SOLIDARITÉS JEUNESSES

SPRING WORKCAMPS – 2020 SEASON

SJ01 THE HISTORY OF THE ATLANTIC COAST 1 03/04-24/04 RENO/CULT 12 vols 18+

SJ02 THE HISTORY OF THE ATLANTIC COAST 2 25/04-16/05 RENO/CULT 12 vols 18+

Project: The islands which border the Atlantic coast were, during the last centuries the barrier that protected the French coastline. From those islands, the Island of Aix, small pedestrian island in the Atlantic is a place steeped in history. For several years, the Island of Aix has been josting international projects as part of the restoration of Fort Liédot.To continue the conservation acrions and actions to conserve and restore the island’s heritage, while promoting its dynamism and local development, a partnership between the Ile d'Aix municipality, Solidarités Jeunesses and the Conservatoire du littoral has been set up.

Work: You will participate on this site in the restoration of the large west stone shooting range, which faces Fort Liédot. The works will consist of de-vegetating the site in order to start masonry work and traditional stone cutting on rubble walls. You will have the mission to cut and replace the stones then to de-grout and regrout the wall, in hydraulic heat.

Accommodation and food: Collective in shared rooms (4 beds) at the Armand Falliéres housing center, near Fort Liedot. The food and meals will be prepared, in a rotation of roles.

Location: In the middle of the sea, 20 km of Rochefort-under Sea; Charente Maritime.

Leisure activities: In the Island of Aix, you can profit out of numerous nautical activities as the fish and the sailing with the local clubs. The beach, the bike rides bordering the sea, beach volleyball and other pleasures are to be discovered. You can also visit forts and museums as well as certain cities such as La Rochelle and Rochefort. The time dedicated to leisure activities promote the meeting with inhabitants who wait for you with impatience!

Closest train station: Rochefort (17300)

Closest airport: Bordeaux-Mérignac

SJ03 HISTORICAL WANDERINGS IN CLAUSONNE ABBEY 1 16/05-29/05 RENO 12 vols 18+

SJ06 HISTORICAL WANDERINGS IN CLAUSONNE ABBEY 2 31/05-13/06 RENO 12 vols 18+

Project: Participate in the valorisation of a historic site at the heart of idyllic mountain landscapes ! Join us and come discover l’Abbaye de Clausonne and its natural environment at 1140 meters of altitude!

It is in the XII century that the Abbaye sees the day. After multiple periods of deconstruction and of reconstruction over the centuries, in the 20th century, it became an agricultural building, which was abandoned in the 1950s. It is in 1994 that the association of friends of Abbaye of Clausonne was created to conserve the vestiges of this exceptional architecture, on an exceptional site. Since then, the association wanted to make this place a place of discovery, learning and knowledge.

Work: Do you want to learn ancient techniques of masonry, the use of ancient material and ecology? This year, we will work to continue the masonry in stone, on the ancient sheep herding, in order to make it, in a few years, a room for cooking, storing tools, etc. We will

continue as well to work on putting value in the site and hiking trails. And if the time allows, we will participate in the construction of stone stairs in the sheepfold with the help of masons that wil there to transmit their knowledge! The work represents 30h in a week. The nights and weekends are free for activities that you will choose to organise together.

Accommodation and food: Our principal place of living is a the Ferme du Faï, it's an international welcoming center. You will sleep in rooms of 3 to 6 beds and will have access to bathrooms, toilets, and the kitchen. There is no WIFI. But you will meet people coming from the whole world! This center is found 30 minutes walking distance from the Abbaye.

You will cook in a rotation of roles, so that you can taste several specialties! Here, we pay attention to what we eat, to reduce our impact on the planet we try to eat a maximum of local products and we eat meat two times a week.

Location: The farm of the Faï, at 3km of the village of Saix is 15 km from the first town, Veynes. Once or twice a week, we will organize a trip to the nearest town to go shopping.

Leisure activities: You will be in an exceptional setting to discover the pleasures of mountain hiking, its rivers, its lakes, the farmers and producers markets, the festive nights organised in surrounding villages. In group, you will decide activities and discovery outings that you wish to set up. The reception center usually organizes one musical evening per week with homemade wood-fired pizzas.

Closest train tation: Veynes Dévoluy (05400), the meeting times are generally between 4pm and 6pm at the station

Closest airports: Marseille, Lyon

SJ04 LE FORT DE L’AIGUILLE 1 19/05-05/06 RENO 12 vols 18+

Project: Situated at the mouth of Charente, the Fouras Peninsula is home to 3 ports and 5 beaches on the Atlantic coast. Following 8 international workcamps carried out between 2015 and 2019, the town of Fouras-les-Bains and the association Maison des Bateleurs - Solidarités Jeunesses wished to renew their partnership in 2020 in order to continue the rehabilitation work on the Aiguille fort (known as the largest in France). In an idyllic setting with a view of Fort Boyard, the work will consist of rehabilitating the redoubt, a fortification system built by Vauban to protect the town of Fouras from a possible invasion from an enemy landing by the sea.

