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Code: CBB01-12
Country: Belgium
Region: Brabant Walloon
Title: Fedasil
Start date: 01 April 2012
End date: 14 April 2012
Project type: Social
Ages: 20 - 70
Partner organisation: CBB
UNA Exchange Placement Fee: £150.00 find out about costing
Work: Volunteers will be working at the Rixensart Refugees Centre which accommodates people or families who have asked for asylum in Belgium. Refugees come from Kosovo, Chechnya, Iran, Congo etc. Many of them fled from war or from countries that were under a dictatorship or devastated by an ecological disaster. Refugees often come with their children, who attend the school in the village in order to help their integration in Belgium.

Volunteers will help the Centre’s team with sports or active games eg billiard, movie clubs, fitness for women, football tournaments or crafts. You will also help with manual work like cleaning up a garden or in case of rain – painting the interior of the centre. You 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.
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.
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. Meals will be provided by the Centre. Please, be aware that meals are simple. Vegetarian or any other diet should be announced in advance.
Special remarks: TERMINAL : Brussels ; STUDY THEME : A knowledge of policy regarding refugees, public perception of refugees etc would be useful ; SPECIAL REMARKS : Volunteers must be at least 20 years old and able to speak French. A motivation letter in French and filling in of a questionnaire is required. Whilst the main language of the camp is French the residents at the centre speak a wide variety of languages. Alcohol is prohibited in the Centre ; EXTRA FEE : N/A

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