Continuing the restoration initiated in 2014, this fifth intervention will allow us to work on the parapet walk, in particular on its dry stone walls, some of which we will have to restore in order to ensure the stability of some shelters. We will also have to clear it from vegetation that has grown around the premises. If there is some time left, we will probably carry out some works inside the Fortress as well.
You will be accommodated in tents on the premises of the fort. Bring a sleeping bag. The kitchen, toilets, showers and a common living space will be inside the fortress (several rooms available, also used as a shelter in case of bad weather conditions). You will prepare meals in turns using the products bought nearby. We will favour local products and short supply chains. Tastings of local specialties may also be organised with local producers (for example cheese from Savoy like Beaufort).
The Fort is located in the hills above the town of Albertville, which is just twenty minutes away by car. Despite its remote location, there are many paths leading to the city and its outskirts and the locals regularly come up to the fort, allowing numerous exchanges with the volunteers. Moreover, the fortress is visited by many tourists in the summer period, so meetings and interactions with locals will get even easier. The fort is located 150km away from Lyon and 130km away from Geneva. The city of Annecy and its famous lake are reachable in less than 45 minutes, making it possible to visit the city, to hike or to swim in the lake. Thanks to the support of the community, many other activities will be proposed (hiking, swimming pool, access to Grignon Lake, guided visit to the middle age city of Conflans…).
Built a long time ago in order to protect Albertville from invaders, the Fort du Mont is today a remarkable building, whose renovation requires a lot of work. The Fort du Mont is an old military fortress built in 1881. It is located 1,100 meters above sea level in the mountains overlooking Albertville, a city known for having hosted the Winter Olympics in 1992. Today, it has lost its military vocation but remains an important part of the local heritage and it is visited by many tourists, history buffs and hikers. In order to give the building a second life, certain parts need to be renovated. This is why the community counts on a dynamic local association and, for a couple of years, also on the participation of volunteers during the international workcamps organised by Concordia. Come and join us in the adventure of the renovation of this remarkable building!
Remember to bring gloves as well as working clothes and shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty. In the mountains, nights may be chilly. Remember to bring a warm sleeping bag and warm clothes. Do not forget sun protection as well (hat, sunglasses and sunscreen). Convivial activities will be programmed together with your camp leaders and according to your suggestions! If you would like to share a bit of your culture (cooking recipes, traditional stories, peculiar objects, dances), do not hesitate to bring a piece of your own country in your backpack!
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.