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CONCF-6903 FRANCIA VALLOIRE... ENVI,RENO 07/07/2023 21/07/2023

ACT LOCAL TO PRESERVE ENVIRONMENT IN SAVOY (ALPES) | CONCF-6903 | 2023-07-07 - 2023-07-21 | ENVI,RENO | Age: 15 - 17

The town of Valloire is a tourist resort in summer and winter. It is a welcoming resort that regularly organizes many events to discover the richness of its territory and the Savoyard culture. Throughout the year, inhabitants and tourists meet in a friendly atmosphere that combines access to both leisure and traditions. It is with the desire to help you discover this resort in a different way that the district is organizing a second international volunteer work camp, after a very successful first edition in 2022. If you are between 15 and 17 years old, live in the district and would like to participate in this work camp, contact the regional delegate of Concordia in Rhône Alpes (dr.rhone-alpes@concordia.fr). Two places are reserved for local young people in order to encourage exchanges and meetings.

Work: What if you saw life in a big way this summer by discovering the Alps from Valloire! Concordia and the town of Valloire offer you the opportunity to carry out an international volunteer workcamp in one of the most beautiful resorts in Savoy. Combine the useful with the pleasant by investing yourself in the realization of a project highlighting the local environment and the Savoyard heritage. You will work on an old rural road in order to make it functional again for the numerous hikers who practice walking and mountain biking. On one portion, you will have to retrace the path through a wooded area by clearing the overgrown vegetation and digging up the ground to mark the path. Near one of the chapels of the village, you will carry out external installations allowing you to enjoy the calm of the mountains and the landscapes. Some minor masonry work on the facades of the chapel is also to be expected. You don t need any skills to take part in this project. A good dose of motivation and good mood will allow you to take up this challenge!

Accomodation and food: You will be accommodated in individual tents at the Valloire campsite. You will have access to sanitary facilities and showers within the establishment. The district will put at your disposal a part of the village hall which is located at less than 200 meters from the campsite. We will set up a kitchen and a living space for the times in collective and of withdrawal in the event of bad weather. Together, you will participate in the organization of the collective life (cleaning, activities...) and in the preparation of the meals, in turn, from products which will be bought nearby. As far as possible, we will favor vegetarian food with local and seasonal products, while respecting the diets of all the participants and discovering the local gastronomy. In some areas of the resort, Wifi access points are available free of charge, just like at the campsite. The establishment is also equipped with a washing machine.

Location: VALLOIRE

Location and Leisure: Located in the department of Savoy, in the Auvergne Rhone-Alpes region, the district of Valloire extends over 17 hamlets in the heart of the Tarentaise massif and a few miles from the Italian border. In the center of the village, the altitude is 1400 meters. But if you like to go higher, the Galibier pass culminates at 2642 meters! What to discover exceptional landscapes. Many hikes are waiting for you like the one leading to the Lake of Cerces. In a close perimeter, many lakes with swimming area will allow you to refresh yourself. And if you appreciate heritage, you can discover the original Fort du Telegraphe. As far as gastronomy is concerned, you will not miss (re)discovering the Savoyard cheeses produced on the spot! The resort has many sports and cultural facilities (swimming pool, cinema, media library...) as well as local shops.

Airport: LYS

Train/Bus station: VALLOIRE center bus stop

Requirements: Please note that it is recommended to know how to swim and to ride a bike. 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 them, and will then be reimbursed once back in their home country.

Meeting point in VALLOIRE center bus stop on the 7th of July at the end of the afternoon. An infosheet specifying the road and the schedule will be sent to you later. The village is accessible by a regular shuttle service (reservation recommended) by regional bus from the SAINT-MICHEL-VALLOIRE train station 17 km away (trains from LYON Part-Dieu, CHAMBERY-CHALLES Les Eaux or MODANE). If you prefer to drive, VALLOIRE is one of the few resorts to offer two ways of communication in summer: via the Col du Telegraphe (Maurienne Valley) and via the Col du Galibier (Brianconnais). Train reservations are possible about 4 months before departure on the SNCF website, link below: https://www.sncf-connect.com/ Whenever possible, use low-carbon transportation (train or bus, rather than airplane) for a responsible and sustainable international project. 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.

Language: eng

Extra Fee: 200 EUR

Remember to take clothing that covers and does not fear dirt for the time on the worksite. In the mountains, despite the sunshine, the weather is surprising and can change quickly. For leisure activities as well as for the workcamp, it is necessary to bring clothes adapted to the climate (polar or warm sweater, shorts and hiking pants, windbreaker, down jacket, warm socks...). High and notched shoes are imperative. Don't forget sun protection (hat or cap is essential, sunglasses with a high protection factor because of the intense reverberation, sunscreen with a high protection factor IP30-50...) and a bathing suit for swimming or activities in white water or at the pool (swimming shorts are forbidden). For sleeping, remember to take a warm sleeping bag (10°C comfort) as well as a pillowcase (you can put your things in it and easily make a pillow). You should also consider bringing a backpack (in addition to your luggage), comfortable sneakers and a pair of flip-flops. It will also be useful to bring these essential accessories: a cell phone charger, hiking poles (not mandatory but recommended), a water bottle, a set of bandages, a headlamp or flashlight. Friendly times will be programmed with our leaders and according to your desires. If you wish to share a bit of your culture (cooking recipes, traditional stories, unusual objects, music...), don't hesitate to take a little piece of your country or region in your backpack and a small Bluetooth speaker!