Conservation of ancient paths and discovery of an unusual valley in the Pyrenees
Description: If you like nature, trekking, teamwork and manual work this camp is for you! The purpose of this workcamp is to recover and maintain the ancient paths of Vall de Siarb, a very unique and interesting valley in the heart of the Pyrenees. These paths were used during many centuries until 1960-70. They represent a huge heritage and we want to keep all of them in the valley as an open air museum.
During the workcamp, participants will discover the surroundings of the Valley of Siarb, get to know the geographical features of the Parc de l'Alt Pirineu and how to frame the valley in the Park, learn more about the region of Pallars Sobirà and its idiosyncrasies.
Type of Work: There will be all kinds of tasks regarding recovering and improving of old paths: clearing paths, rebuilding dry stone walls, putting astones aside, improving trail signs with paint and pavement stretches of trails. We spend all the working hours (4 hours) in the nature, surrounded by forests, fields, etc. The work is very manual and physical. The project is flexible with the needs of the group, with flexible dates, amount of work, combination of activities.
Study Theme: Ancient shepherd paths in the Pyrenees, Idiosyncrasy of la Vall de Siarb, The big project: Paths museum of la Vall de Siarb, Use of the tools to maintain paths, How to find a path, dry stone wall technique,
The group can have ideas for other activities as there are different possibilities of leisure activities, participants can enjoy in the area: cultural excursions, visits to the nearby villages, different trekking routes, or visiting medieval village, visits to bunkers and trenches from the Spanish Civil War.
Accommodation: Volunteers will be accommodated in the Refugi Vall de Siarb, in a small and cosy hostel with bunk beds, toilets and showers, the access to kitchen, dining room and a multipurposeroom. (have a look at: www.refugivalldesiarb.com
The accommodation is located in the middle of a small village called Llagunes: it has 15 habitants and surrounded by nature (forest and fields). There are no shops and no bars in the village. The atmosphere is very calm and peaceful and if you come here you can breathe and feel all this.
Language: English, Spanish, Catalan
Approximate Location: Llagunes
Notes: We are open to more local volunteers (from Catalunya and Spain) due to the restrictions of travelling from other countries to Spain.