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Belgium Belgium: Côte à Côte (22-25)

Dates

01/01/2024   -   31/12/2024

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Age
18 - 35
Max number of volunteers
1
Still room for
1 Male + 1 Female
Languages
French
Nearest airport
Charleroi (CRL)
Nearest bus/train station
Louvain-la-Neuve-Université
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Work

Côte-à-Côte Go ASBL has set itself the mission of creating an environment that enables CPs to realize their life project through autonomy and solidarity in order to become actors in society. This project also allows the inhabitants and friends of Côte-à-Côte Go asbl, with or without disabilities, to enrich themselves by sharing a life experience.

The volunteer will be a part of the household and will share the values of Côte-à-Côte. He will accompany the people in their daily life, bring his own ideas and his energy in a mixed group of people.

Depending on his abilities and his adaptation, the volunteer will perform the following tasks alone or with someone:
• Manage daily life in a team setting while emphasizing the autonomy ability of each resident
• Assist residents in their autonomy and self-sufficiency project
• Organize community activities with the residents
• Ensure safety and wellbeing of the residents by handling morning and evening activities. Morning: breakfast, preparation for outings, maybe escorting to the place of activity. Evening: dinner, leisure activities, getting to bed.
• As needed: ensure security and wellbeing of residents at night.

Accomodation and food

About the accommodation:
The accommodation is included, it is a basic shared room. With access to shared bathroom and shower facilities.
You will have a room in the house if it is free. If not, you will be hosted in another house in Louvain-la-Neuve.

The house is tailored to suit people with reduced mobility and includes all necessary amenities for their independence. Moreover, it is designed to allow for their desires, joys, and freedom. It is also a dynamic meeting place with the neighborhood, fostering an openness to the community and the world.

About the food:
Volunteers ONLY receive evening meals, which are prepared by those accompanying them (motivated volunteers and trainees are welcome). For the rest of the meals the volunteer has to do his/her own shopping. There are several supermarkets and restaurants nearby.

Location and leisure

About the project location:
The house is located in the center of Louvain-la-Neuve, near shops, woods, and a little lake. Louvain-la-Neuve is a planned city in the municipality of Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, situated 30 km southeast of Brussels, in the French-speaking part of the country. The city was originally built in the 70s to house the Université Catholique de Louvain. As a result, it is now a very lively mix of cultures, ages and backgrounds.

Located 30 km from Brussels in the heart of Walloon Brabant, the site of the University of Louvain-la-Neuve welcomes over 20,000 students in its eleven faculties.

Created in 1971 by the university, this city is one of the youngest in Europe. A city in the countryside, it offers an exceptional living environment to students, researchers, professors and inhabitants. Museums, cinemas, theaters, concert and exhibition halls, a swimming pool and sports center, restaurants and cafés, shops and green spaces: all contribute to the quality of its environment.

Its entirely pedestrianized urban center allows easy access to all academic buildings and provides an environment where students, researchers, professors and residents meet and form a unique social, cultural and economic fabric.

About the leisure activities possible:
There is always something to do in Louvain-la-Neuve: shows, festivals, events organized by students, museums, language courses, sport facilities, parks, etc. The location is also very central in Belgium; you can easily travel anywhere by train or bus. Visit Brussels, Namur, Bruges, the coast, Antwerp, and more.

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Côte-à-Côte is a grouped settlement that offers an alternative to the traditional accommodation possibilities for people with cerebral palsy (motor and cerebral infirmity). It offers the handicapped person the necessary logistic help to live a full life.
Other than the people with disabilities, three students and two accompanying persons and their families are living in Côte-à-Côte. They are supported by an educator and a coordinator.

Directions to meeting point

21, Boucle des Métiers, 1348 Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium. Arrival days are from Monday to Friday between 11am and 4pm. Outside these hours we recommend you to take a hotel room on your own.

Requirements

3 to 12 months

Notions of French are required: Be able to do the small talk.

Belgium Belgium: KALEO (SVI_KALEO_2024)

Dates

01/01/2024   -   31/12/2024

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Fee

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EUR 185 is to be paid after acceptance.

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Details on the project

Age
18 - 35
Max number of volunteers
2
Still room for
2
Languages
French
Nearest airport
Charleroi (CRL)
Nearest bus/train station
Charleroi Airport
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Work

Volunteers will have the opportunity to stay in several B&B’s during their project. At each B&B, they will be able to appreciate the atmosphere and participate in the daily life. Here are some examples of tasks volunteers will be asked to do:
- welcoming groups;
- creating and organising activities for training course;
- creating and organising activities for school groups;
- helping the organisation in the preparation of events in B&B’s;
- creating and setting up activities with the guests;
- helping with the smooth running of the B&B (serving meals, helping with cleaning, etc.).
Volunteers do not choose the project site, but the association assigns 1, 2 or 3 sites and a program according to their requirements.

