Place : Venasque (Vaucluse)
Please note this workcamp entails working at height
This is the first year of this volunteer workcamp at Venasque, listed as one of the Most Beautiful Villages in France. Your task will be make it even prettier by rebuilding a collapsed wall round a wash-house at the edge of the village. As well as the fantastic view of Mont Ventoux, you’ll also discover dry stone building techniques with a heritage restoration expert.
Building technique: Dry stone masonry
Special bonus: Venasque never gets too busy in the summer, so once the work is finished for the day, you’ll be able to fully enjoy the cool breeze in this pretty little village.
Accommodation: Tents, at the municipal sportsground, with access to toilets/showers and changing rooms. The sportsground is 20 minutes’ walk from the workcamp. Bring your own tent if you like.
Workcamp life: Help out, in turn, with daily tasks (cooking, cleaning). Building work in the mornings, Mon-Fri. Free time in afternoons and weekends, with a choice of group excursions and activities.
Some ideas for excursions: Rock climbing, kayaking on the Sorgue River, hiking in the Dentelles de Montmirail, sunset from Mont Ventoux, local farmers’ markets, a wide range of festivals and lots of bathing opportunities.
A bit of history:
The medieval village of Venasque sits high atop a steep rocky outcrop and is one the “Most Beautiful Villages in France”. It looks down over the Nesque Valley and the plains around Carpentras, which take its name, the Comtat Venaissin. In Roman times Venasque was protected by an “impenetrable” wall and some remains of the ramparts and towers can still be found today. The village boasts a rich and varied heritage that tells the story of times and generations past. It has an amazing 13th century Baptistery, a Romanesque church (built on the foundations of a primitive building probably dating back to the 6th century), lanes and medieval houses, not to mention some 200 “bories”, or stone huts, that attest to cropping and livestock farming in the past.
The village also attracts many artists and potters who are very popular with tourists in the summer months.