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Once built to protect Albertville from attackers, nowadays the Fort du Mont is a remarkable construction whose renovation is a long-term project.
Overlooking the valley at an altitude of 1100 meters, the Fort du Mont is an ancient military fort dating from 1881 overlooking the Alps and Albertville, a city well known for hosting the Winter Olympic Games in 1992. Nowadays, the fort has no more a military purpose but is part of the heritage and is visited by many tourists interested in History and Hiking. Overall, In order to give a second life to this site, some parts have to be renovated. To achieve this, an inter-municipal syndicate relies on a solid partnership with Concordia to organise international workcamps. Come to continue the adventure with us at the Fort and keep on with the renovation of this remarkable building.
In the continuation of the work started in 2014, this 7th intervention offers the possibility to work on the patrol path, especially at the stone walls which will have to be reassembled to ensure the stability of certain shelters. On some sections of the wall, you will have to remove some plants. The work will be supervised by a technical coordinator with the support of Fort Du Mont volunteers.
This workcamp requires carrying of stones on the site. Technically, the workcamp is not difficult but it will require you some physic effort. With your motivation and teamwork, together you will achieve one of the last interventions at the patrol path.
Accommodatie en maaltijden
You will be hosted in tents at the Fort or in one of the large dormitories, depending on the weather conditions. In any case, bring with you your sleeping bag. The kitchen, toilets, showers and free time space will be inside the Fort (many halls are available and you may use them in case of bad weather).
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 (especially the cheese from Savoy, such as Beaufort, which has a maturing cellar located directly in the fort).
Locatie en vrije tijd
The Fort is nestled in the mountain, on the heights of Albertville. You have to take a 20-minute car ride in order to reach it. In spite of the remoteness, trips in and around the town are frequent and the inhabitants regularly go up to the Fort, which allows many exchanges. At the same time, the Fort is often visited in the summer period, which will favour meetings and interactions with the local population.
The Fort is situated at 150 km from Lyon and 130 km from Geneva. The city of Annecy and its well-known lake offer the possibility of swimming, hiking and visits, those facilities are situated at 45 minutes by public transport. With the support of the municipality, many other activities are proposed (hiking trips, swimming pool, access to the lake of Grignon, and guided visits of the medieval site of Conflans…).
Taking into account its geographical location, this workcamp is particularly adapted to the volunteers who appreciate nature and hiking. Don’t forget to take good hiking shoes, preferably for climbing.
The Fort du Mont is a building where all the accesses are not secured at the site. Alcohol will be limited in order to avoid any risk.
Bring working gloves and clothes, a sleeping bag and a rain jacket or waterproof clothes. 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!
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