CONCORDIA PROGRAM FOR 2010
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Gioia (coordination and
workcamps’ international leaders): firstname.lastname@example.org
Valerie (coordination OUT
and south countries): email@example.com
MTV’s (OUT): firstname.lastname@example.org
Gareth (IN): email@example.com
Rita (MLTV/EVS) firstname.lastname@example.org
CONCORDIA __________________________________________________________________________________ 4 IDEAS TO ACT: Concordia's charter for international workcamps ________________________________________ 5 WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO KNOW ABOUT CONCORDIA’S WORKCAMPS ____________________________________ 7 CONCORDIA FRANCE CALL FOR WORKCAMP’S COORDINATORS ________________________________________ 8 WORKCAMPS’ LIST FOR FOREIGNER COORDINATORS _________________________________________________ 9 APPLICATION FORM FOR WORKCAMPS’ COORDINATORS ____________________________________________ 13 THE COMMIMENTS OF CONCORDIA ______________________________________________________________ 15 CONCORDIA TEENAGE WORKCAMPS 2010 (15-17 YEARS OLD) ________________________________________ 16 MEDICAL FACTSHEET / FICHE MEDICALE ________________________________________________________ 17 MEDICAL CERTIFICATE FOR SCAFFOLDING WORK ___________________________________________________ 19 PARENTAL AUTHORIZATION FOR TEENAGERS ______________________________________________________ 20 WORKCAMP LIST _____________________________________________________________________________ 21 TEENAGE PROJECTS FOR 15-17 YEARS OLD VOLUNTEERS: ____________________________________________ 26 PROJECTS BEFORE SEASON: ____________________________________________________________________ 35 PROJECTS AFTER SEASON: ______________________________________________________________________ 38 PROJECTS OF JULY: ___________________________________________________________________________ 40 PROJECTS OF AUGUST: ________________________________________________________________________ 52 CULTURAL WEEK IN PARIS AND LYON ____________________________________________________________ 72 FRENCH CULTURAL WEEK APPLICATION FORM _____________________________________________________ 74 OUR MTV PROGRAM 2010 _____________________________________________________________________ 75 OUR EVS PROGRAM 2010 ______________________________________________________________________ 77 CONCORDIA DELEGATIONS _____________________________________________________________________ 81
Concordia is a French national non-governmental and non-profit making organisation, founded in 1950 by English, German and French youngsters. Their aim was to enhance the values of tolerance and peace after the nd2 world war by organising international workcamps of young volunteers.
The main objectives of Concordia are the following:
Education i-e helping young people to grow up by acquisition of collective life.
Culture i-e favouring the youth exchanges on an international level, always emphasizing the values of peace, friendship and mutual respect.
Social i-e taking part in concrete actions of solidarity, as well as supporting a civic attitude Social economy i-e contributing to realisation of local development, in favour of the environment, patrimony, tourism and socio-educational animation.
Workcamps are a perfect tool to reach these goals:
Participating in a workcamp means working voluntarily during three weeks at a project of a common utility, such as environment, archaeology, culture, patrimony. It is a form of informal education, but also an opportunity to discover a new region and its inhabitants. The participants get to know the real life of a small community, as well as the culture and customs of other volunteers, who come from all around the world. Every year Concordia gives the opportunity to more than 1000 French youths to get involved in its partner projects abroad and hosts around 1200 foreign volunteers on its own workcamps in France.
Concordia is a member of:
Three major international networks which support voluntary service:
The Alliance of European Voluntary Service Organisations which is a network of 30 national organisations in 20 countries and CCIVS (Co-ordinating Committee for International Voluntary Service) which is an organisation founded under the aegis of UNESCO in 1948 and coordinates about 300 organisations worldwide. - The National Association COTRAVAUX (Co-ordination of French Voluntary Work organisations). - AVSO (Association of Voluntary Service Association) a European network with the goal of improving European voluntary service.
The other activities of the association continue throughout the year with weekend or short holiday workcamps, mid and long term voluntary service, integration of people with difficulties, study and activity groups (North-South, International), sending and hosting volunteers of European Voluntary Service. Concordia also organises various trainings throughout the year. Those who wish to be even more involved in Concordia’s activities can be
elected at the management committee; Concordia is a democratic organisation, led by dynamic and motivated volunteers as well as young people, and supported by paid staff. Today the management committee counts 15 members, there are 1800 subscribers, 25 employees and 200 activity leaders.
The Paris head office supports the eight regional offices activities i-e the Alps, Auvergne, Aquitaine, Normandy, Picardy, South-Southwest, Ile-de-France et Breatagne.
Concordia has the approval of the French Ministry of Youth and Sport and the Ministry of the Environment.
