PATH Capacity Building Training France – Day 3


The morning of 8 April started with an entertaining name game outdoor that energized the participants and got them ready for the next sessions.


The morning activities included  3 presentations about working on tangible heritage.

Rita ALBUQUERQUE introduced the different types of heritage, providing definitions and examples from all over the world in order to highlight the aspect of diversity when talking about tangible and intangible heritage.

Sarah GRANT showed the work of her association Terre de Pierres in Périllos (France). Since 2006, this association has been working on the restoration of the village to “make it alive again”. Some buildings were restored as the venue for workcamp volunteers, a common space  and also the cemetery of the village.


Teresa NOVOA concluded this presentation round with a session on the Portuguese association Palombar  and its work to preserve the pigeon houses in a specific area of Portugal named “Behind the hills”, a good example to show the links existing between cultural heritage, the environment and the local community. After the presentations, participants were invited to ask questions and to share their impressions.


The whole afternoon was dedicated to the first practical session of the PATH Capacity Building Training, organized in the castle of Villandraut, the main cultural heritage site of the village.

Before starting the hands-on activities, participants had a visit of the castle with Marie-Georges. The site, classified as a “monument historique” since 1886, owes its fame to his first owner, Pope Clément V.

During the visit, participants were invited to create three groups, who engaged in practical work at the Castle.

Three experts guided the participants in the hands-on activities, which were particularly interesting and enriching:

  • Laura: archaeology
  • Sarah: masonry
  • Alex: stone-cutting



Author: CCIVS

Raising Peace: From Grassroots actions To Global Campaigns Promoting Peace and Human Rights During the last General Assembly in December 2012, CCIVS members decided to closely work together on a campaign to reinforce the recognition and visibility of the contribution of International Voluntary Service to the promotion of a culture of peace and human rights. An analysis of the work carried out on the thematic area of action of Peace & Human Rights so far revealed that several awareness-raising initiatives and training materials on Education for Peace and Human Rights have been developed by CCIVS members, however they haven't been gathered nor made available to all members and other networks. A closer co-operation and a common communication campaign would increase the visibility of IVS organisations and their work on the global level. According to the Plan of Action one specific priority in terms of International Representation and Networking is to increase capacities in the area of advocacy, international representation and to strengthen existing networks. The project, aims to strengthen the role of international voluntary service organisations as key players in the field of Peace and Human Rights Education. Through this project, we will: • Raise awareness on Human Rights and Peace construction all over Europe, promoting peace as the result of the construction of a fair, inclusive, diverse, sustainable and participative society; • Increase the number of trainers with an expertise in Peace and Human Rights Education in our organisations for them to act as multipliers; • Increase the advocacy and international representation skills of the international voluntary service movement in the field of Human Rights.

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