Asociación de Bruselas busca voluntarios con discapacitados en Bruselas , es una asociación con proyectos para personas con discapacidad intelectual.
Traemos a voluntarios de todo el mundo para que junto con las personas con discapacidad, convivan y aprendan unos de otros.
La comunidad de Bruselas ofrece la posibilidad de vivir una nueva experiencia, de convivir junto a otros voluntarios de todo el mundo, profesionales y personas con discapacidad.
Además, en nuestra asociación valoramos el intercambio cultural, social y generacional. Y sobre todo, aprendemos unos de otros.
CONDICIONES DEL VOLUNTARIO
– Deseo de disfrutar de un año sabático y ganas de hacer cosas nuevas.
– El proyecto consiste en convivir con personas con discapacidad y otros voluntarios, y juntos realizar las tareas diarias y domésticas, además de organizar el tiempo libre.
– Organización ofrece alojamiento, alimentación, gastos de transporte y de seguro para los voluntarios.
– El tiempo de estancia es, idealmente, entre 10 y 12 meses. Hay ocho días libres al mes y dos de vacaciones por cada mes trabajado.
– Organización también ofrece cursos de idiomas para los voluntarios.
Si estás interesado en pasar una época en Bruselas en nuestro proyecto de voluntariado, no dudes en solicitarlo.
Project Title, place and period:
Integration with disabled people
Social work with adults having mental disabilities
Preferable Working Time :
3 months during summer
Maximum Number of Volunteers
20 volunteers per year, on average
Organización acogida voluntariado Bruselas
Organisation is a non-profit organization, originally based on Christian values and established in 1973, by Jean Vanier, philosophy teacher and a Jesuit in Belgium. They wanted to offer people with learning disabilities, generally being in psychiatric hospitals, a place where the human dignity is respected.
Organisation is an international federation of people with and without disabilities, who live and work together in the daily center and in the houses. The mission of Arche is to provide disabled people with quality integration and develop their human skills. The originality of these small houses is based on a family-like atmosphere, where disabled people, professionals and volunteers from all origins, social, cultural and philosophical backgrounds, ages and beliefs encounter one another. In addition of this house’s life, some of the disabled people are going to the day center, where activities like craft-work, occupational therapies or services to the larger society, are offered.
The residents are between 18 and 70 years old and have various forms of learning disabilities (but generally they have Down syndrome) occasionally linked to a physical handicap. They are accompanied by teams of professionals and supported by volunteers. The aim is to ensure an adequate approach and relationship by each volunteer with the people having learning disabilities.
The activities, in the houses, are ordinary and “extra-ordinary”: daily responsibilities (maintenance, attendance, cooking etc.), supporting people having learning disabilities (accompaniments, transports, support in different learning and working projects), inside and outside the different houses, numbers of meetings, leisure activities, celebrations, holidays, etc.
Brussels has also a day center where activities are proposed. Disabled people, volunteers and the staff participate in handicraft and expression activities, art, like sewing, computer science, body expression, music therapy, gardening, circus or swimming.
These activities are the best way to improve exchange and mobility with disabled people, volunteers and professional people.
The houses of Brussels and the day center are located in Etterbeek, close to the historical center of Brussels, not so far away from the European institution, in an urban environment. It is also situated next to a student and hangout place. There are lots of facilities: common transport, shops and sport facilities.
Far from being closed in a structure that has no connection with the outside world, the volunteer may find in Brussels opportunities to be part of a local community including an environment where they can also involve themselves and widen their network.
Each volunteer when he/she has to face difficulties sometimes will find above all an experienced team of professionals, available and ready to listen to him/her.
As already mentioned, his/her tutor will involve himself with the volunteer in his difficulties and his daily routine. Moreover, volunteers as well as professionals have the possibility of expressing their life experiences in various team meetings, and if necessary, these teams are supported by a supervisor. Volunteers have also many seminaries related to the issues concerning learning disabilities
Volunteer roles in Brussels
It has a long tradition of welcoming volunteers of all countries, of different social and cultural backgrounds interested in participating and collaborating in its project of integration for people with different learning disabilities.
The mission of l’Arche is to welcome adults with disabilities. This implies that the volunteer – along with others in this community life- tries to meet the basic needs of the people welcomed with disabilities, to create a home life where each one feels at home, to stimulate himself during his work, to enjoy the opportunity to learn and share life with people who are open to meet their way of being different. You will realize that people with disabilities are not only patients and that volunteers are not only" caretakers". In what is vital is to aim for a reciprocal relationship. NB Reciprocity does not mean a denial of the differences between us! – it is just the opposite!
