ECO-CAMPSITE IN LA FERTE-ALAIS (2)
- The town of La FertE-Alais is located in a regional natural park called GEtinais, in the valley of the Essonne river. The town has had many experiences in the past of hosting some international workcamps. La FertE-Alais is very attached to these projects as it celebrates the local heritage and adds some extra spice to life, especially for local youths. Since 2018 in partnership with the town, the association VirVolt runs an international hosting site where young people from different countries come to work and live together. The association wishes to use the place to bring awareness about environment protection by using eco-friendly practices.
- During the workcamp, international, French, and local volunteers will take part in different works to improve the place and to build eco-friendly installations: storage for recycled materials, furniture out of recycled materials like wood palettes, systems to collect rainwater, and dry toilets. For this work, you will be trained in woodworking and construction. You will also help tend to the garden.
- You will sleep in collective tents on the campsite of the association. Please bring along a sleeping bag with you. The campsite has bathrooms and showers, as well as a kitchen place. Food will be provided and cooked by the volunteers in turns.
- Location: La FertE Alais is approximately 50 km south of Paris, in the region of Essonne.Leisure activities: You will have the chance to enjoy the associations campsite and discover the cultural and natural heritage of the region, alongside its natural park. You will also be given the opportunity to mingle with local young people. Other leisure activities will be organised collectively depending on the wishes of the group and the available budget.
Solidarites Jeunesses works alongside a number of partner organisations world-wide, exchanging volunteers and organising international solidarity projects. The association has been the French branch of Youth Action for Peace till 2009, a movement created after the First World War in order to reconcile people of different nationalities through a better mutual understanding. National Solidarites Jeunesses is a national youth organisation, recognised by the French Ministry of Youth and Sport. Our national headquarters are situated in Paris. We organise short and longer-term international youth volunteer workcamps and voluntary services, projects with people from disadvantaged areas, training sessions, and international solidarity projects. We also manage rural residential and community centres. Regional Solidaites Jeunesses is composed of 7 regional delegations: Ile-de-France, Franche-Comtï¿½, Languedoc-Roussillon, PACA, Auvergne, Poitou-Charentes and Midi-Pyrenees. Moreover it cooperates with partners in the regions of Bretagne, Lorraine and with La Croisï¿½e des Regards in the region PACA. Workcamps The international workcamp is a very important part in the action undertaken by Solidarites Jeunesses. It is prepared a long time in advance in the different regional offices and the National Secretariat. The international workcamp, open to volunteers of any age, is seen as a tool of local and personal development, tolerance and understanding between the different participants. Furthermore, we lay emphasis on the inclusion of people coming from disadvantaged areas. The workcamps promote the active participation of the local population.
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