Gallo-Roman Immersion, Archeopark "La Malagne"
Description: The Archeopark “La Malagne” (Rochefort) is a center of interpretation of the Gallo-Roman rural civilization and a living 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 organizes reconstitution of the daily activities of a farm 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 , ..
Type of Work: Malagne also organize several festive weekends including the Gallo-Roman meeting in July (14th-15th of July ). Volunteers will participate to the preparation and arrangement of this summer Gallo-Roman party that is aimed to make people discover the expertise and Gallo-Roman crafts. This is basically to help put up and take down facilities for this event (arbors, bar, barbecue, benches and tables). In connection with this festival, volunteers also work to maintain the site and gardens (weeding, mowing, haymaking…). During the festival, those volunteers who want to can give a hand to the team (bar…). In case of bad weather, inside work will be organized (maintenance historic buildings, mud construction…).
Study Theme: The study topic is big: make our historical heritage alive through interactive activities. .
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 (some knowledge in French is welcome but not required).
Requirements: Work can be quite physical. Good physic conditions for the work and the shifting to the shower (1km away). 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: Unfortunately not accessible to wheelchairs