Accomodation and food

About the accommodation:
Volunteers will be staying in different B&B’s, depending on availability, events and activities. In each B&B’s, they will have a room (usually a private room with a shared bathroom).

About the food:
Volunteers will be provided with accommodation and food (3 meals a day). However, at certain times, when there are no guests at the B&B, the kitchen will be closed, and meals will not be available. Volunteers will have to buy their food elsewhere. Some of the B&Bs only offer breakfast, so the volunteer is responsible for his/her other meals.

Location and leisure

About the location:
Kaleo offers to host volunteers in 6 B&B’s spread throughout Wallonia: Eupen, Han-Sur-Lesse, Louvain-la-Neuve, Ovifat, Villers-Sainte-Gertrude et Wanne.
They are the perfect places to rest and discover the Belgian culture.
From the Hautes-Fagnes to the banks of the Lesse passing by the pedestrian university town, you will have the opportunity to discover Wallonia and its diversity.

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Kaleo is a non-profit organisation that provides accommodation for all kind of people: young people, families, school groups, sports clubs and retirees. They have B&B in Eupen, Han-sur-Lesse, Louvain-la-Neuve, Ovifat, Villers-Sainte-Gertrude and Wanne and provide full board to their guests.

Throughout the year, the B&B’s offer a series of activities for the guests to enjoy. Kaleo also organises thematic school trips for kindergarten, primary and secondary school students. They also hold workshop during school vacation for young people from 5 to 16 years old.

Kaleo provides a social and dynamic atmosphere by organising events such as “apéros des voisins” (“neighbour’s drinks”), craft markets, storytelling walks or even Halloween and New Year's Eve parties.

Directions to meeting point

21, Boucle des Métiers, 1348 Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium.

Arrival days are from Monday to Friday between 11am and 4pm. Outside these hours we recommend you to take a hotel room on your own.

To get to the meeting point you can take the train from the airport: https://www.belgiantrain.be/en.

Requirements

Kaleo is looking for someone motivated, dynamic, proactive, creative, who would be happy to take part in the different tasks of the B&B and likes to participate in events and take care of children/teenagers.
The volunteer must be able to speak French or have a good knowledge of it in order to make himself understood by the residents. The volunteer must be fluent in English.

Belgium Belgium: Compagnons de Chevlipont ASBL (SVI-LCDC)

Dates

01/01/2024   -   31/12/2024

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EUR 350 is to be paid after acceptance.

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Details on the project

Age
20 - 28
Max number of volunteers
2
Still room for
2
Languages
French
Nearest airport
Brussels (Bruxelles) (BRU)
Nearest bus/train station
Bruxelles-Nord
Map

Work

  1. Animation of participatory workcamps with volunteers.
    2. Improvements to reduce the ecological footprint of the building and the activities that take place there, by reducing CO emissions, thermal insulation, recycling rainwater, etc.
    3. Reinforcement of accessibility for people with reduced mobility and implementation of hospital premises adapted to active education methods.
    4. Improvement of the stage equipment and hosting artistic and expressive initiatives that have suffered greatly during the health crisis.
    5. Supporting the amateur theatre company "Les artiste solidaires" and organising a dinner-show on the theme of exiles and refugees: "The Victor Hugo saga in Brussels in 1862".
    6. Seeking cooperation for the commemoration of the Second World War and the duty to remember the resistance to Nazism (Territories of memory).

Accomodation and food

About the accommodation:
Studio or flat

About the food:
One free hot meal per day (starter/main course/dessert)

Location and leisure

About the project location:
Brussels is not only the Belgian capital but also the European capital. The city combines the characteristics of a large city with the charm of smaller, quieter towns. Modern with a classical touch, the streets of Brussels are full of charm and history. Brussels can be visited on foot, by bike, but also by horse-drawn carriage. No, the people of Brussels do not eat Chips every day. That said, they are still proud of their chip shops, and there can be a queue of people outside the best ones at all hours. A very cosmopolitan city, Brussels offers a range of different cuisines from around the world scattered throughout the city.

