Framed in the beautiful Valley of Baztan, between pastures and oak groves, legends of witches and bucolic villages of white houses and red roofs, hides a past of concrete bunkers. Despite being an immense work, it remains almost unknown at present, so the recovery and cleaning of some of these structures allows visitors and inhabitants of the area to approach this recent but in many cases hidden past.
These work camps seek the cleaning, recovery and documentation of two of these fortresses, each one consisting of three casemates and a series of underground galleries that connect them, located in the vicinity of Erratzu, in the Baztan Valley. It will also proceed to adapt the path of access from the village that along 500 meters ascends through the oak forest to the structure in order to form a tourist trail, which would start with an explanatory panel. The work will be complemented with explanations on the construction of all these fortifications, documentation of the time, basic notions of the archaeological record and different visits.
The work will take place in a small village, Errazu, Working in open nature will allow you to enjoy this rural area in the freshness of the Pyrenean valleys.
The accommodation will be in the nearby Lekaroz Youth Hostel.
Bedrooms are provided with 6 beds per room, with communal bathrooms with showers and hot water. The organisation covers cooking of meals and provides sheets and pillowcase. Volunteers must bring their own towel.
The place is located between mountains, in a small village Errazu, in the Baztan Valley, in the northern area of Navarra adjoining the French border. The work, which will be developed in the open nature, will allow you to enjoy all this rural area.In addition to the valley itself with its multiple palaces, hamlets, forests and mountains, the Urdax and Zugarramurdi caves, the Amaiur Castle, Elizondo, Arizkun, Erratzu, etc. are nearby. Nearby are also the beaches of San Sebastian or Biarritz.
The INDJ is the Department of Sports and Youth of the Government of Navarre. The INDJ develops a program of work camps for young volunteers from all countries to learn the history and culture of Navarra.
Remember to take clothes for the manual work and closed shoes. Foreigners belonging to the European Union must bring with them a personal EHIC (European Health Insurance Card), and everybody must, in any case, bring their insurance certificate. Please feel free to bring some food specialities, pictures, musical instrument, things you like and want to share with the group and the local community.
Clothes, shoes, gloves and hat suitable for this type of work. Tracksuit, trainers, and resting shoes. Raincoat and warm clothes. Swimming costume, towel, sun lotion and personal cleaning.
The organization will provide a Transfer from Pamplona to the Youth Hostel in Lekaroz. Meeting point 3rd August at 19,00 p.m. at the cafeteria in the bus station in Pamplona.
Departure day: a transfer will be from Lekaroz to Pamplona, it will get to Pamplona at 10,00 the 17th of August.