This year, in collaboration with the local youths, you will continue the renovation of the redoubt. First, you will remove the vegetation from some of the walls and tunnels of the fort and reinforce some walls with masonry. Then, you will renovate an outdoor wooden staircase on the site. During the entire project, you will work with local youths. You will also get to share some meals and organise some activities together. These are great ways to get to know each other!
You will sleep on inflatable mattresses in dormitories in a leisure centre. You’ll need to bring along a sleeping bag. Food will be provided and cooked in turns by mixed teams of volunteers and local young people. One kitchen is located at the leisure centre and another kitchen for lunches is located in the fort. Showers are available in the centre.
Location: The fort is located atop a small hill in the middle of a 110 hectare regional park, near some urban areas. The town of Montmagny is located 15 km North of Paris.
Leisure activities: During the workcamp, you will be able to take part in cultural outings and social exchanges organised with local partnered associations in order to create more connections between international volunteers and local young people. Other free-time activities will be organized collectively, depending on the desires of the group and the available budget.
The Pinson Mound Redoubt is a military fortification dating back to the late 19th century which used to protect the city of Paris. The redoubt is currently hosting some local associations (apiculture, shooting, wine making). Over the years, international summer camps have contributed to the restoration and renovation of the fort, while bringing together local youths and international volunteers. This summer camp is organised in partnership with four neighboring towns. Each town organises some activities and helps to involve local young people, aged between 16 and 25 years old, in the project. The local young people are very excited to meet the international volunteers.
This project should not be seen as a sightseeing trip to Paris. If you wish to visit Paris, you should arrive some days before or leave some days after the dates of the workcamp.