|Verein:||AFS Interkulturelle Begegnungen e.V.|
|Projekt:||Les Compagnons Dépanneurs|
|Laufzeit:||ab September 2010 - 6 months|
|Sprache im Projekt:||keine Angaben|
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The work is physicallyhard, and it is more convenient for a boy, but tasks can be adapted for a girl.The most important condition for the association is that the volunteer has aninterest for manual work, and a real sensitivity for social concerns, the willto meet others, and underprivileged. He should be ready to work in a very smalland rather old team (sometimes with just 1-2 person) and also in dusty and dirtyplaces, and to roll his sleeves up. He will feel more comfortable in hisvolunteering time if he had an experience dealing with underprivileged. If thevolunteer knows how to use a hammer and a screwdriver it will always be useful.
Description of the project:
The associationaims to:
1) give a material help to underprivileged people, (and sometimesorganisations) who are facing difficulties and who, facing a cruel shortage ofmoney, are unable to live decently in a decent place.
The Compagnons give freely a hand for the house moving, the painting,papering, electricity work, ceiling work… and all the odd jobs needed in orderto live in a healthy house.
2) to encourage the good will of the youth, without excluding adults,and to unite those youth in a voluntary task that will enrich them as much aswhom they help. By working alongside underprivileged people for the renovationof their house the Compagnons do much more than just giving a hand. They workon self-confidence, solidarity and warmth.
The non profit organisation works with 160 volunteers, splitted in 7sections in Belgium. They are agedbetween 14 and 85 years old, but most of the regular volunteers in Liège and Namur are over 50 yearsold.
The people helped by the Compagnons live with a minimal aid, given bythe state for the ones who aren’t working and who cannot enjoy the dole. Thosepeople are often sent by social centres, churches or other social associations.
Task of the volunteer:
The daily tasks ofthe volunteer will come down to working on the renovation sites. He/she will goin the house to be renovated, analyse the priorities, do all the measurements,and evaluate works to be done. He /she will accompany an older compagnon inorder to learn how to do it. The volunteer will do all kind of manual work inthe house: painting , wallpapering… andfind time to chat and have a cup of coffee with the house’s owner. Thevolunteer may also take part in move from one house to another. He/she will dophysical works (lifting furniture…) as well as spending some time discussing,meeting the underprivileged.
The volunteer will accompany one team in its commitment and in all theservices it gives to people.
The association can only count on volunteers in order to fulfil itsmissions, the European volunteer will do the same tasks as other localvolunteers. If the volunteer has special skills, the association will be theplace where he/she will be able to grow them.
The main work will be done with the companions, but the schedule may becompleted with other activities in a different sector :
In Namur, theproject also offer a work in a social restaurant where the volunteer can help for preparingthe evening meals, serve the dishes, discuss with the clients, clean the diningroom…
In Liège, thevolunteer can take part in the activities of another association that organizeafter school activities: games, handcraft, sport, street library, homeworkschool (for taking part in this school, a good knowledge of French isrequired).The volunteer can also help for someadministration in the office of the companions and for the recruitment of nonevs volunteers.
Possible contact languages: French, Dutch.
Accommodation: Family stay (weexpect the participation in daily life and family activities).
Monday to Friday, approximatelyfrom 8.45 am to 3.30. pm for therenovation sites. One hour break forlunch.
In Namur, the social restaurant opensfrom Tuesday to Friday from 16h30 to 20h30.In Liège, the homework schooltakes place everyday from 15h30 to 16h30. The leisure and artistic activitiesare organised on Wednesday afternoon, and the street library opens on Saturdayafternoon.