FROM CASTLE TO ABBEY (1)
- Hidden in the hollow of a green valley, the commune of Coly - St Amand is located in the heart of the PErigord Noir, a territory rich in history Composed of two former municipalities that have decided to merge this year, we will contribute in bringing these former separate territories together. The ruins of the abbey castle in Coly, a testimony to the valley s rich past, preserve beautiful architectural elements (bread oven, vaulted room...) and beautiful secrets remain to be revealed. The abbey of St Amand is proof of the power of the church on this territory throughout the Middle Ages.
- After several clearing workcamps on the castle, we will continue this year to reveal the ruins, but we will also work around the abbey of St Amand to enhance the surroundings and on the paths that connect the two villages. Festivals, night markets, village festivals will be held throughout the summer and the group of volunteers will work with local volunteers to set them up. Physical work of disbursement (shovels, pickaxes, wheelbarrow) and careful excavation (trowels, brushes...) and consolidation work; trail maintenance and itinerary creation, clearing and pruning. You will have the opportunity to discover many aspects of manual work.
- You will be hosted at the municipal stadium. Sleeping in tents, mattresses provided. A covered dining area is reserved for you, with a kitchen where in turns you can prepare good dishes.
- Location: Coly - St Amand is located in PErigord Noir, 10 km from the Lascaux caves, between PErigueux and Brive. Leisure activities: You will discover the hospitality of the population and the charm of the landscapes and local heritage, by organizing with the other volunteers and leaders your program of activities: swimming, caning, site visits, local festivals...
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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