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Verein: AFS Interkulturelle Begegnungen e.V.
Projekt: Natuurpunt Educatie
Bewerbungsende: jährlich
Status: Stelle gestrichen
Laufzeit: ab Mitte Februar 2010 - 6 months
Sprache im Projekt: keine Angaben

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Bewerbungsbeginn für die Abreise im Sommer eines Jahres ist immer der 1. September des Vorjahres. Bewerbungsschluss ist 30. September.
Bewerbungsbeginn für die Abreise Anfang eines Jahres ist immer der 1. März des Vorjahres. Bewerbungsschluss ist der 30. März.

- The volunteer should be able to work independently and should have an interest in education.
- Knowledge of or an interest in the themes of nature, environment and landscape is necessary.
- The volunteer should be willing to work together with otherorganisations, under the guidance of the educational staff members.
- We prefer a volunteer who is familiar with one or more target groups of a diverse ethno-cultural background (see higher).
- Some experience with volunteering in the home country is an advantage
- The volunteer is willing to become immersed in the socio-culturalfield and to search for good cooperations with different communities.

AFS, the coordinating host organisation, strongly believes in theintercultural learning aspect of an EVS-experience. Therefore, thevolunteer will be living with a volunteer host family, as we believethis is the best introduction to Flemish culture and a greatopportunity to integrate in the local community. Volunteers should bewilling to share in the host family's daily life (spend some free timewith them, occasionally join the family on activities outside thehouse, eat together, give a helping hand in the household... ) andshould be motivated to live with and learn about Flemish people ofdifferent ages and opinions. They should also be willing to adapt tothe local eating habits. On the other hand, we guarantee a family thatis interested to learn about the volunteer's culture and background andthat respects his/her values and beliefs. Living in a host family is anexcellent opportunity for both the volunteer and the family to broadentheir cultural horizons!
Candidates who clearly prefer to live independently or together withother volunteers, are advised not to apply for this project.


The Organisation:

- Natuurpunt Educatie is a specialised education organisation,recognised by the Flemish Community. They organise courses aboutnature, environment and landscape throughout Flanders and in theBrussels Capital Region.
Natuurpunt aims to educate people about these themes. Its courses aimfor personal development, but another goal is to encourage people toactively participate in and for nature. Their particular approach toeducation stimulates community building and increases the opportunitiesfor participation for all people.
"Learning for nature, environment and landscape" and "learning for biodiversity" are central in our educational work.
Our courses focus on the several kinds of plants and animals, onbiotopes in general (a.o. Nature in the garden, in the city… ), natureconservation, biodiversity and elements of nature conservation andpolicy in general.
Natuurpunt Educatie would like to broaden its target group and wants to pay extra attention to diversity and interculturalism.

Natuurpunt Educatie works together with several organisations in order to realise its mission.

Cooperation with volunteers: Natuurpunt Educatie cooperates veryclosely with the nature conservation movement 'Natuurpunt'. Natuurpunthas 67 221 members at this moment, divided in approximately 200sections. Several volunteer guides give courses in the field, and aresupported by Natuurpunt Educatie.

The projects in which the volunteer will be involved will be set up inGhent, as we are now (on the moment of the compilation of the HEI) inthe process of hiring an educational staff member for our provincialsecretariat in Ghent. The team at the secretariat in Ghent will consistof 2 staff members (one new, one that is already working there) and thevolunteer. The staff members will help the volunteer to get to knowGhent and its surroundings, and will introduce him/her to the networkof Natuurpunt Educatie and to the cooperating partner organisations.The address of the Ghent secretariat is Kortrijksepoortstraat 192 -9000 Ghent

Ghent is the capital of the provice Eastern Flanders and hasapprocimately 233000 inhabitants. It is located where the riversSchelde and Leie merge, and is famous for its historic centre with thecastle Gravensteen, the St. Peters Abbey and 3 beguinages. There are 14museums in Ghent, covering nature, folklore and art. In July, there arethe very famous 'Gentse Feesten', a 10-day festival in the whole city.The pedestrian shopping streets make shopping a relaxed activity.People who love nature can visit the nature reserve "BourgovenOssemeersen" (212 hectares), that is only a couple of kilometres fromthe centre. The other cities in Flanders (Antwerp, Bruges, Brussels… )can easily be reached from Ghent by public transport or by car.

