The volunteers will give a hand and fresh air to the centre’s animation team with sport or social games, billiards, movie clubs, fitness for women, football tournament, craft etc.
They are required to get actively involved in the daily life of the centre. Half of the time will be devoted to proposals of activities for children and adults (according to the population currently present in the centre).
To a lesser extent and depending on the weather forecast, volunteers will take part in some activities such as indoor painting or maintenance of the park.
The management team of the centre is very well used to working with volunteers as they have been hosting this work camp for many years.
Accommodatie en maaltijden
Volunteers will be accommodated in a dormitory of a building next to the central one. Showers are accessible in the central building.
Food will be on a self-catering basis. Please, be aware that meals are simple. We should be informed in advance about vegetarian or any other diet type.
Locatie en vrije tijd
Rixensart is located in the Brabant Walloon province, 25 km from Brussels and 10 km from Waterloo. The area is highly urbanized and has all the usual conveniences. Rixensart still keeps its countryside charm but one can feel the proximity of Brussels (40 minutes by train, 20 by car). Asylum seekers Centre is located outside the town centre, but at walking distance from the famous local lake Genval, cinema, shops, supermarkets, train station…
This project is composed of a volunteering team, supported by the European Solidarity Corps program of the European Union.
Compared to the usual workcamp participation scheme, some main financial and administrative
differences must be underlined:
- The participation to the ESC volunteering teams is subjected to several principles and conditions, presented on the ESC webpage: https://europa.eu/youth/solidarity/mission_en
- The volunteers do not have to pay any fees (not sending, nor participation fee) to attend the project
- The volunteers will receive pocket money, calculated on a 4€/day basis, once they arrive to the project in Belgium
- The volunteers will receive a financial support for their travel :
180€ for a travel between 100 and 499 km
275€ for a travel between 499 and 1999km
360€ for a travel between 2000 and 2999km
530€ for a travel between 3000 and 3999km
- The volunteers need to register on the European Solidarity Corps Portal ; CBB will organize their the matching with the correct project in the online system.
- The volunteers will have to complete a participation report, submitted online through the ESC portal.
We warn the volunteers that the consumption of alcohol is strictly forbidden inside the centre.
Volunteers must be sensitive and aware of the great diversity of the audience that the centre welcomes, in terms of age, nationalities, lifestyle, life stories, but also great cultural differences.
Residents also live in the "the uncertainty of tomorrow" and can experience significant stress. The meetings that the volunteers are going to lead there can provoke certain feelings in residents and volunteers must have this in mind in order to deal with it and ask for help.
The centre draws the attention of the volunteers to the importance of keeping a "professional distance" with residents (this can avoid conflicts), as well as of respecting the internal rules.
The volunteers are required to have a basic knowledge of French.
Beside that, it is necessary to have a basic knowledge about group animation (songs, music, dance, plays…) and to be able to assume responsibility within a group. Being able to listen to others is very important as well. This kind of workcamp can provide a very rich personal and human experience. It makes people aware of the complexity of certain social conditions related to the great inequalities in our planet.
In order to demonstrate this, we ask the candidate volunteers to:
- send a short motivation letter
- answer our specific questionnaire (if you do not have it yet, please ask your sending organization for it).
- send us a certificate of good conduct
We will not confirm any placement requests before analyzing the submitted forms.
As a rule, kids are quite fluent in French thanks to school; adults take longer time to learn foreign language. The languages used between residents are very different – French, Russian, English, German… more than 15 in general and it depends on the current presence of residents.