IDEAS TO ACT: Concordia's charter for international workcamps
The aim of this charter is to state clearly the conditions considered by Concordia as the essential elements of the international workcamp. This charter has the value of commitment.
a- To contribute to the enhancement of social life through the involvement of French and foreign volunteers in public projects of common interest;
b- To encourage the circulation of people and ideas through global exchanges in the interests of international understanding and peace;
c- To promote an educational project/promote its educative mission through encouraging active citizenship, which is essential for a democratic, united and participatory society.
The rural area is the primary field of activity of the association.
It is in this context that Concordia sets up and organizes international workcamps, guided by five criteria:
1. The workcamp is a place of intercultural meetings
The international workcamp representing the mixture of different nationalities and social backgrounds, the encounter of different generations, the confrontation of urban and rural cultures, the willingness to integrate oneself as full as possible into the life of the hosting area and characterised by a communal life: Is a place of intercultural meetings in the perspective of a voluntary discover of others; Consequently encourages international understanding, tolerance and international friendship; Encourages peaceful resolution of conflicts through learning to discover and respect the differences.
2. The workcamp necessarily participates in the project of general interest.
The international workcamps of young volunteers allow to develop educational, social and cultural values, as well as collective solidarity. For that purpose the following principals are applied:
Workcamps are organised "with", but not "for" public bodies, which are the guarantors of general interests; The result of the workcamps is durable equipment or facilities.
The result of this work accomplished in partnership is open to everybody.
That is why we act in different fields: architectural heritage as well as natural heritage, local area or social life heritage.
Our concern for general interests is also reflected in the choice of our partners for the organisation of exchange of volunteers.
Concordia does not act for the private sector.
3. The workcamp for a dynamic local development
The preparation and organisation of the workcamp stimulate the emergence of local initiatives in the spirit of economic, social and cultural revitalisation;
It allows to rally volunteers for the preservation of cultural, natural or architectural heritage. Therefore, local development of a small area or a larger territory represents for Concordia an economic, social and cultural dimension.
Thus, the choice and implementation of the projects are based on the mobilisation of local partners, associations, public bodies and human resources, which constitutes the guarantee of the durability of actions.
4. The workcamp encourages the development of citizenship
International workcamps of young volunteers develop citizens through:
The arrangement of the functioning of the workcamp, i.e. the rules to be adopted by the group in order to jointly attain the set objectives;
The development of critical mind and the application of a dialogue as a means of conflict resolution; The daily encounter with active and participatory democracy in order to avoid any sort of arbitrariness and prejudice; bringing together young people and local representatives.
5. The international workcamp is a place of educative process and work
Workcamps for young volunteers must lead to a high quality, valuable and properly finished work, which should be beneficial to the environment and a given area.
Although the organisation of workcamps requires the use of financial resources, they constitute "non commercial acts", i.e. the acts that are not remunerated.
The international workcamp is a place of educative process, which leads to:
The acquisition of technical skills through manual work, know-how and work-organisation; Social development through the respect of the others, the capacity of self-expression, listening and living in community;
Political development through learning to apply participatory democracy, peaceful resolution of conflicts and intercultural understanding.
We are taking steps to ensure that the dynamics of our charter would be present:
During the training of our leaders and staff of associations;
During the presentation of our projects to our partners, volunteers and the media;
During the meetings with the local population.
The workcamp contributes to the transformation of social relationships thanks to individual and collective exchanges. The workcamp is not an end in itself, but a means to promote values, which should bring transformation both on the individual and the collective level.
This charter has been adopted in the Meeting of the Board members, which took place on 29 May 1994
WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO KNOW ABOUT CONCORDIA’S WORKCAMPS
Concordia’s international workcamps are always organised in co-operation with either local authorities or local
organisations; the projects are designed to respond to needs of the community and are always for the common good.
Groups have between 15 and 20 participants, the average is 17. Concordia wants to have 1/3 of French volunteers and a maximum of 2 teenagers per group.
Meetings with the local population are an important part of the projects. Also we try in each workcamp to mobilise young people from the village for an active participation to the workcamp. Sometimes they are coming only for leisure time, sometimes they participate also to the work, and sometimes they to be totally part of the project. In general it’s their first ? international experience ?.
The common language is English during our workcamps, if it’s a French speaking camp is specified.
Two coordinators are present in each workcamp: one for the group life, and another for technical work. They will
be either French or they will come from our partners associations abroad (please see below the call for coordinators). Sometimes only one is present (a French coordinator for small groups). Concordia’ French
coordinators participate in a training week organised by Concordia and the international coordinators follow a
training in their partners’ countries (if they don’t have any experience of coordination) plus a 2 days training in
France before the workcamp. All coordinators manage the budget for food, leisure, excursions, etc. with the group.
With Concordia, work time is about 6 hours a day, but in fact it is more important to attain the work’s objective, defined between the local partner and Concordia.
