Brief description and main aims
In 1948 the "CL
AJ -Jeunesse camping" organization started setting up international youth hostels in an exceptional environment, along the French Riviera and in the ski resorts of the Southern Alps.
The hostels in Nice, the capital of the Côte d'Azur, Cap d'Ail -near Monaco-, Allos, in the middle of the mountains open up new perspectives for young people from all over the world.
The movement, which was initiated in Nice, developed across the country and the borders. Young people were offered leisure that matched their lives, their needs and their aspirations, with international meetings, ski camps, hiking, biking and football games.
Young workers and students want to discover new horizons and meet other young people from all over the world. Far from city life, concrete and pollution they are given the possibility to travel around France and other distant countries.
Here are the international youth hostels: Clairvallon in Nice, Caravelle 60 in Antibes, Thalassa in Cap d'Ail, Les Sapins de l'Amitié in Valberg, U Carabellu in Calvi, Corsica and Sainte Brigitte in Allos in the Alps.
The volunteer is associated to all the tasks done by the permanent staff:
The main occupation consists in taking care of the residents. It starts with giving information, welcoming groups when they arrive, showing them around and providing them quality service and assistance.
The volunteer also helps in the maintenance of the house and the restaurant (setting tables, doing the dishes, cleaning rooms, etc.) together with the other staff members and takes turn in taking care of the cafeteria where groups come for coffee breaks and in the evening.
The volunteer can also be associated to the organisation of leisure activities. He/she is expected to come up with ideas for organising activities that will give the chance to the community to learn about his/her country and culture.
Depending on the volunteer’s fluency in French, dynamism and capacities, he/she could also help with administrative work.
As a tourist centre, there is a high season (March to October) and the activity slows down during the winter.
Working days:The timetable is centred on the 3 meals of the day when help is really needed by the staff. The volunteer will mostly work at the following times: 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. ; 11 am to 2 p.m. ; 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The volunteers get 2 days off per week, not necessarily on the week-ends (duty turns are shared by all the staff
Volunteer requirements / Skills
The volunteer should be adaptable, dynamic and sociable and have a sense of initiative. Open-mindedness, willingness to help and communication skills are also a must. It is fundamental that the volunteer like contact with the public and has a sense of quality service for visitors. He/She should also do his/her best to find his/her place among the staff member and ensure good integration in the team.