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Friday 11th February 2017

 

 

Alone we can do so little;

Together we can do so much

- Helen Keller -

 

 
ARCHE PROJECT

Date : permanent project

Type : LTV/ Handicap

Free places : 1

Remarks : 3 months minimum (Basic French required)

L'Arche is a non-profit organization and it has a long tradition of welcoming volunteers of all countries, of different social and cultural backgrounds interested in participating and collaborating in its project of integration with persons having different learning disabilities.

The mission of the volunteer consists in assuming accompaniment, education tasks and the various forms of support that taking care of people with learning disabilities involves. Each volunteer takes part in shared life by his presence and by concrete and specific tasks as mentioned above. Among the activities proposed to the volunteers in L'Arche we distinguish : The accompaniment in the domestic activities and routine tasks - support for people with learning disabilities - the internal meetings of the houses and the day center.

More information HERE

ACCUEIL & VIE - DAY CENTER

Date : permanent project

Type : LTV/ Handicap

Free places : 2

Remarks : 3 months minimum (Basic French required) 

The initiative for the creation of A&V is due to parents worried by the lack of structures for people with intellectual disabilities. A&V is an association of three homes and one day center welcoming people with a light to moderate intellectual disability. Located on the outskirts of Brussels, they offer a family life to people who are supervised by professionals and volunteers. During the day, the majority of interns work in sheltered workshops, others go to the day center. The A&V’s mission is to create, manage and run activities and places to live, and work to ensure a social integration of quality to people with intellectual disabilities

Teams in the three houses collaborate regularly and integrate volunteers’ participation in their daily functioning in order to offer the residents a rich and wide social environment. The volunteer is entirely part of the team, and participates to every meeting with the only restriction of meetings under professional confidence.

More information HERE

RENAISSANCE

Date : permanent project

Type : LTV/ Handicap

Free places : 1

Remarks : 3 months minimum (Basic French required)

Renaissance est une maison de vie pour personnes adultes atteintes d'un handicap physique de naissance (infirmité motrice-cérébrale). L'objectif de Renaissance est de leur garantir un lieu de vie adapté tout en restant tourné vers l'extérieur. Renaissance se veut une maison de vie où chacun des résidents participe aux tâches de la vie de tous les jours en fonction de ces capacités. Les tâches de la vie de tous les jours se déroulent avec les différents intervenants éducatifs (Educateurs, Ergothérapeutes, Logopèdes, Infirmiers, assistant social, kinésithérapeutes et volontaires). Une équipe pluridisciplinaire où chacun est amené à accompagner le résident de manière individuelle au sein d'un groupe.

Les volontaires seront amenés à participer à la vie communautaire avec l'encadrement des intervenants éducatifs : Accompagner les résidents lors des repas et d'autres moments de sa vie

Activités de vie de maison: Cuisine, gestion des stocks alimentaire et autres

Activités loisirs et créatives: Théâtre, Bien-être, Peinture, Expression, bande dessinée, Activités extérieures: courses, sorties culturelles, sportives...

More information HERE

FAGOTIN'S FARM

Date : permanent project from June to September

Type : MTV / Environment/ Agri

Free places : 1

Remarks : 1 month minimum

Le Fagotin is located in Stoumont, in the heart of the Belgian Ardennes. It is a quiet village, surrounded by forests. It is the perfect place to go for a walk in the forest. It has already worked with volunteers. Each year, about fifteen interns come and help on the farm. The farm building belongs to the family. They make it available to the organization. It has bought another building in which work will be done. It will be converted into a residential center.

Volunteers will decide, according to what they prefer to do, what they will do. They can either take part to the pedagogical project or work in the farm. Those who will work on the pedagogical project will supervise groups. Those who prefer manual work will work in the farm (feed animals, clean the barn') Volunteers must be aware that working in a farm can be very physical. It can be very tiring. Working with animals is a concrete job (feeding animals, cleaning the barn'). Volunteers will always be supervised, they will not be alone. They will help adults who work on the site. Workers will teach them how to do the different tasks. The aim is that they slowly become more and more independent. 

More information HERE

PROJECT NOW

Date : permanent project

Type : LTV/ Environment/Agri/Manu

Free places : 1

Remarks : 1 month minimum

Projet NOW est une coopérative à finalités sociales, portée par 10 coopérateurs fondateurs déjà rejoints par une quarantaine de coopérateurs "villageois" de la commune. L'objectif est de rendre à Waulsort son attractivité touristique passée et d'exploiter son potentiel pour recréer de l'emploi local et soutenir les producteurs de la région, tout en recréant au village les services de proximité qui avaient disparu. 

