Ibis Caen Porte De Bretagne
1 Rue du Fresne, Bretteville sur Odon, Caen, Basse-Normandie, 14760, France
More about Caen
From the castle
St.-Pierre (from the castle ramparts)
Maybe even more beautiful then the Men's abbey
looking for a volunteer opportunity in Caen...
Dear all, I'm hoping to be in Caen from fall 2010-spring 2011. I am passionate about volunteer work, but unfortunately I don't know any particular social problems that Caen is faced with. Would anyone who knows the area please give me some insight?
Re: looking for a volunteer opportunity in Caen...
I think you will find that Caen has the usual type of volunteering opportunities: working with the elderly, the mentally disabled, the physically disabled, drug addicts and so on.
If you do not get any specific response here ask around locally when you arrive. The tourist inforation office would be a good place to start. Although it is not touristy information as such they will know what is happening locally.
Alternatively, you could contact the Town Council directly through this site:
(use the contact/remarques tab) and ask for details of any local charitable organisations.
Travel Tips for Caen
Look at the old Church of St.-Nicolas
There are many old churches and ruins of churches in Caen, besides the famous ones in the two Abbeys. St.-Nicolas is one of these and is worth wandering by. It was built in 1083 by the monks of the Abbaye aux Hommes nearby. It has never been rebuilt. The tower was erected in the 15C. It has a triple arched porch and an old portal. The conical stone roofs on the transept chapels are original. It is bordered by an ancient cemetery. It is located two short blocks north of the Abbey
Caen Church Ruins (Saint-Etienne-le-Vieux)
The ruins of the Saint-Etienne-le-Vieux church sit across the street from the Abbey of the Men. It was destroyed by a crashed Allied aircraft and left as ruins to remind the world of the destruction caused by war.
(Thanks to VT Member Mikebond for sending me the name of the church!!)
La Trinité (Abbaye aux Dames)
The church of La Trinité was part of the Abbaye aux Dames, founded by Queen Mathilde in 1063-65, just after Guillaume le Conquérant had started the Abbaye aux Hommes (see above). Both were erected as an act of forgiveness since the Duke and Mathilde, who were relatives, got married without the dispensation of the Roman Pope.
The works continued in the 12th century but the church was rearranged many times and the façade was rebuilt in the 19th century with elements that do not belong to the regional tradition.
Inside you will find a black marble stone that marks Mathilde's tomb. The crypt is one of the most ancient parts of the abbey.
Like the Abbaye aux Hommes, also the Abbaye aux Dames was completely rebuilt at the beginning of the 18th century. The buildings hosted the hôtel-Dieu (city hospital) from 1863 and the Saint Louis hospice between 1914 and 1983. Today, it is the seat of the Conseil régional de Basse-Normandie.