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Let’s rebuild the old “Fort de Jouy” in France


Let’s rebuild the old “Fort de Jouy” in France

Voluntary Service International


At a Glance

  • Start Date:06/07/2019
  • End Date:21/07/2019
  • Closing date:18/05/2019
  • Post Updated:25/02/2019
  • Min Hours:
  • Role Type:Once-off /Ad hoc work

Requirements:Volunteers need to be prepared for minimalist living conditions, hard work, amazing food, incredible landscapes, and a superb experience 😊


Voluntary Service International (VSI) is the Irish branch of Service Civil International, a worldwide peace movement that began in 1920.  We work to promote peace, social justice, sustainable development and intercultural understanding. We do this through volunteering activities internationally and in Ireland. VSI is a registered charity in Ireland (Charity Number: CHY 9220).

Generally our International Volunteer Projects have the following key features:

  • Food and accommodation are free
  • Basic health insurance is provided and covers volunteers during the project
  • Leisure and free time can be enjoyed after the day’s work and during the weekends
  • Costs – no fundraising needed. Volunteers pay a fee to VSI and cover their travel costs to/from the project. For projects in Europe, VSI project fee for students is €105.

Project description: The "Fort de Jouy sous les Côtes" is a former military castle built in 1885 in Géville, a village located in Lorraine. The association, "Friends of the Fort de Jouy" have dedicated many years to perserving and restoring this historic monument.

You can find project photos from last year here:

Type of Work: The volunteers will work to restore this castle with local French volunteers by conducting various tasks such as masonry, painting, and maintenance work. The tasks can be hard and physical at times so volunteers should be prepared to work!

Study Theme: Restoring and preserving a national monument to provide the local population with access to their heritage and history.

Accommodation: Volunteers will stay inside the site’s fort on beds and mattresses, please, however, bring a WARM sleeping bag as it can get very cold at night even in July! The accommodation is very basic with mainly squat toilets!

Language: English will be the main project language but local volunteers might speak mainly French.

Approximate Location: Located near the town of Géville in Lorraine, north-eastern France.

Project fee: €105 fo unwaged volunteers/ €150 for waged volunteers.
The fee covers the administration costs involved in your placement; insurance cover while taking part in projects in Europe/North America (contact VSI for details of cover and limitations); your participation at the VSI Preparation Workshops for volunteers and Evaluation Workshop on your return, back up and support at all stages of your volunteer project; membership of VSI for one year - as a member of VSI you will receive regular news bulletins keeping you up to date with VSI news, events and volunteer opportunities both within and outside of VSI. 

Is training provided?: Yes

Details of time commitment needed for role:
This is a two-week group residential volunteer project in France.

Minimum time commitment per week:
10+ hour p/week

Additional screening required for this role:
Online application form: Places are available on a first come, first served basis!


If you have any questions about this role please feel free to get in touch:

Name: Mateja Jakšić

Address: Voluntary Service International, 30 Mountjoy Square East, Dublin 1


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