Workcamps in Belgien

Vermittlungsgebühren: 150 EUR

Compagnons Batisseurs Belgique (CBB) ist im französischsprachigen Teil Belgiens angesiedelt und wurde 1953 gegründet, um Flüchtlingen beim Hausbau zu helfen. Heute ist CBB hauptsächlich im sozialen Bereich und der Jugendarbeit tätig. CBB bietet für einige Camps Vorbereitungstage an. Die Teilnahme ist bei den entsprechenden Workcamps verpflichtend und kostenlos und findet am ersten Campwochenende statt.  

Unsere zweite Partnerorganisation ist JAVVA (Jeunes Actifs dans le Volontariat et let Voyages Alternatifs). Sie hat ihren Sitz in Brüssel, ebenso dem französischsprachigen Teil.

Französischkenntnisse sind in den meisten Projekten zu empfehlen - in manchen sogar vorgeschrieben.      

Kunst- und Kinderprojekt in einem Zentrum fuer Asylbewerber des belgischen Roten Kreuzes
Belgien    CBB03    Centre Couleurs du Monde 2    08.07.-22.07.2017    KIDS/SOCI/ART   7vols (no more female)
PROJECT: Centre Couleurs du Monde is a reception centre for asylum seekers managed by Belgian Red Cross. It can host up to 200 people who have asked for asylum in Belgium. Their stay in the centre is temporary and lasts until a decision is taken regarding a possible refugee status.
The centre provides such services as accommodation, food, medical and social counselling, schooling and educational courses, cultural, sport events etc.
One of the most important points is that the centre is open to the world, by promoting international exchanges with volunteers from all over the world. That is the main purpose of the camp – intercultural exchanges thanks to a voluntary project.
To learn more about Red Cross Asylum seekers centre you can visit the following website http://www.croix-rouge.be/activites/asile-et-migration/nos-centres-d-accueil-pour-demandeurs-d-asile/
This workcamp will be the 12th in the history of the Centre. Previous projects were successful and a source of motivation to continue to collaborate together.
WORK: Two different tasks are planned: Organisation of leisure activities for the kids (games, sports, DIY workshop…) and the creation and organisation of a final artistic exhibition, the local partner is waiting for your team to come with fresh ideas and to create a show with the residents, you could act, paint, film, dance…You will create this show all together and do an exhibition in the end of project at the centre Couleurs du monde.
ACCOMMODATION: Accommodation will be provided in the centre. Two bedrooms with 4 single beds (with shower and toilet). Smoking and drinking alcohol is strictly forbidden inside the centre.
Food will be provided, relax – no cooking! Pork is not cooked in the centre. If you need a specific diet – you are welcome as well, just let us know.
LOCATION: Rendeux is a countryside village that lies in the country's Walloon Region and Luxembourg Province and accounts up to 2,500 inhabitants. The village of Rendeux is located in the valley of the River Ourthe in an area which attracts many visitors both for its natural beauty and for such nearby medieval villages as La Roche-en-Ardenne (11km) and Durbuy (18km). For more details, please, visit: www.rendeux.be Belgium is quite small and cosy country, most cities and nice places are easy reachable by train.
Brussels is about 2h30 away from Rendeux.
NEXT TRAIN STATION: The closest train station is 8km away – Melreux-Hotton (there is a bus, running till train station – just 10minutes).
MEETING POINT: The 08th of July at Melreux-Hotton train station at 3.00pm
CAMP LANGUAGE: English, 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!
SPECIFIC REQUIRMENTS: This project requests volunteers with a good level of motivation for its theme and who are prepared to integrate the life of a refugee centre. We recommend them to a have an idea about the policy concerning refugees in their own country.
In order to demonstrate this, we ask the candidate volunteers:
- to send a short motivation letter
- to answer our specific questionnaire (if you do not have it yet, please ask it to your sending organisation).
We will not confirm any placement request before the analysis of these documents

