You may participate by 16 years old.
Volunteering is a rewarding experience that is useful both for you and communities. In our association it allows to save and highlight buildings in peril.
It is not just about original holliday but also about acting concretely for heritage !
Moreover, vonlunteering on our worksites doesn't require any prior formation : our staff is here to explain everything ! Training the volunteers is also one of the association's goals. This field experience is an opportunity to get familiar with working techniques (stone cutting, bricks, masonry...).
Don't hesitate to read the accounts of former volunteers : right here !
To enjoy your worksite, it is better if you are motivated, in good shape and open to community life. Rules of life and safety ensure everything goes well ; they are to be respected by all volunteers, under or over 18.
Our techniciens and organizers are present all the time during the stay.
"historical monuments" worksites
You may participate by 16 or 18 years old depends on the worksite.
Those training course are financed and organized by the ministry of Culture (general direction of heritage). They are supervised by a Chief architect of historical monuments (Architecte en chef des monuments historiques), an Architect of the buildings of France (Architecte des bâtiments de France) or an Heritage architect (Architecte du patrimoine).
Theoretical training deals with the different stakes and aspects of the techniques of conservation and restoration ; the legislative frame ; the valorization of sites.
Worksite sessions are lead by a professional specialized in the tackled technique. The lead to concrete realisations on site.
The technical level is higher than on volunteers worksites, as well as the number of working hours.
training course worksites
You may participate by 17 years old.
The association proposes training courses that introduce diverse techniques and methods of intervention on built heritage. They allow to tackle different sides of heritage safeguarding, from prior studies to direct interventions on the monuments.
Those courses deal with heritage according to the ethics set by the Venice Charter : diagnosis of the building, hygienic conditions, measurements, stone cutting, design of arches...
Those training courses, organized by C.H.A.M, are similar in their organization to the "Historical Monuments" worksites. They are composed of both theoretical and practical sessions.
annual training worksites
Annual worksites have been organized by the association since 2010. The aim is to help youngsters integrate by training them and giving them a professionnal and concrete experience, all the while protecting and sensitizing to heritage conservation.
Those worksites are set with the disposal of the Civic Service that deals with people aged 16 to 25. No prior diploma or formation is requested for this mission of general interest. They help value their territory and their local heritage all the whie getting a useful experience for their professional future.
For more information about how to do a Civic Service with us, this way !
They are a specific governmental disposal that aims at helping social and professional integration. They are called "Ateliers et chantiers d'insertion (ACI)".
Ministère du Travail - source : https://travail-emploi.gouv.fr/emploi/insertion-par-l-activite-economique/article/les-ateliers-et-chantiers-d-insertion-aci
C.H.A.M association also answers to request from international organizations. It then helps organizing and overseeing the worksites. Those may be intended either for volunteers or employees.
They are notably dedicated to actors wishing to train on heritage conservation so as tu reuse afterwards the competency aquired on the worksite.