Project Details

Code: JR18/302
Start date: 09 jul 2018
End date: 01 sep 2018
Term: Medium Term (15 days to 1 Month)
Country: France
State: Foix
Airport: París-Charles de Gaulle
Minimum Age: 18
Maximum Age: 30


The association “Mille Pattes”, located in the municipality of Durban-sur- Arize wants to organize for the 4th time an international workcamp of young volunteers around the castle of St. Barthelémy. At the 11th century, a first castle was built on a roman opidium, with smaller size, towards 1569, during religion wars, protestants attacked and burnt down the churches of Durban. Until the 13th century, it is occupied by cathar family. In 1657 the castle in uninhabited. Founded in 1987, the association “Mille Pattes” has set a goal to create a place for meetings and cultural exchanges in Ariège. It was in 1990 that the association acquires the ideal place to facilitate these exchanges. It is a hill of 18 hectares situated above the gorge of Arize, in the municipality of Durban-sur- Arize, housing in its top the remains of a medieval castle and a chapel. Today, the association wants to go further in the conservation of these buildings, continue to protect the site, secure access to the castle and perfect conditions for permanent home visitors and volunteers. To this end, the association plans to host a group of young volunteers to assist in this work.

Work And Activities

Supervised by a volunteer of the association “Mille Pattes”, young volunteers participate in various maintenance and development on the site of Château Saint-Barthelemy located in Durban-sur- Arize. This includes the restoration of walls (masonry works) and cleaning vegetation.

Accommodation And Food

You will stay in tents in the grounds of the castle. Important: housing conditions are simple (dry toilets and solar showers), notice to the lovers of peace and nature. Access to the castle is only by foot (15 minute steep path from the village, watch out for your travel bags - prefer a backpack). We cannot accommodate you if you arrive before the starting date of the workcamp.


View of the castle by drone : Located halfway between Foix and St Girons, the village of Durban-sur- Arize, crossed by Arize is a charming village in the Ariège part of the Regional Natural Park of the Pyrenees. With the castle overlooking, the village has a remarkable built heritage with most of the stone buildings. This castle belonging to the association Mile Pattes is an ancient and medieval fortress dated 11th century. Located in the heart of Séronnais, the site offers many hiking. The members of Mille Pattes will offer you an introduction to archeology and rock climbing.


1/ Access to the castle is only by foot (15 minute) steep path from the village, watch out for your travel bags - prefer a backpack! 2/ No special knowledge or competence is required for this camp, except being motivated, curious and loving work in group! 3/Our association does not provide a car during the workcamp. 4/The living conditions are rudimentary: remember to bring a flashlight,Engli cigarette lighter socket for charging mobile.


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