Work: You work on the restoration of a new part from the northern facade of the redoubt facing the Atlantic Ocean. You will have the mission of de-vegetating the facade and the crowns in order to then de-grouting then grouting with lime mortar. Other traditional masonry work, such as the resumption of stone crowning and stonecutting is planned. Accommodation and food: Collective in tents at Fouras campsite (swimming pool, multi- sports area, WIFI, snack bar, etc.) Food will be provided and meals will be prepared in turns.

Location: Fouras-les-Bains, Charente-Maritime, 20 km from Rochelle

Leisure activities: You will be able to discover numerous nautical activities; such as fishing and sailing with local clubs. The beach, the bike rides bordering the sea, the beach volleyball and other pleasures are there to discover. You can also visit forts and museums as well as some cities like La Rochelle and Rochefort. Leisure activities will promote the meeting with the inhabitants who are waiting for you with impatience!

Closest train tation: Rochefort (17300)

Closest airport: Bordeaux-Mérignac

SJ05 A SUSTAINABLE WALL 31/05-13/06 RENO 12 vols 18+

Project: Come and discover one of the small perched towns in the South of France, Serres in the Alpes, which offers a magnificent panorama of the medium mountain range of the Baronnies Provençales! The town, leaning against the Pignolette rock, is made up of small shady medieval streets and covered and sloping passages in which it is good to stroll.

At the top of this village and at the bend in the monks' path, is the chapel of Notre Dame de Bon Secours, which overlooks the Buëch valley. This building was erected in 1730 and blessed in 1732. Partly dug into the rock, it marries the hillside, on the presumed site of the former chapel of the castle of Serres. The Baronnies Provençales Regional Nature Park, in partnership with the association Les Villages des Jeunes and a hiking organization, launched an operation to raise awareness and promote the dry-stone building technique in 2018. Elected officials and inhabitants will be mobilized for this operation through restoration actions and discoveries of the dry-stone built heritage (conference, visit).

Work: The path of the Monks meanders along the hillside below the chapel; it is supported by dry stone retaining walls and has a stone-covered walkway, known as a calade in south- eastern France. One of the retaining walls of the path, located under the chapel, is partly deteriorated due to lack of maintenance. You will participate in the restoration of this wall which is essential to put the chapel back in its place in the landscape by redrawing the flatness of the wall leading to it. The following work will be undertaken: dismantling and sorting of the stones, earthworks and reconstruction of the wall according to the very precise technique of dry stone construction (theoretical and practical input). You can also discover the technique of restoration of the dry stone path: punctual recovery of the damaged parts of the path, realization of stone steps.

The workcamp will be supervised by a professional in dry stone construction techniques. A daily work of 6 hours is planned, the organization of the days will be discussed and decided by the group of participants. The pedagogical objective is to discover a traditional construction technique which does not require any material, except stones from the stoning of fields intended for agriculture or recovered from old buildings. Theoretical, historical and practical contributions will be disseminated.

It should be noted that this workcamp is part of a more global action to enhance the site of the chapel. The population of the village is invited to take part in the work of clearing the brush and creating a calade on the chapel square.

Food and accommodation: You will be accommodated in tents at the Barillons campsite located in Serres. An animation team will be present to help you in the organization of the collective life: planning of household chores, elaboration of menus and preparation of meals in turn, organization of leisure activities and outings. The purchase of local products is widely favoured.

Location: Serres is a small town in the South of France, nestled between the Alps and Haute Provence (30 km North of Sisteron, 140 km South of Grenoble). It has several services: train station, shops, Provencal market...

Leisure activities: Land of light, scents and flavours, the Baronnies Provençal is a land where the sweetness of life is combined with the practice of outdoor sports like idleness! Rich in natural and agricultural heritages adapted to the Mediterranean climate under alpine influence, the Provencal Baronnies are marked by fragrant, aromatic and medicinal plants: wild thyme, rosemary, lavender. Near Serres, you can discover many major sites in the south of the Hautes-Alpes: Aujour mountain and Clausonne abbey, Saint-Genis mountain, the Méouge gorges, Orpierre site, the Riou lake where you can practice many sports activities (climbing, mountain biking, hiking, swimming in lakes and rivers).

Closest train station : Serres (05700). Access via Valence TGV, Valence ville, Grenoble,

Marseille Saint-Charles and Aix en Provence train stations.

