The project carried out by the city concerns the restoration of the old round path of Auzon. You will have the mission to rebuild dry-stone walls in order to permit a safe passage the high part of the village. You will learn technics of wall building and how to place the stones to solidify the final structure. You will need all your focus and you will learn a wall building technique typical of French villages. Thanks to your work, the access to the village will be easier. The dry-stone walls will also recover their original state and beauty. You will be supervised by municipal officers who will be happy to share their knowledge with you. You will work 4 to 5 hours a day.
You will be accommodated in tents on the football field located 3km away from the heart of the city. You will have access to the locker room where you will find showers and restrooms. The kitchen will be set up in the refreshment stall, you will be provided with a cooker, a refrigerator, dishes and kitchenware. inhabitants of Auzon will drive you to the worksite, bikes could also be provided. The football field is at the edge of the river Allier in which you will be able to swim. You will learn how to manage collective life and share the living space with the other volunteers.
Auzon has 924 inhabitants and is located in the French department of Haute-Loire in the Auvergne region. It is located at 60km south east of Clermont-Ferrand. The city holds a rich architectural heritage. Crossing the paved streets, you will discover the history of Auzon. The city is really dynamic and will offer many activities and cultural events: visiting the city museums (the Vespa museum and ecomuseum), tours of 2 of France s most beautiful villages Lavaudieu and Blesle, visiting the Collegiale of Auzon (the Saint-Laurent d Auzon church). You will also participate in the village s medieval festival and to its activities: parade in traditional costumes, craftmanship workshops (stone cutting, weaving, pottery, foundry). You will also meet local craftsmen and discover local products. For those who like hiking, you will find many hiking trails starting from Auzon and particularly the GR 300, one of the longest hiking trail in France, which aim is to link the Puy-en-Velay (a city located at 70km south east of Auzon and a special place for Santiago de Compostela pilgrims) and the Mont Saint-Michel in Normandy (located at 730km north west of the Puy-en-Velay, by the Channel sea). An activity to discover this hinking trail will be offered by the village. You could also relax at the lake of Champagnac-le-Vieux. You will find there, in addition to swimming, other sport activities: basketball field, fitness circuits, petanque grounds. Petanque is a French sport played with heavy balls. The purpose of the game is to throw the balls and bring them as closely as possible to another smaller ball.
It is with great enthusiasm that the inhabitants and the local council of Auzon are hosting this year s workcamp. Auzon is a historic fortified city characterised by its narrow alleys and built heritage. The fortifications demonstrate the city s vast medieval history. At Auzon, you will discover a beautiful village of character and a part of French history.