Project Details

Code: JR18/107
Start date: 07 jul 2018
End date: 28 jul 2018
Term: Medium Term (15 days to 1 Month)
Category: SOCIAL
Country: France
State: Le puy en velay
Airport: París-Charles de Gaulle
Minimum Age: 18
Maximum Age: 30


This year the municipality of Chaspinhac will host an international workcamp. The village has great assets attracting tourists during summer: the Saint-Julien Church, listed as a Historical Monument, several hiking path with the “Respirando” label (label given by the General Council of Haute-Loire if the path respects some conditions). The municipality wants to rehabilitate the Saint-Quentin site. It was a former hamlet with a
gorgeous overlook of the Loire river; nowadays, some ruins remain. This site will host a tourism information desk as well as exhibition rooms and cultural center (outside theater). Your work will be the last period of rehabilitation. The municipality really enjoys the volunteers coming and wait for volunteers to share friendly moments. This workcamp will have a huge environmental and ecological dimension: you will actively participate of the wildlife protection and you will have information visits with the Protection League of Birds. More info about the local organization that take care of the picturesque site of «Saint-Quentin » :

Work And Activities

the workcamp will focus on the rehabilitation of the site of Saint-Quentin: it will involve saving a ruined building: consolidation of the existing (jointing with lime) and clearing the site and excavation to welcome visitors .
You will participate to the work with other international volunteers and a technical supervisor will teach you specific techniques concerning this restoration. The work takes place the morning for 5 hours maximum. Afternoon and weekends are dedicated to activities.

Accommodation And Food

You will stay on the Saint-Quentin site with magnificent views of the gorges of the Loire. Mattresses and tents provided. Bring WARM SLEEPING BAG AND CLOTHES NEEDED and extra blankets, the village is 900 meters high, it could be cold especially during the nights. Dry Toilets and outdoor shower nearby. Equipped kitchen in the building where you will take the meals all together. No shop in the village. Jeunesse et Reconstruction will not be responsible for you if you arrive before the beginning of the project.


Chaspinhac has 800 inhabitants and it is located 15km north of Le Puy-en- Velay city (no public transportation to go to the city). It’s a village with a huge History, which attracts tourists and hikers, especially with its preserved environment. Several sites have environmental protection: the Loire’s Gorges, the Loire’s Valley. One of the hiking paths crosses the Saint-Quentin site and offers a beautiful view on the Loire’s Gorges. The hamlet of Saint-Quentin, built during the 19th century, hosted farms years ago. Deserted for 70 years, the buildings are starting to becoming ruins. You will be proposed some activities during your stay: visits, hiking, excursions… This workcamp is for those who like nature and are really interested in the environmental/ecological dimension. You will meet local organic farmer and taste great produce.


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