About the local hosting organizationYou will participate in the restauration of a site that represents an example of remarkably well conserved historical and geological heritage, and is one of the most important mines in the Alps. The Vallauria mine was exploited for its galena (silver-bearing lead), and blend (zinc based mineral) from the Middle Ages until 1930. Since 2011, volunteers have been reviving the accessibility to this site, both above and underground. Archaeological digs have also been taking place at the site since 2009.
About the volunteer workYou will be working underground at the entrance to the Pozetto mining gallery. You will continue the work of securing the accessibility to the entrance of this gallery, which will later become the starting point of guided visits. You will build a ramp leading into the mine in order to continue the work carried out last year, which includes constructing plastered stone walls and extending the staircase. This workcamp involves 4 days of work per week, from 08:30 – 12:00 and 14:00 – 17:30. A technical supervisor will accompany you during your working day. This workcamp will be archaeologically monitored.
Local accommodationYou will be sharing a room with 3-4 other volunteers. Bathrooms are also shared. Meals are prepared by our kitchen staff. You will be asked to lend a hand with the preparation of some food, tidying the dining area, and washing the dishes.
About the project locationTende (06430) - 2 hours from Nice by train. The organisation “Neige et Merveilles” is situated at 1.500 metres of altitude in an isolated mountainous area, 10 km from the nearest village of Tende, and 50 km from Vintimille (Italy). You will discover the Alpine environment, as well as the the region’s historical and cultural heritage. You will also be able to participate in other activities such as hiking in the “Vallée des Merveilles” in the Mercantour National Park, swimming in the Bendola river, visiting local villages (Tende, La Brigue, Saorge), tying the Via Feratta and in the evenings, enjoying dance, photo-video sessions, stargazing, board games, barbecue, international meals, etc. One day per week in addition to the weekend will be dedicated to activities outside of the workcamp.
Extra info about the projectYou will be working underground at the entrance of the mine with some heavy material such as rocks and buckets of mortar.