About the local hosting organization"L’Enfance de l'Art", founded in 1997, is an association which aims at helping parents in their education rôle in a society where the social network has been aweakened by the dissolution of family solidarity. "L'Enfance de l'Art" creates an activity with centers of kids or disabled people, leisure workshops, nurseries, schools. To do so, the association follows the principles of Steiner-Waldorf pedagogy. The association welcomes around 105 children aged from 0 to 12. The nursery, kindergarten and primary classes are recognized by the FWB (Wallonie Bruxelles federal institution) and the association is located in an old boarding school, « Dames de la Providence ». The premises are going to be bought but are actually rented for a very low price in order to avoid vandalism. They are old and have been abandonned since 2004 but the parents from the association have decided to handle their renovation. And here comes the workcamp !
About the volunteer workIn partnership with a social building firm, 'l'Enfance de l'Art' organises a renovation workcamp in the previous boarding school, which has welcomed the new Waldorf School for six years, as well as the kindergartens in two of the renewed buildings. The firm uses materials that respect the kids environment as well as natural techniques. Volunteers will work from Monday to Friday, from 9am to 12am and from 2pm to 4pm, helping to restore a building in order to transform it into a welcoming place for kids between 2 and 3 (toilets, kitchen, game room...) According to the progress of the camp, they will work in two or three teams and learn different techniques and activities : • eco-renovation : wallscraping, lime and straw/hemp coating ; structure dismantling by sorting materials • garden planning • participating in the managment and creation of a quality collective kitchen
Local accommodationOn the workcamp place, in other buildings to be restored or in a tent ( to choose). • two showers and several toilets • a room to cook and eat • two dorms The atmosphere is like a 'scout' camp. Bring a sleeping bag, a torch (to move inside the buildings) and toilet case ( towels...) The meals (light at lunch : sandwiches, salads, soup... and hot meal for dinner) will be prepared by a member of the association who will be helped by two volunteers in turns. The emphasis will be on a good managment of collective cookery in order to have a quality cooking with as few waste as possible.
About the project locationTempleuve is a small village close to the French border (2 km) and 20 km from Lille and 10 km from Tournai. There is a market and small shops. There is a bus line that takes you to Tournai (every hour during the day). The countryside is plane, which makes it easy to bike (a few bikes will be available). Tournai is a touristic place for people in love with old stones, history and museums. Its cathedral is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Sight.
RequirementsThis workcamp is opened to anyone with a real interest in natural building techniques and in experiencing time for sharing and meeting other people. The use of smartphones will be limited according to the common rules that will be established during the first night. Bring clothes and shoes that are suitable for work.
Extra info about the projectThis workcamp is opened to anyone with a real interest in natural building techniques and in experiencing time for sharing and meeting other people. The use of smartphones will be limited according to the common rules that will be established during the first night. Bring clothes and shoes that are suitable for work.