Do you want to "Have Less and Live More"? Short ESC in France!

Do you want to "Have Less and Live More"? Short ESC in France!

Initiative et Développement Citoyen

Lastours / Gardie, France

The application deadline has passed.

Activity description

We are searching for volunteers for spring, from March to May 2023, to actively support our organization in 3 different positions: 1. growing mushrooms, 2. animations and workshops for youngsters (month of ecology!) and 3. camping tasks (animal and garden care, help in maintainance and help in the moving to the new land). Plus the basic community and green practices (cooking, cleaning...). Overall, the project aims to promote sustainable development and resilience, and the new values that we can adopt to respect the environment and work together in harmony. With this project, we want to share concrete solutions to think over and change the way of living, and understand the utility of adaptability, creativity and resilience to respond to the current climate challenge. It may be a challenging experience, but the more we let go our old patterns, the more we are open to learn and live! This mission is for active persons, that are ready to work in a team and get the hands dirty!! :)

Accommodation, food and transport arrangements

IDC is located in a small town,18km from Carcassonne where the nearest airport and train station are (the volunteers will be picked from there and will be taken to the camping). This region is rural, living mainly from wine farming and tourism. The cathar Castles of Lastours are just in front us!. Accomodation: volunteers will stay in mobile homes, in shared-rooms, usually with another volunteer of the same sex. Food will be bought twice per month, following the org's guidelines, and volunteers will take turns to cook healthy and low-impact food! We store properly the food and we avoid waste!

Training during the activity

The volunteers will be supported by our staff, who will guide them in order to achieve a succesfull accomplishment of the tasks. Depending on the chosen profile, they will receive instructions and non-formal trainings, for example: on the garden, compost and waste management, mushroom growing, organization of animations and workshops, animal care... Volunteers will work in autonomy during the week, after having a planning meeting on tuesdays, in which all tasks are planned and questions should be answered. Whenever the volunteer needs help to accomplish a task, he/she should communicate it.

Participant profile

We will host 2-3 volunteers (from different nationalities) who will join the team of long terms. A level of environmental awareness is asked, in order to go deeper into the topic. Some of the values we look for: ACTIVE and PROACTIVE :D, open-mindness, creativity, responsability, ADAPTABILITY and FLEXIBILITY, environmental awareness, low-impact lifestyle, teamwork, will of new experiences, personal development. For mushrooms: ready for routine, observation and curiosity. For animations: basic french, research spirit, public speaking skills. For camping: physical and outdoor/nature spirit!

Activity dates

A total of 8 week(s) during the period 16/03/2023 to 13/05/2023

Activity location

Lastours / Gardie France

Looking for participants from

Greece, Portugal, Romania, Italy, France, Ireland, Ukraine, Germany, Croatia, Spain

Activity topics

Environment and natural protection

Creativity and culture

Deadline for applications

Application deadline: 12/03/2023