We’re Waiting for You at Our Youth Construction Camps!

Are you between 18 and 30? Would you like to meet other people your age? How about learning more about ATD Fourth World?

Bring your hands, your life experiences, and participate in a spring or summer construction camp! Takes place at ATD’s international centre located in Méry-sur-Oise, 35 kilometers from Paris or La Bise Family House in the Jura department (Eastern France).

You will help with the upkeep of ATD’s the international centre, so that as a result it will continue to be open and welcoming for all activists fighting extreme poverty who train there. The centre is also  used by those recharging their batteries and reflecting together on the actions undertaken daily in the neighbourhoods where ATD works.

The group will carry out excavation, masonry, painting, maintenance of green spaces… with the help of professionals, which will allow everyone to learn new skills. In the evening, there will be discussion groups on extreme poverty around the world and ways to overcome it, with videos and testimonials of ATD activists who have experienced or who deal with precarity. Understanding French, Spanish or English is desirable.

2019 Schedule

April 23-28: La Bise Family House in the Jura department (Eastern France)
July 7-14: International Centre, Méry-sur-Oise  near Paris
July 15-21: La Bise Family House in the Jura department (Eastern France)

Practical information:

Where? Méry-sur-Oise (Val d’Oise), 35 kms North-West of Paris, accessible by train from the central train station ‘Gare du Nord’.

How much does it cost? A participation fee is requested for food and lodging, for example 10€/day, with an option of 7€/day if you bring your own tent. Contact us for the exact rate. A lower fee is possible in case of financial difficulty. The round-trip from your home to Méry-sur-Oise is at your own expense.

How to register? Contact:  or for more information.