From our office, by the square of Marche-en-Famenne, a 17 000 inhabitants town of the Belgian province of Luxembourg, we organize projects all over the French Community of Belgium (Brussels and Wallonia) and maintain close partnerships with non-profit organizations from all over the world.
This unique situation will permit the volunteer to share the semi-rural life style of the area, but also to meet young people from different places of the country as well as to be in contact with people from the other side of the world.
During his/her EVS, the volunteer will live and mostly work in Marche-en-Famenne.
The town offers all modern facilities (shops, supermarkets, sport center, cinema).
For the urban-life-style-lovers, it is however IMPORTANT to know that our town is located in a semi-rural area. Even if it is not far away from the biggest Belgian cities (57 km from Liège, 106 km from Brussels, 47 km from Namur) and well connected by train, Marche-en-Famenne can sometimes look remote and very quiet.
Period of volunteering:
For the next 26th April deadline, we will apply for an EVS project which will allow 1 young person to come in Belgium to volunteer during one year in the town of Marche-en-Famenne
Deadline 6 April 2018 at 18:00
Period of volunteering: 1st October 2018-30th September 2019; for 12 months.
(We won’t be able to take in consideration applications which will arrive after the deadline)
We encourage the volunteer to learn a bit of French before the beginning of the project.
DESCRIPTION OF ORGANISATION:
The Association is a non-profit, non-political youth organisation recognised by the French Community of Belgium. The organisation proposes different kinds of activities, mainly based on volunteering and non-formal education: local and international workcamps, medium and long term voluntary services, leisure time activities for and with disabled people…
All these activities would not be possible without a network of 420 belgian volunteers, almost 200 international volunteers during the summer and a team of 8 employees.
We are a Youth Organisation and most of our public is aged between 16 and 25 years, even if there is not upper age limit to integrate our groups of volunteers.
It´s especially promotes an inclusive approach of the public; we strongly believe in the richness of the diversity and take action to favour the heterogeneous character of our groups of volunteers. Therefore, the members of the association (+- 420 people) are from diverse origins and capacities.
It is member of the ALLIANCE of European Volunteer Service Organisations.
MOTIVATION AND EVS EXPERIENCE
CBB, is a non-profit organisation created in 1977, which promotes solidarity, active citizenship and comon understanding between people and cultures through several activities based on non-formal education and volunteering.
We participate in the EVS Programme both as sending and Hosting Organisation since 1997. We are accreditated as coordinating organisation since 2007. We believe that this programme perfectly fits with our organisational goals and methods : non-formal education, citizen awarness, volunteering, intercurality are keywords in our daily action.
We also particulary appreciate the learning opportunities that the EVS offers to all young people, regardless to their origins, background and economical means.
CBB, presents the specificity to develop of lot of international exchanges and to be located in a small town of the south -french speaking- part of Belgium. From our office, by the church place of Marche-en-Famenne, a 17 000 inhabitants town of the province of Luxembourg, we organise projects all over the French Community of Belgium (Brussels and Wallonia) and maintain close partnerships with non-profit organisations from all over the world. This unique situation will permit the volunteer to share the semi-rural life style of the area, but also to meet young people from different places of the country as well as to be in contact with people from the other side of the earth.
During his/her EVS activity, the volunteer will integrate our team of staff members which is currently composed of 8 employees, 4 males and 4 females with an average age of 30 years old. Of course, this composition may change during the next months/years. Usualy, a second EVS volunteer also works with us, and is especialy involved in our activities dedicated to a better social inclusion of the disabled people.
As we organise activities and projects in different places of the French Community of Belgium, our public is spread in all this area. Additionaly, during the summer, we host, for short term periods (2-3 weeks), almost 200 people from +- 20 countries (mainly european) to participate in our projects. Consequently, the EVS volunteer will frequently be in touch with our local volunteers and times to times with the international volunteers. Within our members, the average age is 22 year old. Most of them are students, but we count also with us carpenters, ingeneers, unemployed people, IT specialists, housewifes, butchers, artists… Another specificity of our organisation is that, thanks to our commitment for a better inclusion of the disabled people, several active members of the organisation (75/420) are in situation of mental disability. It offers a wonderfull opportunity to meet extraordinary people. It is also an important element of our associative project, which is to promote the richness of diversity and to work for a better interinvidual solidarity.
