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DESIGN FURNITURES FOR COMMUNITY CENTER | CONCF-6301B | 2023-07-15 - 2023-07-29 | CONS,MANU | Age: 15 - 17

Since 1993, Concordia has been organizing international workcamps with the city of Clermont-Ferrand, which shows how well this partnership works! The city has elaborated participative projects in cooperation with the local population. Every year, we come back to active neighbourhoods, where there is a social center, where inhabitants created familial gardens and non-profit organizations developed their activities. This workcamp offers you the opportunity to participate in the life of Les Vergnes town, where several Concordia workcamps have already been hosted to build wooden street furniture. This neighbourhood is undergoing a major urban transformation. Your workcamp site will be set up on the Place des Droits de l Homme (Human Rights Square). Other associations and activities will be present at the same time, so you will be at the heart of a great neighbourhood event that will attract many residents! You are expected by the animation team of the neighbourhood, which will provide a room for your bag, and meals. Local young individuals will be able to take part in the workcamp and help you discover the area.

Work: This workcamp offers the opportunity to get involved with the inhabitants of the city of Clermont-Ferrand, in order to build wooden furniture. Become a handyman apprentice! The animation team of the northern town offers to build small atypical pieces of furniture, which do not exist anywhere else because they will be custom made. Together with the other international volunteers, your objective will be to build large wooden display panels on wheels to advertise the events of the social center to the inhabitants. These panels will have the particularity of being able to be transformed into a table! You will also make wooden storage benches on wheels. Alongside a technical leader, you will learn to use hand and power tools and also how to do DIY. The tasks will be diverse and your objective will be to make furniture, both visually pleasing and sturdy.

Accomodation and food: You will be accompanied by two camp leaders throughout your stay. You will stay at the two-star campsite “Les Sablons” in Pont-du-Chateau (with a swimming pool and activities), in one-person tent and a marquee for socializing. You will have access to showers and toilets in the camping ground. 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 meals, prioritizing products from the market and local producers. You will have acces to Free WIFI at the campsite, and you will be able to wash your clothes by hand or in the washing-machine at the campsite (paying service).


Location and Leisure: The urban area of Clermont-Ferrand is Auvergne s lively capital. It is located in an exceptional volcanic area, at the foot of the Puy de Dome volcano, which summit can be accessed with a panoramic train, and of the Chaine des Puys listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. During your stay, you will be able to enjoy both the town s dynamic energy and the countryside which is located right on its doorstep (hiking the volcanoes, swimming in the lakes, etc.). It will be a rich and varied experience.

Airport: LYS

Train/Bus station: CLERMONT-FERRAND train station

Requirements: Please note that it is preferable to know how to swim. 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 arise on the project, volunteers will have to pay for it, and will then be reimbursed once back in their home country.

The meeting point is at the train station of CLERMONT-FERRAND at the end of the afternoon on the 15th of July. The exact time of the meeting will be communicated with the Info Sheet, sent at least one month before the beginning of the workcamp. From PARIS, you can take the train from PARIS – Bercy train station to CLERMONT-FERRAND. Regular departures are scheduled throughout the day, about every two hours and it takes about 3 hours and half. From LYON, you can take the train from LYON - La Part-Dieu train station to CLERMONT-FERRAND. Regular departures are scheduled throughout the day, and it takes about 2 hours and half. If you are coming first by plane, remember that you will need some time to commute from the airport to the train station; therefore we recommend that you arrive early enough for you not to rush and have a stress free travel. The trains are open to booking about 4 months before the departure dates, accessible on the following website: https://www.sncf-connect.com/en-en/ If possible, please consider using low-carbon transportation (train and bus rather than aeroplane) for a sustainable international workcamp.

Language: eng

Extra Fee: 200 EUR

The accommodation is located outside of the city of Clermont-Ferrand, in a little town in the countryside. Travelling will be by foot, car and minibus. Bring work clothes, working boots, a bag and swimwear. Nights can be chilly, so bring warm clothes and a good sleeping bag. You can also bring recipes from your home country, musical instruments and games. For more information visit: https://www.clermontauvergnetourisme.com