Aide variée à définir ensemble en fonction du moment et des compétences de chacun. Pour 2016, les tâches qui seront à réaliser seront principalement : - aide au service et à la vaisselle au restaurant les week-ends/soirs - travaux dans le bâtiment : dé-tapissage, plafonnage, ponçage, peinture, maçonnerie - construction du poulailler et des clôtures - entretien du jardin - création d'un petit jardin de plantes médicinales façon Moyen-Age - plantations et "ensemencement" de la mare - animation d'ateliers, participation aux visites et activités - travaux d'encodages pour la bibliothèque et/ou la comptabilité - récolte de fruits et plantes sauvages - actions de promotion de la Villa 1900 - travail sur internet et les réseaux sociaux - mise en page et distribution du journal local - création d'objets artisanaux - livraisons dans le village - vélo-taxi pour certains événements - glacier à vélo - réception de la marchandise le lundi - réparations pour l'atelier de réparations gratuites (Repair café).

More information HERE

BYCICLE PROJECT

Date : permanent project

Type : LTV/LEAD/Soci/Manu

Free places : 1

Remarks : 3 months minimum (Basic French required) 

Velofabrik, est à la base un projet imaginé par Jean-Philippe Gerkens, mécanicien vélo agréé et sociologue de formation. Il a rassemblé une dizaine d’amis et de connaissances pour  relever ce défi audacieux et passionnant. En juillet 2014, huit personnes ont fondé Velofabrik: société coopérative à finalité sociale.

Les vélos fabriqués par notre association partenaire ont un style intemporel basé sur l'utilisation de techniques éprouvées. Aucune sophistication inutile: l'élégance Velofabrik provient de la fonctionnalité et de la qualité des matériaux.

Le volontaire participera activement à la vie du collectif : - prendre connaissance des messages et courriers relatif au projet - il prépare les réponses en coordination avec la direction - le volontaire participe aux réunions avec les partenaires impliqués dans les activités coopératives de Velofabrik - Il prépare  les newsletter en fonction des activités de Velofabrik - il donne un coup de main (rangement/méca) à l'atelier afin de bien connaître nos produits et nos collaborateurs - Communication relative à la dimension participative et coopérative de Velofabrik vers l'interne (les coopérateurs et clients) et vers l'extérieur (à destination de coopérateurs potentiels et des institutions publiques et privées); Projet de mails, de newsletter - Participation à des réunions dans le cadre de réseaux belges ou européens pour y représenter Velofabrik - Animation de la vie associative de Velofabrik - Participation/Préparation aux réunions des organes de gestion et des cellules stratégiques de la coopérative - Organisation et présence aux évènements (festival & foires)

More information HERE

GROTTES de HANS

Date : permanent project from June to September 2017

Type : MTV / Environment/ Agri

Free places : 1

Remarks : 1 month minimum

The little village of Han-sur-Lesse lies at the gateway to the Ardennes, one hour by road from Brussels, is home to one of the most famous caves of our continent, the Caves of Han. The Caves of Han, which are exceptional in terms of the beauty of its concretions and the immensity of their chambers, are fashioned by the Lesse river. The river flows through the caves from one side to the other. The site has welcomed almost 20 million visitors for over 250 years. It deserves the three stars the Michelin Green Guide awarded it.
 

Most of activities volunteers will include guiding and help visitors of the reserve. It is the perfect way to enjoy the wonders of nature and to learn more about the European fauna and flora. 
- Watch over our walking path, while walking and observing the visitors in order to guide and help them.
- Help preventing the visitors from leaving the path and venturing in other parts of the Reserve (there is a danger due to wild animals).
- Make sure that the visitors do not damage the equipment or harm the animals, prevent dangerous behaviours (like slipping their hand through the fence), and make sure visitors do not disturb the path (noises, garbage, etc.).
- Be in charge of some of our activities and give information along the path: give the visitor practical information (distances, timetable of the safari-bus, localization of the toilets, rain shelters etc.) and provide those who want to learn more about the animals and the surrounding nature with further details (the volunteers get a basic training in that field at their arrival).
- Assist with the maintenance of the path: emptying the garbage cans and the dry toilets every evening; collecting waste; making some maintenance work (ex : painting of furniture) - Sometimes overtake the coordination of the picking-up of the visitors by the safari-bus at the end of the path (while being in contact with the central service and the drivers of the safari-bus by phone).
- When there are less visitor the volunteers may overtake other tasks, for example making some maintenance work in the Reserve or creating pedagogic tools.
- Occasionally, participate in the preparation and animation of different events which take place in the Domain.

More information HERE

CONTACT

Tel SVI Belgique : + 32 2 888 67 13
Tel SVI  France : + 33 3 66 72 90 20

incoming@servicevolontaire.org

 

                      BRUSSELS INTERNATIONAL                      FANTASTIC FILM FESTIVAL

Date : from 2sd to 17th April 2017

Type : Workcamp /Festival

Free places : 5

Remarks : Volunteers will stay with Belgian students or famillies

Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival is a 12 days film festival. 2000 artists and professional are invited to share their passion and experience about cinema in a fantastic atmosphere. More than anything, it is a unique concept. It is one of the most important festivals for genre films in the world. It welcomes more than 60 000 spectators every year. More than 100 films from many different countries are shown. The festival is composed of international films competitions, competitions of face and body paintings, many creative workshops and master classes, a special day dedicated to Japan Animation, a Zombie Parade, and many more crazy events! The line-up is more international than ever, however we dedicate a special part of our program to home-grown Belgian artists.

