Immersion in the asylum seeker center of Rixensart
Description: The Centre for asylum seekers in Rixensart is an open centre for people who have asked for asylum in Belgium. Its main tasks are to feed, accommodate and provide social and medical aid to asylum-seekers. The asylum seekers stay in the centre during the whole 1st stage of the procedure (4 months at least). The centre hosts nowadays 220 people (mostly families and minor mothers with their children) and is located in the residential area of Rixensart. The residents have few opportunities to distract themselves. The aim of the work camp is to encourage intercultural meeting between the volunteers and the residents of the center, and to offer leisure activities to the residents.
Type of Work: Animation of activities for asylum seekers living in the center (mainly children, which relieves their parents a little): creative workshops, environmental awareness (sorting of waste, etc.), swimming pool, outdoor games, sports , visits ... Children like a lot the activities organized by the volunteers. It's a bit more difficult to attract the adults. Discussion and sharings with them is easier in the evenings . Volunteers can prepare ideas for activities to bring from home. They will also be involved in activities organized by other volunteers from the center.
Study Theme: Migration issues and asylum procedure in Belgium.
Accommodation: Volunteers will sleep in a room of the centre.
Language: Good knowledge of French required because some of the asylum seekers don’t speak English.
Requirements: Be 20 years old and over and fill in the extra motivation form. . To enjoy working and playing with children and have done it in the past. Artistic and musical skills are an asset. The work camp can be psychologically tiring.
Approximate Location: Rixensart is a charming little town located approximately 20 km from Brussels
Notes: 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 are welcome to bring material with them. For more information: www.fedasil.be
The budget for the food is very tight, this aspect can be an issue for some volunteers (not much variety and luxury). Please take some food with you if you think it can be a problem. Not accessible to wheelchairs.