At the heart of the park of the Regional Primary School Heriot, you will help to embellish the surroundings, to restore the old gates of the castle and the jetty on the pond, surrounded by “Water Lilies” worthy of the famous Monet painting.
Two camp leaders will accompany you during your working hours and your whole stay. You will work along with kids and teachers, inhabitants and young locals. You will share the different collective tasks and prepare meals together.
You will be accommodated in one of the dormitories of the Regional Primary School Heriot. You will share the different collective tasks and prepare meals together.
La Boissiere-Ecole is a small village of 765 inhabitants, located in the department of Yvelines in Ile-de-France, close to the forest of Rambouillet and 75 km from Paris.
The Primary School Heriot was built in 1886 by Major Heriot who aimed to create a military orphanage dedicated to children between 5 and 13 years who had lost their fathers at war. At that time, military schools ruled by the state only received children between 13 and 18 years old. Today, the school Heriot has become a public school also welcoming boarding school children in the middle of its 20 hectares park.
A workcamp surrounded by nature and heritage: come to take part in different works of rehabilitation and embellishment in the park of the castle and the primary school “Heriot”. At the heart of a huge tree-filled park, close to the forest of Rambouillet, you will immerse yourself in nature. You will work and live in beautiful 19th-century buildings.
During your work, you’ll be joined by kids and teachers. You will share these unique intercultural and intergenerational moments with them. You will also take part in a rally during which you will discover the village and its natural and cultural richness, along with the inhabitants and the youngsters of La Boissière-Ecole.
This project is supported by the program European Solidarity Corps for young people between 18 and 30 years. It is open to all volunteers that fit the ESC criteria.
The participation to the ESC volunteering teams is subjects to several principles and conditions, presented on the ESC webpage: https://europa.eu/youth/solidarity/mission_en
• volunteers do not have to pay any fee (not sending, nor participation fee) to attend the project;
• volunteers need to enrol in the PASS, the European Solidarity Corps Portal ; Concordia France will organize their matching, on the online system, with the volunteering project;
• volunteers will receive pocket money, calculated on basis of 6€/day, once they arrive on the project in France;
• volunteers will receive a financial support for their travel, according to a maximum amount established in accordance with their travel distance and upon the presentation of original tickets;
• volunteers will have to complete a participation report, submitted online through the portal.
Don’t forget to bring gloves, clothes which could be stained by paint and work shoes. Nights can be chilly, bring a warm sleeping bag.
Foreigners belonging to the European Union must bring with them a personal EHIC (European Health Insurance Card), and everybody must, in any case, bring their insurance certificate. If health issues happen on the project, volunteers will have to pay for it, and will then be reimbursed once back in their home country.
European Solidarity Corps project