Volunteers will be asked to give support to the residents of the centre for some basic needs (such as helping with the meals,…) and to participate in the organization of artistic and cultural activities, discussion groups, various workshops and excursions together with the centre’s staff. These activities will take place on the site of Bienne but also on another site (Thuin).
Volunteers will have the possibility to work with the teenagers and/or with the adults of the centre. The schedules will be flexible and will be adapted during the following weeks according to the centre’s needs and the volunteers’ proposals.
They will indeed have the opportunity to suggest their own activities (games, music, recipes,…) related to their native country and/or talents, interests and wishes.
Volunteers will be accommodated in one of the centre’s dorm. They will have access to a multipurpose room
Please bring a sleeping bag.
Meals will be taken in the centre’s refectory and will be prepared by the cooks of the centre. Volunteers will help the residents during meals. Picnics can be prepared and taken away during excursions or activities during weekends.
Bienne-lez-Happart is a very small town near Binche and Charleroi.
The centre itself is very isolated in the countryside but a car* and train tickets will be available. These means of transportation can be used in the evenings or during the weekends to discover the region and visit other places in Belgium.
*If you can, bring your driver’s license and check if it’s valid in Belgium.
The Centre “Arthur Regniers” hosts people suffering from cerebral palsy or from other motor disabilities.
The aims of this Medical and Teaching Institute is to provide educational support, health care and well-being to the teenagers and adults of the centre and also lend support to their families.
The centre provides an open-space, various activities, and technical support in order to promote the social, professional and cultural autonomy of the residents
This project targets people who are motivated to work with persons with disability and aware that this context may be emotionally challenging. A portion of the residents indeed bear heavy handicaps.
Please also keep in mind that the centre is quite isolated.
Basic knowledge of French would be ideal as residents usually don’t speak English. However, motivation remains the most important criteria to participate in this workcamp.
It is therefore required to provide a motivation letter.
Volunteers are invited to bring with them small activity/presentation of their native country (music, food, …).