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Take part in the staging of Offenbach Opera: “Les Contes d’Hoffmann”!
In collaboration with local volunteers (between 300 and 350 people), you will have the opportunity to participate in every step of this collective and cultural project: creating sets, looking for accessories, discovering the work of a lighting engineer and a dressmaker, assisting the preparation of meals for the company and the volunteers, helping with logistic, and maybe even taking a small part during the show. There could be a lot more added to this list of activities.
Schedules will be planned in advance and you’ll be able to register for the activities that interest you. There’s no need to have knowledge about music or theater to be a part of the project, still, by committing to this project you will need to have the will to discover a new environment and a taste for the unexpected.
You must also be independent and work autonomously and know how to handle stress.
Accommodatie en maaltijden
You will be accommodated in a local house provided by the municipality of Ballee. You would have to bring a sleeping bag and a towel (those are not provided).
Meals will be shared with the entire project team: international volunteers, local volunteers, musicians, singers, technicians…
You will participate in the daily tasks of community life: cooking, washing the dishes, cleaning.
Transportation between your accommodation and the project site will be by foot, by bike, or by car.
Locatie en vrije tijd
The Chateau de Linieres (project site), is located a few kilometers outside of Ballee. Ballee is a village of 700 inhabitants, located in the south-east of the Mayenne, 30 kilometers south-east of Laval, and 15 kilometers away from Sable sur Sarthe.
Leisure activities will be planned during the project, with the other volunteers.
Do not hesitate to visit the website of Liniere(s): https://www.linieres.fr/
For this project we will ask you for a letter of motivation, in English or in French for the purpose of your welcoming. Feel free to indicate if you want to discover a certain type of work or profession, or a special part of the project in particular (for example: “I would like to discover the work of a lighting engineer”, “I would like to participate in the decoration workshop because I have good skills in drawing and painting”, “I would like to do a photo report of the entire setting up of the Opera”, “I would like to know more about stage direction”). This is a unique opportunity to discover new things, to deepen your skills, or discover new professions.
The project will take place in the countryside; remember to take good shoes and working clothes. Don’t forget to bring clothes against the cold, the rain and a sleeping bag. Do not forget your toiletries (shampoo, etc.). You can also bring musical instruments, juggling accessories or other games to make us discover your skills.
This project is supported by the program European Solidarity Corps for young people between 18 and 30 years. It is open to all volunteers that fit the ESC criteria.
The participation to the ESC volunteering teams is subjects to several principles and conditions, presented on the ESC webpage: https://europa.eu/youth/solidarity/mission_en
• volunteers do not have to pay any fee (not sending, nor participation fee) to attend the project;
• volunteers need to enrol in the PASS, the European Solidarity Corps Portal ; Concordia France will organize their matching, on the online system, with the volunteering project;
• volunteers will receive pocket money, calculated on basis of 6€/day, once they arrive on the project in France;
• volunteers will receive a financial support for their travel, according to a maximum amount established in accordance with their travel distance and upon the presentation of original tickets;
• volunteers will have to complete a participation report, submitted online through the portal.
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