About the local hosting organizationLocated in the heart of the Hautes-Alpes, the association “Les Villages des Jeunes”, www.villagesjeunes.org, manages, runs and renovates a hosting centre at Vaunières since 1964! It is an old mountain hamlet that has become both a “trampoline” for youth and adults facing hardships, and a welcoming place for French and international volunteers. Vaunières is a vacation destination for families, tourists and people with disabilities who come to enjoy the calmness of the mountain and the place’s dynamic atmosphere. Our workcamps, with volunteers from all countries, allow us to reinforce the cultural diversity of our work, and to open up the site to the world, making it a place where people from all ages and socio-cultural backgrounds agree to meet each other by working together and sharing the life of the community. We hope that, whether you are a French or an international volunteer, you too will join us in an atmosphere of exchange and “do-it-together” that characterize our project.
About the volunteer workYou will participate in the construction of a tool shed for materials. It will be an opportunity for you to discover the work that goes into constructing a building : masonry, floor work, woodwork, levelling, framework, and roof work.
Local accommodationIn tents of 2 to 3 people on the « Aurore » site located 300 meters from the center of the hamlet. You will have access to : a kitchen cabin, a sanitiary block with water and toilets, as well an exterior space for meals around a camp fire. You will prepare the menus and cook the meals together, using local produce, and you will participate in the organization of the camp : dish-washing, clean up, and campfire.
About the project locationHameau de Vaunières, Saint Julien en Beauchêne, located 50 km from Gap. You will have the opportunity to participate in the active life of the village during the summer by organizing pizza dinners, barbecues, dance and theme nights, international meals, sports, etc. Furthermore, multiple pathways and small rivers run across the hamlet ; therefore, many of the activities will involve walking tours and swimming. You will also be able to participate in local events (festivals and provicial parkets), and to visit the region of Buëch.