Volunteer in France

Restoration of an ancient castle in the Pyrenees
Durban-sur-Arize, Occitanie       August 19 - August 31, 2019

Volunteer project: The Medieval Castle of Saint-Barthelemy and its chapel stand on a hill just above the gorges of Arize, in the municipality of Durban-sur-Arize. The aim of this project is to go further in the conservation of these buildings and continue the protection of the site, secure access to the castle and complete the development of a permanent visitor and volunteer center. A group of international volunteers is invited to help in this project for the fifth time.

The volunteers will take part in various maintenance and development projects on the site of the Château Saint-Barthelemy. This includes restoration of walls (masonry work), clearing of vegetation, etc. The group supervisor will tell you stories about the castle and will teach you traditional restoration techniques.

Language: English

Possible free time activities: Located in the heart of Séronnais, the site offers many hiking opportunities. Local volunteers will offer you an introduction into archeology and rock climbing.

Accommodation: You will stay in tents on the grounds of the castle. Please bring your sleeping bag. Housing conditions are simple and basic (dry toilets and solar showers). The project is for those who love peace and nature. Access to the castle is only by foot (15 minutes up a steep path from the village).

Location: Located halfway between Foix and St Girons, Durban-sur-Arize, crossed by Arize, is a charming village in the Ariège part of the Regional Natural Park of the Pyrenees. With the castle overlooking, the village has a remarkable built heritage with many preserved stone buildings. The Castle of Saint-Barthelemy is an ancient medieval fortress dating back to the 11th century.

Terminal: Foix

Age range: 18 - 30 years old

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Rehabilitation projects in the Pyrenees National Park
Cauterets, Occitanie       September 2 - September 14, 2019

Volunteer project: The municipality of Cauterets welcomes a group of international volunteers to participate in the enhancement of its area. Come and discover the rich natural and historic heritage of this centuries-old spa town and winter ski resort in the heart of the Pyrenees National Park!

The volunteers are invited to participate in restoration and rehabilitation projects in the Pyrenees National Park. The activities will take place on the Cambasque Plateau, located at an altitude of 1409 meters, and will include restoration of small walls and setting up fences. The work will be supervised by a technical leader. This project is for those who love hiking and the mountains.

Language: English

Accommodation: Tent accommodation at a camping with access to locker rooms. Sleeping bag is needed.

Location: Cauterets is a town with 900 residents, located in the department of Hautes-Pyrenees, in the region of Occitania. It is both a spa and a very dynamic winter sports resort, and attracts many visitors in summer and winter. The village gives access to many hiking trails that lead to several natural tourist sites, such as Peguere, Lake Gaube, Petit Vignemale (3,032 m), the Bridge of Spain, a village on the side of the mountains crossed by a waterfall or the small mountain of La Fruitiere.

Terminal: Cauterets

Age range: 18 - 30 years old

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