TRACING THE STEPS OF THE DUKE OF LESDIGUIERES
- At the foot of the Massif du DEvoluy, in the Hautes-Alpes, are the remains of the castle of LesdiguiEres, located at the entrance of a hamlet of the same name, in the district of Glaizil. This castle was built in the 16th century by FranEois de Bonne, the future duke of LesdiguiEres and the last constable of France. Today, only the ruins of the old chapel, the towers, and broken down sections of the walls can be found at the site of this once-grand castle, ranked as a French national historic monument. Since 2010, an international youth workcamp is organized here every year.
- You will participate in the restoration of an escape wall. This wall, at the time, was used for defense and protection of the castle (outer moat wall). Today, this moat is dry. You will intervene with the help of a technical supervisor to restore this wall using traditional masonry techniques. Searching and sorting of the stones will be done, then you will re-use these stones to fill the gaps. You will be doing small construction work. You will work on a small scaffolding.
- In tents on the I)La PraI Ii campsite, located at the entrance of the Valgaudemar valley. On the campsite, you will enjoy a calm stay in a green setting. You will have access to camping facilitiesI : toilets, cater fountains, and a communal barbecue. The leaders will encourage you to participate in the community s life: menu and meal preparation using local products, dishwashing, and clean-up...
- LocationI : LesdiguiEres, town of Glaizil (30 km from Gap).Leisure activitiesI : You will be able to organize hikes, swimming trips, sports, games, and sightseeing tours in the surrounding areas. During your free time, you will also be able to organise events with locals such as international meals, joint workcamp days, parties, festivitiesaeuro
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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