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Welcome to the “douce France” (sweet France). In the heart of Occitany, Teulat is a small rural village that lives and breathes of its local production: honey, bread and more are crafted and consumed inside the town, making it an example of self-sufficiency end sustainability.
Nowadays Teulat’s landscape and environment is endangered by a highway project to link two big cities: Castres and Toulouse. The locals have risen up to prove that another way of life is possible, and not the urban consumer society model this construction site would encourage. Teulat is a town of resistance, where utopias are developed such as “edible parks”, pedagogical permaculture gardens, organic meals in the schools and more.
Local life also means developing access to culture: music and scenic arts.
You will reshape Teulat’s old church and transform it into a concert and venue bar. The church is no longer a religious building and has already hosted a few venues. To become a proper cultural place, quite a few changes are needed, from re-ensuring the walls to setting up the scenes, sound systems and lights, and finally the bars. You will take part in the first step of the transformation: re-crafting the decaying walls and giving the inside of the church a new look. In this workcamp you will learn brick and stone crafting techniques, making hand-made mortar and assuring stability to a construction. The work will be carried out at height on scaffolding.
Accommodatie en maaltijden
You will be accommodated in tents – bring your warm sleeping bags and a camping mat – and will have access to showers and toilets. The campsite, at the actual concert hall, has a view over the Pyrenees Mountains on clear days, and is a few metres away from the houses and provides more space for the group. The group will share the cleaning tasks and prepare meals together. You will prepare the meals in shifts and participate in the organization of the collective life (planning, cleaning, shopping, etc.). We will encourage the purchase of local and seasonal products.
Locatie en vrije tijd
Teulat is in the Tarn County, south-west of France near the city of Toulouse. Sunbathed hills and valleys covered by small fields and forests. Although endangered, the beauty and diversity of this countryside presents a great historical, architectural and environmental interest. Outdoors activities such as hiking, archaeology visits, rafting are possible.
The work will be carried out at height on scaffolding. Bring working clothes, gloves, and closed shoes. To enjoy certain outdoor activities, bring your trekking shoes. For the brave ones who want to take a dip in the river, bring your swimming suit. Feel free to bring activities from home such as photos, games, musical instruments, etc.
Foreigners from the European Union must bring their personal EHIC (European Health Insurance Card), and all participants must bring their insurance certificate. If health issues arise during the program, volunteers will need to cover all costs; they will be reimbursed upon their return to their home country.
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