Under the supervision of an experienced mason, you will continue the conservation of the remains of the castle of the Earls of Comminges: clearing of the overgrowth, masonry, building of small stone walls. The site hosts several hundreds of visitors in the summer months. Be ready to work on an exceptionnal site, isolated and beautiful Sure you will not experience that somewhere else:)
You will stay in tents in the grounds of the castle. Important: housing conditions are very simple and rudimentary (dry toilets and solar showers), this camp is really meant to be for nature lovers and those who are not scared by simple conditions. Access to the castle is only by foot (10 minute steep path from the village, watch out for your travel bags – prefer a backpack). We cannot accommodate you if you arrive before the starting date of the workcamp or if you wish to stay a little longer.
Bramevaque is a very small rural village of 30 inhabitants, at the foot of the Pyrenees mountains which mark the border with Spain. The site offers beautiful landscapes and view points. The Barousse valley is one of the most remarquable valleys of the Pyrenees; it is also on the itinerary of the Tour de France cycling race. Possible free time activities : hiking, swimming in the river, visit of prehistorical caves, the famous abbey of St Bertrand de Comminges, the watersports resort of Antignac, the Barousse museum. Please browse: www.visit-midi-pyrenees.com. The place is ideal for the volunteers who love nature and who wish to enjoy simplicity and calm.
The village of Bramevaque and the district council of Barousse are mobilized to maintain and to restore the remains of the castle of the Earls of Comminges (comtes de Comminges) which attracts many visitors. For 22 years now, the small village of Bramevaque has been hosting international workcamps every summer which makes it possible to carry out this task and to create an original event in the village. Jeunesse et Reconstruction and Bramevaque are both dedicated to maintain this site, and we guess once you see the place, you will be dedicated too
NOTICE: Access to the castle is only by foot (10 minute) steep path from the village, watch out for your travel bags – prefer a backpack 1/No special knowledge or competence is required for this camp, except being motivated, curious and loving work in group Skills for living outdoor can be welcomed 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