Archeopark « Malagne Gallo-Roman Immersion
Description: The Archeopark “La Malagne” (Rochefort) is a center of interpretation of the Gallo-Roman rural civilization and a museum for the general public. Open since 1996, the Archeopark shows a Gallo-Roman villa that was built nearly 2000 years ago, that was an ancient farm with its buildings and grounds. Malagne is a place that welcomes families, tourists and students throughout the year. To help to grasp archeology and understand the everyday actions of our Gallo-Roman ancestors, Malagne has developed a wide range of interactive workshops for schools: archeology workshops, Roman cooking, bread making, forging, jewelry, archery, etc. Children thus become artisans, cooks, blacksmiths ... within one day.
Type of Work: Volunteers will work, with a team of 7 people, for the maintenance of the site and gardens (weeding, mowing, haymaking…). They will also participate in the organization of their festive summer weekend :the Gallo-Roman meeting (18th and 19th). This event allows Malagne to gather some funding in order to maintain this big historical site. Volunteers will participate in the preparation of the event to make people discover the Gallo-Roman crafts. This is basically to help manage facilities (arbors, bar, barbecue, benches /tables). During the festival, volunteers will help the team (bar, barbecue, dishes, …) They will also have time to take advantage of the various workshops organized by teams who make reconstitution of all the ancient trades. Days off will be taken before and after the WE.
Study Theme: The study topic is wide and it is to make our heritage alive through interactive activities. Malagne will share its knowledge with the group about the historical aspect of this gallo-roman site. They organize reconstitutions of a farm of the first century with daily activities: crops , breeding of ancient races (horses..) , handcrafts , working the soil (clay, pottery, ceramics ), iron and fire (forge..) , cooking bread in a Gallo –Roman oven , brewing ancient beer,basketry, daub, jewelry, archery, gladiatorial combat, forge, rope craft shop.
Accommodation: Accommodation in a room of the center. Comfort quite basic, you’ll have to bring a sleeping bag and a big mattress with you. Lavatories are close to the room but for the showers you will have to go to the sports center (+/-1 kilometer away by foot).
Language: English - French
Requirements: Work can be quite physical. Good physic conditions are required for the work and the shifting to the shower. Volunteers will have access to a kitchen to cook their own food.
Approximate Location: Rochefort is small city situated in the south of Belgium, in Namur Province. During leisure time, different activities are possible: hike in the nature, visit some caves or castles, practicing kayak, reserve game, biking, going to an outdoor swimming pool in Rochefort...
Notes: Not accessible to wheelchairs.