Проект Європейського Корпусу Солідарності у Бельгії (De Hoge Rielen)

Проект Європейського Корпусу Солідарності у Бельгії (De Hoge Rielen), дедлайн 25.10.2020

Dates of mobilities: from January 18th, 2021 until December 13th, 2021

Type of mobility: long-term project

Place of volunteering: Kasterlee, Flanders, Belgium

Description of the organization. De Hoge Rielen offers quality accommodation (buildings and campgrounds) to groups and individuals, in priority to youth groups. De Hoge Rielen has a major asset: it’s pure nature. Respect for the environment is very important here. As well are the adventure, playing in the woods, forest workshops, educational, adventurous, and sports activities. You’ll never have a dull moment here!

Project environment. De Hoge Rielen was once a military domain. Today, freedom is the dominant force here. Whatever you do: we will do everything possible to boost your creativity and stimulate your own initiatives. This domain is one of the largest children’s and youth forests in Flanders, it’s over 230 ha. It is a delightful destination for people with a youthful spirit. Each group has its own spot on the domain. Youth groups come to de Hoge Rielen for multiday group activities, a youth camp, with school, for welcome days or training. The domain offers many possibilities such as vast forests and nature, sleeping accommodations, camping facilities and campfires, a theatre, a sports hall and 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 Flanders, the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium. Dutch will also be the main language used during the project here.

Learning opportunities for the volunteer:

  • Getting to know the different aspects (organization, impact, partners…) of youth work in Belgium
  • Learning how to work in a team (by setting up small scale projects together)
  • Learning how to guide different youth groups and how to prepare activities and workshops
  • Learning new communication skills
  • Getting to know himself/herself better and increasing self-confidence
  • Gaining experience in your specific field of expertise
  • Expanding your network with connections all over Europe
  • Getting more respect for (inter)cultural diversity and different people
  • Building work experience in a non-formal learning context
  • Learning to speak Dutch

The volunteer:

  • has a sense of responsibility
  • has a flexible attitude
  • has a great independence
  • likes to work with youth groups
  • likes to be outdoors, in nature
  • has the ability to work independently
  • is able and wants to take initiative

Attitudes and skills: The most important attitudes and skills are: enjoy being in nature, enjoy working with youth groups, sense of responsibility, flexible attitude, great independence, willing to learn, being able to work independently and to take initiative.

Role of the volunteer:

  • Increasing the interculturality in the organization
  • Being himself/herself but into other values and norms
  • Giving new impulses and ideas
  • Supporting the daily activities of the different services, as there are: helping at the reception and informing groups about their stay, exploit the lending service, making deliveries to the groups, assisting in the technical service of the domain, keeping the bar open in winter and summer, guiding groups in activities and workshops, guiding the rope course and activities in the climbing forest.

Below you can find the different possibilities of tasks. A combination of these tasks are possible. Applying for the volunteership at de Hoge Rielen is possible through your sending organization our directly to the educational service of de Hoge Rielen. We expect you to write a motivation letter, in which you tell us specifically why you want to work at our domain and tell us more about yourself, your talents, competencies, and relevant experiences. We also expect a resume. By applying for the volunteership, we want you to signalize your preference of profile. You can add relevant experiences that can help you in fulfilling a specific task. Note us by telling which profile suits you and has your preference. But, important to know, that all the tasks of the volunteers will be taught to you.

Leading and guiding workshops and activities Specific for you there can be a bigger focus on leading the groups and guiding workshops and activities. You get training in the high ropes course and climbs, which you can guide afterward. You will help out on the educational service, with guiding and practical issues. You can help with the development of new workshops and introduce new games and activities in our service. We encourage you to learn Dutch to use while guiding activities. You work in a team and like to work with children and youngsters. You are not shy to talk to people and have responsibility. Interest in nature is very important.

Helping in the reception, guest contact, lending service Specific for you there can be a bigger focus on welcoming groups at the reception. You will help out the team of information with preparing documents for arriving groups, helping with the mail, sorting out files. You will be a big help in the welcoming part of the domain. Also, when groups leave, you handle the practical issues before they leave. You exploit the lending service and help groups with collecting materials. We encourage you to learn Dutch to use when talking with guests and visitors. You know how to work with different computer programs. You like to work structured and organised. You are not shy to talk to people and to take initiative.

Communication team Specific for you there can be a bigger focus on helping out the educational service with the communication part. You will develop content for web and print. You help with documentation on the domain in different media. You edit pictures and help with creative input. You take pictures of events, activities and other aspects on the domain. You write articles for the social media and website. You are skilled in working with photo- and video-editing programs (Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, illustrator..) You know how to manage social media and are creative. You like to work in a team and to share your ideas with colleagues and other volunteers. You are motivated to learn Dutch since our main communication is in this language.

Bar & Catering Specific for you there can be a bigger focus on helping out the catering service with their daily tasks and activities. You will help out in the kitchen, organising the daily stream of people in the restaurant. You will be one of the main helpers in the (summer)bar. You will open the café in weekends and vacation periods. You are open and smooth in communication. You have a welcoming personality and are not shy to talk to people. You are motivated to learn Dutch since the people in the bar will use this as our main language. You like to work independently, as well as in a team. As an advantage, you have experience in working in a bar.

PRACTICAL ISSUES Volunteers live on the domain in 2 compact houses, near the reception. Each house has different bedrooms, a shared bathroom, a kitchen, and a living room. Meals are available in the restaurant. A budget is provided for shopping at the nearest supermarket. The volunteers receive pocket money, travel support, and extra food allowance. All travel costs of the trip coming here and going home are covered by the organization. If necessary, visa costs will be paid by de Hoge Rielen. We provide any practical support: the internet, laundry, transport. All basic facilities are foreseen.


Якщо ви хочете податись на цей проект – відправте своє резюме (CV) з фото англійською мовою та мотиваційний лист до 25.10.2020 на email: pangeya.ultima.mobility@gmail.com у темі листа зазначте “ESC Project in de Hoge Rielen”. Також по можливості заповніть цю форму: https://forms.gle/4racAwPzKbGWmeo6A

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