Closest airports: Marseille or Lyon

SJ07 FREE MUSIC FESTIVAL 05/06-26/06 CULT/FEST 12 vols 18+

Project : Montendre is a charming town in the south-west of France which saw the birth, in 2001, of the "FREE Music Festival", an artistic event of contemporary music, a source of development and local dynamism, which has contributed to the highlighting of this small town. The festival is supported by the association A Donf' which aims to promote and develop education and artistic practices for all. The international workcamp, at the heart of the festival, brings a rich intercultural dimension to the artistic and intergenerational dynamics carried by the event. 2020 sees the birth of the 20th edition of the festival!

Work: You will work with others volunteers in the preparation and setting up of the festival and accomodations (camp, food area/rest area/volunteers, etc). The work consists of arranging the park in such a way that will make it more attractive. You will welcome the public and help volunteers in the event’s logistics. After the festival, you will help in cleaning and tiding the place in a friendly atmosphere !

Accommodation and food: In collective dorms (8 people) at La Maison des Bateleurs, in Montendre. Food is included and everyday, someone in the group will be chosen to cook.

Location: Montendre, Charente-Maritime, from 75 km of Bordeaux.

Leisure activities: Between some nice villages in the south of Saintonge, you will enjoy the local heritage. Aside from the work, you will take part in summer activities : music events, nightmarkets, farmer markets or tasting local products. Visits to the cities, like Bordeaux or Angoulême and beach days can be organized. Cognac and St Emilion, two traditionnal cities of wine, are very close !

Closest train station: Montendre (17130)

Closest airport: Bordeaux-Mérignac

SJ08 LE FORT DE L’AIGUILLE 2 11/06-02/07 CONS 12 vols 18+

Project: Situated at the mouth of Charente, the Fouras Peninsula is home to 3 ports and 5 beaches on the Atlantic coast. Following 8 international workcamps carried out between 2015 and 2019, the town of Fouras-les-Bains and the association Maison des Bateleurs - Solidarités Jeunesses wished to renew their partnership in 2020 in order to continue the rehabilitation work on the Aiguille fort (known as the largest in France). In an idyllic setting with a view of Fort Boyard, the work will consist of rehabilitating the redoubt, a fortification system built by Vauban to protect the town of Fouras from a possible invasion from an enemy landing by the sea.

Work: You will have the mission to develop the site of the Fort de l'Aiguille. The work will consist of delimiting the areas that are an integral part of the redoubt, thus securing and protecting the site for future cultural events. You will have to create and install a barrier and a fence around the fort, on the eastern front. You will also have to remove the old gate, which is in poor condition and unsightly, in order to replace it. Accommodation and food: Collective in tents at Fouras campsite (swimming pool, multi- sports area, WIFI, snack bar, etc.) Food will be provided and meals will be prepared in turns.

Location: Fouras-les-Bains, Charente-Maritime, 20 km from Rochelle

Leisure activities: You will be able to discover numerous nautical activities; such as fishing and sailing with local clubs. The beach, the bike rides bordering the sea, the beach volleyball and other pleasures are there to discover. You can also visit forts and museums as well as some cities like La Rochelle and Rochefort. Leisure activities will promote the meeting with the inhabitants who are waiting for you with impatience!

Closest train tation: Rochefort (17300)

Closest airport: Bordeaux-Mérignac

SJ09 A FISTUL OF LIME 14/06-27/06 RENO 12 vols 18+

Project: You will participate in the construction of a welcome centre and exhibition space that will benefit the association’s educational events, and will offer a new cultural element to our current program which includes a centre of documentation for past historical and archaeological work, conferences, educational content for children and teenagers, scientific publications concerning geological and mining heritage.

Work: You will restore this building’s façades using lime mortar. The work will include removing outer layers of plaster, recovering the boards of the framework, reworking the plaster joints, using mortar to repair the stonework wall and brushing the mortar joints. This work camp involves 4 days of work per week, from 08:30 to 12:00 and from 14:00 to 17:30. A technical supervisor will accompany you during your working day.

Accommodation and food: You will be sharing a room with 4-6 other volunteers. Bathrooms are also shared. Meals are prepared by our kitchen staff. You will be asked to lend a hand with the preparation of some food, tidying the dining area, and washing the dishes.

Location: Tende (06430) - 2 hours from Nice by train. The organisation “Neige et Merveilles” is located at an altitude of 1.500 metres in an isolated mountainous area, 10 km from the Closest village of Tende, and 50 km from Vintimille (Italy).

Leisure activities: You will discover the regional mountainous environment and sporting activities: hiking/ guided tour in the “Vallée des Merveilles” in the Mercantour National Park, swimming in the Bendola river, visiting local villages (Tende, La Brigue, Saorge), trying the Via Feratta and in the evenings, enjoying dance, photo-video sessions, stargazing, board games, barbecue, international meals. You will accompanied by a daily life facilitator.

