31.07. - 21.08.2020
We have been established for 10 years in the Sablons district for the implementation of various volunteer actions and international projects, in order to participate in the opening of the district to the outside world. Most of our actions take place in the public space. This year, we are working with a neighboring association, which is located in the same street as us. The association L'Arbre is a place for meeting and listening. Its aim is to promote better living together and the well-being of the inhabitants of the neighborhood with a particular work towards the inhabitants who are most in difficulty.
The objective of this year's project is to create a meeting between the inhabitants of the district (young and old) and young international volunteers, through a workcamp to renovate a room and to set up together, outdoor activities for the inhabitants.
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It has been 10 years now since the Normandie-Maine Concordia regional office settled in the popular neighbourhood of Le Mans called Les Sablons. The goal of its establishment was the creation of various volunteering projects as part of the social development of the city. Indeed, it would open this neighbourhood to an international scale through the creation of a real dynamic in which local inhabitants and youth would get involved. Concordia has been organising international workcamps for the past 7 years in order to develop local activities for the kids and inhabitants of the neighbourhood.
This year, we are in partnership with a local association, L'Arbre, which is in charge of providing social support to inhabitants in difficulty in the neighbourhood. This association has large premises in poor condition open to residents and associations. The project will focus on two objectives: the renovation of the association premises with the inhabitants (painting of the walls and creation of an artistic fresco), the organisation of animations in the district with the local kids and inhabitants. It will allow the valorisation of their artistic and cultural abilities.
The volunteers will also be in charge of organizing a festive animation at the end of the project with and for the inhabitants.
You will be sharing a basic collective accommodation in 2 flats in the neighbourhood. There will be rooms of 4 or 5 people with mattresses provided by Concordia. The group will be sharing the cleaning chores and preparing meals together. The budget will be allocated to the camp leader and you will participate in the preparation of dishes with good products from the market and local producers. Bring your sleeping bag with you.
Adresa: LE MANS, LE MANS, France
Letisko: CDG, Autobusová/Vlaková zastávka: Le Mans train station
GPS: 48.0073498, 0.1967379
Le Mans (143.000 inhabitants) is located in the West of France. It is the administrative centre of the Sarthe county, in the Pays de La Loire region (50 min from Paris, and 1h30 from Nantes by train). You will have time to discover the city. Le Mans is a beautiful artistic and historical city, it is the third one of the Pays de la Loire region when it comes to culture and tourism. The old city centre is surrounded by Roman walls and the most recent renovation works organised to preserve the oldest parts of Le Mans have helped to enhance its local heritage. Two rivers cross the city which has been named one of France greenest cities. You can find various parks and gardens, in addition to the two big forests bordering the city. For more information about the city: www.lemans.fr
The project is being carried out in an urban environment, in a popular district. You should be interested in child/youth animation and come with ideas (artistic fresco creation, original games, outdoor activities, workshops about recycling and materials recovery…).
We ask you to write a motivation letter to validate your inscription on the workcamp.
Bring raining clothes and clothes for outdoor activities, and sport shoes. Do not hesitate to bring activities from home such as photos, games, musical instruments, etc.
This project is supported by the program European Solidarity Corps for young people between 18 and 30 years. It is open to all volunteers that fit the ESC criteria.
The participation to the ESC volunteering teams is subjects to several principles and conditions, presented on the ESC webpage:
• volunteers do not have to pay any fee (not sending, nor participation fee) to attend the project,
• volunteers need to enrol in the PASS, the European Solidarity Corps Portal , Concordia France will organize their matching, on the online system, with the volunteering project,
• volunteers will receive pocket money, calculated on basis of 6€/day, once they arrive on the project in France,
• volunteers will receive a financial support for their travel, according to a maximum amount established in accordance with their travel distance and upon the presentation of original tickets,
• volunteers will have to complete a participation report, submitted online through the portal.
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