Center for Asylum Seekers of Florennes
Description: The center of Florennes is an open center for asylum-seekers. The residents of the center benefit from social and material assistance and medical care during the waiting period of their application for asylum (in order to be recognized as a refugee). The center hosts 500 people from various origins (mainly men). This number is less than last year due to the increasingly restrictive migration policies. The staff has to manage still a lot of people, with fairly little financial means... The aim of the project is to propose activities to the residents of the center (kids, women, men), and to promote intercultural dialogue.
Type of Work: The work will consist mainly in organizing activities for children, youth and adults living in the center. The workcamp will end with a closing activity (show, exhibition, party…) that will be defined together with the center staff in the first week. For the residents, the presence of the group during two weeks is really refreshing and entertaining.
Study Theme: Migration issues and asylum procedure in Belgium. The first day, a training about living an intercultural experience will be proposed to the group.
Accommodation: Accommodation in group in 2 big rooms of the center (beds and bedsheets are available in the center). The volunteers will live in the same conditions as the residents: they will share their food, their toilets,... Those conditions are quite basic.
Language: Basics in French are required. Asylum seekers do not all speak English.
Requirements: A motivation letter is requested for this camp (in English/French). The minimum age is 20 years old. For volunteers motivated by organizing activities. The workcamp can be psychologically tiring (proximity with the residents). For your information, the budget granted to the Centers for Asylum Seekers were drastically reduced in 2014.
Approximate Location: Florennes is a village located in the South of Belgium, 30 minutes away from the city of Namur and 1 hour from the city of Charleroi, in a rural area.
Notes: For your information, the budget granted to the Centers for Asylum Seekers were drastically reduced in 2014. Volunteers are then encouraged to realize activities at a lower cost and those who want are welcome to bring material with them. Moreover, volunteers will eat the same food than the residents. The budget for the food is very restricted what can be an issue for some volunteers (very simple food, not very various). Please take some food with you if you think it can be a problem. Not accessible to wheelchairs. Only for volunteers from 20 years old For more information on the center: http://fedasil.be/fr/center/florennes
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