Remarks: Possibility of working at a height on secured scaffolding.

Closest train station: Tende (06430)

Closest airport: Nice

SJ10 THE STONE HOUSE 14/06-27/06 RENO 12 vols 18+

Project: Take part in an enriching experience that will teach you new skills in a communal environment. You will make a valuable contribution to the larger scale project of development and restauration of one of the Maritime Alps’ heritage sites - the medieval silver mine of Vallauria. The construction of this storage workshop dates back to the mining period at the end of the 19th century.

Work: You will work on the building’s exterior and inside. Plastering and re pointing each of

the building’s facades using lime mortar. You will participate in the construction of a wooden mezzanine. This workcamp involves 4 days of work per week, from 08:30 to 12:00 and from 14:00 to 17:30. A technical leader will accompany you during your working day.

Accommodation and food: You will be sharing a room with 3-4 other volunteers. Bathrooms are also shared. Meals are prepared by our kitchen staff. You will be asked to lend a hand with the preparation of some food, tidying the dining area, and washing the dishes.

Location: Tende (06430) - 2 hours from Nice by train. The organisation “Neige et Merveilles” is located at an altitude of 1.500 metres in an isolated mountainous area, 10 km from the Closest village of Tende, and 50 km from Vintimille (Italy).

Leisure activities: You will discover the regional mountainous environment and sporting activities: hiking/ guided tour in the “Vallée des Merveilles” in the Mercantour National Park, swimming in the Bendola river, visiting local villages (Tende, La Brigue, Saorge), trying the Via Feratta and in the evenings, enjoying dance, photo-video sessions, stargazing, board games, barbecue, international meals. You will accompanied by a daily life facilitator.

Remarks: Possibility of working on scaffolding low height.

Closest train station: Tende (06430)

Closest airport: Nice

SJ/ESC11 TRACING THE STEPS OF THE DUKE OF LESDIGUIERES 29/06-19/07 RENO 11 vols 18-30

Project: Do you want to participate in the protection of a historic site in the heart of idyllic mountain landscapes? Join us and come discover the castle of Lesdiguières and its natural setting at an altitude of 1140 metres!

The Duke of Lesdiguières, the last Constable of France, is a military figure known for his participation in the Wars of Religion and for his involvement in the construction and development of roads, bridges and dikes against flooding in the region. He had this castle built between 1571 and 1580, which was abandoned after his death. It was looted during the French Revolution. The castle is listed in the supplementary inventory of Historic Monuments in 1978. In 2000, the "Château de Lesdiguières" association was created with the aim of safeguarding the historical, architectural and cultural memory of the building. Since 2010, the various works that we have been organising on this site are aimed at securing and reinforcing the existing walls, but also at enhancing its value.

Work: Since 2018, we have been working on the reinforcement of the masonry of an escarpment wall (defence wall). With time and bad weather, this wall has suffered some damage and its stones are coming loose. With the help of the technical supervisor, we will work with old techniques and materials (such as lime). At certain times, we will work at height, using scaffolding. You will work around 30 hours per week.

Accommodation and food: In tents at the "La Pra" campsite in Saint Firmin, located at the entrance to the Valgaudemar valley. On the campsite, you will spend a quiet stay in a mountainous and exceptional green setting. You will have access to facilities such as toilets, barbecue, petanque ground, WIFI. We will set up a large kitchen tent in order to prepare our meals. The preparation of the meals is done in turn, so that you can taste several specialities! Here, we pay attention to what we eat, to reduce our impact on the planet, we try to eat a maximum of local products and we eat meat twice a week. Collective life is organized together: organization of menus, shopping, activities, etc.

Location: The workcamp is located in the village of Glaizil and the campsite in the village of St Firmin (about 20 min by car). In the village of Saint Firmin there are some small shops and we are about 15 km from Saint Bonnet en Champsaur and 30 km from Gap. Once or twice a week, we organize with our vehicles some shopping outings!

Leisure activities: In the heart of the Ecrins National Park, between the Valgaudemar, Champsaur and Dévoluy valleys. Your eyes will never cease to be amazed by this exceptional environment! You can discover the pleasures of hiking in the mountains, its rivers and lakes, farmers' and producers' markets, and festive evenings organised in the surrounding villages (depending on the programme). As a group, you will decide which activities and discovery outings you wish to organise (subject to distance).

Closest train station: Gap (05000). We will meet you at the station between 4pm and 6pm.

Closest airports: Marseille or Lyon.

Note: This workcamp is organized under the European Volunteering Teams framework. To apply, volunteers should be between 18 and 30 years old and live in Europe or neighbouring countries. Travel expenses will be partially reimlbursed and pocket money will be provided.