The Project:

The European Commission has declared 2008 the European year of theintercultural dialogue. In the framework of this campaign, the FlemishCommunity is also working on interculturalism. In the spring of 2005the project "interculturalisation of the sectors culture, youth workand sports" was launched. Research resulted in a first action plan inFebruary 2006: "Interculturalisation - Flemish Action Plan from and forCulture, Youth Work and Sports".
In line with its vision, Natuurpunt Educatie also pays attention toelements of diversity and interculturalism. Starting from the FlemishAuthority's Action Plan, Natuurpunt Educatie also wants to broaden itsway of working. They want to search for opportunities to better reachtarget groups with a different ethno-cultural background* with theireducational work. Natuurpunt Educatie wants to cooperate with otherorganisations and networks of the different ethno-cultural communities(Turkish, African… ) (* The Flemish Action Plan defines persons with aethno-culturally diverse background as follows: 1) persons who havebeen living in Flanders for quite some time and who have - through ahistory of migration of themselves or their (grand)parents - affinitywith more than one culture, one of which is not associated with WesternEurope; 2) persons from non-Western European countries who haverecently settled in Flanders, eg as an asylum seeker or through familyreunion. )

Natuurpunt Educatie wishes to work with and international volunteer,especially in the light of its new initiatives regardingInterculturalism. In this way, its staff can get to know a differentculture and learn how in the volunteer's home country people workaround the theme of "nature". Through involving an internationalvolunteer, Natuurpunt Educatie wants to broaden its perspective in itswork on interculturalism. Working with an international volunteer willallow us to have a different view on man, society and nature - insideour own organisation, but also in our relation with other partners inthis project.

Natuurpunt Educaties works together with several organisations in thebroad socio-cultural field, which will enable the volunteer to get toknow the social life in Flanders. Moreover, the ethical valueassociated with nature is a bridging factor between different cultures.Although different cultures look at nature in a different way, allenjoy its qualities of silence, rest and recreation. Starting from thisbinding element, we want to introduce people from a differentethno-cultural background to our nature and educate them about thistheme.

What we offer the volunteer:
- Get to know the social life in Flanders
- Get to know the culture and society of Belgium
- Get to know socio-cultural education work of Natuurpunt Educatie and its partners
- Get to know the workings of several self-organisations of different ethno-cultural communities in Flanders
- Learn about nature and biodiversity
- Get to know several nature reserves in the region, and nature in an urban environment.
- Learn about biodeversity in the broader framework of sustainable development, starting from the situation in Flanders
- Learn to work together with different organisations, and to tune different goals - learn to deal with diversity.

Activities: projects of nature education (100%)
- Together with the professional staff member, the volunteerestablishes contacts with the target group and with the cooperatingpartner organisations to set up an educational initiative on the themeof nature, environment and landscape (30%)
Analysis of the needs and wishes of the target group. (20%)
Analysis of the existing conceptions and images of nature of the target group. (10%)
- Compiling a program of potential activities for and with the target group. (20%)
- Coordinate and accompany activities with the target group together with the educational staff member. (40%)
- Participate in courses of Natuurpunt Educatie. (10%)

Work schedule:
Monday to Friday, 7 hours per day between 8.30 - 17.00 h. Lunchbreaksfrom 30 to 60 minutes, we have a coffe break at 10.00 am. Occasionalweekend work will be discussed with the volunteer - these hours will becompensated during the week. 12 holidays for a 6-month project, whenthese are taken will be discussed with the volunteer.
AFS, the coordinating organisation, will provide a basic languagecourse at the beginning of the project. After this, the volunteer canjoin a public course in the region of the local host organisation.

Reference number: 2006-BEFL-45