Project hosted by

Les Compagnons de Chevlipont ASBL is a small association. In our space, which we call "CONSTRUCTORIUM", the projects aim to strengthen citizenship and to actively discover history. If you want humans to be brothers, make them build something together. This is our motto.
In volunteer camps, volunteers roll up their sleeves to face contemporary challenges, create a space for youth organizations and movements, actors of culture for all, to promote active methods in the world of education.
The premises we are developing are a place in ecological transition. To make it a sustainable space, we aim to reduce CO2 emissions, to recycle rainwater, to offer an independent place accessible to people with reduced mobility and hospital premises adapted to active education methods. By sensitzing the volunteers to the techniques of construction and entertainment, we mobilize tools to activate their hands and their conscience,... The association arises from the Resistance during the Second World War and cultivates the values of equality between men and women, freedom of thought, secularism and intergenerationality.
In pursuit of collective freedom, the organization seeks to open a door to peace and global connection through social economy. To promote peace education, our goal is to create and to improve infrastructures for educational and cultural actors. In the heart of the city, our goal is to develop a friendly and sustainable space of 800M2. The users of the renovated places of the CONSTRUCTORIUM are NGOs, non-profit organizations, youth organizations, women associations, local communities, etc. On the other hand, with an amateur theatre company (Les artistes solidaires), in order to raise awareness about the issue of refugees and exiles, we are recreating a dinner-show that took place on September 16, 1862, on the occasion of the first world edition of the book Les Misérables by Victor Hugo.

Additional comments

1 month minimum, two months maximum.

350 euros the first month, 300 euros the second month.

Belgium Belgium: Auberge de jeunesse Mons (SVI-ADJ Ms)

Dates

01/01/2024   -   31/12/2024

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Fee

Free i Fee is paid in two installments:

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EUR 224 is to be paid after acceptance.

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Details on the project

Age
18 - 35
Max number of volunteers
1
Still room for
2
Languages
English
Nearest airport
Charleroi (CRL)
Nearest bus/train station
Mons
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Work

Being an alternative hostel, the work carried out will mainly be hotel work.
- creation and implementation of activities with the public (exhibitions, debates, visits, karaoke, etc.);
- helping with the association’s sustainability initiatives (reducing food waste, permaculture, etc.);
- helping with the smooth running of the service (occasional help with washing up and cleaning the rooms);
- helping to welcome users and running the bar.

Accomodation and food

About the accommodation:
Single room - shower/toilet shared with the second volunteer.
Services: access to the kitchen of the users.
Wifi.
Access to the laundry (washer-dryer).

About the food:
Morning: breakfast (majority of organic products).
Noon: complete balanced meal.
Evening: complete balanced meal.

Location and leisure

About the project location:
French-speaking city and capital of Hainaut, Mons is located in the west of Belgium. With its cobbled streets, the magnificent Grand-Place and its imposing Belfry, Mons has all it takes to compete in the big league. Between heritage, culture and gastronomy, you cannot help but be happy. Little information about the city of Mons: European Capital of Culture 2015.

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The association is affiliated to Hosteling International, the founding movement of the Youth Hostels. As such, it offers accommodation to young people in particular (but not exclusively) who travel individually, with friends or in groups. It offers basic hotel services: catering (canteen with sustainable label), meeting rooms, a bar with local and craft beers. The association is also recognized by the Youth Service of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation as a meeting and accommodation center and organizes activities with young people aimed at developing their reflection on the world around them and taking an active part in it.

Directions to meeting point

21, Boucle des Métiers, 1348 Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium. Arrival days are from Monday to Friday between 11am and 4pm. Outside these hours, we recommend you to take a hotel room on your own.
To get to the meeting point you can take the train from the airport: https://www.belgiantrain.be/en.

Belgium Belgium: Auberge de jeunesse Jacques Brel (SVI-AJJB25)

Dates

01/01/2024   -   31/12/2024

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2
Place(s)
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Fee

Free i Fee is paid in two installments:

0 to be paid now.
EUR 275 is to be paid after acceptance.

Note: Total fee can vary depending on bank rates.
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Details on the project

Age
18 - 40
Max number of volunteers
2
Still room for
2
Languages
English
Nearest airport
Brussels (Bruxelles) (BRU)
Nearest bus/train station
Bruxelles-Congrès
Map

Work

Volunteer work:
Being an alternative hostel, the work carried out will be mainly hotel work:
- creation and implementation of activities with the public (exhibitions, debates, visits, karaoke, etc.);
- helping with the association’s sustainability initiatives (reducing food waste, permaculture, etc.);
- helping with the smooth running of the service (occasional help with washing up and cleaning the rooms);
- helping to welcome users and running the bar;
- 1 or 2 weekend services (either Saturday or Sunday) may be requested.

