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Voluntourism Spotlight: Archaeological Digs in Lyon

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building This week’s Voluntourism Spotlight focuses on archaeological digs and restoration programs in the city of Lyon, France. Check out the program below and remember to tune in to Peter Greenberg Worldwide this weekend for more information. Plus, don’t forget to check out our archive for all kinds of voluntourism opportunities.

From fortified castles to religious chapels and industrial landmarks, Lyon, France is full of cultural and architectural heritage. Union REMPART is an organization dedicated to cultural restoration and preservation. Their sites, also known as chantiers, are located all over France and draw more than 3,000 volunteers every year—around 25 percent of which come from abroad.

In a typical two to three-week stay, volunteers participate in archaeological digs and restoration programs. They are required to work 35 hours a week. While they’re there, one or two days a week are fully devoted to leisure activities, visiting sites, hiking, swimming, sports, and cultural activities.

There are no special qualifications required, but French language ability is preferred. The cost is $190, which includes excursions, food, housing, and insurance.

By Tina Nole for