Du liebst die Natur ? Dann komm nach Belgien und helfe dabei ein Naturzentrum, das sich für den Schutz von Vögeln einsetzt, zu renovieren.
Belgien    JAVVA17/05    Jalna Natural Reserve     01.08.-12.08.2017    ENVI/RENO   10vols (no more female)
PROJEKT: The Belgian Royal League for Bird Protection is an organisation founded in 1922 that works to promote conservation and protection of birds and the wider environment. Since 1997, The League has a “Nature Centre” in Namur Province. The centre hosts families, groups of youngsters and adults, organisations or schools willing to organise nature holidays, family holidays, study weekends, or any other activity related to nature and in a pleasant and relaxing environment.
This beautiful domain of 15 ha is a natural reserve that counts not less than 559 plant species, 953 kinds of mushrooms, 203 spider species, 223 kinds of night butterflies, 50 kinds of day butterflies and 99 bird species. The centre proposes different activities : guided tours of the natural reserve, theme activities (birds, animal footprints, plants, biodiversity, beavers, beehives,...), farm village tour, natural cooking (dandelion jam, nettle soup,...). The rates of the stay are very fair and all the incomes are entirely dedicated to nature conservation.
More information (FR) on www.protectiondesoiseaux.be/jalna/
WORK: The aim of this workcamp is to renovate the “Nature Centre” which is surrounded by the natural reserve. More concretely, the work will be mainly dedicated to painting and renovation work. And if there is enough time, they will carry out some work in the natural reserve, like to parks and some gardens maintenance: removing the over-grown grass.
ACCOMMODATION: Volunteers will sleep in a dormitory within the nature centre. Please bring a sleeping bag. Volunteers will be provided with a kitchen so they can cook their meals themselves.
LOCATION: This beautiful domain is located in a village called Heure, in the hollow of the green hills of Famenne. The village is located at about 10 km from Marche-en-Famenne and about 40 km of Namur, in the French-speaking part of Belgium. The centre of the village is located at 1 km. There is very little access to public transportation and there isn’t any store or bar in the area.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: This workcamp is designed for nature lovers who are not afraid of outdoor work in an isloated place without wifi. Please bring good working shoes and clothes that can get dirty as well as a raincoat in case of rainy weather.
A project related motivation letter is required.
NEAREST AIRPORT: Brussels International Airport (Zaventem) or Brussels South Airport (Charleroi)
NEAREST TRAINSTATION: Marche-en-Famenne
MEETING POINT: Marloie train station on 01.08.2017

Du moechtest das Leben in einer katholischen Abtei kennenlernen? Dann bist du hier richtig! Engagier dich und restauriere die Klostermauer!
Belgien    CBB08    Abbaye de Maredret    04.08.-19.08.2017    ENVI/MANU   12vols (no more female)
PLEASE NOTE: PRE-CAMP SESSION INCLUDED IN THE PROJECT DURATION
The pre-camp gathers the volunteers from different projects. The participation in the pre-camp is compulsory and free of charge. It is a unique opportunity for the volunteers to meet and to attend different workshops on group dynamic, intercultural education and volunteering awareness. The pre-camp lasts from Friday evening to Saturday afternoon. On Saturday, the volunteers will travel together to their camp location (the cost of this train ticket is covered by CBB). Because of the Pre-Camp Session meeting Point is Marche-en-Famenne!

PROJECT: The non-profit organization of “Abbaye des Saints Jean et Scholastique” is directly connected with the Maredret’s Abbey, a high patrimonial and cultural value of Belgium.
This partnership is built on the will to preserve the patrimonial heritage and create dialogue between volunteers working for a pluralist association and a local catholic community, each person being accepted with his/her convictions and personal point of view.
Beside its spiritual life, the association organizes activities and creative workshops for everybody interested. The main part of the activities, as Yoga, Gregorian music, vegetable and fruits gardens, gold coating,… try to offer appropriate place to facilitate the exchanges and to feel relaxed. The well preserved area surrounding the abbey with gardens, orchards, and plantation contributes a lot to this peaceful atmosphere - http://www.abbaye-maredret.be/#sthash.pG5k9F8t.dpbs
WORK: The Volunteers crew will work outside, especially to restore the surrounding wall of the Abbey: cleaning the wall, weeding, and pruning, painting benches...
BEWARE: This workcamp is based on manual and outdoor tasks which might be sometimes hard.
ACCOMMODATION: Volunteers will stay in bedrooms for two. Shower and toilets will be available on the same floor. On the ground floor, you’ll have your private living room that you can use for the evening and free time. The food will be provided by the community. During the fall time, they collect fruits to produce their own fruit juice and marmalade. Thanks to inform us in advance if you have a special diet.
LOCATION: Maredret (25km of bigger cities as Dinant and Namur) is a traditional village; most of the houses are built in stones of the country, extracted during decades of the local quarries. Maredret is a small jewel set in the Molignée’s Valley. This region is considered for the beauty of its landscapes and its natural resources. It’s very close of the touristic place of Maredsous..
SPECIFIC INFORMATION: There will be limited Internet access during the camp, available just from time to time. Participation to monastic life (daily mess….) is never compulsory. Obviously, volunteers will be individually free to join some public celebrations in case of wish or personal interest.
While promoting this workcamp in a catholic monastery, CBB insists on its pluralist values. This project offers to the volunteers the opportunity to work on a site with high patrimonial and cultural richness. We also see it as a nice opportunity to learn and develop awareness to interfaith dialogue and understanding. It is an alcohol free camp.
MEETING POINT: Marche-en-Famenne train station at 3.00pm (Pre-camp). Be aware that the last day of the project, your departure will be from Yvoir Train Station.

