Creating a neighborhood community in Ghent
Description: 'De Brugse Poort' is a super diverse neighborhood in the city of Ghent. Experience has taught us that there is a need for creative initiatives where people from different backgrounds can meet each other, express themselves, exchange ideas and feel involved. As a non profit organization ('De Vergunning') we took up the task of renovating a building that has fallen into decay. This building was formerly used as a theater, cinema and youth center. We will now change it into 'De Koer', where for the next 35 years we want to create a place that will help form a community, a place for artistic work and development, connected to the historical, architectural, geographical and social meaning of the site.
Type of Work: There will be two different areas of work. Most of the time we will be finishing the rebuilding work that needs to be done. This includes painting, finishing up the walls, working at the garden, etc. Aside from the rebuilding work, it will also be the task of the volunteers to help before and during our opening festivities. These festivities will take place the 23rd of September, close to the end of the work camp. This part of the work will include preparing the party and setting things up, helping with promotion, preparing food for visitors and artists, providing entertainment for children, …
Study Theme: 'De koer' is an initiative started from the bottom-up, with different projects and people working together. We would like to tell you our story (our history as well as our future plans) and make the link with several difficulties that can arise during this kind of projects (for example dealing with diversity in a neighborhood, space in a city, bottom-up initiatives, …). We would like to create a learning opportunity for everyone, where volunteers can come up with their own experiences and ideas.
Accommodation: This will be a place within Ghent with beds and shower facilities
Language: English and Dutch will be spoken in the camp site.
Requirements: Volunteers will work 5 days out of 7. It is expected that you participate in cooking, cleaning up, doing the dishes and putting away any materials used.
Approximate Location: Brugse Poort, Gent
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