Leisure time is not planned before: it will be organised by the group with the local population and it will be based on the discovery of the region. Most of the time, camps are in small isolated villages and there is not necessarily a car available on the camp: volunteers should be ready to accept that.
General accommodation is basic: a common room for sleeping and eating. Volunteers cook for themselves; sometimes they are sleeping on the floor and sometimes in tents (see the description of each workcamp). Volunteers should bring a sleeping bag, a sleeping mat, work clothes, warm clothes, sport shoes, gloves…Please notice that it’s easier to have a backpack, especially in the mountains! ;
We welcome some volunteers with special needs in our workcamps. If your volunteers have special needs, please contact us. We will do our best to find a way to host them.
CONCORDIA FRANCE CALL FOR WORKCAMP’S COORDINATORS
Experience a real learning opportunity being workcamp’s coordinator for Concordia!
Concordia’s international workcamps have the aim to promote peace, solidarity, friendships, active citizenship, tolerance and respect for others and the environment.
Coordinating a workcamp means working voluntarily during three weeks at a project of common utility, such as environment, archaeology, culture, patrimony and discovering a new region and its inhabitants. Through this experience you will develop important skills that you will use in your professional life such as project and team management, you will improve your English and you will discover the associative sector.
Each workcamp will be composed of 12 to 20 participants. One third of them will be French volunteers and a maximum of 5 participants will have 17 years old.
The workcamps’ common language is English. Of course, if you have good bases of French, it will be easier to communicate.
Two leaders will be present in each workcamp:
one for the group life (who will coordinate the group in the organisation of the daily life), one for technical work (who will transfer his technical know-how to the volunteers). They will assure:
The integration of all the participants;
The learning of the technical and social skills;
The contact with the local population and the representative of the local Municipality (if the international coordinator does not speak well French, the French coordinator will mostly cover this role). Leisure time is not planned before: it will be organised by the group with the local population and it will be based on the discovery of the region. Most of the time, camps are in small isolated villages and there is not necessarily a car available on the camp: future coordinators should be ready to accept that.
Conditions: Workcamp’s coordinators have some particular responsibilities but they will be considered volunteers as
the other, it means that they won’t be paid.
Accommodation and subsistence are covered as the coordinators will sleep and eat at the workcamp. Transports’ cost in France are covered (for a maximum of 200 ? for one way and return).
Who can be workcamp’s coordinator ? We don’t ask any particular certificate but we ask them in general to have some bases of oral French (the main workcamp’s language is English), to be motivated and to be dynamic! If you
have any previous experience as workcamp’s coordinator you will be the perfect person for our workcamp.
Concordia will organize two training’s sessions in France in order to prepare the coordinators. One session on the 03
July/04 July and the other one on the 31 July/01 August. Dates have to be confirmed.
WORKCAMPS’ LIST FOR FOREIGNER COORDINATORS:
You will find below a brief description of the workcamps where we would be happy to welcome foreigner coordinators and the conditions for participation:
CONC 004 LA TERRASSE (09/07-31/07) RENO 18+ 14 VOLS.
Work on some dry-stone walls retaining an old path next to a castle For mountain’s and nature’s lovers.
Participation’s conditions: bases of French. Interest for the dry stone walls and wishing to acquire some skills in this field.
CONC 006 ST PIERRE D’ALLEVARD (16/07-31/07) RENO 18+ 14 VOLS.
Rehabilitation of an hiking path. Participation’s conditions: good level of French and love for the mountains and
CONC 007 SAINT AGNES (16/07-31/07) ENVI 18+ 13 VOLS.
Painting, repairing jobs, keeping up mountain footpaths, clearing and cleaning river borders. Participation’s
conditions : bases of French and love for hiking.
CONC 009 BOUVESSE QUIRIEU (06/08-28/08) RENO 18+ 13 VOLS.
Exceptional medieval site. Works of masonry on the ruins of an old edifice. Participation’s conditions: good level of
French and interest for working in a medieval site.
CONC 013 PARC NATIONAL DE LA VANOISE (21/08-06/09) ENVI 18+ 14 VOLS. UNESCO World Heritage Site;
Work on the damaged paths, build some steps and also stone to restrain erosion. Participation’s conditions: bases
of French, nature’s and hiking lover and interest for the workcamps activities.
CONC 014 PARC NATURAL MIRIBEL (30/08-22/09) ENVI/FEST 18+ 14 VOLS.
Creation of a naturalistic path and a bird’s observatory. Participation in the organization of a musical festival. Participation’s conditions: good level of French and good relational skills in order to work in the musical festival. CONC 015 VERCOURS (03/09-25/09) ENVI 18+ 13 VOLS.
Renovation of damaged paths. Removing brushwood and laying out new paths. Participation’s conditions: bases
of French, love for nature and hiking and interest in acquiring some skills in this field.