Unterstuetzte eine soziale Einrichtung fuer aeltere oder behinderte Menschen: Ihr nehmt Instandsetzungsarbeiten vor – zusammen mit den Bewohnern
Belgien    CBB12    Les Chemins d’Ariane (IMS)    04.08.-20.08.2017    DISA/MANU   8vols
PLEASE NOTE: PRE-CAMP SESSION INCLUDED IN THE PROJECT DURATION
The pre-camp gathers the volunteers from different projects. The participation in the pre-camp is compulsory and free of charge. It is a unique opportunity for the volunteers to meet and to attend different workshops on group dynamic, intercultural education and volunteering awareness. The pre-camp lasts from Friday evening to Saturday afternoon. On Saturday, the volunteers will travel together to their camp location (the cost of this train ticket is covered by CBB). Because of the Pre-Camp Session meeting Point is Marche-en-Famenne!

PROJECT: Les Chemins d ’Ariane, located in Ciney, is an institution recognized as “Medical and Social Institutes” (IMS). The mission of an IMS is to welcome, help, accompany people in need (disabled, old and convalescent people) through different kinds of social and medical services. The Chemins ’Ariane is a residential service that hosts around 330 people with a mental disability and or illness. A staff of professionals (educators, doctors, nurses…) is involved to facilitate the daily life of residents and to support their autonomy as much as possible. Workshops and leisure activities are used as a way to get participants involved and enhance their capabilities.
WORK: With the help of a staff member of the center, the volunteer crew will be involved in three different tasks. Each day, the group will be divided in 2 during the working hours and alternatively, they will take part to:
- Manual tasks: painting white lines by the roadsides, sanding and painting of picnic table, various outdoor maintenance tasks…;
- Creation of “artistic road signs” to invite the driver’s visitor to respect the speed limit, these activities will be implemented with the company of the residents;
- Participate in an excursion (the place has to be confirmed). Educators, residents and volunteers will go out of the center 2 days during the project, your role will be to take care of the participant during the trip.
ACCOMMODATION: Your team will be accommodated in a dormitory with all the facilities. Food will be provided.
LOCATION: Ciney is a small but very pleasant town (15.000 inhabitants). You can find there all the facilities. The town is well known for its famous special beers. Ciney is located about 30km from Namur, +/-100 km from Brussels or Liège.
MEETING POINT: Marche-en-Famenne train station (pre-camp). Be aware that the last day of the project your departure will be from Ciney Train Station.
SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS: This project request volunteers with a high level of motivation for the theme of inclusion. Previous experiences in groups animation or in work with people with a mental disability is welcome.
In order to demonstrate their motivation, we ask the candidate volunteers:
- To send us a short motivation letter;
- To answer our specific questionnaire (if you do not have it yet, please ask it to your sending organisation).
We will not confirm any placement request before the analysis of the documents.