Food waste reduction plan tasks:
- observation of the quantities of food waste produced during production;
- observance of the quantities served or taken at self-service by users;
- participation in awareness-raising activities: ex bread urn,...;
- weighing of garbage cans at the end of meals;
- assistance in the creation of information panels.

Accomodation and food

About the accommodation:
Single room - shower/toilet shared with the second volunteer.
Services: access to the kitchen of the users-wifi-access to the laundry (washer-dryer).

About the food:
Morning: breakfast (majority of organic products).
Other meals: the volunteer has to buy and cook his own food, there is a kitchen available.

Location and leisure

About the project location:
The project takes place at the hostel (annual occupancy rate: 85%), the hostel is located in the city centre of Brussels, a public and multicultural city.

About the leisure activities possible:
- Visits of European institutions;
- city tour (free guided tour organized every day);
- cultural visits (museums, exhibition, etc.);
- relaxation (cafés, concerts, etc.).

Project hosted by

The non-profit association "Les auberges de jeunesse" was founded in 1933. Its aim is to promote the social aspect, interculturality, to participate in the development of young people, to contribute to their education, and to develop a spirit of citizenship and responsibility, as well as to encourage youth travel.

For these purposes, the non-profit organisation does special actions such as:
- creating, managing and running a network of youth hostels, meeting and accommodation centres and involving young people in hostel activities;
- creating and maintaining an atmosphere of conviviality among all the guests who will be welcomed there without distinction of age, colour, religion, nationality, language, sex or opinion;
- making the network of youth hostels known among young people, whether Belgian or worldwide;
- placing all its actions within a framework of sustainable development and respect for the environment.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufrO0SzsAkc&embeds_referring_euri=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.servicevolontaire.org%2F&feature=emb_imp_woyt

Directions to meeting point

21, Boucle des Métiers, 1348 Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium. Arrival days are from Monday to Friday between 11am and 4pm. Outside these hours we recommend you to take a hotel room on your own.

To get to the meeting point you can take the train from the airport: https://www.belgiantrain.be/en.

Additional comments

1 or 2 weekend services (either Saturday or Sunday) may be requested.

This project welcomes volunteers all year round except in July and August!

Possibility to travel for free in the French-speaking network of the Belgian Youth Hostels.

Requirements

Basic English (to welcome customers).

Minimum duration: 2 months.

Belgium Belgium: Le Fagotin (BE-SVI-fagotin)

Dates

01/01/2024   -   31/12/2024

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Educational
Animals
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Place(s)
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Fee

Free i Fee is paid in two installments:

0 to be paid now.
EUR 456 is to be paid after acceptance.

Note: Total fee can vary depending on bank rates.
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Age
18 - 45
Max number of volunteers
2
Still room for
2
Languages
French
Nearest airport
Liege (Luttich) (LGG)
Nearest bus/train station
Coo
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Work

Volunteers will decide, according to what they prefer to do, what they will do. They can either take part in the pedagogical project or work on the farm. Those who will work on the pedagogical project will supervise groups. Those who prefer manual work will work on the farm (feed animals, clean the barn). Volunteers must be aware that working in a farm can be very physical and tiring. Working with animals is a concrete job (feeding animals, cleaning the barn) and not a romantic one (a cow is not a nice stuffed animal). 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. Work schedule will depend on the moments. The farm works 24h a day. At some moments, there will be work for more than 8 hours. In summer, there are sessions for children. During those sessions, children will have activities from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m (walking in the forest, taking care of the animals, making bread). After 4 p.m., it will be necessary to organize games, dinner, showers, night walks and breakfast. Children are between 3 and 15 years old (for those who do not stay there at night) and between 6 and 15 years old (for those who stay at night).

Accomodation and food

About the accommodation:
Volunteers must sleep in a tent during the summer (with or without access to showers and toilets). They must bring their tent, their mattress. It is possible to sleep in a residential center, but it costs about 350 euros. The participation fee per day / per person will vary according to the option chosen by the volunteer.

About the food:
The volunteer has to buy and cook his own food, there is a kitchen available.

Location and leisure

About the project location:
Our partner association is 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. 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.
Stoumont is a very special place in the province of Liège. Difference in altitude within the municipality is around 400 meters and it has many water sources. This is the perfect place to really get to know. It is a very small town with very few activities.

About the leisure activities possible:
Computers, cameras can be kept in a secured room in the main building. Volunteers will have access to the internet.
The project takes place in a remote village, the ideal spot for those who enjoy forest walks.