CONC 032 VANXAINS 1 (07/07-22/07) RENO 18+ 14 VOLS
CONC 036 VANXAINS 2 (27/07-11/08) RENO 18+ 14 VOLS
CONC 038 VANXAINS 3 (13/08-28/08) RENO 18+ 14 VOLS
Restoration of the small local heritage site used for cultural events and enriching exchanges with the local population. Participation’s conditions: good level of French, traditional masonry’s skills. Capacities in motivating the local population.
CONC 039 SADIRAC 06/08-21/08 RENO18+ 13 VOLS
Restoration of different washing-places in the village. Participation’s conditions: good level of French, masonry’s
skills and capacity in motivating the local population.
CONC 040 MEDIONDE 06/08-28/08 RENO 18+12 VOLS. thTaking part in the restoration of the walls of a 12 century castle. Traditional masonry’s activities. .Participation’s
conditions: good level of French for translating activities. Capacities in motivations the local population. CONC 042 BELEYME 13/08-28/08 ENVI/RENO 18+15 VOLS.
In a center for rural education, leisure and nature protection, activities of rrestoring of a fountain and taking part in the restoration of the surroundings of a pond. Participation’s conditions: bases of French (but not mandatory),
experience in the motivation of local population, interest in environmental themes. CONC 043 VERDELAIS (10/09-25/09) RENO 18+ 12 VOLS.
Restoration of the way of cross, participation in the setting and the leading of the visits during National Heritage Day. Participation’s conditions: bases of French (but not mandatory). Experience in the organisation of cultural events, capacity in motivating the local participation, experience in the coordination of restoring activities.
CONC 063 NOVACELLES (07/07-29/07) RENO 18+ 12 VOLS.
Exceptional medieval site, work on an old dry-stone. Participation’s conditions: bases of French. Some knowledge
of masonry’s will be a plus. Dynamic person.
CONC 092 KERVIGNAC (09/06 – 24/06) FEST/ ENVI 18+ 15 VOLS.
Supporting the organisation of a local festival, participation in the heritage’s restoring. Participation’s conditions:
good level of French, interest in the participation of festivals (no coordinators’ training will be organized by Concordia).
CONC 093 MALANSAC (01/07-23/07) CULT 18+ 15 VOLS.
Support the local associations in the organization of a traditional feast. Participation’s conditions: good level of
French. Painter needed!
CONC 094 BRAINS (09/07-31/07) RENO 18+ 15 VOLS.
Improvement of the skate park area and of the bi-cross ground. Realisation of little wood constructions Participations conditions: good level of French and love for skateboarding and interest for being in a dynamic and young group.
CONC 095 CAMPENAC (09/07-31/07) RENO 18+ 12 VOLS.
Supporting the local associations in the organization of a traditional feast and the renovation of fountains. Participations conditions: good level of French and interest in masonry and to exchanges with the local population.
CONC 096 GUISSENY (09/07-31/07) ENVI 18+ 12 VOLS.
Activities (hiking, exhibitions, art creations), mowing, evacuation of green wastes in a exceptional environmental heritage area. Participations conditions: good level of French. Interest in projects on environmental protection.
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CONC 121 MELUN (07/07-29/07) ARCH 18+ 12 VOLS:
Traditional masonry work in a historical setting. Participation conditions : intermediate level of French
CONC 123 CHELLES (09/07-31/07) ENVI/RENO 18+ 15 VOLS.
Working on the valorisation of a church. Participation conditions: intermediate level of French.
CONC 126 MONTREUIL (04/08-26/08) RENO 18+ 15.
Participation conditions: intermediate level of French.
CONC 151 CONDE SUR HUISNE (11/06-26/06) CONS 18+ 12 VOLS:
Restoring of the rural heritage that will be visited by a lot of hikers, riders and cyclists Participation conditions:
bases of French. Capacity of working in a team. Organizational skills in the daily life of the group (organization of the team, preparation of the lunches and dinner, cleaning) and in the leisure activities (visits, budget management). CONC 152 ALECON (07/07-29/07) ART 15-17 14 VOLS.
Working on a fresco, whose topic will be decided by the district inhabitants committed to the project. Organization of the “preview”, a festive event with the inhabitants and the partners. Participation conditions: bases of French.
Capacity of working with different actors (local associations, representants of the municipality, social centers). Certificate of groups’ coordination, artistical skills, organizational skills in the daily life of the group (organization of the team, preparation of the lunches and dinner, cleaning) and in the leisure activities (visits, budget management). CONC153 BAZOUGES SUR LE LOIR (07/07-29/07) CONS 18+ 12 VOLS.
Building low walls in a traditional way, visits, activities and meetings with the local associations. Participation
conditions: good level of French, relational skills and capacity of communicating with the local population, organizational skills in the daily life of the group (organization of the team, preparation of the lunches and dinner, cleaning) and in the leisure activities (visits, budget management).