Gallo-Roman Immersion, Archeopark "La Malagne"
Description: The Archeopark “La Malagne” (Rochefort) is an interpretation center of the Gallo-Roman rural civilization and a living museum for the public. Open since 1996, the Archeopark shows a Gallo-Roman villa that was built nearly 2000 years ago, It was in fact an ancient farm with its buildings and grounds. Malagne is a place that welcomes families and tourists and receives 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 can then become craftsmen, cooks, blacksmiths, ... for one day.
Type of Work: Malagne also organize several festive weekends including the Gallo-Roman meeting in July (22nd and 23rd ). Volunteers will participate to the preparation and organization of this summer Gallo-Roman party that is aimed to make people discover the techniques and the crafts of the Gallo-Romans. The tasks will mainly consist in helping to put up and take down the temporary facilities for this event (tents, bar, barbecue, benches and tables) . The volunteers will also work on the maintenance of the site and its gardens (weeding, mowing, haymaking…). During the festival, volunteers who wish can give a hand to the team (bar…). In case of bad weather, indoor work will be organized (maintenance of historic buildings, mud construction…)
Study Theme: To keep our heritage alive through interactive activities. Malagne organizes reconstitutions of the daily activities of a villa of the first century: 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 , ...
Accommodation: Accommodation in a room of the center. Comfort quite basic, you’ll have to bring a sleeping bag and a 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 and French
Requirements: Work can be quite physical. Good physical conditions are required for the work and the walk to the sports center (shower). Volunteers will have access to a kitchen to cook their own food.
Approximate Location: Rochefort is a city situated in the south of Belgium, in Namur Province. During leisure time, a lot of activities are possible: hike in the nature, visit some caves or castles, practicing kayak, animal reserve, Chevetogne, biking, going to an outdoor swimming pool in Rochefort...
Notes: Not accessible to wheelchairs