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

Diese Stelle ist nicht mehr verfügbar!

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 interested to work in a multiculturalenvironment in Brussels as well as in interacting with homeless people(and children).

The volunteer should like to work with people with a less privileged background.

The volunteer should have a good level of independence and be willing to take initiative.

Practical expectations:
-working hours:38/week (occasionally working in weekend or evenings)
- be prepared to work in close consultation with the coach
-be prepared to speak/learn some French (a large part of our targetgroup speaks French)
-be prepared to learn Dutch as we are a Dutchspeaking organisation-if possible knowledge of English (not necessary)
- be highly interested to become skilled in manual woodwork (backgroundknowledge on manual woodwork is very welcome, but not necessary)

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:

HOBO organises 6 different projects for (ex-) inhabitants of 16 centres(homes) which are working in the caring sector of the homeless. The 6projects are: 1. employment service incl. an atelier for wood andgarden work 2. sports 3. culture 4. working with children 5. assistedliving 6. medical support. Through these projects HOBO offersactivities which are complementary to the work of the 16 differentcenters with main aims like offering useful leisure time possibilities,countering the low self-esteem of the homeless and give themopportunities to create more self-confidence. Our team counts 13people. Each one is responsible for a different project.

The volunteer will be involved in our preliminary training project:Bamboe(workshop for woodwork and work in the garden). This project ismeant to learn homeless people work-ethics and to motivate them towork, in order to enlarge their opportunities to find education andwork. Each participant is coached and evaluated individually. The mainaim of this project is to increase the job opportunities of thehomeless participants.

HOBO's office and main working area is situated in Brussels.
Brussels is the capital of Belgium and it's the political andeconomical centre. Also a lot of European Administrations are based inBrussels, which makes it a very multicultural city. In Brussels the twoofficial languages are Dutch and French.Brussels is easily reachable bypublic transport. The city has three main train stations. The publictransport is well organised.

We assume that volunteers can learn from their experience with Hobo andthat the staff of Hobo can learn from their experience with volunteers!This is the point of departure in our ideas about contact withvolunteers. We have volunteers working in our organisation on regularbasis. Every week a volunteer helps out to guide our workshop'creativity'. Dozens of volunteers help us out at big yearly events.Someone helped us out with the guidance of our weekly sports activity,... . The volunteer is always encouraged to bring new ideas and to forman integral part with our target group and with the team.

We have experience with three EVS-volunteers in the past. With one ofthese volunteers we had a really brilliant experience. She was a Germangirl who took part to different activities within HOBO. She also helpedto organise various activities regarding culture and sports and she wasactive in the preparation of the "hoboday". At the end of herexperience she spoke very fluent Dutch and we have still regularcontacts with this girl. She had a very positive way of life and shewanted to support the project in every possible way. She succededwonderfully in her support to HOBO. The other two volunteersinterpreted the information badly and they came with incorrectexpectations. We would like to avoid such situations in the future. Wemeant for them to organise a few activities (like a moutainbike-route,cultural excursions, workshop "creativity", swimming-trip) for thechildren in the project "working with children". Because of themisunderstanding between the volunteers and HOBO, these activitiesnever were organised. Our next volunteer would be asked to cooperate inthe Bamboe-project.

The Project:

Volunteers signify a surplus for each organisation. Volunteers look atthe organisation from a critical distance. They can ask questions aboutrules or things that the staff considers as normal. So this is veryrefreshing. It can stimulate new ideas and projects. Discovering othercultures is also enriching. This is interesting as well for the staffas for the target group of the center. It is an extra impuls to be openand tolerant towards eachother and other cultures. The volunteer canalso discover the culture of Belgium and the way of living here.

The volunteer will be offered:
-working within a dynamic team: to consult eachother and work together is very important
-working with people of different nationalities, different languages and varying ways of life
-get to know and be an integral part of a specific target group, namely homeless people
-learn to talk about your ideas and opinions-insight in the evolution of the Bamboe-project and its participants
-discovering Brussels, the capital of Belgium and heart of Europe
-insight in the job opportunities of homeless people

The volunteer will be offered the opportunity to pass through allstages within the Bamboe-project. Through this project he/she will gainknowledge and skillfullness. Depending on the gained knowledge andskills, it would be the aim to let the volunteer work on a personalproject within the Bamboe-project. This personal project would be areal support to the existing structure and it will allow the volunteerto take responsibilities. It could be something for which theinstructor of the workshop, normally wouldn't find the time. Perhapsthe volunteer will be able to be in charge of one of the orders for thewoodworkshop in consultation with the coach. Another possibility can befound in personal guidance of certain participants of the project.

The volunteer will be involved in our preliminary training project:Bamboe(workshop for woodwork and work in the garden). This project ismeant to learn homeless people work-ethics and to motivate them towork, in order to enlarge their opportunities to find education andwork. Each participant is coached and evaluated individually. The mainaim of this project is to increase the job opportunities of thehomeless participants.
The task of the volunteer will depend on the assignments and the ordersthat are placed for the woodworkshop. At the moment we have for examplean order for the decoration of a courtyard. We are also building aworkbench. The volunteer will be asked to help in the construction ofthese objects. He/she will learn certain skills like sawing, in orderto realise eventually a personal project. The tasks within the gardenworkshop will vary from sowing, pruning and trimming to creativelaying-out of a garden. Every week we organise an informationmoment torecruit new participants. For this aspect we would ask support from thevolunteer.
The volunteer will have the opportunity to participate as a guest inthe other projects as well. That will enable him/her to learn about thecomplete working of HOBO. There will also be opportunities to getacquinted with the 16 different centers for the homeless which arecomplementary to the work of HOBO and have as main aims offering usefulleisure time possibilities, countering the low self-esteem of thehomeless and give them opportunities to create more self-confidence.The main contribution will be however to the Bamboe-project. Thevolunteer will be offered no tasks or responsibilities in otherprojects than the Bamboe-project.

The workshop is open from Monday to Thursday between 8 am and 6 pm. On Monday in the afternoon we plan our weekly teammeeting.

Monday 8.00 -12.30: Bamboe-workshop (woodwork and working in the garden)
12.30 - 17.00: teammeeting
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 8.00 - 18.00 : Bamboe-workshop (woodwork and working in the garden)

It is very difficult to add percentages to the different tasks withinthe Bamboe-project. All will depend on the orders and the participants.Every day brings something new and the volunteer will have theoppurtunity to find his/her place. The volunteer can decide on his/herspecific job responsibilities in consultation with the instructor ofthe workshop. Hollidays and recuperation time will also be discussedwith the instructor or the coordinator. The volunteer will have a fixedschedule, but depending on the assignments we can exceptionally adjustthe schedule after consultation with the volunteer.

Reference number: 2005-BEFL-21