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CONCF-283 FRANCIA LES ECHELLES RENO,ENVI 06/08/2021 20/08/2021

RIVIER’ALP | CONCF-283 | 2021-08-06 - 2021-08-20 | RENO,ENVI | Age: 15 - 17


This project has been developed in partnership with the Syndicat Intercommunal des Sports (Intercommunal Sports Federation), which brings together the communes of Les Echelles, Entre-deux-Guiers and Saint-Christophe-sur-Guiers in the management of communal sports facilities. The hosting of a volunteer workcamp is part of the desire to open up the territory more widely to the participation of young people in the preservation of the heritage but also their knowledge of the treasures of the environment and local culture. This first workcamp is also an opportunity to make young people aware of water management and the preservation of ecosystems.

Work: Come and discover a natural and ecological site in the heart of La Chartreuse, immerse yourself in the history of the silk industry and canalize your energy for the local heritage! RivierAlp is an outdoor activities centre located on a tourist site, on the river Guiers, which combines ecological bathing, an educational trail and a cycle path, in a 7-hectare park. Its location has made it possible to preserve the traces of the local industrial past by highlighting, in particular, an old rope factory as well as canals which require your intervention in order to preserve them. You will work as part of a team on the restoration of degraded areas by taking over the characteristics of the structures. You will make cement coatings after cleaning the damaged surfaces. This work does not require any specific skills. Your motivation and ability to work as part of a team will be your assets for this project.

Accomodation and food: You will be accommodated in non-mixed tents at the Arc en Ciel municipal campsite in Entre-deux-Guiers, which is located in the heart of the village with many small shops. You will have access to sanitary facilities and showers inside the campsite. A kitchen under a marquee will be set up to cook and take the meals. The campsite is bordered by a pretty river, where you can refresh yourself. A swimming pool with a paddling pool is at your disposal, as well as a childrens playground, a rest room with television, baby foot and a mini football pitch. The group will be supervised at all times by two group leaders, a group life leader and a technical leader. Together, you will participate in the organisation of the group daily life (cleaning, activities...) and in the preparation of the meals, in turn, from products that will be bought nearby. Local products and short circuits products will be bought in priority. Tastings of local products will also be possible with local producers.


Location and Leisure: Les Echelles is a commune located in the Savoie department, halfway between Chambéry and Grenoble, in the heart of the Chartreuse Regional Natural Park. Its name comes from the passage of a small and steep gorge which, according to the legend, could only have been crossed in the Middle Ages by stairs or ladders... Today, the commune has more than 1200 inhabitants. It has many small shops and a very pleasant living environment. The Guiers valley offers a wide range of leisure activities, including swimming, fishing, walking along the river or in the woods, or cycling along the Voie Royale. Nearby, you can visit the caves of Saint-Christophe, a condensed cultural and natural heritage, ancestral passage of water and Humans. The campsite is located in the commune of Entre-deux-Guiers, on the opposite side of the river to Les Echelles. You only have to cross a bridge to get to the RivierAlp leisure base, the site of the workcamp.



Language: eng,fra

Extra Fee: 200 EUR

For this project, you will travel regularly by bicycle. It is highly recommended that you know how to ride a bicycle in order to make the most of the tourist attractions. Remember to bring gloves and clothes and shoes that are not afraid of dirt. Also remember to bring a sleeping bag for cold weather as well as clothes suitable for rain (fleece jacket, rain clothes). Don t forget sun protection (hat, glasses, cream...) and your swim suit for the numerous swims. Swimming shorts are not allowed at the leisure centre. Free time will be plan with the workcamp leaders and according to your preferences. If you wish to share a little of your culture (cooking recipes, traditional stories, unusual objects...), do not hesitate to take a little part of your country or your region in your backpack. 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.