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Verein: AFS Interkulturelle Begegnungen e.V.
Projekt: AFS - Dienstverleningscentrum Heilig Hart
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 like to work with people and we also think that itis important to have a close relationship between inhabitants andstaff/volunteers, and between staff and volunteers. Therefore we askfrom a volunteer social skills. The volunteer will need a dose ofpatience to observe and to listen to the inhabitants. Teamwork is veryimportant. The volunteer should be ready for openness in communicationabout all topics.

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. Candidates 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 your culture and background and thatrespects your values and beliefs. Living in a host family is anexcellent opportunity for both you and the family to broaden yourcultural horizons!
Candidates who are not sure this suits their profile are advised to getin touch with someone who has experience with living in a host family.If you already know you prefer to live independently, please refrainfrom applying for this project.


The Organisation:

What is the organisation about:
Education, nursing and organising activities for children and adultswith a moderate, severe or deep mental handicap. Most of the peoplealso are motorically disabled persons, they have often health problemsand/or sometimes behaviour handicaps. These are people with a multiplehandicap.There are staying 344 people here.The people can stay here onfulltime basis. They stay in groups of 8 to 10 people. Every group hasits own appartment. Next to the taking-care, they also get a lot oftherapies : physiotherapy and speech therapy.The volunteers will mostlyhelp with leisure activities and help with the meals.

Some examples of activities are :
· 'snoezelen' (a method to make the people aware of the surroundings and different senses)
·music : sound bowls, didgeridoo, …
·working with different materials, create some things with guidance

Deinze is a rather moderate town with about 30000 inhabitants. There isa youth centre where lots of activities are organised. There are lotsof cafes and places to go out. There is also a train station and lotsof busses with connection to Ghent, the closest big town. Brussels isabout 45 minutes away. In Deinze, there are a lot of youngsters andorganisations the volunteer can participate in. The organisation has been working with international groups already.There is a cooperation with a Spanish and a German organisation. Wealso work with international students (work experiences). We also cancount on local Flemish volunteers. The staff members notice that thisis of great value for the inhabitants. The help of the volunteerscreates more time for individual coaching and more time to experimentwith new activities. Because of the EVS volunteer, we were able to tryout new games, a new communication wall, and lots of other things. Theinternational character of the EVS volunteers gave rise to interestinginteractions because of their different cultural background and becauseof the different language. These foreign interactions have a positiveeffect on the inhabitants. The enthousiasm of the volunteer oftenmotivates members of the staff. Especially the long term EVS volunteerswho stay 6 months can really have a close relationship with theinhabitants and the staff. They are part of the daily routine, that isso welcome for our inhabitants. This is less the case with our localFlemish volunteers, who only come a few times in a longer period. Theorganisation thinks that starting a structural cooperation with aforeign volunteer can only add to the things they are doing already.The organisation already works with volunteers and has experience withsetting up special projects. The combination of these two can have aninteresting result.

The Project:

Aims and activities of the EVS project:
We can offer volunteers experience with people with a mental handicap.We teach them how to communicate with body language and to observecarefully. They get the oppurtunity to work together (teamwork) in adifferent cultural environment. Social skills will certainly be trained.

All weekdays : (general) Helping with the education and nursing of people with a mental handicap.

- 10%: helping in a group : support giving breakfast and lunch, little household jobs,
- 10 %: entertaining the people in their free time (eg. the momentswhere disabled people are waiting because the educators have to wash orfeed another child/adult.): this can be done with the toys already madeby the centre or with little games. The people working in the centrehave experience with this and can help out the volunteers with this.The volunteer can also use certain workboxes that the centre developed(working with certain themes, eg. Sound, Touching, etc.). The volunteercan, if he or she is creative, develop own boxes, together with thedisabled people from the centre. Helping to create toys, which are easyto handle for people with a motor/mental handicap.
- 15%: helping in a class (children) or activity group (adults).
- 10% attending meetings, planning activities (while the people are resting).
- 25 % supporting activities: Snoezelen (Dutch word, non translatable,but means: working on the senses of the people with light, sound,touching, etc. The centre developed an own 'Snoezel' room with allsorts of equipment), walking, swimming, horse-riding, riding withbicycles, massages, music (listening to relax, or even playinginstruments), cooking, … The organisation has its own activity groupswhere occupation therapists work with the people with a handicap on aprofessional basis.
- 30 % General activities: Helping to decorate the living areas andtherapy rooms. Going along with day trips (to the coast, woods, lunaparks …): About every two weeks there are trips outside of the centre.Attending big happenings inside the institution (Open doors Day,special theme Day, etc.)

In holidays :
- giving more activities (no class anymore).
- when the weather is good : lot's of walks, bicycle rides, …
Within the last two parts (supporting activities and generalactivities), the volunteer can develop a personal project. There areoccupation therapists and staff members to organise those activities,but when the volunteer feels comfortable after a while, he or she candevelop something personal. He or she will get time and space to dothis.
Normal day schedule (not all days will look like this, as there are special days, etc.)
8.00-8.30: helping in a group : support giving breakfast,
8.30-09.30: entertaining the people in their free time
9.30-12.00: helping in a class (children) or activity group (adults)
12.00-13.30: support giving lunch, little household jobs, attending toa meeting, planning activities (while the people are resting).
14.15-16.30: supporting an activity (snoezelen, walking, swimming, horse riding, …)

Working hours : ca. 37.5 hours/week
Weekdays : 7.5 hours/day
No weekends, evenings or nights
Holidays : 2 days/month

Reference number: 2005-BEFL-20