Former medieval village and located on the hillside, the town of Chomerac consists of many narrow streets, made in the form of ) calades i. Mainly used in Occitanie (south-west) and along the Rhone Valley, the term calade designates a sloping lane paved with pebbles from the neighboring river, here from the Rhone. You will participate in the fixing of one of the calades located near a canal formerly used for milling. Heart of silk industry in Ardeche from the 17th century, Chomerac is known for the richness of its heritage linked to this textile activity. Characterized by the use of hydraulic power resources, the milling activity gives rise to numerous channels. Now almost dry, your mission will be to clear the canal from invasive vegetation and sediment accumulated in its bed, in order to enhance the canal and allow the water to drain better. To carry out this work, you will be supervised by the volunteers of the association Chomerac Patrimoine Vivant who will be happy to share with you their know-how and the history of these places. Hosted 10 minutes away on foot, you will walk to the site and work 4 to 5 hours a day.
Accommodatie en maaltijden
You will be staying in the Triolet space, in the gymnasium party. You will have the facilities necessary for group life (WC, shower and kitchen). Located in the city center, you will have access to local shops (bakery, butcher, general stores).
Locatie en vrije tijd
Located in the center-east of the Ardeche department, the town of Chomerac is located in the foothills of the Massif Central and has 3,000 inhabitants. You can stroll through the alleys of the old city center and climb up to the Keep of the old castle, a vestige of the wars of religion. You can also explore the industrial past of the city with a visit to the numerous old mills, including the oldest known as La Royale , the aqueduct of la Neuve or the marble quarries. You can also take the hiking trails through the valley. Volunteers from the Chomerac Patrimoine Vivant association will offer you activities related to the discovery of the region and the region: hiking, Mont Gerbier des Joncs, Lake of Issarles, visits to surrounding villages, picnic organization. You can also take part in local life (market, flea markets ...).
This heritage upgrading workcamp will allow you to acquire technical skills specific to setting up a calade(paved street): choice and organization of stones and setting. Maintaining the canal will also allow you to acquire technical skills in green space: handling pruning tools, choice of plants, clearing of water bed. Small masonry work planned around the canal will give you the opportunity to get started with the creation of a stone wall. Working as a team, both with supervisory volunteers and with other volunteers,