The project: Solidarités Jeunesses is an organisation that works for non-formal education. It runs a number of small community centres in rural environments and organises short and long-term international workcamps, social integration projects, training programmes and actions for international solidarity. Founded in 1974 by a small group of locals, le Réseau d’Entraide Volontaire has become regional delegation of Solidarités Jeunesses in 1979. Location of the project: The house is located in the centre of the village of Beauvoisin (pop. 4000), 15 km from Nimes and 40 km from Montpellier. A bus runs between Beauvoisin and Nimes 3 times per day. The sea is just 35 km away, and the surrounding areas are very rich and diverse, offering visitors the chance to see the plains of Camargue, the mountains of Cevennes, the Mediterranean Sea, vineyards, olive groves, natural reserves and local monuments.
Role and tasks of the volunteers: Volunteers will get to know and take an active part in the projects of our association: animation of one afternoon per week for kids from primary school, workshops with youngsters from the village, activities with older people from the seniors’ residence, English conversation workshops with locals, hosting groups… depending on the different partnerships and their own proposals. They will also participate in the renovation and maintenance of the organization’s house and do some gardening (we have chicken and cultivate some vegetables and want to make the garden a real meeting point for us and the villagers). During their stay, volunteers could also be involved in a long term work camp and help to restore local patrimony or preserve environment in a community of the area. The different projects, works and tasks of collective life (kitchen teams, cleaning…) will take about 30h per week.
We are also organizing short term work camps and youth exchanges in summer in the region of Languedoc-Roussillon. The volunteers have the opportunity to participate in a training for animators and be campleaders. They will learn French, participate in cultural activities and use their talents to enrich the project and life of the association.
Accommodation: All long term volunteers live in the village house in rooms with max. 4 people. They do daily activities together (cooking, cleaning, budget, excursions, etc.), with the help of the permanent staff and the elected officials of the association who live in the vicinity. Languages and specific skills : Basic English would be great. We also want volunteers to be interested in the projects they’re applying to and that they are aware of the different tasks (including physical work, collective life, animation) and the rural area, far from the city. Driver’s licence appreciated.
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