This project is based on a dynamic meeting between the volunteers and the residents of the centre.
The final work will be confirmed but mostly will involve manual outdoor work such as creating a vegetable garden or other gardening tasks.
Accommodatie en maaltijden
Volunteers will be hosted in “La Consoude”, an ancient convent now refurbished as a non-profit organisation that promotes urban revitalization, socio-cultural and artistic, sports, short circuits initiatives, social inclusion and environmental awareness.
A space for sharing, exchanging ideas and skills, “La Consoude” is above all a place of experimentation related to alternative ways of life.
The accommodation is not close to the centre. Shuttles will be provided.
Some meals will be taken in the center and some in the accommodation.
Locatie en vrije tijd
Charleroi is the largest city of the French speaking part of Belgium. It’s considered a major road, rail and flight junction. Charleroi is an industrial centre but it also has an important cultural dimension due to its numerous museums and cultural activities. It is the birthplace of many cartoon drawing talents whose statues adorn the city.
During the weekend it will be possible to organize cultural visits and travel to other Belgian cities, easily reachable by train.
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 in 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.
This project seeks volunteers with a good level of motivation for its theme and those who are prepared to integrate in the life of an asylum seekers center. We recommend them to already have an idea about the policy concerning refugees in their country.
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.
The official language is English, but some notions of French will be useful. And also you can find here a lot of people from all over the world, you can discover numerous other languages! Facial expression, sign language and emotional interjections may help you in any situation! Feel free!