2 volunteers wanted – period of 9 months, from 2018-03-01 till 2018-11-30
26 august 2016
Kasterlee, in the province of Antwerp (Belgium)
They offer quality lodging (buildings and camping grounds) for groups and individuals, in priority to youth groups (3-25 year). This allows groups (youth movements, schools, sport and socio-cultural associations) to accomplish their operation and activities. Moreover hosting organisation fosters the natural environment of the domain for discovery and adventure.
Hosting organisation environment is – in origin – an old military domain. The many sheds served as ammunition depot. The late 1970s these sheds have been converted into sleeping accomodation. De Hoge Rielen is now a youth residence, under administration of the Flemish government (General Service for Youth Tourism), targetting youth groups by offering them accomodation and special activities.
This domain is one of the largest children’s forests of Flanders. It measures 230 ha; these are 345 football fields. It’s a delightful destination for people with a youthful spirit. Each group has its own spot on the domain / in the wood. Youth groups come to the Hoge Rielen for a multiday group activity, a youth camp, forest classes, welcome days, a training,… .The domain offers many possibilities such as: a beautiful nature, residence pavilions, camping facilities and camp fires, a theatre, a sporthall and sports fields, a bar and a restaurant.
De Hoge Rielen is located in the forests of the small municipality of Kasterlee, in the province of Antwerp. Kasterlee is situated in Flandres, the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium. Dutch will also be the main language used during the service.
Hosting organisation is both a host and a coordinating organisation. Every year we’re looking for 2 volunteers.
Learning opportunities for the volunteer
getting to know the different aspects (organization,…) of youth work in Belgium
learning how to work in a team (by setting up together small scale projects)
learning how to guide different youth groups and how to prepare activities/workshops
getting to know himself/herself better and increasing self-confidence
respect for (inter)cultural diversity and different people: nothing is what it seems
Roles of the volunteers
increasing the interculturality in the organization
being himself/herself but in to other values and norms
giving new impulses and ideas
supporting the daily activities of the different services
Attitudes and skills
The most important attitudes and skills are: like being in the nature and outdoors; like working with youth groups; sense of responsibility, flexible attitude, great independence , willing to learn, able to work independently and to take initiative.
How to apply
Building Bridges members and/or long term unemployed (proved by scanned document) will have preference to this volunteer service.
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.
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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 Belgium Mertens. YOUR NAME. YOUR SURNAME” to asociacionbbARROBAgmail.com