LA BOISSIERE-ECOLE, BETWEEN NATURE & HERITAGE
- A workcamp surrounded by nature and heritage: come to take part in different works of rehabilitation and embellishment in the park of the castle and the primary school "Heriot". At the heart of a huge tree-filled park, close to the forest of Rambouillet, you will immerse yourself in nature. You will work and live in beautiful 19th-century buildings. During your work, you’ll be joined by kids and teachers. You will share these unique intercultural and intergenerational moments with them. You will also take part in a rally during which you will discover the village and its natural and cultural richness, along with the inhabitants and the youngsters of La Boissičre-Ecole.
- At the heart of the park of the Regional Primary School Heriot, you will help to embellish the surroundings, to restore the old gates of the castle and the jetty on the pond, surrounded by "Water Lilies" worthy of the famous Monet painting. Two camp leaders will accompany you during your working hours and your whole stay. You will work along with kids and teachers, inhabitants and young locals. You will share the different collective tasks and prepare meals together.
- You will be accommodated in one of the dormitories of the Regional Primary School Heriot. You will share the different collective tasks and prepare meals together.
- La Boissiere-Ecole is a small village of 765 inhabitants, located in the department of Yvelines in Ile-de-France, close to the forest of Rambouillet and 75 km from Paris.The Primary School Heriot was built in 1886 by Major Heriot who aimed to create a military orphanage dedicated to children between 5 and 13 years who had lost their fathers at war. At that time, military schools ruled by the state only received children between 13 and 18 years old. Today, the school Heriot has become a public school also welcoming boarding school children in the middle of its 20 hectares park.
- This project is supported by the European Solidarity Corps programme. For now this project is only open for the following nationalities: France (3 participants), Greece (3), Estonia (3), Italy (3), Czech Republic (3). The participation to the ESC volunteering teams is subjects to several principles and conditions, presented on the ESC webpage: https://europa.eu/youth/solidarity/mission_en • volunteers do not have to pay any fee (not sending, nor participation fee) to attend the project; • volunteers need to enrol in the PASS, the European Solidarity Corps Portal ; Concordia France will organize their matching, on the online system, with the volunteering project; • volunteers will receive pocket money, calculated on basis of 6€/day, once they arrive on the project in France; • volunteers will receive a financial support for their travel, according to a maximum amount established in accordance with their travel distance and upon the presentation of original tickets; • volunteers will have to complete a participation report, submitted online through the portal. Don’t forget to bring gloves, clothes which could be stained by paint and work shoes. Nights can be chilly, bring a warm sleeping bag. 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.
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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