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Verein: AFS Interkulturelle Begegnungen e.V.
Projekt: VZW Arbeidscentrum De wroeter AFS-De Wroeter social workplace
Bewerbungsende: jährlich
Status: Stelle gestrichen
Laufzeit: ab Mitte Februar 2010 - 6 months
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 motivated to make contacts with thedisadvantaged people from De Wroeter, he/she should have an open mindand be interested in the people and their stories. The volunteer should not be afraid of working outside on the field anddoing fysical labour. He/or she should have an interest in biologicalfarming.
De Wroeter has a long history in hosting international volunteers andthere are also a few around. In the months june/july they host a workcamp for Danish volunteers. The EVS-volunteer will thus never be alone.For us it's always very interesting to host international volunteers.It opens up the eyes and horizons of the socially disadvanaged peoplethat work here. It helps them realize that the world is more than justDe Wroeter and the village they live in. They also realize thatsolidarity can work even though there might be some material andlanguage bariers. Both the volunteer and the people from De Wroeterlearn from each other and there respective background and culture. Thevolunteer can also learn how in Flanders we try to deal with theproblem of long term unemployment and the integration of sociallydisadavantaged people in society. He would also see how a social workplace is organized in Belgium and compare this with his own experiencein the sending country.
Not only through the workplace but also by staying with a host familythe volunteer will have all chances to integrate in the localcommunity. Also AFS organizes monthly activitites in which thevolunteer can take part and thus get to know Flanders and its peoplebetter.

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:

A) Regular activities in the host organisationDe Wroeter is a non-residential centre for socially disadvantagedpeople, some of them have a minor handicap. It is situated in abeautiful and nice countryside area in Limburg. Growing vegetables andfruit in a biological way is the main activity. Other activities aremaintenance of the environment (lanes, flowers, and trees...) andoccasional building activities. The vegetables and fruits that theygrow are sold in a shop at the site and also at the weekly markets inthe area. A new concept at 'De Wroeter' is an annual cultural exchange,when a group of De Wroeter goes to France on a holiday.The objective of the organisation is to enlarge the social integrationof the people by giving them work or useful daytime activities.

B) Local communityThe municipality of Kortessem is situated in the eastern part ofFlanders, in the province of Limburg. It has about 8000 inhabitants.The nearest city is that of Hasselt, the capital of Limburg. Hasselthas a lot to offer when it comes to shopping, entertainment, sports,…There is a regular bus from Kortessem to Hasselt, which about 10 kmaway.The province of Limburg is one of the few places in Flanders where youwill still find open spaces. It is know for it's possibilities forhiking and biking. It's close to the border with the Netherlands andGermany.

C) Description of the EVS projectDe Wroeter is a social work place where long term unemployed (at least5 years) and socially vulnerable people get a chance to do a job andthus reïntegrate into the society. Some stay for a long term and othersjust come for a few weeks. The training they receive here is primarlyfocused on practical work. De Wroeter also offers basic courses inDutch, cooking and first aid.For De Wroeter it's very important to offer people a usefull job andsome practical skills. In society nowadays one only matters if he/shehas some skills. As important as the work, contact with 'normal'society is very important. The shop and the weekly visits to themarkets offer a chance for this. De Wroeter also tries to organize somefree time activities (weekends, christmas party,…). The project is fora great part subsidised by Flemish government. It's very important tonote that De Wroeter is NOT a commercial organisation, its goal is toreintegrate people into society through offerning them some kind ofusefull work.The main activity is the biological farm. In green houses (800 squaremeters) and in the open field (2000 square meters) they grow vegetables(peas, lettuce, tomatos, cucumbres,…). The vegetables grown in thegreen houses are sold at the big vegetable market in the province. Thevegetables from the open field are sold at the shop and on localmarkets. There is also a 100 square metres big fruit garden (pears,aples, plums, cherries,…)
In cooperation with the local municipality the people from De Wroeteralso do the daily maintenance of the public flower- and plantgardens.During winter they also take care of several nature reserves (cuttingtrees, mowing,…)
At the Wroeter-shop people from all over come to buy the vegetables andfruit from the centre. A group of people also goes and sells theproducts on the local markets.
One new aspect is the annual cultural exchange with Spain and/orFrance. Some workers and counselors of De Wroeter go for a week abroadas a sort of holiday, while also doing some small chores at the site.

Tasks in the Project:

-free time activities 20%
The volunteer can join the preparation for these activities and be anactive participant in setting up and assisting in the activitiesthemselves. He or she can also come up with own suggestions. He couldmaybe set up an activity in which he learns the workers more about hisown country.
The volunteer can also help with the preparation of the annual trip toFrance/Spain (tansportation, accomodation,…), help preparing the peoplefor this experience (info session) and probably joining them as well.
-biological farm 40%
This is a very important part of the project. To get to know the peopleworking in the project, it is important to work WITH them as it iscrucial to get to know the people working in the project. They have tobuild up a relationship to work on all the other parts of the projecttoo. The volunteer will do the same tasks as the people participatingin the project. This will include all aspects of the process of sowing,mowing, preparing, taking care of the material, planning with theresponsible, etc.
As told before, there is a part with vegetables and a part with fruit. There will be a diversity in work in both aspects.
-public flower- and plantgardens 15%
The volunteer will work with the group. He or she will assist them with their tasks.
-market 5%
The volunteer will join the group to the market. He or she will helpout in guiding and setting up. Depending on the capacities, thevolunteer can help in decorating the area of the market space, makingprice lists, promotion, etc. Through selling of these products DeWroeter funds its activities and set-up. De Wroeter is not a profitorganisation and thus the volunteer will not be involved in moneymaking activities.
-nature reserve 10 %
The volunteer will help out in guiding the group and will work with them in the reserve.
-exchange 10 %
The volunteer can actively participate in helping out to prepare theparticipants. He or she will join them on the exchange and can speakfrom own experience in guiding the group. Depending on his or her owncapacities he or she can be more actively or passively involved.
- own project: the project is open to the volunteer developing his orher own project within the context of the farm, the free activities orthe cultural exchange. Time can be devoted to that. There is a fulltime schedule available where the volunteer can step into, but personalinitiative will be encouraged.
The work or the time provided for each task can be changed depending of the work and the need in every cathegory.
Hours : average/week : 37.5h
Weekdays uren : 08h00 till 16h15 (with 45 min break)
Evenings no
Saturdays exceptional
Sundays exceptional
Holiday: 2 days/month

AFS : The volunteer will stay with a host family in the surroundings of the project, provided by AFS.

AFS : Food is provided by the host family. For lunch he/she will needto take a food pack with him/her. Coffee and soup is available at theproject.

Language training
AFS : AFS organizes a language course during the first six weeks (2x2,5 hours/week).

Training and support
AFS : During his/her stay AFS provides the necessary interculturaltraining, counseling and back-up (local and national). The volunteer,the host family and the project are appointed a contact person.

Reference number: 2006-BEFL-29