We could summarize your roles in our organisation like this:
You are a friend;, but not only…. and having also a role of authority
You have a supporting/teaching or ‘educational’ role
Therefore, you are "a listener" too
One of our “values” is of course teamwork because the community includes several groups of people: volunteers, trained care workers and other professionals. Each group brings something unique and different to this community life, either in the Activity Center, or in the houses. It is therefore a school of life, where we learn how to grow together. For each person, professionally qualified or not, the major competences always include listening skills.
Day center activities
As part of a team, the volunteer shares his responsibility by:
Supporting disabled people in different activities (work, recreation, health, hygiene…) inside and outside the day care center.
Cooperating in the daily functioning between the houses and the day care center by accompanying the people with disabilities from their houses to their workplace, having fun and celebrating together, for example.
Assisting the training related to disabilities, accompaniment (how to cope with violence, affections, feelings, authority, interdependence between different status (professionals, volunteers;
Schedule: Typical day in the day center
8:30: Transport or walking to the Day Care Center and sometimes, preparing lunch for outside activities.
9:00: beginning of the activities
10:30-11:00: rest time
16:00: going home again according to the same rules in the morning, either walking or going by car;
You are free during the weekend, in general.
Other mandatory activities not yet mentioned will take place during the day schedule. A weekly meeting with the head of the day care center, and if needed, with the responsible of the volunteers (kind of Human Resources person). Meeting with the team for volunteers in order to prepare the workshops under the guidance of a professional, the meeting with all the members of the day center (people with disabilities, volunteers, professionals), participating in language courses….
The volunteer can also work in the disabled people’s houses. It’s a different rhythm from the work in the day center. The volunteer is working mostly on the daily times, in the morning, and when the residents come back to their home. You are free during the afternoon.
A typical day in the houses
7:00-8:30: Get up, breakfast together. The volunteer will accompany the disabled people in the morning, before leaving towards the day centre. He will awaken the people, prepare breakfast and accompany them to the day centre.
8:30-9:00: After the departure of the persons, the volunteer will participate to the housework and cleaning – depending on the day of the week, your French course and your commitment in the community or outside the community
You are free during the afternoon
15:30: The residents come back to their home; you organize the tea time, while the staffs take care of the people hygiene.
18:00: Every day, one volunteer and one disabled prepare the dinner together.
20:30-22: After dinner, we spend the evening together until bedtime.
*One or two days per week, you will stay in the house to make the night shift.*
For each volunteer the activities, for which your presence is required, include: the house meeting, the team meeting (including weekly planning), the organisation of the weekends, and participation in other community events.
Each volunteer works 37 hours in a house and every second weekend.
Recuperation days: 1 full day and one evening off/week and 2 days off every second weekend: total: 8 days. Holidays: 2 days/month
Every volunteer can either choose to live in the houses or to work in the day care center. It’s obvious that lives in a house or in a workshop are different, but even if there is another emphasis on the tasks and on the times of presence, the amount of hours, days of recuperation and holidays are the same. Generally, different combinations between houses and day center are possible.
The volunteer, first needs to put himself in motion towards the meeting of differences, with a “spirit” of adventure and of solidarity. He should be ready to “dedicate” himself to the less privileged people in our society and he also ought to be willing to leave for a minimum period of 6 months. Moreover, it is appropriate that he acts, within the family-like project of Brussels, for and with people having learning disabilities together with professionals, which also implies a capacity of taking responsibilities and initiatives. At the same time this also requires the desire to cooperate within a multicultural and multidisciplinary team. Working with people having disabilities can be very demanding sometimes so that a certain self-balance and rest time are necessary.
The place given to the volunteer is not to take a vacant job to be supplemented within a team. Each volunteer takes part in shared life by his presence and by concrete, specific tasks, as mentioned above. Not only the volunteer, but each person should stimulate exchanges between all parts concerned by this project.
To speak at least basic French is helpful but not required. In order to facilitate communication, the volunteer will attend French lessons.
Accommodation and food:
The volunteers are hosted at the so-called-volunteers’ house, called “Bethleem”. The volunteers share the common facilities, like the kitchen, dining room and the bathroom, but they have a private room. Sometimes, there are other volunteers from other
hosting organizations, staying in this house. This house can welcome until nine persons maximum.
Each morning, you will go to the day care center, which is 15’ away from your house if you walk.
The volunteers in the houses have their own private room in the same house where they are working.
Every month, a general allowance and a food allowance are given to the volunteer who is working in the day center. But every working day, the volunteer eats a warm meal together with disabled people.
For the volunteers working in houses they only have a general allowance because the meal is provided every day.