La Vacquerie

Family camp in the South of France!


Family camp in the South of France!

Meaningful holidays!

A French immersion.

Family volunteer vacations in France to share meaningful holidays with French and international families!

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    Detailed programme


    Take part in the development of a green tourism project in the South of France with your family and experience the French lifestyle!
    This programme has a focus on cultural exchange, it is a fantastic volunteer opportunity for the whole family to experience collective life in a French environment.

    Through your daily work and interactions with other families, you’ll have the opportunity to meet new people and practise your French.

    Spend a week holiday with your family in the beautiful area of the Southern Limestone of the Languedoc-Roussillon region.
    Every morning, you will contribute to the progress of a local green project. In the afternoon, you will enjoy the rich nature of this region through ecological activities such as hiking to the Cirque de Navacelles, trekking with donkeys, swimming in the Gorges de l’Hérault or the Gorges de la Vis, visit of Saint-Guilhem Le Désert, etc…

    The local project:
    Forest of 3 hectares, donkey farm activities on about 200 hectares, donkey trekking, donkey therapy, farm animals, wood housing construction, local cuisine restaurant…

    A green tourist centre is growing in the forest initiated by a local family. The site is located just outside of the village of la Vacquerie.
    The main activity of the family is to offer donkey trekking. They also have a self-catering cottage in the village with room for 16.

    The green project aims to provide a tourism that respects the environment.
    It provides wooden mobile homes and treehouses around an activity centre with a small local restaurant.
    Visitors stay in the wilderness and enjoy the rich nature of this region through ecological activities such as hiking, trekking with donkeys, horse-riding.
    The purpose is to enable as many people as possible to discover this beautiful part of France while contributing to the local development of the region.

    The work:
    Families will work every morning taking part in the development of the green project.
    Tasks will vary according to the needs of the site when you are there. However, the work will be adapted to families and will not require any particular skills.
    The work can be:
    - Feeding the animals/animal care
    - Donkey training, donkey trekking to collect fruit or work on surrounding trails
    - Clearing, pruning
    - Work in the garden / make jam
    - Decorating the site with natural and local materials (land art)
    - Building birdhouses, platforms for bird watching, fences…
    - Cheese making
    The host family who lives on the site will provide training and full support.

    In the afternoon, you will be free to enjoy the richness of the area (cultural visits, trekking, swimming in the river…). According to your preferences, you will be able to plan your free time with the other families.

    Benefits:
    Whether for you or for your children, the benefits of this family voluntourism programme are important:
    - A real cultural exchange
    - Experience collective life
    - Participate in a useful local project
    - Practise French and experience French life style
    - A low cost holiday for the whole family
    - An introduction to the techniques to work in various fields (working with wood, gardening, etc..)
    - Discover a region full of wonderful sights
    And so much more… !

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Dates

From 12 to 18 July and from 16 to 22 August 2020
Families will arrive on Sunday and will leave on the following Saturday.

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    Location

    The project takes place in the village of La Vacquerie, 18 km from the city of Lodève and about 50 km North-West of Montpellier in the Southern Limestone of the Languedoc-Roussillon region.
    A transfer can be organised from the Lodève bus station to the village.
    La Vacquerie has wonderful surroundings such as the incredible cirque de
    Navacelles, The village of Saint-Guilhem Le Désert, the Gorges de l’Hérault, the Gorges de la Vis with its waterfalls…

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    Duration

    7 days / 6 nights

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    Eligibility

    This programme is open to any family (French and international).
    Children are welcome from 4 years old but must remain under the care of
    their parents during both work and leisure time.
    We will pay attention when you apply to mix French and international families so that you are sure to speak French during your stay.

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    Living Conditions

    You will be lodged in a wood cottage in the village at about 200 meters from the site.
    The cottage can welcome 16 persons, 3 to 4 families according to the family composition.
    The cottage has private rooms that can accommodate 2 to 6 persons with private bathrooms.
    Meals are collective. A cooking team is organised to prepare meals each day
    as you will share in the tasks of daily life at the centre: cooking, washing dishes..
    2 special nights with a campfire will be organised during the week.

    Many animals live on the site and will delight the children: 2 dogs, 1 cat, hens, peacocks, donkeys...
    Internet is available on site and upon request.

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    Tariff

    250,00 €

    per family: Membership fees & Registration fee to organise and follow up the programme.

    Plus:

    - Participation fees for accommodation (full board 6 nights /7 days): 130 € per teen/adult - 65 € per child (- 10 years old)

    - Participation fees for meals: 80 € per person


    A 2 way transfer can be organised from Lodeve Bus station to La Vacquerie for 30 € per family.

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    Application Process

    To apply, please contact us at: [Aliore mail infos@aliore.org]

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    Good to know

    Fun activities are available on or near the site, such as:
    - Horse riding: 35 euros/adult for 2 hours.
    - Rock and tree climbing: 15 euros/person
    - Create and fly a kite: 4 euros /person
    - Donkey trekking with picnic in the forest: 45 euros per donkey (1 donkey for 4 persons)

Si les danses latines vous intéressent, sachez qu'Aliore propose également des cours de tango et d’espagnol à Buenos Aires et des cours de danses caribéennes et des cours d’espagnol en République Dominicaine.

You can directly email us at
infos@aliore.org

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