SOW THE SMALL PEBBLES AS A FAMILY
- Pebbles, colors, families, and messengers of peace, you are invited to spend time with your children by participating in workshops together and meeting other families of diverse cultures. Originating from a direct partnership with the town of LaguEpie since 2009, our project will take place in multiple buildings located at our site in the Mayounelle, where one part, renovated to this day, is an office for the permanent employees and the other part will become an international hosting centre. This project is the work of long-term international volunteers, international teens participating in workcamps, and local volunteers. The idea behind this project is to foster a relationship between these different groups with a tangible achievement. Therefore, you will play a key part in this cultural intermingling and will bring your stone to the concrete construction of a world where tolerance and peace will be essential.
- You will be working in workshops around the site and constructing a low wall, as well as paving work or cooking. By adapting to the organisation s work hours and tasks to be completed, the workshops will be accessible to all over the age of 5. Supervised by a technical and educational adviser, the group will be composed of 4 to 5 families.
- In a house accommodated with dorms that also serves as a hosting centre for international volunteers during the winter. You will be at 10-minute walking distance from the work site and 3 minutes from the centre of the village. For lunch, you will join the volunteers (teens, international volunteers, and employees) at the Mayounelle site. As for dinner, you will organize and prepare the menus in groups.
- Location: LaguEpie, located 90 km northeast of Toulouse, between Gaillac and Villefranche de Rouergue.Leisure activities: You will organize yourselves together and enjoy many leisure activities like going for a swim or a walk, participating in the festivities of LaguEpie and it s surrounding area, pizza dinners, game nights, and visits to the exceptional medieval villages of Najac, Cordes-sur-ciel, and Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val.
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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