AUBUSSON, A SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GARDEN
- The staff of "Les Mérisé residence is waiting for you to work together on embellishing their Park. Located at the heart of the town of Aubusson, "Les Méris" residence aims to involve the resident mentally disabled adults in social activities. You will participate in improving their living environment by transforming a park into a vegetable garden, where the residents can enjoy gardening. The objective is to make this natural space livelier by favoring ecological practices. This is the second camp that will take place in this house, after the first one in summer 2017. The residents loved a lot welcoming international volunteers and they are looking forward to meeting you. All of this will take place during the pleasant summer time, perfect for living and spending time in Aubusson
- "Les Méris" educational team wants the residents to invest in their park, where they can reconnect with nature. Your aim will be to transform this area into a welcoming garden. In order to do this, many little jobs will await you: development of the permaculture, creation of the garden of medical plants, planting herbal tea, construction of a compost, construction of a hut to accommodate a wood workshop, creation of containers and planter boxes, etc. Being accompanied by a technical leader, you will gain more experience in using tools and you will discover some new ecological practices while performing these tasks.
- You will be accommodated in two-person tents and a collective tent or a room for socializing. 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 with good products from the market and local producers. During the week, you will have lunch with the residents in the canteen at "Les Méris" residence. You will get around on foot or by minibus between the campsite, the worksite and Aubusson’s town center.
- Aubusson is located in the Creuse department, which is one of the wildest French departments in terms of nature and it is located in the "Millevaches" regional natural reserve. Here you will find natural protected areas and many hiking paths, lakes and outdoor activities, all just a stone s throw away from the town. Since Aubusson is also the international capital of tapestry, you will be able to meet people who make handcrafted tapestries and discover the history of this traditional artisanry. Aubusson is a lively town and during the summer you will enjoy discovering its historic center and ancient alleyways, relaxing on the shady terraces of the townaeuros bars and going to concerts and shows organized by the Tourist Office. For more information visit: https://www.tourisme-creuse.com and https://www.tourisme-aubusson.com
- This project is supported by the European Solidarity Corps programme. For now this project is only open for the following nationalities: France (3 participants), Spain (3), Italy (3), Belgium (2), Turkey (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. During this work camp you will be working with mentally disabled adults. We expect you to be responsible and respectful, and adapt to the needs of residents and employees of “Les Méris” residence. Bring work clothes, walking boots and a backpack. Nights can be chilly, so take warm clothes and a good sleeping bag. You can also bring recipes from your home country, musical instruments and games. You will get around Aubusson by foot and car. 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 them, 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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