultural and popular events.

The process of recovery of the castle and the chapel of St. Iscle is divided in full archaeological excavation, its restoration and rehabilitation and its subsequent management and public promotion. The international team of volunteers will help with restoration activities at the remaining parts of the castle. Participants will be provided with the necessary tools and our archaeologists will explain the basic techniques about the restoration of ruins.
Participants in this project will have the opportunity to learn and share experiences with people from different countries from around the world, to gain archeological and cultural knowledge, and to appreciate the natural environment.

Special requirements: Motivation letter is required with application.

Language: English

Free time activities: Cultural excursions (Girona, Barcelona, Lloret de Mar and Costa Brava). Many activities in the village (gymkhanas, film forum, visits to the market…), meetings with the villagers.

Accommodation: In a local school, in the gym, equipped with bunk beds, mattresses and cabinets for all participants. The municipal swimming pool is just in front of the school. Meals will be served at the school canteen and prepared by a professional cook.

Location: Vidreres, La Selva (Girona), near the Costa Brava. Because of its proximity to Lloret de Mar, Vidreres has become a very touristic town.

Nearest airport: Girona or Barcelona

Age range: 18 - 30 years old




Protecting the Requesens Castle and promoting responsible tourist access
La Jonquera, Alt Empordà          July 30 - August 13, 2014

Volunteer project: Requesens Castle is very well known, both in a good and a bad sense. Although it is a spectacular castle that seems taken from a fairy tale, it is not very well maintained. There are a lot of damages caused by irresponsible visitors. This will be the first year of a long term project. The tasks of the first phase will be related to prevention actions like cleaning or signposting. The objectives of the project include: living together, sharing and respecting different social and cultural realities in the spirit of integration, cooperation and sustainability.

The work is focused on prevention, cleaning the area and promoting good use of the castle. Some of the specific tasks will be: designing the route around the castle, creating a document in different languages for future visitors' use, preparing the audio guides information, preparing and distributing QR codes, cleaning the garden area, cleaning the church in order to celebrate there a promotional act about the need of maintenance and recovery of the patrimony, cleaning the degraded areas and restoring the most broken walls.

Language: English

Free time activities: Walks in the natural surroundings to learn about animal and plant species; botany workshop; bird watching; talks about the natural and ecological heritage; aquatic activities (canoeing and sailing) in Port de la Selva; visit to the turtle reproduction center; learning to work with cork; guided visit to St Ferran Castle; 3-day excursion from Port de la Selva to Cap de Creus arriving on the beach and half-day visit to Figueres and Dalí Museum.

Accommodation: It will be mainly in a temporary camp site located in the exterior part of the castle. Sleeping in tents. The kitchen and the dining room will be located in one of the rooms of the castle. Participants will take shower in the river situated almost 30 minutes walking from the castle. There will be also a sports centre in Cantallops (30 minutes by car) with showers and space to sleep, to go in specific days.

Location: La Jonquera is a municipality in the comarca of l'Alt Empordà, in the province of Girona in Catalonia. It is located next to the border with France.

Nearest airport: Girona airport

Age range: 18 - 30 years old




Restoration of traditional ovens in the medieval town of Algerri
Algerri, Noguera          August 1 - August 15, 2014

Volunteer project: The aim of the volunteer project in Algerri is restoration of the local heritage of the town. In the past years, international volunteer teams have worked for the recovery of various sites in the town: the castle, the chapel, parks and streams.

This summer, we will begin a new project in Algerri, centered around the great tradition of gypsum in the region that was used to make the plastering of oven constructions. The volunteers will start the restoration of the three traditional ovens in Algerri and the first task will be the clean up operation.
The project will also introduce participants to the reality of Catalan people's daily life, their country and region, their monuments, culture, history and landscape.

Language: English

Free time activities: Volunteers will visit beautiful places in the region. There will also be integration events such as welcome dinner party, visit with local guides, popular games, chats with locals, games with children, and a lot more. Cultural outings: tour around Serra Llarga, cultural visit to Algerri, outing to the Cervoles's hermitage with a tractor, visit to Balaguer and its market, night out in Serra Llarga.

Accommodation: In the multipurpose room of a community building, sleeping on mattresses. There are showers in the municipal pool, which will be accessible to the volunteers.

Location: Algerri, in the province of Lleida, in a rural area of Catalunya. Its inhabitants are called "algerrians". It is located in the Noguera Baixa region. The area is crossed by the Segre River and is closed to the North by the Pyrenees. The place, with its nature and beauty, is a delight for the hiking lovers.

Nearest airport: Barcelona (BCN)

Age range: 18 - 30 years old



Reviving the artisanal craft of winemaking in the Iberian citadel of Calafell
Calafell, Baix Penedés          August 16 - August 30, 2014

Volunteer project: The Iberian Citadel of Calafell is the first archaeological site in Spain which was partly reconstructed through experimental archaeology techniques. Since 1995, the Citadel is an archaeological open-air museum, giving a vision of how an Iberian fortification could have been like in the Iron Age. After a temporary closure in 2007-2008, a new course of action was set towards placing the archaeological site as a point of reference in the European framework of this kind of outdoor museums and at the same time aiming to make the Ciutadella a pioneer in the experimental research of the Iberian world. The volunteers in this workcamp will learn about Iberian history, architecture and antic ways of building with earth.

A new project on experimental archaeology at the Iberian Citadel of Calafell has proposed to start artisanal production of wine by archeological evidences. The specific tasks for the volunteers will consist in creating a wine press, a place to tread grapes and producing must for depositing in ceramic containers.

Language: English

Free time activities: Games, trips to the beach, excursions to Tarragona (visiting the Roman part) and Barcelona (the Gothic part), workshops (relaxation, handicrafts, etc.), intercultural evenings, activities with the youngsters of the town (sports, etc.).
This project has a special focus on heritage preservation and activities related to Catalan World Heritage, such as castellers (human towers) and an excursion to the Roman part of Tarragona.

Accommodation: In the gym of the high school of Calafell. Mattresses will be provided. You need to bring a sleeping bag.

Location: Calafell

Nearest airport: El Prat, Barcelona

Age range: 18 - 30 years old




Restoration and preservation of the Castle of Sant Ferran
Figueres, Alt Empordà          August 16 - August 30, 2014

Volunteer project: The Sant Ferran Castle (Castell de Sant Ferran) is situated on a hill in Figueres at the end of Pujada del Castell. It is a large military fortress built in the 18th century under the orders of several military engineers. Sant Ferran Castle is one of the most important monuments in Catalonia because of its majestic size and history.

The international volunteer project aims to restore the historic and natural heritage of the St. Ferran Castle and its surroundings, and develop the knowledge and relevance of such heritage. Volunteers' tasks consist in:
- Recovery of the foundations;
- Elimination of the irrigation canals;
- Clearing and cleaning of various moats;
- Repairing the paths surrounding the moats;
- Cleaning and adjusting mine tunnels;
The work will be in the mornings.

Language: English

Free time activities: There are a number of activities to help you understand and get to know the local area and its environment and heritage: cultural visits, activities with Catalan Castellers and Diables (typical Catalan cultural activities), workshops, sailing and canoeing, etc. There will be a weekend excursion to Cap de Creus and Cadaques, and a day visit to Figueres and the Dalí museum.

Accommodation: In one of the rooms of the castle, in bunk beds. Very simple living conditions.

Location: Castell de Sant Ferran – Figueres, Alt Empordà, in the province of Girona. The town is the birthplace of artist Salvador Dali.

Nearest airport: Girona (GRO)

Age range: 18 - 30 years old



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