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From the Arboretum of the Grands Murcins, come to visit a natural site in the middle of the Madeleine Mountains and participate in the renovation of a hut hidden in the woods.
The municipality of Arcon, located in the agglomeration of Roane, is a little village of middle altitude which hosts the Arboretum of the Grands Murcins. This site offers a breathtaking view on the Roannaise plain as well as numerous teaching aids to better understand the local fauna and flora. At the beginning of a path, in the middle of trees from all the continents, the ruins of an ancient stone hut is waiting now to be renovated.
Since 2018, Concordia has been organising international volunteer workcamps here. Come and bring your contribution to this edifice and participate in the enhancement of the local heritage by continuing the renovation work.
You will work at the stone foundation of the hut, continuing the work begun by the teams of volunteers in 2018 and 2019. You will work on sorting the stones in order to use them for rebuilding the edifice. You will be accompanied by a technical staff who will transmit to you their competencies in ancient masonry.
This workcamp doesn’t require any specific skills. However, it will be necessary to manipulate the stones that are already on the site. Your motivation and your ability to work in a team will be your strengths for carrying out this project. A small dose of strength is also recommended.
Accommodatie en maaltijden
You will be hosted indoors at the shelter of Arcon (space accredited to host teenagers by the French Ministry of Youth and Sport) close to the working place. Two dormitories will be prepared in order to respect the repartition girls/boys. The accommodation is also equipped with toilets, showers as well as a kitchen that can be used independently.
The group will be all the time accompanied by 2 leaders, a group leader and a technical leader. You will organise together the collective life (cleaning, activities...) and you will participate alternately in the preparation of the meals. All of the ingredients will be purchased on the spot. We will encourage the buying of local products and we will promote the principles of local economy. Tastings of regional products are also possible at the local producers.
Locatie en vrije tijd
The site of the Grands Murcins, where the workcamp is located, is in the commune of Arcon at an altitude of almost 800 meters, in the heart of the Madeleine Mountains. This village of about a hundred inhabitants is attached to the Roane’s agglomeration community, which brings together 40 municipalities in the north part of Loire department, in the administrative region of Auvergne Rhône Alpes. In this territory, there are plenty of discovery and leisure activities (swimming, hiking, sport activities….) which can be offered to you thanks to the support of Roannais Agglomeration, the partner of the action. The links with the Youth service allows meeting other teenagers from the territory and facilitating the organization of common activities.
The cities of Lyon and Saint Etienne are located respectively at a distance of 1.5h and 1h on the highway from Roanne.
Pour les volontaires français sur ce chantier en France (to our national participants in France) :
Pour les français s'inscrivant sur notre site, les frais de participation additionnel (200 €) indiqués dans cette description sont directement intégrés aux frais d'inscription "ADOS en France" de 460 €. En effet, ceux-ci comprennent à la fois les frais d'inscription de 260 € et les frais de participation de 200 €.
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Bring with you working gloves, clothes, and shoes you are not afraid of getting dirty. Although the accommodation is indoor, remember to bring a warm sleeping bag. Hiking shoes are useful for discovering the region. Think also about bringing solar protection (hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen cream) and a swimming suit. The free time activities will be programmed with your camp leaders according to your wishes.
If you want to share a little bit of your culture (recipes, folk stories, and interesting objects) don’t hesitate to take with you a little bit of your country in your backpack!