About the local hosting organizationLocated at the doors of the provecial Baronnies, the site of Arzeliers opens onto a small mountain where one can enjoy a wonderful view of the Durance Valley. This old village in ruins is the birthplace of the Laragne community, where one can still find the remains of a chapel and houses. After many years, the community of Laragne has mobilized itself to revive, maintain, and enhance the remains of the castle of Arzeliers, which is a witness to the rich past of its districts. Since 2013, three international workcamps of young volunteers were organized by the associations of « Les Villages des Jeunes » and « Les amis de l'abbaye de Clausonne » to carry out the community's goals. Stregthened by it's past achievments, the association has offered to oversee the safeguarding work in 2017.
About the volunteer workIn 2014, a workcamp of young international volunteers restrengthened the masonry work of the remains of the naive's arches inside the castle's chapel. This year, following the previous works, you will do masonry work on the existing carved stone. You will also participate in the creation of an area that will be used to make the plaster « à l'ancienne », located in the castle's site dedicated to the days of heritage. Furthermore, a day open to the public will be the opportunity to invite people who are not involved in the workcamp, and to present the actions and achievements of past workcamps.
Local accommodationIn tents on the Monéglin campground, with access to a sanitary block and showers. This campground also offers wifi, and is accomodated with a swimming pool and an open space for barbecues. Together and with the help of hosts, you will prepare the meals in rotating groups by using local produce. You will also participate in the community's chores (clean up and dish-washing).
About the project locationLaragne (10 km from Sisteron, and 40 km from Gap). Meet ups with local residents will be organized, and you will have the opportunity to participate in local events, such as the religious festival of Laragne, opened with a magnificent show of fireworks. During your free time, you will have the opportunity to discover Laragne and its region, and enjoy the surrounding nature by walking, swimming, or playing sports.