MONS LA TRIVALLE-ALBINE 1-A NATURAL SENSITIVE AREA
- Nature lovers, this workcamp is made for you! Come and help to preserve this exceptional natural site! On the banks of the river, in the middle of small hills, you will enjoy this place in the shade of the Mediterranean sun. In the heart of the valley of the Orb, the Albine area is the symbol of the natural wealth of this region. For more than 30 years, the local ecosystem preservation policies have aimed to transform the site into a Natural Sensitive Area and to acquire land to better protect the natural sensitive areas while allowing the public to walk around. In the last few years, we have been able to work in this site and create a wildlife pond in order to promote biodiversity and work around an old spring.
- You will work on the preservation of a wetland on a site with small dry-stone walls. We have planned two summer work sessions that include landscaping, brushing, handling (being able to carry stones), restoring dry stone walls or performing traditional small masonry tasks. Your mission will be to work on the third phase of this project with technicians specialized in biodiversity in order to rehabilitate an old spring. Our goals are: - clearing the dry stone wall of vegetation - finish the clearing of the spring - rebuilding the springs supporting walls - completing the reconstruction of the springs retaining walls. The work is physical but you can also enjoy good moments of relaxation by the river.
- You will be accommodated in tents in the municipal camping site of Tarassac in Mons-la-Trivalle, with access to toilets and showers. Tents and floor mats will be provided but you can bring your own if you want to. The group will be sharing the cleaning tasks and preparing meals together. The budget will be allocated to the camp leader and you will participate in the preparation of the meals using good and local products from the market and local producers.
- The workcamp is located close to Saint Martin de Larçon. The accommodation will be in the municipal camping site of Tarassac down the Bridge Tarassac, in Mons La Trivalle close to the main entrance of the Héric gorges. The communes name means "The three valleys mountain" and defines exactly its geographical location. Mons La Trivalle is located at the confluence of the three valleys: those of the Héric, Jaur and Orb, in the middle of the Haut Languedoc Regional Natural Park. This is ideal for open air activities such as: hiking, canoeing, VTT, climbing, three climbing and potholing. During your free time you will have the opportunity to discover the cultural heritage of the site (an ancient roman chapel, a mill, a church) and to meet the local artisans and producers. More information: https://www.ot-caroux.fr/fr/mons-la-trivalle.html and https://www.parc-haut-languedoc.fr/
- When working on site, it is strongly recommended to use gloves and closed, sturdy clothing and shoes. We will lend you personal protective equipment according to the tasks you will be assigned. Nights can sometimes be cool, despite frequent high temperatures during the summer days. Bring a good sleeping bag and specific clothing in case of rain and storms. Do also not forget sun protection (hat, glasses, sun cream...) and your swimsuit. Some intercultural and common activities could be organized if you want, so please feel free to bring some cultural stuff from your own country (food, recipes, stories or dances). Volunteers belonging to the European Union must bring with them a personal EHIC (European Health Insurance Card), and everybody should, in any case, bring their own 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.
Concordia is a French national non-governmental and non-profit making organisation, founded in 1950 by English, German and French youngsters. Their aim was to enhance the values of tolerance and peace after the 2nd world war by organising international workcamps of young volunteers. The main objectives of Concordia are the following: Education i-e helping young people to grow up by acquisition of collective life. Culture i-e favouring the youth exchanges on an international level, always emphasizing the values of peace, friendship and mutual respect. Social i-e taking part in concrete actions of solidarity, as well as supporting a civic attitude Social economy i-e contributing to realisation of local development, in favour of the environment, patrimony, tourism and socio-educational animation. Workcamps are a perfect tool to reach these goals: Participating in a workcamp means working voluntarily during three weeks at a project of a common utility, such as environment, archaeology, culture, patrimony. It is a form of informal education, but also an opportunity to discover a new region and its inhabitants. The participants get to know the real life of a small community, as well as the culture and customs of other volunteers, who come from all around the world. Every year Concordia gives the opportunity to more than 1000 French youths to get involved in its partner projects abroad and hosts around 1200 foreign volunteers on its own workcamps in France. Concordia is a member of: Three major international networks which support voluntary service: The Alliance of European Voluntary Service Organisations which is a network of 30 national organisations in 20 countries and CCIVS (Co-ordinating Committee for International Voluntary Service) which is an organisation founded under the aegis of UNESCO in 1948 and coordinates about 300 organisations worldwide. - The National Association COTRAVAUX (Co-ordination of French Voluntary Work organisations). - AVSO (Association of Voluntary Service Association) a European network with the goal of improving European voluntary service. The other activities of the association continue throughout the year with weekend or short holiday workcamps, mid and long term voluntary service, integration of people with difficulties, study and activity groups (North-South, International), sending and hosting volunteers of European Voluntary Service. Concordia also organises various trainings throughout the year. Those who wish to be even more involved in Concordiaâ€™s activities can be elected at the management committee; Concordia is a democratic organisation, led by dynamic and motivated volunteers as well as young people, and supported by paid staff. Today the management committee counts 15 members, there are 1800 subscribers, 25 employees and 200 activity leaders. The Paris head office supports the eight regional offices activities i-e the Alps, Auvergne, Aquitaine, Normandy, Picardy, South-Southwest, Ile-de-France et Breatagne. Concordia has the approval of the French Ministry of Youth and Sport and the Ministry of the Environment.
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