During his/her EVS, the volunteer will live and mostly work in Marche-en-Famenne. The town offers all modern facilities (shops, supermarkets, sport center, cinema….). For the urban-life-style-lover, it is however IMPORTANT to understand that our town is located in a semi rural area. Even if it is not far away from the biggest belgian cities (57 km from Liège, 106 km from Brussels, 47 km from Namur) and well connected by train, Marche-en-Famenne can sometimes look remote and very quiet. A Tuesday, at 11 pm in November, it can be totally dead ; on friday night, the volunteer will often meet the same guys at the corner bar ; and, in the surroundings, deers and foxes are more usual than buses and traffic jams. As the population is not very big, everybody seems to know everybody. This can of course help a lot to the socialization of the newcomer, but it is a social configuration that the gossipers shoud appreciate more than the privacy defenders…
In Marche, the volunteer will share his/her place with other EVS volunteers. Interculturality at home will ryhm with independence, and autonomy. Occasionaly, the volunteer will be involved in co-leading projects and will share a residential group life (from the duration of a week-end up to two or three weeks). Than, the accomodation can be in dormitories and the conditions of life more basical.
In Marche-en-Famenne the volunteer will live at “CBB Volunteers’ house”, a comfortable house near to the town centre.
S/he will have his/her own room and will share the common spaces with other 5 EVS volunteers involved in other EVS projects in Marche-en-Famenne.
As said before, CBB develop different kinds of actions mainly focused on group dynamics.
Through these actions the association also tries to promote inclusion of people with fewer opportunities and people with learning difficulties or disabilities.
Our EVS volunteer will be actively involved in our activities, from the preparation to the evaluation, and her/his role will mainly be to facilitate, together with CBB leaders and other CBB volunteers, the participation of people with fewer opportunities or disabilities.
The volunteer will be particularly involved in three CBB actions:
1- The programme “Volunteering, leisure time and disability”;
2- Organization and animation of projects as work camps and youth exchanges whoseaim is the integration of youngsters with less opportunities;
3- CBB training for young leaders of summer camps.
1-The programme “Volunteering, leisure time and disability developed by CBB organisation aims to develop among young people a better awareness about disability as well as to favour the participation of people in situation of mental disability in CBB projects.
Together with the staff members, the EVS volunteer will be in charge of the preparation, animation and evaluation of residential week-ends, summer camps and evening activities for groups of people with mental disability. The tasks will be varied and can be organised according to the skills, interests and abilities of the young volunteer.
Here below is an example of tasks concerning the organization of a week- end of activity:
Before the week-end: to search for an accommodation, to organise the logistics, to plan the menus, to plan cultural and sports activities as well as touristic visits…
During the week-end: to welcome the group of participants, to provide an individual support to the people with disability (this may include sanitary support to the persons), to facilitate the group dynamic, to lead a cultural visit, a group game…
After the week-end : to evaluate the activity with the others leaders, to write articles and to post news on the organisation’s Facebook public page about the week-end, to prepare a small report addressed to the parents of the participants with disability…
Each year, CBB organises around 20 residential week-ends of such type. We also organise 2 camps of 10 days in Belgium and 2 camps abroad. Around 20 persons participate in each of these projects; more than half of them are in situation of mental disability (mostly learning difficulties and Down syndrome).
Every two months Friday evening cine-club and monthly table games evenings are also usual activities developed within the programme “Volunteering, leisure time and disability”.
2- Our EVS volunteer will also take part in other projects as work camps and youth exchanges whose aim is the integration of youngsters with less opportunities.
3- S/he will be part of CBB animators’ team who will organize a training cycle for summer camps leaders.
With CBB staff members the volunteer will be in charge of the good implementation of the training and s/he will have the opportunity of taking initiatives, organizing workshops and bringing new ideas. Being involved in this training will enable our volunteer to be sensitized to the topic of group management, techniques of animation, organization of activities.
In this EVS project, we really wish the volunteer to develop a personal initiative so
any idea and proposal of new activity is welcome!
Profile of the volunteer:
For this project, CBB requests from the volunteer:
– To be able to communicate in French at a reasonable level as s/he will share a lot of time with people with mental disability who do not know any other language;
– To be highly motivated to work for a better social participation and inclusion of people with disability and fewer opportunities;
– To enjoy the group life and to be ready to participate in several residential week-ends and camps in company of lots of people;
– Not to be discouraged by office and computer work, as several tasks in this project also concern the preparation and the evaluation of the activities which are done at the office.
Project period: EVS activity will start on 01/10/2018 for a duration of 12 months
How to apply
We will study carefully all application and selected candidates will be invite for Skype interview. The selection of volunteers will take place in the coming weeks.
For the selection of the volunteers we will need:
– Europass CV with picture (made in the last month) with skype name included
– Motivational letter, writing that your sending organisation will be “Building Bridges”. We ask all candidates to send a specific letter of motivation – why they want to volunteer with us rather than just a general EVS one. The volunteer is chosen according to his/her motivation and interest to the project and to the activities. It will be paid special attention to cover letters.
Remember to write in the motivation letter that your sending institution is “Asociación Building Bridges”.
All documents written in English you can attach below with subject: “EVS Verlato Famenne. YOUR NAME. YOUR SURNAME AND PROJECT NAME” to asociacionbbARROBAgmail.com