For nine years now, international volunteers have been restoring Pont-du-Chateaus terraced gardens. The site has already changed a great deal. You too can participate in this big project!
Located near the natural river Allier, Pont du Château is a town that wishes to bring nature into the city through sustainable management of natural areas. Former terraced gardens are gradually being redeveloped and managed as ecological gardens by international volunteers. Your task on this project will be to reconstruct the walls that border the terraces. This international workcamp will let you discover its medieval town. Local celebrations, meals with the inhabitants and the discovery of the region will be on your schedule, as well as a big party for the workcamps 10th anniversary.
This summer we are giving you the chance to restore the outer stone wall of the shepherd’s old hut. The coating is falling off and there are large cracks in the wall. Your work will consist of reinforcing the wall and thus making it look more appealing! Working alongside a technical instructor, you will learn traditional building techniques using lime mortar as well as how to rebuild a stone wall and apply a natural coating. All the work will take place in an area rich in natural resources, not far from Allier River. You will be accompanied by two camp leaders throughout your stay.
Location and leisure:
Pont-du-Château is a lively town which overlooks the river Allier. The town is proud of its natural surroundings and the area is great for walking. The castle is in the heart of the town and offers a remarkable view over the agglomeration of Clermont-Ferrand city and the Auvergne volcanoes. This charming market town, full of tiny alleyways, timber-framed houses and remarkable buildings is awaiting its visitors with wonderful surprises. Clermont-Ferrand, the capital of the region, is only 15km away and can be reached by train. You will be welcomed by local organizations who will offer you a whole load of activities to do during your leisure time: for example kayaking, hiking, swimming, dancing, learning how to play boules, basketball, football etc. For more information have a look at: http://www.pontduchateau.net and http://www.planetepuydedome.com
Pont-du-Château train station.
Clermont-Ferrand, Lyon or Paris
Accommodation and food:
You will sleep at the local site in two-person tents (please bring your sleeping bag). You will have your meals and showers in the stadium, which offers a large living space in a calm place near the river. The group will be sharing the cleaning chores and preparing meals together. The budget will be allocated to the group leader and you will participate in the preparation of dishes using healthy products from the market and local producers. The entire stadium will be available to you and closed to the public.
Please bring good shoes, working clothes and your swimsuit. As the nights can be quite cold, remember also to bring warm clothes and a sleeping bag. You can also bring recipes from your home country, musical instruments and games. You will get around Pont-du-Château on foot and by minibus on time.
Foreigners belonging to the European Union must bring with them a personal EHIC (European Health Insurance Card), and everybody must, in any case, bring their insurance certificate. If health issues happen on the project, volunteers will have to pay for it, and will then be reimbursed once back in their home country.
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