Hola amigos! Os presentamos esta interesante oportunidad SVE en Bélgica, en capital de la región belga de Valonia, de entre 9 y 12 meses. Durante el voluntariado te ocuparas de organizar actividades de animación para personas mayores en un centro de día.
The hosting organisation
Accommodation and Rest and Care House with a “safe quarter” for confused elderly.
The hosting and care for confused Elderly is mainly characterized by the creation of a secure living space. Every effort is made to ensure that each resident can “feel him good” in this area of life enabling them to realize, to come true and to open up and despite the poly-pathology that afflicts him.
The main focus is on support and / or replacement on a daily basis and that in every detail of life. This allows the resident to “stabilize him” in its loss of autonomy, or even cover a bit more autonomy for certain acts that could be done again, which again gives a satisfaction of fullfilment.
The Foyer Ste-Anne offers the full range of specialists dedicated to these goals. Volunteers will be mainly in contact with the healthcare, physiotherapist or animation team.
Easily accessible by road, air, rail or waterway, Namur at the confluence of the Meuse and Sambre, is the capital of Wallonia with its 3.5 million inhabitants and is located in the heart of the European Regions.
Namur has changed its face without losing her smile and that is inherited from the Namur new places, redesigned boulevards, the reshaped city gates, walks along the upgraded banks. Namur has expanded its pedestrian area, allowed businesses targeting the quality, developed its cultural life, looked for lights that put her curves.
The population of the province is increasing and the proportion of youth under twenty years is higher than the national average. The city of Namur will move and create. From cinema to choral sing through poetry, the saxophone, fairground arts, guitar and even laugh: a dozen internationally renowned festivals have, for example, emerged in the province.
The Elderly people is lossing his autonomy in performing activities of daily life, that is to say, to wash, dress, move, eat. These losses of autonomy are compensated by a multidisciplinary team comprising nurses, aid caregiver, physiotherapists, speech therapist, animators.
This multidisciplinary team supports the Elderly. Thus, the volunteer will be included in a professional team and will be especially affected in principle to animation tasks.
However, the orientation of activities will be determined according to his abilities on proposal of the tutor
The integration of European volunteers in this team focuses primarily on:
– To meet the demand of young European volunteers willing to commit to serving others and in particular the elderly,
– To develop an intergenerational project and through animation activities and daily contacts,
– At some times, to accompany residents (elderly) in the performance of activities of daily life.
– To live a human experience through an institution that integrate social, psychological and medical care of seniors
– They can make their own contribution to the project particularly in the field of animation
– To share their experience with staff and local volunteers and thus provide a “more” in the Foyer.
In any case, the participation of these volunteers is not a substitute for local employment. In no case, they will perform activities assigned to nurses or nursing.
The volunteer tasks are mainly focused on the “relational” through:
– Animation activities (representing 70% of the time) such as: games, singing, painting on silk, etc.
– Support of the elderly for meals, walks, etc (about 20% of the time)
Volunteers will eventually develop initiatives based on their personal experience as long as these initiatives are matching the goals set by the teaching team. Their presence will help diversify and to find new approaches, based on another culture. This will be beneficial for the local staff, for the residents and the volunteers themselves.
A typical day is running between 1000 and 1800 Hr with working hours of up to 6 Hr per day, 5 days a week. Two days of rest are foreseen each week.
TWO weeks of leave per semester is expected.
Daily contact with the tutor is possible; a weekly coordination is taking place within the animation team and an evaluation meeting is held every month.
Volunteers participate in debriefing sessions and in the preparation’s programs for animation.
Accommodation and practical arrangements
Volunteers are accomodated outside the Rest and Care House, in rooms located in a building housing student nurses. There they will be in regular contact with youth coming from Belgium, France, and from various other countries as well as within the home, they can meet other volunteers from foreign countries.
A period of two weeks is reserved for the integration of volunteers:
– In the local life environment
– In the Rest and Care House
A period of intensive learning can be provided depending on the level of knowledge in French and may be followed by regular weekly classes in a school or a local language learning center. The schedule of service will be adjusted accordingly.
EXAMPLE OF A TYPE-WEEK (THE EXACT PROGRAM IS DEFINED EVERY WEEK WITHIN THE TEAM AND ANIMATION IN FUNCTION OF SKILLS AND MOTIVATION OF VOLUNTEERS)
Monday morning: FREE or cooperative games
Afternoon kitchen or manual activities, words / letters plays
Tuesday morning: swimming pool or individual activities
Afternoon: tissue / wool Workshop / kitchen / garden activities / DIY
Wednesday morning library
Afternoon: memory /society games
Thursday morning: FREE or games / individual activities
Afternoon: cards / board or collage playing / drawing
Friday morning: FREE or individual activities
Afternoon activities : musical/ memory games
EXAMPLE OF TYPE -DAY (HR MAXIMUM 6 PER DAY)
1000 Hr: Making contact with residents during soup dsitribution
1100 Hr 1200 Hr: Various animations
1200 Hr: Accompanying residents for dinner
1300 Hr 1400 Hr: Break
1400 Hr: Coffee
1400 Hr 1700 Hr: Various animations
Hr 1730 Hr 1800: Dinner
– If possible basic knowledge of French
– The interest of (the) volunteer for a social purpose mission, centered on the elderly.
This profile is assessed jointly by the coordinating and host org -based on the application file and on a telephone interview with the candidates.
The project will start on the 5th of September and the duration is between 9 and 12 months.
How to apply
Building Bridges members and/or long term unemployed (proved by scanned document) will have preference to this volunteer service.
We will study carefully all application and selected candidates will be invite for Skype interview. The selection of volunteers will take place in the coming weeks.
For the selection of the volunteers we will need:
– Europass CV with picture (made in the last month) with skype name included. We give you creative ideas about how to create a good CV in English.
– Motivational letter, writing that your sending organisation will be “Building Bridges”. 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 to the project and to the activities. It will be paid special attention to cover letters. Remember to write in the motivation letter that your sending institution is “Asociación Building Bridges”.
– The application form filled in. You can download it here.
All documents written in English you can attach below with subject: “EVS Namur. YOUR NAME. YOUR SURNAME” to firstname.lastname@example.org
The deadline to apply is 26th of February 2016.