EVS in Belgium
Organization: Klein Kasteeltje
Level of language skills: basic knowledge of French or English
Tasks of the volunteer:
There are different ways to be useful as a volunteer at Klein Kasteeltje. However, the volunteer will mainly be working at the team of WOVT because the work demands the least competences upon arrival and offers the most possibilities of participation and innovation.
Possible activities at the team of WOVT:
- organising activities for adults and minors
- sport activities for adults (mainly soccer, volleyball, table tennis, fitness)
- language training: French, Dutch, English
- other trainings: sewing, dancing, painting
- IT: helping out with starting up computers, helping to find information about the country of origin
- daily life orientation: how to take a bus, how to read a card
- social help: trying to find an apartment, talking to the owners, helping out the refugees with administrative work, visiting ill people
A lot of activities can be organised at the center, there’s enough choice for every personality with its unique competences. Every project from a volunteer will be welcomed. The activities will be looked at in detail to see what’s possible. Important to bear in mind though is that the proposed projects depend on the preference of the refugees. For example: the volunteer might be interested in organizing a workshop about dramatic art, but if none of the refugees is interested, the volunteer should be flexible enough to put emphasis on other aspects.
Working hours during a normal day:
The volunteer will work at the centre from Monday through Friday, usually from 9am to 5pm. Sometimes there will be activities in the weekends (day trips).
Specific skills volunteer should have:
The project welcomes all sorts of profiles. It’s important however that the volunteer has at least a basic knowledge of French or English. However, not all our residents speak French or English, so communication is sometimes difficult. Because the high number of other volunteers and staff members, it may not always be easy to fully feel at ease. That’s why a volunteer with a lot of autonomy and sense for initiative has more chances to feel at ease. Refugees aren’t always too enthusiastic for the proposed activities. That’s why it’s important that the volunteer isn’t discouraged immediately when facing an obstacle. He/she should have some strength to keep going, some flexibility to adapt to the circumstances.
The advantage of Klein Kasteeltje is that so much is possible: leisure activities, administration, medical care, education,… We can discuss together which activity you feel most comfortable in. Apart from the intercultural exchange with the refugees, the volunteer will also learn to work in a bilingual team. He/she will learn to develop animation competences, a sense of organisation and a sense of autonomy. Finally, he/she will also get the opportunity to learn about the asylum policy in Belgium. He/she will get an idea of the long and difficult road asylum seekers have to walk.
More information about the project: Klein Kasteeltje
Application form: Pre-applicationformEVS2017.doc