International voluntary camps are experiences of encounter and openness towards other cultures. Delighted by his project in Clérieux (Drôme) for Youth and Reconstruction, Ole says: “We have the opportunity to get to know people from different countries. I now have friends all over the world! The camp accustoms us to living in community and taking initiative.”
Your missions are varied. The goal of a camp is to create a project that is useful to the community. This can range from conservation or promotion a regional heritage to training, or a trip to a construction site in Haiti to help rebuild a school…
Are you passionate about archaeology? The Ministry of Culture, in collaboration with the DRAC (Regional Cultural Affairs Directorates), every year offers archaeological sites open to young people. It is often necessary to be at least 18 years old, but some sites accept young people from 16 years old. Charlotte, on the site of Castellardo in Italy for Youth and Reconstruction, explains: “I have met great people and confirmed my choice of studies, the history of art and archaeology, thanks to an experience on the excavation site.”
Your budget. As a young volunteer, you receive neither salary nor remuneration. On the contrary, a modest financial contribution from your part is required. A construction site in France costs an average of one hundred Euros per week. Abroad, the cost varies according to the nature, location and duration of the project. The participation requested covers full board, insurance and membership in the association.
Where? Volunteer sites are held in France and in more than 90 countries on 5 continents. For some countries, you must carefully consider the risks: social, political or health situations can represent serious dangers that neither the organizing association nor the insurance cover.
When? The majority of the projects take place in July or August. Some are open on weekends and during school holidays, or are continual.