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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. They have bought another building in which work will be done. It will be converted into a residential center.

Since its creation in 1995, the Fagotin association has progressively developed its activities until it became a major educational and touristic actor in the Belgian Ardennes. Today, the association is a combination of a «Nature Center», an «Animation Farm» and a «Meeting and Accommodation Center». Their values are centered around four key notions: CITIZENSHIP, SUSTAINABILITY, SOLIDARITY, GOODWILL.

Both in summer and winter, the Fagotin team, made up of experienced animators, offers camps, field trips, workshops, walks, guided tours, training sessions, meetings, etc. in order to promote the wonders of Wallonia’s natural heritage to everyone, especially to young people.

Usually (out of the COVID period), the team is made up of 16 employees who welcome more than 10,000 people each year.

Directions to meeting point

21, Boucle des Métiers, 1348 Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium. Arrival days are from Monday to Friday between 11am and 4pm. Outside these hours we recommend you to take a hotel room on your own.
To get to the meeting point you can take the train from the airport: https://www.belgiantrain.be/en.

Requirements

Volunteers need to bring clothes to go outside. Clothes that can be dirtied and that are necessary. It is important to bring boots or walking shoes, a rain jacket and sweaters (it can be really cold and/or rain much). It is an isolated village. It is the perfect place for those who like walking in the forest.

It is recommended to be able to speak a few words of French or to be willing to learn French.

Belgium Belgium: Renaissance (SVI_REN_2022)

Dates

01/01/2024   -   31/12/2024

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Social
Disabilities
Educational
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Fee

Free i Fee is paid in two installments:

0 to be paid now.
EUR 235 is to be paid after acceptance.

Note: Total fee can vary depending on bank rates.
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Details on the project

Age
18 - 50
Max number of volunteers
2
Still room for
2
Languages
French
Nearest airport
Charleroi (CRL)
Nearest bus/train station
Lillois
Map

Work

During the project, the volunteers will take part in the community life of the residential center under the supervision of the staff members. They will accompany the residents during mealtimes and other moments of their life:
- life at the center: cooking, food stocks control, laundry, cleaning activities, etc.;
- leisure and creative activities: theatre, well-being, painting, expression, comics;
- activities organized out of the center: shopping, cultural excursions, sports, etc.;
- special events: Run & Bike (adapted bicycles), Christmas market.
The volunteers will also improve their French, organize some group activities and projects. The volunteers will not be in charge of medical care (washing the residents, putting them to bed, waking them up, etc.). A meeting will take place on a monthly basis to report on the volunteer’s stay. The timetables have to be arranged with the director. The volunteers will have to take part in the center's activities during the day, and could be asked to work on weekends.

Accomodation and food

About the accommodation:
The volunteers will be housed in private rooms. These rooms include a television, access to Wi-Fi, a private bathroom and toilet.

About the food:
Three meals a day will be provided to the volunteers. They will eat with the residents on the ground floor of the center or on the first floor (where they will be housed).

Location and leisure

About the project location:
The Renaissance residential center is located in a very quiet and green neighborhood of the village of Orphain, 3 km away from the city center of Braine-l'Alleud which can be reached by bus, by bike or on foot. Braine-l'Alleud is a Walloon municipality in the Belgian province of Walloon Brabant. It has more than 39,000 inhabitants and is not far away from Brussels (less than 15 minutes by train). The Braine-l’Alleud municipality includes the former municipalities of Braine-l’Alleud proper, Ophain-Bois-Seigneur-Isaac, and Lillois- Witterzée. It also includes the hamlet of Sart-Moulin, the inverted name of which inspired Hergé’s Moulinsart castle. The famous Lion of Waterloo where the eponymous battle took place is in the territory of Braine-l’Alleud. It is a very small town with very few activities.

About the leisure activities possible:
As far as leisure is concerned, Braine-l’Alleud is home to a cinema complex, many sports halls, and a cultural center. Braine-l’Alleud is not far away from the historic site of Waterloo. Many hiking routes are available in the area.

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Renaissance ASBL is a residential center hosting 20 adults who were born with physical disabilities (cerebral palsy). The center aims at giving those people an adapted living place. Renaissance is a residential center in which each occupant has to take part in the daily tasks according to their abilities. These tasks are supervised by various specialized people: educators, occupational therapists, speech therapists, nurses, a caseworker and physiotherapists, a multidisciplinary team in which each person accompanies the resident individually within the group. The center highlights the importance of cultural exchange, openness and encounters. The multidisciplinary team includes: 14 specialized educators, 2 occupational therapists, 2 speech therapists, a caseworker, a director, a psychologist and a financial and administrative manager. Three independent physiotherapists and an independent team of nurses also work at the center.

