You will restore the old hut in a sustainable way. Supported by your technical leader, you will use dry stone techniques to restore the entry and rebuild the wall of stones. You will clean the small huts and other dry stone remains on the site.
You will be accommodated in tents, with access to toilets and showers. Tents will be provided but you can bring your own if you want to. The group will be sharing the cleaning chores and preparing meals together. The budget will be allocated to the group leader ad you will participate in the preparation of dishes using good products from the market and local producers.
Quillan is located in the north of the Pyrenees, in the south of the Department of Aude. The proximity of lakes and rivers has made it easy to develop a lot of water sports or aquatic activities. Quillan is now considered an international centre for water sports.
Surrounded by 3 natural parks, nature lovers will be able to participate in many activities in the ‘Centre Sports Nature de la Forge’ (hiking, canoeing, mountain biking, rafting, climbing,).
You will find great cultural heritage close to Quillan and discover Cathars’ castles (Puivert 15km, Puillaurens 17km and Arques 22km) but also the castle of Quillan and its old church.
For more information: www.quillan.fr
Welcome to the Cathars’ country, an enchanting region in between exceptional nature, among rivers and castles! Quillan is a commune with an exceptional historical and cultural heritage dating back to the 10th century. The Cathars lived in this region before the Catholic Church started persecuting and exiling them. They left their culture behind as well as beautiful heritage in the middle of the mountains. Through this project, we invite you to take part in the local heritage safeguarding. During this workcamp you will restore an « Orri », Occitan word for a shepherd’s hut, essential part of the history of Quillan. Located on the Col du Portel, with an amazing view, the site also highlights trails such as the muleteer’s trail.
For the work, please bring gardening gloves, working clothes and closed shoes. As nights can be quite cold, remember also to bring warm clothes and a sleeping bag. Don’t forget sun protection (hat, glasses and sunscreen) and your swim suit! Some common activities can be organized if you want to, so please feel free to take something special from your home country with you (food, recipes, stories or dances)!
European Union citizens must bring with them a personal EHIC (European Health Insurance Card), and everybody must, in any case, bring their own insurance certificate. If health issues happen during the project, volunteers will have to pay for it, and will then be reimbursed once they will be back in their home country.