Bourgneuf la Forêt Projet vidéo 2018

Youth Exchange in Le Bourgneuf-la-Forêt, France, 16-26.7.2018


July 16-26 2018, our organisation have participated in Youth Exchange "Sisu et fraternité!", organized by our partners, Service Animation Bourgneuf, in Normandia, France. 

Information about the Service Animation Bourgneuf can be found here



 The project was attended by young people aged 14-18.

 Altogether, 16 Finns (10 girls and 6 boys) and 15 French young people participated in the project. The most of the young people in Finish Team have a Russian background. That's why during the project four languages were spoken: English, French, Finnish and Russian. Three times three young people were singed "Happy Birthday to You ..." in four languages ...

 Young people from Finland came from Turku, Helsinki, Lappeenranta, Hamina, Huittinen and Vanhalinna.

Each group had two adult leaders, that is, four in total: Ludmila, Elena, Yann, and Servant.




- Cooking workshop. The teenagers made the evening meal themselves. Every meal-making team had two Finns and two Frenchmen. The best meal were "Charlotte pie" and "Finnish-French pelmeni".

Excursion to Mont Saint-Michel Monastery. It was a great experience!

 Saint Michael's Mount  is an island and mainland commune in Normandy, France.

The island is located about one kilometer (0.6 miles) off the country's northwestern coast, at the mouth of the Couesnon River near Avranches and is 7 hectares (17 acres) in area. The mainland part of the commune is 393 hectares (971 acres) in area so that the total surface of the commune is 400 hectares (988 acres).

As of 2015, the island has a population of 50.

The island has held strategic fortifications since ancient times and since the 8th century AD has been the seat of the monastery from which it draws its name. The structural composition of the town exemplifies the feudal society that constructed it: on top, God, the abbey and monastery; below, the great halls; then stores and housing; and at the bottom, outside the walls, houses for fishermen and farmers.

The commune's position — on an island just a few hundred metres from land — made it accessible at low tide to the many pilgrims to its abbey, but defensible as an incoming tide stranded, drove off, or drowned would-be assailants. The Mont remained unconquered during the Hundred Years' War; a small garrison fended off a full attack by the English in 1433. The reverse benefits of its natural defence were not lost on Louis XI, who turned the Mont into a prison. Thereafter the abbey began to be used regularly as a jail during the Ancien Régime.

One of France's most recognizable landmarks, visited by more than 3 million people each year, the Mont Saint-Michel and its bay are on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. Over 60 buildings within the commune are protected in France as monuments historiques.



The tides can vary greatly, at roughly 14 metres (46 ft) between highest and lowest water marks. Popularly nicknamed "St. Michael in peril of the sea" by medieval pilgrims making their way across the flats, the mount can still pose dangers for visitors who avoid the causeway and attempt the hazardous walk across the sands from the neighbouring coast.

Polderisation and occasional flooding have created salt marsh meadows that were found to be ideally suited to grazing sheep. The well-flavoured meat that results from the diet of the sheep in the pré salé (salt meadow) makes agneau de pré-salé (salt meadow lamb), a local specialty that may be found on the menus of restaurants that depend on income from the many visitors to the mount.

Tidal island 

   Low tide in 2005.
The Mont Saint-Michel in 2014 with the new bridge.

The connection between the Mont Saint-Michel and the mainland has changed over the centuries. Previously connected by a tidal causeway uncovered only at low tide, this was converted into a raised causeway in 1879, preventing the tide from scouring the silt around the mount. The coastal flats have also been polderised to create pastureland, decreasing the distance between the shore and the island, and the Couesnon River has been canalised, reducing the dispersion of the flow of water. These factors all encouraged silting-up of the bay.

On 16 June 2006, the French prime minister and regional authorities announced a €164 million project (Projet Mont-Saint-Michel)[12] to build a hydraulic damusing the waters of the Couesnon and the tides to help remove the accumulated silt, and to make Mont Saint-Michel an island again. The construction of the dam began in 2009. The project also includes the removal of the causeway and its visitor car park. Since 28 April 2012, the new car park on the mainland has been located 2.5 kilometres (1.6 miles) from the island. Visitors can walk or use shuttles to cross the causeway.