Volunteering in Liège, Belgium

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

BASIC INFO: Organisation: VIEWS International; Activity location: Liège, Belgium; Start: 11/01/2021 to 11/10/2021; Duration: 39 weeks; Deadline to apply: No application deadline;

ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION

Views International is an European NGO having its Executive Office situated in the city of Liège, Belgium. The usual activities of VIEWS International are: the organization of European projects (youth exchanges, EVS, seminars…). And then there are the local activities, carried out together with our Belgian partners. Our projects are adapted for young visually impaired persons, 18-30 years old. The volunteer can develop intercultural activities with sighted and visually impaired young Belgians, and help them create European activities where they are involved (in the field of music, sport…) He/She can help organize leisure activities (cultural gatherings, sport activities) for sighted or visually impaired young people, together with our network of local partners (La Baraka asbl, etc.); he/she can help with awareness-raising sessions (such as dinners in the dark, info sessions on visual impairment, etc.) or organising logistics/ set up activities for international youth projects.

ACCOMMODATION, FOOD AND TRANSPORT ARRANGEMENTS

The volunteer will have his own room, but will share kitchen, bathroom and toilet with the group of young volunteers, boys and girls separated. The apartment will be in the neighbourhood, so as to allow a relatively quick autonomy, thanks to the mobility and orientation classes. The neighbourhood counts many small shops, more accessible to young people. Electrical household appliances will be equipped with tactile marks, and tools will be adapted (table sets with contrasting colours, marked storing boxes, freezer…).

TRAINING DURING THE ACTIVITY

In his first two weeks, the visually impaired volunteer will be given classes of orientation, as well as daily-living and professional skills sessions, with a timetable agreed by mutual consent with the supervisors and which takes into account everyone’s needs and possibilities. French classes will also be provided during this period in an intensive fashion, with adapted material and provided by a teacher specialized in French as a Foreign Language and with a lot of experience with visually impaired students.

PARTICIPANT PROFILE

This project mainly targets young visually impaired people, 18-30 years old. In order to better adapt to the daily tasks, the volunteer must have a basic knowledge of French (beginner level). The volunteer will be motivated and will have the desire to be integrated in the working team. Besides, the volunteer will strive for the autonomy and integration necessary in his private and daily life, both with his housemates and his multicultural neighbours. Being open and knowing how to listen are essential qualities for the tasks that the volunteer will be required to carry out.

HOW TO APPLY:

We will study carefully all applications and selected candidates will be invited for a Skype interview. The selection of volunteers will take place in the upcoming weeks.

For the selection of the volunteers we will need:

– Europass CV with picture (made in the last month) with Skype username included.

– Motivational letter, writing that your sending organisation will be “Enjoy Sicily”. We ask all candidates to send a specific letter of motivation – why they want to volunteer with us rather than just a general EVS one. The volunteer is chosen according to his/her motivation and interest in the project and the activities. It will be paid special attention to cover letters.

APPLICATION FORM

All documents written in English you can attach below with subject: “Volunteering in Liège, Belgium”  to info@enjoysicily.org

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