The first two weeks, volunteers will work on the restoration on the walls of a canal. Clearing and recovery stones, dry stone wall to bring up in places (1 meter high). The last week the volunteers will help in the organization of Serenades (international music festival), logistical assistance: installation of the stands, hosting of the public, and any help that may be needed along with local volunteers. This camp is a great chance to live alongside with the inhabitants, helping them maintaining their village and making it lively through cultural events.
You will have access to the the football club clubhouse, where you will find toilets, showers (stadium cloakroom) and a fully equipped kitchen. The meals will be prepared by volunteers: Feel free to bring recipes and food from you home country to be shared with the rest of the group. You will be asked to participate in daily tasks (kitchen, dishes, cleaning etc.). The site is located 5 and 15 minutes walk from the camp. You will be only 5 minutes from the heart of the village, where you will find shops and else (post office, tobacco, supermarket, bakery etc …). The association can not take care of you if you arrive before the starting date of the camp or if you wish to stay a little longer.
Chalabre organizes various cultural events throughout the summer. You will be invited to the book festival which will be held the first weekend of the workcamp, to a festival of art and music which will take place the last week of the workcamp. During your stay, you can visit the castle of Chalabre http://www.chateau-chalabre.com/, and that of Montsegur http://www.montsegur.fr/accueil.vdom. You can also participate in the petanque tournament and go refresh yourself in the river that runs through the village. No worries about you being bored- Sure Chalabre will always find some leisure or activity for you:)
Located at the edge of the Ariege and Aude, the municipality of Chalabre is known for both its built inheritage and also natural wonderful surroundings. Chalabre was able to highlight the different buildings but also the vales of the Aude which crosses it. It welcomes this year its second group of international volunteers. The village of Chalabre was born in Cathar country in the 12th century, its country house and its castle formed the heart of the village. Over the years two churches were built, as well as the Chapel of Calvary overlooking the village. The municipality does not neglect its assets puts in place throughout the summer period animations for the tastes of all. Local associations make the territory live and encourage residents to go out and meet others. http://www.chalabre.fr/fr
MINIMUM AGE: 18 1/No special knowledge or competence is required for this camp, except being motivated, curious and loving work in group 2/Our association does not provide a car during the workcamp. 3/ European volunteers should bring their European health care card, and everybody must, in any case, BRING THEIR INSURANCE CERTIFICATE. If health issues on the camp, the volunteers will have to pay for it, and then get reimbursed once back in the home country. 4/ Things to bring as your are going to live in very simple conditions :a flashlight, a sleeping bag, warm clothes (a sweater and rain-coat), a bathing suit. For male volunteers : short pants are generally prohibited in the public swimming pools in France, please bring a bathing suit. For work : worn out clothes and strong shoes. If you have work gloves you can bring them too. Also take walking shoes. 5/ Your games, musics, musical instruments and recipes, will be also welcome To make exchanges and encounters easier, please also bring photographs of your home, some postcards, maps or else, to be able to talk about your country.6/ If you have your driving licence, please, take it with you (may be useful in some areas). 7/ The association will not take care of the return journey from the workcamp place to the train station. More info about trains : https://www.oui.sncf/ 8/ It is no longer allowed to change foreign traveller s checks into money in the French banks : think about doing it in the foreign exchange counter (airport, stations, big cities) BEFORE arriving to the workcamp