Directions to meeting point

21, Boucle des Métiers, 1348 Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium. Arrival days are from Monday to Friday between 11am and 4pm. Outside these hours, we recommend you to take a hotel room on your own.
To get to the meeting point you can take the train from the airport: https://www.belgiantrain.be/en.

Requirements

The volunteers must have the maturity needed to face the challenges of daily life with physically disabled people.

Prior knowledge of French is essential because some residents only speak French and need clear indications.

The center needs volunteers who are dynamic, motivated, eager to learn and to take initiative, able to question themselves and to accept criticism from the staff.

Belgium Belgium: Auberge de jeunesse de Bouillon (SVI-BAUTO-EXT)

Dates

01/03/2024   -   30/09/2024

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Educational
Social
Manual Work
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Place(s)
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Fee

Free i Fee is paid in two installments:

0 to be paid now.
EUR 236 is to be paid after acceptance.

Note: Total fee can vary depending on bank rates.
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Details on the project

Age
20 - 35
Max number of volunteers
2
Still room for
2
Languages
French
Nearest airport
Luxembourg (LUX)
Nearest bus/train station
Paliseul
Map

Work

  • Reception of the public ;
    - Animation, creation or organisation of activities to facilitate encounters ;
    - Helping with communication ;
    - Helping in the kitchen and bar ;
    - If possible, meeting with other volunteers in other youth hostels to create a common project ;
    - Other tasks (depending on the profile) : helping with maintenance.

    Schedule will vary depending on tasks:
    - 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    - 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    - 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Accomodation and food

About the accommodation:
Private room with a private bathroom.

About the food:
Some meals are offered, others are at the expense of the volunteer depending on the group meals.

Location and leisure

About the project location:
The project site is situated within a major tourist hub. The Youth Hostel in Bouillon overlooks the city, offering a stunning view of the Semois and the fortress, one of Europe’s most impressive castles. Magnificent view of the castle and the city, on a wooded site of 18,000m². The Auberge welcomes people from all walks of life in a young and relaxed atmosphere. Bouillon is a town in the south of Belgium, close to the French border. It is famous for the medieval castle of Bouillon overlooking the Semois. The Godefroid de Bouillon Archaeoscope is a famous multi-media attraction on the banks of the river, illustrating the life and times of Godefroid de Bouillon, a former resident of the castle and a crusader. Nearby is the Ducal Museum, which traces the history of the region through art, weapons and folk artefacts.
Please note: Having a vehicle is recommended as the hostel is somewhat secluded, and there is no accessible public transportation available from there.

Project hosted by

Our partner is a member of “Hostelling International network”. It is a worldwide network of Not-for-Profit Youth Hostel Associations, their local members are all passionate advocates of sustainable travel and are dedicated to connecting young people and local communities in a peaceful and respectful way. In Belgium, the “Auberges de Jeunesse” (youth hostels) are recognized as non-profit organizations and as youth organizations by the Wallonia-Brussels Federation(the French-speaking government of Belgium).

Directions to meeting point

21, Boucle des Métiers, 1348 Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium. Arrival days are from Monday to Friday between 11am and 4pm. Outside these hours we recommend you to take a hotel room on your own.
To get to the meeting point you can take the train from the airport: https://www.belgiantrain.be/en.

Additional comments

Participation fees : 236 euros for the first month.
Online French course for 10 sessions of 1h each: 180€.
Transportation: to and from the airport (taxi) : 160€ (variable price).

Belgium Belgium: Auberge de jeunesse Malmedy (SVI-B)

Dates

01/03/2024   -   31/10/2024

Feedback from 5 volunteers

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Educational
Social
Manual Work
2
Place(s)
left

Fee

Free i Fee is paid in two installments:

0 to be paid now.
EUR 235 is to be paid after acceptance.

Note: Total fee can vary depending on bank rates.
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Details on the project

Age
18 - 35
Max number of volunteers
1
Still room for
2
Languages
French
Nearest airport
Liege (Luttich) (LGG)
Nearest bus/train station
Coo
Map

Work

  • Reception of the public ;
    - Animation, creation or organisation of activities to facilitate encounters ;
    - Helping with communication ;
    - Helping in the kitchen and bar ;
    - If possible, meeting with other volunteers in other youth hostels to create a common project ;
    - Other tasks (depending on the profile) : helping with maintenance.

    Working time:
    The volunteer works 24 hours per week, typically for a maximum of 4 or 5 hours per day.

