Organize Activities in the Asylum Seeker Center of Natoye
Description: The Red-Cross center of Natoye « Le Relais du Monde » is an open center for asylum-seekers of various origins. 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 has the capacity to host up to 269 people and has reached it’s maximum hosting capacity in February. The majority of the residents are families but also isolated men. The center welcomes also a few unaccompanied minors and isolated women. Residents mainly come from Afghanistan, Palestine, RDC, Guinea (41 nationalities)… The aim of the workcamp is to encourage intercultural meeting between the volunteers and the residents of the center and to propose leisure activities to the residents
Type of Work: The volunteers will organize and lead different activities for the residents adults and teenagers (also for children but less because many activities are already proposed to them): sport, handicraft and art workshops, cooking, visits, etc. At the beginning of the project, a planning of activities will be set up by the group and everyone will be able to propose activities in which he/she feels at ease. It’s is really interesting for the residents to propose activities they are not used to.
Study Theme: Discovery of the asylum application procedures in Belgium. The first day of the camp there will be training about intercultural living.
Accommodation: Volunteers will sleep in one of the rooms of the center. The comfort is very basic.
Language: Basics in French are welcomed.
Requirements: A MOTIVATION LETTER IN FRENCH is requested. To enjoy working in teams. Volunteers with an experience with kids and/or creative volunteers are particularly welcome. For your information, the budget granted to the Centers for Asylum Seekers was drastically reduced in 2014. Volunteers are then encouraged to realize activities at a lower cost and those who want can bring material with them.
Approximate Location: The center “Le Relais du Monde” is located, 300 meters from the Natoye train station, in a 10 ha domain. Natoye is a village located near Namur.
Notes: Only for volunteers from 20 years old. Not accessible to wheelchairs.
The budget for the food is very restricted for the resident, this aspect can be an issue for some volunteers (not very various and delicious). Please take some food with you if you think it can be a problem. For more Information on the center : http://www.croix-rouge.be/activites/asile-et-migration/les-centres-de28099accueil/le-relais-du-monde-natoye