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SJ/FAM80 FRANCIA Montendre ENVI,CULT 20/10/2018 27/10/2018

THE AUTUMNAL GARDEN | SJ/FAM80 | 2018-10-20 - 2018-10-27 | ENVI,CULT | Age: 5 - 90


Renovated by volunteers from all around the world during international workcamps, La Maison des Bateleurs has been an international hosting centre for 20 years, which witnesses rich cultural meetings and exchanges. Located in the town of Montendre, small charming village, among pine trees, la Maison des Bateleurs is an ideal place to welcome you. It comes to life with the daily presence of volunteers and wants to be a place which promotes openness and a social and cultural mix. Sustainable development is a current theme that is meant to be transversal. On a daily basis, with volunteers we strive to set up eco-citizen attitudes and carry out activities that contribute to this (produce own food, prepare meals, sort waste, recycle, adopt methods to save energy, etc.) This is why MSNJ has been creating for several years an environmental centre: a phytosanitary basin, dry toilets, a compost, an organic garden, the use of surrounding natural resources, are just a few examples.

Work: During this project, you will participate actively in the life of the House and different activities: collective life (cooking, cleaning, organising, etc.), intercultural exchanges (meeting of the local population and the volunteers of the association), etc. The aim of this project is, that thanks to exchanges and intergenerational knowledge transfer, to awaken you and raise awareness about sustainable development and to make you participate actively in all the activities of the environmental centre and especially in the vegetable garden. If in the summer it is a question of watching what has been sown and harvest the fruits of the spring (tomatoes for example); in autumn, the maintenance of the garden is also the harvest period (last crop of August and September and those of autumn such as cabbages, squash, etc.). In winter, it is also the time of sowing as well as cleaning (tearing off the seedlings of vegetables that no longer produce, picking up dead leaves, etc.). The work will consist mainly of the maintenance of the vegetable garden of MBSJ (sowing, transplanting, binage, watering, harvests) "in square" so that you can own a small space of soil. You will then make preserves to maximize the harvest, to promote its consumption and to avoid wastage and losses. In addition, you will participate in the maintenance of compost bins (according to various processes: vermicompost, windrow and implementation of compost according to agroecological principles), phytosanitary basin, hen house (harvest of eggs from the garden during preparation meals) and bamboo.

Accomodation and food: collective, mixed and/or in individual room at Maison des Bateleurs. The meals will be prepared in turns by teams (Families and international volunteers present).

Location: Montendre

Location and Leisure: Montendre, Charente-Maritime, 75 km from the sea, between Bordeaux and Angouleme. Leisure activities: outside of regular work time, you can enjoy walks around the lake of Montendre, game nights, pizza nights (made in the outdoor stone oven) or marshmallow nights around the fireplace. You can also explore the local landmarks, such as La Rochelle and Bordeaux. All those moments will be shared with groups welcomed to the hosting center, la Maison des Bateleurs.

Train/Bus station: Montendre train station (17130)


Language: eng,fra

Extra Fee: 100 EUR

Participation fee : 50€ for children under 10, 100€ for participants of ages 11 and up