You are going to clean parts of the fortification walls of the village. You will also participate in maintaining the permaculture garden and take part in a citizen day in the village (watering the plants of the village, cleaning a street…).
You will stay in tents near the Presbytery with access to changing rooms, toilets, showers, kitchen and a big common room. You will prepare the meals in shifts and split the various chores (planning, cleaning, shopping, etc.). We will encourage the purchase of local and seasonal products.
From Bassoues, the region of Gers is all yours! This small, charming town is on the road of ancient fortified villages, close to the lake of Lupiac and the city of Auch. Marciac, a city famous for its international jazz festival, “Jazz in Marciac”, is also nearby. In Bassoues, you’ll have the chance to discover the most delicious culinary specialities, hiking paths to castles and fortified towns, and medieval villages. Multiple cultural and sports activities will be available like the medieval festival of Lupiac or the associative bar nearby Baccarisse with its concerts, theatre plays, and festival “Montesquiou on the rock!”
Welcome to Le Gers!
Delve into the history and charm of Bassoues, a fortified medieval village in the heart of the Gascogne countryside. Near the birthplace of the famous D’Artagnan, Bassoues is surrounded by ramparts and brings ancient myths into reality. You will be awestruck by the 43-meter high, splendidly-preserved donjon at the village entrance, which dates from 1371. The whole municipality of Bassoues is listed as a Historical Monument: a perfect place for nature lovers and history buffs alike!
The village has been looking forward to reviving community-based volunteer work, and this 4th international workcamp is the perfect opportunity to do so!
Bring working clothes and shoes (waterproof if possible, in case of rain). Bring a warm sleeping bag and a good camping mat (for sleeping in the tent); nights can be chilly and wet. Tents will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own. Do not hesitate to bring activities from home, such as photos, games, musical instruments, food etc. And don’t forget your swimming suit; you may need it!
Foreigners from the European Union must bring their personal EHIC (European Health Insurance Card), and all participants must bring their insurance certificate. If health issues arise during the program, volunteers will need to cover all costs; they will be reimbursed upon their return to their home country.