Gelebte Inklusion in den Ferien: Zusammen mit acht anderen internationalen Freiwilligen und dreizehn Menschen mit (leichter) geistiger Behinderung!
Belgien    CBB13    Together on Holiday I    06.08.-15.08.2017    DISA   8vols
LANGUAGE: FRENCH
PROJECT: The aim of this camp is to offer to people with light mental disability the possibility to go on holidays with young international volunteers. During the workcamp, they share leisure time activities, make cultural visits and, above all, have fun. Thanks to this stay, people with learning disabilities can leave their parents, their daily life, and spend time with other adults of their age. They wouldn't be able to go on holiday alone. Volunteers and the CBB staff will accompany them in their leisure time and help them with their daily tasks. There will be 13 people with learning disabilities, 8 volunteers and one group leader. The disabled people are between 18 and 50 year old.
WORK: The two 1st days will be dedicated to prepare the activities and the shedule of the project (the people with learning disabilities people will arrive the 8th of August). From the 8th, volunteers, CBB staff and disabled people will spend together 24 hours a day. The CBB staff and the volunteers will be the guides of the disabled people. They will be responsible for them, they will organise the leisure time (excursions, walks, games, parties, etc.) and the meals.
If at the beginning you are wondering what’s going on, after 2 days you will be amazed by the jarring atmosphere. While respecting the rythm of each one, we are all there to enjoy ourselves!
ACCOMMODATION: We will share a cottage. We will have several dormitories and all the modern facilities, but you will need to bring your sleeping bag. Meals will depend on your cookery talents (self-catering).
LOCATION: The village of Vergnies is located in rural area in a well preserved zone in the south part of Belgium. The biggest complex of artificial lakes of the country is located at only 10km. Charleroi is located at 50 kms. Be aware that the village is quite isolated.
MEETING POINT: Walcourt train station at 5.00pm
SPECIFIC INFORMATION: This project request volunteers with a high level of motivation for the theme of inclusion. The volunteers must have a basic knowledge of French. A previous experience in group’s animation or in work with people in situation of mental disability is welcome.
In order to demonstrate their motivation and French knowledges, we ask the candidate volunteers:
- To send us a short motivation letter in French (do not be afraid to make mistakes, BUT please do not use any automatic translator!);
- To answer our specific questionnaire (if you do not have it yet, please ask it to your sending organisation). We will not confirm any placement request before the analysis of the documents.

Unterstuetzung fuer das Animationsteam im Zentrum fuer Asylbewerber
Belgien    CBB16    FEDASIL Asylum seeker centre     06.08.-26.08.2017    KIDS/SOCI   7vols (no more female)
PROJECT: The Rixensart Refugees Centre accommodates people or families who have asked for asylum in Belgium. Refugees come from Syria, Irak, Iran, Congo etc. Many of them fled from war or from countries that were under a dictatorship or devastated by an ecological disaster. Thus they came to Belgium with dreams of stability, richness and comfort life. It is not, however, that easy to be allowed to settle in Europe, especially for somebody from the South or the East. Before these people may start their new lives, their refugees status has to be proven and accepted. While waiting for the documents that will enable them to remain legally in our country, the immigrants are accommodated in this centre in the Brussels vicinity.
People living there await the solution concerning their administrative status. They never know what tomorrow may bring to them. There is a possibility that they will not obtain the authorisation to remain in Belgium and will have to leave the country. But on the other hand, they might see their dreams come true and get the chance to take a new start in life.
Therefore, residents often found themselves owerhelmed by feelings of relief and anguish, hope and disappointment. The life of Rixensart Refugees Centre reflects these individual dramas and big international tensions. Refugees often come with their children, who attend the school in the village in order to help their integration in Belgium.
Website (available in English): http://www.fedasil.be
WORK: The volunteers will give a hand and a fresh air to the Centre’s animation team – sportive or social games, billiard, movie clubs, fitness for women, football tournament, craft etc.
To a lesser extent, It will depend of the weather, your team could have some activities as painting inside or outside maintenance of the park
They will be required to get actively involved in the daily life of the Centre. Half of the time will be devoted to proposals of activities for children and adults (according to the population currently present in the Centre).
The management team of the centre is very well used to work with volunteers as they have been hosting this workcamp for several years.
ACCOMMODATION: Volunteers will be lodged in a common room (dormitory) in a building next to the central one. Showers are accessible in a central building.
FOOD: Self catering. Please, be aware that meals are simple. Vegetarian or any other diet should be announced in advance.
LOCATION: Rixensart is located in the Brabant Walloon province, 25 km from Brussels and 7 km from Wavre. The zone is highly urbanised and has all the usual conveniences, although, in the past, it used to be a rural and agricultural area. Thus, Rixensart still keeps its countryside charm but one can feel the proximity of Brussels (40 minutes by train, 20 by car). Refugees Centre is located outside the town centre, but in a walking distance from the famous local lake Genval, cinema, shops, supermarkets, train station. Website (in French): http://www.rixensart.be
MEETING POINT: The 06th of August at the Rixensart train station at 3.00pm
SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS: The volunteers are required to be at least 18 year old and to have basic knowledge of French. They will also have to send us a short motivation letter in French as well as to answer a questionnaire for the Centre.
Besides, it is necessary to have knowledge of animation (songs, music, dance, plays…) and to be able to assume responsibility for a small group. In addition, it is recommended that they have an idea about the policy concerning refugees in their own country, what the public image of the refugees is there, the place that is assigned for them. Some of these issues might be put on the table during the evenings. Being able to listen to others is very important there. This kind of workcamp is a very rich personal and human experience. It makes people aware of the complexity of certain social conditions related to the great inequalities on our planet.
Alcohol is formally prohibited in the Centre.

