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Located on the banks of the Savieres canal, which lead peacefully to the Lac du Bourget, come to discover the charm of this small village considered as the little Venice from Savoy.
The old fortified house of Chanaz, known as « Grande Maison de Boigne » is an ancient building from the 13th century which still stands today in the heart of the village. The fortified house of Chanaz is hosting nowadays the service of the town hall. This outstanding heritage site has been the subject of various restorations in the past. The municipality wishes to continue the work begun many years ago and has wished to associate with Concordia in order to realize an international workcamp of volunteers which will have the aim to renovate a stone enclosure wall.
In the continuation of the first work camp realized in 2019, you will be working at the renovation of a stone wall which surrounds the Maison De Boigne. You will be working at the cleaning of the wall (to remove the vegetation and the coating), then at ancient masonry (installing the stones and lime coatings). Finally, you will make a cover to protect the wall from rain. You will be guided by a technical leader who will teach you his knowledge in ancient masonry.
This workcamp doesn’t require any special competences. However, it will be necessary to manipulate the stones which are already at the site. Your motivation and your ability to work in a team are your assets for this project.
Accommodatie en maaltijden
You will be hosted under tents (2 people in a tent, boys and girls separated) in the middle of the municipality school of Chanaz. You will have access to toilets and showers in the interior of the building, as well as a kitchen and a common hall for lunch. In case of rain, you will also be hosted in this hall.
The group will be accompanied all the time by two leaders, a group leader and a technical leader. You will participate together to organise the collective life (cleaning, activities...) and you will participate alternately in the preparation of the meals. All of the ingredients of the meals will be purchased on the spot. We will encourage the buying of local products and we will promote the principles of the local economy. Tastings of regional products are also possible at the local producers.
Locatie en vrije tijd
Chanaz (510 inhabitants) is a historical village, labelled by the French authorities as “cite de caractere”. Beyond the monuments, many artisans have created their workshops and their stores. This commune is very touristic and dynamic. The viaRhôna bike trail which connects Geneva to the Mediterranean Sea, offers you the occasion to discover the region of Savoy along the river. The channel of Savieres is also a suitable place to perform water activities. The Lake of Bourget is just 3 km away and is offering the opportunity to swim.
Chambery (35 km) and Annecy (45 km) will allow you to discover a bit more about the region of Savoy and its own traditions.
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 working gloves, working clothes (that you are not afraid to get dirty), a sleeping bag and waterproof clothes in case of rain. Don’t forget also to bring your solar protection (hats, sunglasses, solar cream) and your swimming suit to swim in the lake. 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!