Like the six previous workcamps, you will be restoring a part of the archeological site: weeding and restoring the thermal baths and the temple using traditional masonry.
You will be staying in a collective accommodation in tents (2 to 3 volunteers per tent) in a field with access to toilets and bathrooms in a local football club building. Meals will be taken there as well. The group will be sharing the cleaning chores and preparing meals together. The budget will be allocated to the group leader and you will participate in the preparation of dishes with good products from the market and local producers.
Aubigné-Racan is located 40km south from Le Mans, 15 km west from the Château du Loir. Meetings with locals will be organized in order to exchange services. For more information, have a look at: http://www.association-capra.com/content/view/20/64/ and http://www.aubigne-racan.com/
If you are interested in archaeology, this workcamp is perfect for you! It is the 7th anniversary of Concordias partnership with the Sarthe department and the city of Aubigné-Racan.
Aubigné-Racan is a lovely city near the river Loire and it spreads over 3203 hectares with a total of 2112 inhabitants. A very important part of Aubignés heritage is the Gallo-Roman complex composed of a theater, a temple, thermal facilities and markets built in the second half of the 1st century. This archeological site, owned by the Sarthe department, is one of the most beautiful sites of the Pays de la Loire region. This area is very rich in architectural heritage and natural discoveries.
You will discover archeology through the explanations of an Archeologist from the CAPRA (Center of Archeological Prospection and Research of Allonnes) about the Gallo-Roman history of Aubigné and about the local flora and fauna. You will take part in the local festivities in July such as the July 14th parade and fireworks, see the light show in the old city called “Nuit des Chimères”, discover the local heritage and may even go hiking.
You will be cycling on a daily basis to go from the city to the workcamp (4km). Please bring gardening gloves, good shoes and working clothes. As nights can be quite cold, also remember to bring warm clothes. Do not forget to bring a sleeping-mat, a warm sleeping bag (and a tent if you have your own!).
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.