Renoviere ein Gebaeude fuer Kinder mit oekologischen Techniken
Belgien    JAVVA17/11    L Enfance de l Art - éco-construction    07.08.-18.08.2017    RENO   12vols
PROJECT: "L’Enfance de l'Art", founded in 1997, is an association which aims at helping parents in their education rôle in a society where the social network has been weakened by the dissolution of family solidarity. "L'Enfance de l'Art" creates an activity with centers of kids or disabled people, leisure workshops, nurseries, schools. To do so, the association follows the principles of Steiner-Waldorf pedagogy. The association welcomes around 105 children aged from 0 to 12. The nursery, kindergarten and primary classes are recognized by the FWB (Wallonie Bruxelles federal institution) and the association is located in an old boarding school, « Dames de la Providence ». The premises are going to be bought but are actually rented for a very low price in order to avoid vandalism. They are old and have been abandonned since 2004 but the parents from the association have decided to handle their renovation. And here comes the workcamp !
WORK: In partnership with a social building firm, 'l'Enfance de l'Art' organises a enovation workcamp in the previous boarding school, which has welcomed the new Waldorf School for six years, as well as the kindergartens in two of the renewed buildings. The firm uses materials that respect the kids environment as well as natural techniques. Volunteers will work from Monday to Friday, from 9am to 12am and from 2pm to 4pm, helping to restore a building in order to transform it into a welcoming place for kids between 2 and 3 (toilets, kitchen, game room...)
According to the progress of the camp, they will work in two or three teams and learn different techniques and activities :
• eco-renovation : wallscraping, lime and straw/hemp
coating ; structure dismantling by sorting materials
• garden planning
• participating in the managment and creation of a quality collective kitchen
ACCOMMODATION: On the workcamp place, in other buildings to be restored or in a tent ( to choose).
• two showers and several toilets
• a room to cook and eat
• two dorms
The atmosphere is like a 'scout' camp. Bring a sleeping bag, a torch (to move inside the buildings) and toilet case ( towels...)
The meals (light at lunch : sandwiches, salads, soup... and hot meal for dinner) will be prepared by a member of the association who will be helped by two volunteers in turns. The emphasis will be on a good managment of collective cookery in order to have a quality cooking with as few waste as possible.
LOCATION: Templeuve is a small village close to the French border (2 km) and 20 km from Lille and 10 km from Tournai. There is a market and small shops. There is a bus line that takes you to Tournai (every hour during the day). The countryside is plane, which makes it easy to bike (a few bikes will be available). Tournai is a touristic place for people in love with old stones, history and museums. Its cathedral is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Sight.
TERMINAL: By plane from Brussels National Airport (Zaventem). From the airport, you can go to South Station in Brussels and pick a train for Tournai. Or from Brussels South Airport (Charleroi) and then, pick a train from Charleroi Station to Tournai. The meeting point is in Tournai Train Station on 18/07 around 4PM. You can find train schedules on the following link : www.b-rail.be/main/F/
SPECIAL INFORMATION: This workcamp is opened to anyone with a real interest in natural building techniques and in experiencing time for sharing and meeting other people. The use of smartphones will be limited according to the common rules that will be established during the first night. Bring clothes and shoes that are suitable for work.

