The village has already started the restoration of the thermal baths, and is expecting the arms and good will of the volunteers to do some visible work : you will be in charge of cleaning and clearing the site from all the brushes and plants that are hiding the baths, removing branches, thorns and else on the walls, removing the green moss from that has settled on the stones. The site you are going to work on is a registered and protected heritage.
Accommodation will be under tents and you will have access to bathrooms and showers. A place to cook will be available too.
Aulus-les-Bains is a touristic and thermal resort located in the Ariege Pyrenees in Couserans, on river Garbet. It is dominated by Mont Beas (1,903 m) and bordering with Spain (Catalonia – Pallars Sobira). Nestled at an altitude of 750 meters, at the bottom of the Garbet valley, Aulus-les-Bains is an authentic site of Haut Couserans, in the Ariege Pyrenees. The village, grouped around its bell tower, is divided between tradition (top of the pastoral village) and tourism (bottom of the thermal village). It is from Aulus that you will discover the waterfall of Ars, one of the highest in the Pyrenees. Aulus is a land of nature conducive to recreation, sports and fitness, and has a large number of tourist establishments.
For the very first camp in Aulus les Bains, be prepared for jumping through history, as the municipality offers you to participate in the restoration of the former thermal baths. You will be the first group of international volunteers in the village, and they hope this will lead to rich and numerous exchanges with the local population.
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).