    The schedule would be as follows:
    Either in the morning from 7am to 12pm or a little later, depending on tasks.
    Or assisting at the reception at 4:00 PM or during the day if there are activities.
    Flexibility in scheduling, but with a predetermined timetable so that the volunteer can plan their own activities accordingly.

Accomodation and food

About the accommodation:
Private room depending on the dates and reservations of the hostel, but during the stay, the person may have to change room, depending on the planning, but it will always be in a private room.

About the food:
Meals are provided and offered during the volunteer's working hours. If no meals are available, the volunteer is given a lump sum for his/her meal.

Location and leisure

About the project location:
Malmedy, a town at the foot of the Hautes Fagnes nature reserve, situated at the confluence of two rivers (Warche and Warchenne) never sleeps! It’s a destination in the heart of the Belgian Ardennes that will surprise you. Malmedy, the capital of outdoor activities, with its exceptional sites, will delight all nature lovers. Thanks to the many signposted walks, the region is a real paradise for those who want to visit it on foot or by bike. Malmedy is an unforgettable place for relaxation, culture, folklore and adventure. It is the ideal place to discover the Ardennes.

Project hosted by

Our hostel is a member of “Hostelling International network”. It is a worldwide network of Not-for-Profit Youth Hostel Associations. Their local members are all passionate advocates of sustainable travel and are dedicated to connecting young people and local communities in a peaceful and respectful way. In Belgium, the “Auberges de Jeunesse” (youth hostels) are recognized as non-profit organizations and as youth organizations by the Wallonia-Brussels Federation (the French-speaking government of Belgium).

Directions to meeting point

21, Boucle des Métiers, 1348 Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium. Arrival days are from Monday to Friday between 11am and 4pm. Outside these hours we recommend you to take a hotel room on your own.
To get to the meeting point you can take the train from the airport: https://www.belgiantrain.be/en.

Additional comments

Price for the first month: 235€.
Project duration: 1 to 6 months.

Requirements

A basic knowledge of French is essential.

Belgium Belgium: Les Orangeries Bierbais (ODB _2023)

Dates

01/03/2024   -   31/10/2024

Feedback from 5 volunteers

Tags

Environmental
Cultural
Art
2
Place(s)
left

Fee

Free i Fee is paid in two installments:

0 to be paid now.
EUR 366 is to be paid after acceptance.

Note: Total fee can vary depending on bank rates.
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Details on the project

Age
18 - 99
Max number of volunteers
2
Still room for
2
Languages
English
Vegetarian food
Yes
Nearest airport
Charleroi (CRL)
Nearest bus/train station
Mont-Saint-Guibert
Map

Work

The role of volunteers:
Volunteers are invited to take part in a range of activities linked to:
● the introduction to and the management of a historic permaculture park (vegetable garden, biodiversity, etc.);
● organizing cultural activities;
● the animation of our social network;
● the participatory eco-construction workcamp;
● the research into the fascinating history of our site: the mysterious appearance and disappearance of monumental greenhouses in the 19th century;
● the digitization of the Serge Pahaut book collection, a famous Belgian mythologist;
● the work on the archives of Paul van der Belen, pioneer of peace volunteers for international cooperation.

Accomodation and food

About the accommodation:
There are two options for accommodation:
A/ in a room with a shared bathroom;
B/ from spring onwards, light accommodation in the middle of the park (caravan, tent), dry toilet, solar shower.

About the food:
For food, there are also two options:
A/ volunteers are fed by the hosts (included in the participation fees);
B/ volunteers have a kitchen at their disposal and manage their own meals.

Location and leisure

About the project location:
The park known today as the Orangeries de Bierbais is located in Hévillers, a section of the commune of Mont-Saint-Guibert, in the Walloon Region of the province of Walloon Brabant in Belgium. Until the late 1980s, the Orangeries de Bierbais were part of the Château de Bierbais park. In the 19th century, this 2.5-hectare part of the park was home not only to a collection of remarkable fruit and ornamental trees, but also to internationally renowned monumental heated greenhouses, the Bierbais greenhouses, within English-style gardens designed by landscape architect Charles-Henri Petersen, who lived in Bierbais until his death in 1859.