Gelebte Inklusion in den Ferien: Zusammen mit acht anderen internationalen Freiwilligen und dreizehn Menschen mit (leichter) geistiger Behinderung!
Belgien    CBB14    Together on Holiday II    15.08.-24.08.2017    DISA   8vols (no more female)
LANGUAGE: FRENCH
PROJECT: The aim of this camp is to offer to people with light mental disability the possibility to go on holidays with young international volunteers. During the workcamp, they share leisure time activities, make cultural visits and, above all, have fun. Thanks to this stay, people with learning disabilities can leave their parents, their daily life, and spend time with other adults of their age. They wouldn't be able to go on holiday alone. Volunteers and the CBB staff will accompany them in their leisure time and help them with their daily tasks. There will be 13 people with learning disabilities, 8 volunteers and one group leader. The disabled people are between 18 and 50 year old.
WORK: The two 1st days will be dedicated to prepare the activities and the shedule of the project (the people with learning disabilities people will arrive the 17th of July). From the 17th , volunteers, CBB staff and disabled people will spend together 24 hours a day. The CBB staff and the volunteers will be the guides of the disabled people. They will be responsible for them, they will organise the leisure time (excursions, walks, games, parties, etc.) and the meals.
If at the beginning you ask yourself about what’s going on, after 2 days you will be amazed by the jarring atmosphere. While respecting the rythm of each one, we are all there to enjoy ourselves!
ACCOMMODATION: You will share a cottage. You will have several dormitories and all the modern facilities, but you will need to bring your sleeping bag. Meals will depend on your cookery talents (self-catering).
LOCATION: The village of Vergnies is located in rural area in a well preserved zone in the south part of Belgium. The biggest complex of artificial lakes of the country is located at only 10km. Charleroi is located at 50 kms. Be aware that the village is quite isolated.
MEETING POINT: Walcourt train station at 5.00pm
SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS: This project request volunteers with a high level of motivation for the theme of inclusion. The volunteers must have a basic knowledge of French. A previous experience in group’s animation or in work with people in situation of mental disability is welcome.
In order to demonstrate their motivation and French knowledge, we ask the candidate volunteers:
- to send us a short motivation letter in French (do not be afraid to make mistakes, BUT please do not use any automatic translator !)
- to answer our specific questionnaire (if you do not have it yet, please ask it to your sending organisation). We will not confirm any placement request before the analysis of the documents

Das Zentrum « Arthur Regniers « kümmert sich um Menschen, die an zerebraler Kinderlähmungen oder anderen motorischen Einschrenkungen leiden. Als Volunteer kannst du die Patienten bei den Mahlzeiten unterstützen und bei der Planung von kulturellen Veranstaltungen, Workshops und Exkursionen helfen
Belgien    JAVVA17/07    Arthur Regniers Centre     16.08.-01.09.2017    DISA   9vols
PROJECT: The Centre “Arthur Regniers” hosts people suffering from cerebral palsy or from other motor disabilities. The aims of this Medical Teaching Institute is to provide educational support, health care, and well-being to the teenagers and adults of the centre and also give support to their families. The centre provides a open-space, various activities, and technical support in order to promote the social, professional and cultural autonomy of the residents.
WORK: The volunteers will be asked to give support to the residents of the centre for some basic needs (such as helping with the meals,...) and to participate in the organization of artistic and cultural activities, discussion groups, various workshops and excursions together with the centre’s staff. These activities will take place on the site of Bienne but also on another site (Thuin). Volunteers will have the possibility to work with the teenagers and/or with the adults of the centre. The schedules will be flexible and will be adapted during the following weeks according to the centre’s needs and the volunteers’ proposals. They will also have the opportunity to suggest their own activities (such as games, music, recipes,... related to their native country).
ACCOMMODATION: The Volunteers will be accommodated in a common room (dorm) that will be located within the centre. Meals will be taken in the centre’s refectory and will be prepared by the chefs of the centre.
LOCATION: Bienne-lez-Happart is a very small town near Binche and Charleroi. The centre itself is very isolated in the countryside but bicycles, a car, and train tickets will be available. These means of transportation can be used in the evenings or during the weekends to discover the region and visit other places in Belgium. Please bring your bicycle helmet and your driver’s license, if possible.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: This This workcamp is destined for volunteers who have a strong motivation for the topic. The work can be emotionally challenging. A basic knowledge of French is useful, as activities will be conducted with residents who do not speak a word of English. Volunteers are invited to prepare a game, bring a presentation, music or some traditional meals related to their country of origin.
A project-related motivation letter is required.
NEAREST AIRPORT: Brussels International Airport (Zaventem) or Brussels South Airport (Charleroi)
NEAREST TRAIN STATION: Binche train station
MEETING POINT: Binche train station on 16.08.2017

