If you are interested in learning about renovation, this Short-Term EVS opportunity in France is a great chance for you.
Project: Supported by the French Red Cross, The Medical Education Institute (MEI) of Tonnay-Charente, has undertaken the mission to welcome children and teenagers suffering from a light intellectual deficiency.
Now settled in the Castle Les Capucins, the former tuberculosis hospital, the MEI, develops an individualized project that helps teenagers to build self-confidence, to learn the community life, and to be more independant, by encouraging them to build a futur life, and to develop a love for learning (academic training or professional).
Location: Tonnay-Charente, Charente Maritime, around 40 km from La Rochelle
Work: To welcome the children and teens, the buildings have to be in good condition. The main building, a castle from the 17th century, is therfore under continuous renovation and restoration. Under the supervision of a referred technician of the MEI, and in collaboration with some children and teenagers who are a part of the MEI, you will work on restoring the terrace of the MEI’s restaurant. The work will consist of stone-paving in the roman style, and building two small walls on each side, using lime mortar and implementing traditional masonry techniques.
When: From the 28.07 to 14.08
Leisure activities: In order to live and share times of intercultural exchanges, the hosts will organize excursions in the region and animations with the local population. You will discover the local heritage: a suspension bridge, a former abbey, and a priory. During your free time, you will participate in the local summer festivities (music festival, night market..), and you will visit the famous nearby town of La Rochelle. You will also be able to enjoy a stroll on the beach and swim in the ocean.