Place : Les Baux de Provence (Bouches du Rhône)
Public : Teenagers (16-17 years old)
The medieval town of Les Baux de Provence sits atop a rocky plateau in the heart of the Alpilles regional nature park, with outstanding views over to Arles and Camargue. There has been a settlement on this naturally elevated and defensive position since prehistoric times because it provides a perfect vantage point to survey the surrounding countryside and fight off invaders.
Nowadays, Les Baux boasts the title of“Les Plus Beaux Villages de France” and attracts over one million tourists a year who come to see its fine listed heritage, such as the castle and its many mansion houses. The famous “Carrières de Lumières” galleries also provide a venue for a uniquely amazing daily light and sound shows where stone was once quarried.
You’ll be working on the path up to the castle which was once bordered by agricultural terraces bounded by dry-stone walls. These terraces have now all but disappeared, leaving random piles of stones. The Union APARE-CME began rebuilding these ancient terraces in 2015 and has already made considerable progress to reinstate the dry-stone walls. This year, you’ll be able to master this sustainable and ecological construction technique and continue the work undertaken by previous volunteer teams.
Leisure activities include walks in the Alpilles and the Camargue, swimming in the sea, on the Côte Bleue, a visit to the Carrières de Lumière and excursions to the cities of Marseille, Aix-en-Provence, or Arles, plus the chance to attend local festivals (concerts, plays, etc.).
Type of work : Dry stone masonry
Accommodation : On-site, in a permanent building fitted with male and female dormitories.