Beginne mit dem Bau eines Hauses in oekologischer Bauweise!
Belgien    CBB15    P’tits CRAPAU    19.08.-02.09.2017    MANU   7vols (no more female)
PROJECT: The P’tits C.R.A.P.A.U. (Centre de Recherche, d’Animation et de Partage autour de l’AUtonomie) is a non-profit organization active in the strengthening of the social solidarity, the promotion of the cultural and artistic development, respect for the human values and the environmental protection. Their actions are based on strong networking with local organizations based in Stavelot region. http://www.crapau.tk/ We collaborate with them since three years.
WORK: The members of the organization are since few years renovating an old house in the city center of Stavelot. In the future, this place will be the main office of the organisation, with a flat for the trainers and a working space to organise workshops. The Philosophy of the staff is to use as much as possible ecological-construction techniques to renovate the house. A lot of different manual tasks are waiting for you: separate and recycle material (steel, wood, electric tools…), preparation of the clay for insulation. On a lesser extent, the volunteers will meet some partners of P’tits Crapau and will take part in their daily tasks as vegetables harvesting, weeding…
ACCOMMODATION: Your team will be accommodated in a guest house (with all facilities) located at 10 min by walking from your working place, the house has also a big garden. Most of the time you will have a hot meal at noon on your working place. The other meals will be prepared on self-catering basis.
LOCATION: In the city of Stavelot (7.000 inhabitants). It is located in the French speaking part of Belgium and it is one of the oldest Belgian cities. Stavelot is famous with its “Laetare” carnival and the formula one racing circuit of Spa-Francorchamps. The nearest train station is about 7km, from there. During your free time on the week-end, you could easily reach by train Liège (60km) or, Brussels (150km)
MEETING POINT: Trois-Ponts train station

Lerne die Arbeit hinter den Bühnen des ältesten Festivals traditioneller Musik in Wallonia kennen!
Belgien    JAVVA17/08    Marsinne Folk Festival    05.09.-15.09.2017    FEST   10vols
PROJECT: Marsinne Folk Festival is the only one of its kind in Wallonia. Since 1992 it’s organized by the non-profit organisation «Musiques et Traditions». This three-day long Folk Festival features balls, concerts, dancing workshops, a free stage, sessions, street and puppet theatre, as well as a market for instrument makers and craftsmen. Whether you are an experienced dancer, an enthusiastic music lover or a one day passer-by, this is the place to be if you want to indulge in traditional music in a peaceful and easily accessible setting. Expect to find a friendly and family-oriented festival with a unique atmosphere and set in a spectacular location.
The lovely surroundings of the Marsinne castle-farm offer a unique atmosphere to the festival. We invite you to discover and enjoy what the oldest festival of traditional music Wallonia has to offer!
More information on: www.folkfestivalmarsinne.be
WORK: The volunteers will help on several aspects of the festival logistics, such as meals preparation for the entire team of the festival, assembling and dismantling of tents and structures, building and putting up the decorations, stage-managing, transport and unloading of material, installation of the market area, waste management,... Volunteers will work with all people working on the festival (technicians, stage managers, facilitators, organizers, cooks...).
The festival will take place from 08.09.-10.09. 2017.
ACCOMMODATION : The volunteers will sleep in tents during the workcamp. The living conditions are rudimentary close to conditions of a “scout camp”. Please bring your sleeping bag, mattress and toiletries. Nights can be very cold in Belgium.
Before and after the festival, meals will be taken with the diverse teams of the festival. Sandwiches will be prepared for lunch and a warm meal for dinner. During the festival, volunteers will receive meal tickets to get warm meals from the caterer of the site.
LOCATION: The castle-farm of Marsinne, built in the XII century, is located in the old village of Couthuin (Commune of Héron), in the Province of Liège in Wallonia in Wallonia, the French-speaking part of Belgium. The site of the festival is about 10km away from the city of Huy and 40km away from the city of Liège. The caste-farm hosts also a brewery that produces a craft beer: the «Léopold 7».
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: This workcamp requires hard physical efforts at some moments and an active participation and involvement of volunteers during the workcamp, due to the deadlines set for the good progress of the festival. Volunteers are asked to prove a strong interest for the thematic of the festival. There will be 3 free days during the workcamp: two days during and one day after the festival. Please bring good working shoes, gloves, clothes that can get dirty and a raincoat in case of rainy weather (+ sleeping bag & mattress). If you have a music instrument or juggling material, feel free to bring it!
A project-related motivation letter is required.
NEAREST AIRPORT: Brussels International Airport (Zaventem) or Brussels South Airport (Charleroi)
NEAREST TRAINSTATION: Huy train station
MEETING POINT: Huy train station on 05.09.2017