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Our partner association is located in a park known in the 19th century for its world- renowned monumental greenhouses, 30km south of Brussels. So impressive in 1828, that its landscape architect went on to design the magnificent Botanique in Brussels. We created a "third place" in the park, where the orangeries that framed the largest greenhouse still stand. Today, it is a place where creativity, reflection, exchange of knowledge, sharing of experience and solidarity - both local and international - come together. On site, we organize residencies for researchers and artists, concerts, exhibitions, screenings, workshops, meetings with the public, performances, permaculture initiations, etc. Also because "poetry is a weapon charged with the future" (Gabriel Celaya). And because permaculture is the key to linking aesthetics with the new pages of agriculture, ecology and social issues.

Directions to meeting point

21, Boucle des Métiers, 1348 Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium. Arrival days are from Monday to Friday between 11am and 4pm. Outside these hours we recommend you to take a hotel room on your own.
To get to the meeting point you can take the train from the airport: https://www.belgiantrain.be/en.

Additional comments

Total price for one month: 366€
Project duration: 1 to 6 months

Each additional month of stay will cost 150€
Online French course for 10 sessions of 1h each: 180€
Transportation: to and from the airport: 160€ (variable price)
Food(hot meal): 8€/per day

Requirements

The project allows you to speak either French or English. You will meet people from all over the world so English will often be the language used.

Belgium Belgium: Esperanzah Festival (SVI_ESPERANZAH_2024)

Dates

20/07/2024   -   03/08/2024

Feedback from 5 volunteers

Tags

Environmental
Festival

Already accepted volunteers from

Vietnam

Fee

Free i Fee is paid in two installments:

0 to be paid now.
EUR 118 is to be paid after acceptance.

Note: Total fee can vary depending on bank rates.
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Details on the project

Age
18 - 28
Max number of volunteers
5
Still room for
2 Male + 3 Female
Languages
English
Vegetarian food
Yes
Nearest airport
Charleroi (CRL)
Nearest bus/train station
Floreffe
Map

Work

Program presentation:
Respect for the environment is at the heart of Esperanzah!’s team. The volunteers of the Environment team will be supervised by 3 managers. Their mission will be to set up the waste collection and sorting circuit. More precisely :
Before the festival:
- setting up the sorting center;
- installation of sorting rules signs on the festival site;
- dispatch of recycling bins, ashtrays, ...

During the festival:
- volunteers are free and can fully enjoy the 4 days of the festival!

After the festival:
- waste sorting;
- equipment storage.

Accomodation and food

About housing accomodations:
The volunteers will will be accommodated in a dormitory. Kitchen, shower and toilet will be available, but they will share it with another group of volunteers. There will be no washing machine.

About the food:
Three meals are provided each day for volunteers. Vegetarian volunteers will receive special meals. Only during the festival and not during the off days.

Location and leisure

About the project location:
Abbaye de Floreffe, 60km from Bruxelles, 10km from Namur.
Floreffe is a French-speaking town of Belgium located in the Walloon Region in the province of Namur.

About the leisure activities possible:
During the festival, volunteers will have the opportunity to enjoy the event as spectators for free.

Project hosted by

About the local organization:
Since 2002, the first weekend of August, Esperanzah! festival embarks its public for 3 days of celebration and freedom in the magnificent Abbey of Floreffe, near Namur. The rich and committed program mixes music, street arts, cinema, documentaries, plastic arts and conference-debates. Beautiful discoveries and artists with confirmed talent share the different stages and atmospheres of this festival. At Esperanzah!, we meet festival-goers of all ages letting themselves be carried away by an atmosphere that aims to be caring, alternative, rebellious and respectful of nature and everyone.

Directions to meeting point

21, Boucle des Métiers, 1348 Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium.

Volunteers must arrive in Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium) on 18/07/24 during the following hours: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm. Outside these hours it is recommended that they book a hotel on their own.
In case the volunteers wish to arrive a few days earlier and want to book a night in a hostel in Louvain la Neuve, it is possible (25€ extra).

Additional comments

The team departs for the workcamp on 20/07/24.

The project includes:
- an introduction day in Louvain-la-Neuve
- 2 nights at the bed and breakfast in Louvain la Neuve
- a follow-up during the whole project
- an invitation letter or additional documentation for visa application
- an accommodation in a shared room (camping indoor) during the festival days
- train tickets from Louvain la Neuve to Floreffe
- meals during the work camp
- tickets for the festival days (only for volunteers).

We are also looking for team leaders. If you are interested, do not hesitate to contact Noemi@servicevolontaire.org or call the office.

Requirements

Volunteers have to bring a mattress and a sleeping bag. They should also bring working clothes as it can be rainy from time to time. It is also recommended to bring boots or hiking shoes (you might not want to take nice shoes because you might get VERY dirty).

The introduction day takes place on 19/07/24 (all volunteers must be present).