Number of volunteers:10
This is the first year of the partnership between Concordia and the Linière(s) Association. Linière(s) is an association based at the Linières Castle in Ballée, Mayenne. It has as its goal to set up cultural projects in rural areas, to develop an access to culture in a rural environment for all and by all, based on volunteering. This association has been created at the initiative of an artist couple: Julien and Veronique OSTINI, who are living on site. Both have studied music (violin, piano, viola de gamba), singing, dramatic arts, and have established themselves as stage managers and directors. It’s their passion for performing arts, and especially for music and Opera, that led them to settle in the Linières Castle and allow people to develop interest in classical music. They created the Linière(s) Association and are supported by almost 150 volunteers per year for the development of cultural activities in the Mayenne area. Since 2016, Linière(s) has made the classical musical culture more accessible by producing an Opera on the countryside. This unique project mobilizes volunteers, professionals, and volunteers artists from everywhere by producing a professional Opera together. This is the opportunity, for the citizens of Ballée and the surrounding area to get involved in this 20 days journey on a voluntary basis. In 2019, on its third version, a Verdi Opera will be performed: Le Trouvère. It’s in this unusual environment of cultural openness and collective spirits, that we offer you to live an incredible adventure during 3 weeks, side to side with association volunteers, citizens, musicians…
In collaboration with local volunteers (between 150 and 300 people), you will have the opportunity to participate in every step of this collective and cultural project: creating sets, looking for accessories, discovering the works of a lighting engineer and a dressmaker, assistance in preparing meals for the company and the volunteers, help with logistic, and maybe even taking a small part during the show. There could be a lot more added to this list of activities. Schedules will be planned in advance and you’ll be able to register for the activities that interest you. You will also have to participate in the daily tasks of community life: preparing meals, washing the dishes, cleaning. There’s no need to have knowledge about music, or theater to be a part of the project, still, by committing to this project you will need to have the will to discover a new environment, and a taste for the unexpected. You must also be independent and work autonomously, and know to handle stress at least.
Concordia, a popular education association, is promoting access to culture and education, for all, by all, and with all. It’s naturally that they found themselves in the Liniere(s) values and their managers. We therefore wanted to offer a unique opportunity for the international volunteers to get involved with us in this project. It’s in this unusual environment of cultural openness and collective spirits, that we offer you to live an incredible adventure during 3 weeks, side to side with association volunteers, citizens, musicians…
The Château de Linières (project site), is located a few kilometers outside of Ballée. Ballée is a village of 700 inhabitants, located in the south-east of the Mayenne, 30 kilometers south-east of Laval, and 15 kilometers away from Sablé sur Sarthe. Leisure activities will be planned during the project, with the other volunteers. Do not hesitate to visit the website of Linière(s): https://www.linieres.fr/ Meeting point: Sable sur Sarthe Train Station (72) Closest airport: Nantes or Paris
You will be accommodated in local inhabitants’ houses in the neighboring villages, by 2 or 3 depending on availability (no possibility of collective hosting). You would have to bring a sleeping bag and a towel (those are not provided). Meals will be shared with the entire project team: international volunteers, local volunteers, musicians, singers, technicians… Food preparation, wash of the dishes, cleaning, as a collective. Transportation between your accommodation and the project site will be by foot, by bike, or by car.
For this project we will ask you for a letter of motivation, in English or in French for the purpose of your welcoming. Feel free to indicate if you want to discover a certain type of work or profession, or a special part of the project in particular (for example:” I would like to discover the work of a lighting engineer”, “I would like to participate in the decoration workshop because I have good skills in drawing and painting”, “I would like to do a photo report of the entire setting up of the Opera”, “I would like to know more about stage direction”). This is a unique opportunity to discover new things, to deepen your skills, or discover new professions. The project will take place in the countryside; remember to take good shoes and working clothes. Don’t forget to bring clothes against the cold, the rain and a sleeping bag. Do not forget your toiletries (shampoo etc.). You can also bring musical instruments, juggling accessories or other games to make us discover your skills. The participation to the ESC volunteering teams is subjects to several principles and conditions, presented on the ESC webpage: https://europa.eu/youth/solidarity/mission_en volunteers do not have to pay any fee (not sending, nor participation fee) to attend the project; volunteers need to enrol in the PASS, the European Solidarity Corps Portal ; Concordia France will organize their matching, on the online system, with the volunteering project; volunteers will receive pocket money, calculated on basis of 6€/day, once they arrive on the project in France; volunteers will receive a financial support for their travel, according to a maximum amount established in accordance with their travel distance and upon the presentation of original tickets; volunteers will have to complete a participation report, submitted online through the portal.
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