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The inhabitants of Cournon-d'Auvergne produced their own wine, until the vines were abandoned. Today, the municipality is replanting vines all over the hill! She invites you to participate in this project, by saving a winegrower's hut.
The objective is ambitious: to restore the walls of a small stone hut, called "Tonne de vignes", in the middle of the vineyards. It was once used as a shelter for the winegrowers. The goals of the workcamp: to be able to shelter the site's walkers again, preserving an important part of local heritage and it will also serve as a support for educational panels.
Working alongside a technical instructor, you will learn traditional building techniques using lime mortar. If you are interested, you can also be introduced to the technique of dry-stone construction. The work will take place in an area rich in natural resources, with a beautiful view of the entire surrounding valley.
Accommodatie en maaltijden
You will be accompanied by two camp leaders throughout your stay. You will sleep in two-person tents at the local 3-star campsite at Cournon-d’Auvergne (swimming pool, lake, animations). You will have your meals and showers in a building belonging to an association, which offers a large living space near the campsite. The group will be sharing the cleaning chores and preparing meals together. The budget will be allocated to the group leader and you will participate in the preparation of dishes using healthy products from the market and local producers. Free WIFI at the campsite.
Locatie en vrije tijd
Cournon-d'Auvergne is the second largest town in the Puy-de-Dome department. It is a preserved territory crossed by one of the last wild rivers in Europe: the Allier. You will be able to discover the historic centre of the town, walk along the river Allier and take part in the local festivals. At the campsite you will have access to a heated swimming pool and sports grounds. The campsite is located on the edge of the lake of Cournon-d'Auvergne (swimming allowed), in a protected area, away from the main roads.
Clermont-Ferrand, the capital of the region, is only 12km away and can be reached by train or bus. You will be able to enjoy the town's summery energy (concerts, Sable Show festival, visiting the historic town centre, French National Day and fireworks).
Please bring good shoes, working clothes, your swimsuit and a sleeping bag. You can also bring recipes from your home country, musical instruments and games. You will get around Pont-du-Chateau on foot and by car or minibus on time.
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. If health issues happen on the project, volunteers will have to pay for it, and will then be reimbursed once back in their home country.
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