Emmaüs's Community Life - 1
Description: The Emmaus movement is a group of associations and solidarity groups present in 39 countries. The first community Emmaus, initially Christian in origin was founded in 1954 in France by the abbot Pierre. The various current Emmaus groups in France and abroad are devoid of religious ties and aim to combat poverty and exclusion. The Emmaüs Community of Wambrechies is one of the biggest in France.
Type of Work: The project will be an opportunity for an exchange between the "companions" of the community and the group of international volunteers. The group will integrate the life of the community during the camp, and will therefore participate in its activities. The community receive donation of all sort and then sell them in their big shops for very little money. The volunteers will have to receive, sort by theme (electronics, books, clothes, furnitures, toys, ...), classify, etc... the donations. They will work with the local volunteers and the companions.
Study Theme: During this project you will became a full member of the community. The community welcomes peoples with no home or legal papers, migrants and refugees, in exchange of them working for the community. So the volunteers will join a very multicultural group coming from all kind of social background.
Accommodation: in studios with 4 or 5 beds each, individual bathroom and toilets in each studio. The accommodation is really simple.
Language: English will be spoken during the camp, but some knowledge of french is more than welcome.
Requirements: Bring both warm and sunny clothes. Be prepare for the life in an intercultural community ! Be prepare for hard work as you will have to carry heavy loads every day!
Approximate Location: In Wambrechies close to Lille in the North of France