Volunteers will be part of the local team composed of more than 100 volunteers. They will have to be ready to work at least 5 hours every day. Tasks will be clarified continuously during the festival but volunteers will mainly work with the public: ticket control, public circulation, general information… Volunteers might also have to do some physical work before and after the festival. The job will be more or less the same throughout the whole festival, you have to be aware that it could be repetitive. Volunteers will have to work during the whole festival, from the beginning to the end. They will have to be present 2 days BEFORE. If you plan it in advance, you will be allowed to take 3 days break maximum.

During their free time, you will be free to go to the festival and enjoy the films and events (projections start at 3:00 PM and end at 1:00 AM).

More information HERE

INC'ROCK FESTIVAL

Date : from 28th to 30th Avril 2017

Type : Workcamp/Festival

Free places : 5

Remarks : Volunteers need to bring their own tent

Inc’Rock BW Festival was born in the municipality of Incourt in 2005. This festival has grown over the years and there are more and more people who come. It has gained fame and this is an advantage. It is an event you cannot miss in Wallonia since it gives a hint of what summer festivals will be !

It is organized around three days. Those will be three days of music on three stages (one outside) with more than 40 concerts, animations, and a great atmosphere. There will be rock, urban, hip hop and French music as well as new  groups. Moreover, it will give a predominant place to Wallonia and Brussels artists. World-famous artists will also perform. In addition, a firework show, a VIP area and a camping site will be organized.

Three days before the festival starts, volunteers are going to help install stand, tables, barriers, and so on. During the festival, volunteers could enjoy the festival and could be behind the bar and serve beers or food. You could also be in front of the stage to secure the area. After the festival, you will clean the area and help uninstall the area. You will collect and recycle the waste to give a nice and safe ground to the festival-goers. You will discover various sides of the organization of a festival. 

The volunteers are young people (18-35 years old) who want to work OUTSIDE and live in a VERY BASIC CAMPING. You have to be flexible and enthusiastic.

Most important, you must love music!

More information HERE

COULEUR CAFE FESTIVAL

 

Date : from 30th June to 2th July 2017

Type : Workcamp/Festival

Free places : 10

Remarks : Volunteers need to bring their own tent

It has been a long time since Couleur Café piled up its souks, restaurants, and musicians in the covered market of Schaerbeek, in Brussels, that now became a European cultural centre. In 1990, first edition of Couleur Café, the idea was to have a mixed-raced and friendly festival. Something that would not be big and gloomy. Something like the multicoloured social fabric of Brussels. The program back then was mainly with African and Afro-Cuban music. First success with 5,300 visitors.

During the day (you can work during the morning or the afternoon): distribution of documents to explain to the residents about the event - Put some gates around a part of the area (manual work, so we need strong people - Checking tickets and bags

More information HERE

DOUR FESTIVAL

Date : from 12th to 16th July 2017

Type : Workcamp/Festival

Free places : 10

Remarks : Volunteers need to bring their own tent

Le Festival de Dour est un festival de musique de cinq jours pendant lequel plus de 200 artistes jouent sur six scènes. Par-dessus tout, il jouit d'un concept unique et d'une atmosphère inimitable. Plus de mille journalistes y participent. Ces professionnels viennent notamment de toute l'Europe. Le choix des artistes est plus international que jamais, même si une grande partie du programme est dédié aux artistes belges.

Les bénévoles feront partie de la GREEN CROSS. Leur travail est de garder la zone propre et sécurisée. L'équipe ramassera et recyclera les déchets pour que le festival se déroule bien et en toute sécurité. Le festival prendra place au milieu des deux semaines de chantier. Le travail s'étendra avant et après les périodes de festival. Les bénévoles travailleront de 6 à 8 heures par jour. Pendant leur temps libre, ils pourront aller au festival et profiter des concerts.

More information HERE

 

FESTIVAL ESPERANZAH

Date : from 31th July to 12th August 2017

Free places : 12

Le festival Esperanzah!, a pour objectif de favoriser l’ouverture et le métissage culturels : faire se rapprocher les cultures et les générations, faire se rencontrer des arts et des traditions différents, brasser les couleurs et les saveurs du monde. Esperanzah! s’engage à développer sa démarche culturelle en Communauté française ainsi qu’à l’échelle internationale, à soutenir la multiplicité des formes artistiques, et à inscrire ses activités dans une démarche interculturelle. 

Les volontaires seront en charge de la propreté du site du festival. Ils ramasseront les déchets pour que les festivaliers puissent assister aux concerts sur un site accueillant et sans danger. Certaines tâches plus physiques leur seront également attribuées. Ils devront gérer les déchets et sensibiliser les festivaliers à la protection de l’environnement. Il est important pour les volontaires de savoir qu’ils devront vraiment participer aux activités prévues. Ils ne seront pas seulement sur la plaine du festival pour profiter de la musique. Ils devront participer à ces activités tous les jours de 9h à 12h et de 13h à 15h.

More information HERE

BRUSSELS GAME FESTIVAL

Date : 26th and 27th August 2017

Free places : 10

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