The work will consists basically to restore an old path, but also to restore traditions. Social life would be also very important, so be prepared to meet some youngsters of the area and try to encourage them to participate in the work you are doing. The project is meant to learn the Basque/Navarrean culture and history as well.
The accommodation will be in an old house, actually the priest’s house. Volunteers will cook for themselves.
Workcamp is situated in the province of Navarra, in the north of Spain. It takes place in a valley between the cities of Pamplona (50 km), Vitoria (50 km) and San Sebastian (70 km). Bilbao is more or less 100 km away. Volunteers will be able to enjoy green and mountainous landscape and good weather: hot in summer, but not too much. If you like to do a beach trip, San Sebastian is a beautiful city with great beaches. Bilbao also offers a lot for those who want to visit a bigger city.
Mancomunidad de Sakana (group of municipalities of Sakana, Navarra).
In this area there is an ancient roman road which was used for trade and transport throughout many years (B.C to XVIII century). One goal of this project is to restore the road and try to discover more of it. It is located in between mountains and trees, so the working area will be mainly in the shade.
Still there is much to be discover and it seems that this place was actually part of the old path of Camino de Santiago from Bourdeux to Leon and Santiago, in the area of Aditu. There is another project taking place: in a coastal town, not far from this valley. It is about to build a ship like they were in the XVI century. Those boats were used by basques for expeditions to Terranova (eastern coasts of Canada) to hunt whales. The ship is being built the same way they did in XVI century, and wood from our valley is being used for this purpose.
You should bring your insurance.
You should be able to ride a bicycle
We expect highly motivated volunteers. The workcamp will require a lot of work. Motivation letter with a guarantee to work 6 hours at reasonable pace is required. Interested in Basque culture. Able to ride a bicycle. You should bring your own insurance. Age 18-30 is preferable.
This project will include a one day only vegan food day agreed by volunteers for the promotion of environmental sustainable lifestyle.