The Association des Compagnons Bâtisseurs, aka CBB, is a non–profit organization recognized and financially supported as Youth Organization by the Brussels–Wallonia Federation since 1978. It is member of the ALLIANCE of European Voluntary Service Organizations since 1997. In Belgium, CBB is member of the federation of the pluralist and independent youth organizations. Very recently, CBB also became member of the CCIVS. As Youth Organization, CBB is managed by young volunteers. 7 Board members out of 8 and 82% of the members of the general assembly are below 35 years old.
Universal Declaration on Human Rights. All the actions of the organization are based on the principles of non–formal education (in the French meaning of Popular Education). Our projects aim to support the development of active citizens, capable of sense of responsibility, criticism and solidarity. They offer a space for interaction and expression of people from diverse origins and abilities, with the objectives to encourage their awareness on societal challenges (from local to global level), to raise new links of solidarity between them and between their communities, and to support their full participation in the society. In that sense, any project or activity in CBB encourages:
→ The meetings beyond the differences. Our projects encourage the awareness to the richness of human diversity and the creation of new social links.
→ The practices of active citizenship and the promotion of volunteering: by taking part in our projects, people should experiment new ways of participation and to be encouraged to take responsibility in their communities.
→ The informal and non–formal learning processes: the participation in our projects must permit the acquirement and development of competences such as self–confidence, autonomy, intercultural competences, leading skills, manual, social or linguistics abilities…
ABOUT OUR WORKCAMPS
Local host: All our projects answer the needs of the local communities and are organized for the common good. They are organized in collaboration with local non–profit organizations or with local authorities. Our local partners recognize themselves in the values and goals promoted by CBB: active citizenship, richness of the interculturality and human diversity, importance of youth empowerment and youth participation. The local hosts are deeply involved in the preparation and the implementation of the projects. They are in charge to organize the work and to accompany the volunteers in their tasks. They are also responsible to facilitate the meeting between the international volunteers and the community. It is the local hosts who cover the lodging and food costs of the volunteers.
Campleaders: One or two group leaders, prepared by CBB, participate in each camp and are responsible to facilitate the community life. These leaders are volunteers, with previous experiences in volunteering projects and who are prepared to lead a group. The campleaders in CBB have a volunteer status, but they receive a little money from our organization (120€/week) in order to cover their costs. The amount provided to the leaders of the teenage camps is more important than for adult camps and could be compared to paid labour. Every year, CBB organizes a specific training in two modules, one more theoretical and one more practical, (3 days long for each module) for its workcamp leaders: one in November and one in April. We are also happy to host leaders trained and recommended by our partners. The group leaders share all the aspects of the workcamp with the international volunteers. They participate in the volunteer tasks as well as in the daily life and in the leisure time activities. In every project, there are also one or two technical leaders in charge of organizing and facilitating the work. These technical leaders are workers or volunteers from the local host. They are mainly present during the working days and do not participate in the residential life.
→ the extra allowance given to the qualified camp leaders
→ the leisure time activities of the group.
A parental authorization and medical facts sheet are requested from the volunteers who want to participate in a teenage camp.
Inclusion policy (A4A): CBB is convinced that the international volunteering projects represent a great added educational value for those who take part in them. This is true for anybody and that’s why we do our best to make our projects benefiting to everybody, young people facing barriers to mobility included. Beyond the politically correct statement, there are acts to be undertaken. We must recognize that, because of economic, social, educational or geographical difficulties, or because of a disability, some have fewer opportunities to benefit from the learning experience our projects offer to the volunteers. That’s why CBB fully subscribes with the ALLIANCE A4A policy. Several places are booked in our projects for “volunteers with fewer opportunities”. When needed, we can also implement a differentiated registration and follow–up process (using the A4A tools). An “Access for All” placement should be requested only if a specific support from our side is necessary. If there is no need of extra support from our side, we do not want to know if you consider, or not, that the volunteer has fewer opportunities. We will just be pleased to host “a volunteer”. We ask the sending organizations to use the A4A “pre–departure form” and to provide us with the information we need to know in order to orientate the candidate to a suitable project and to ensure him/her correct hosting conditions.
- 15 – 17 years old
- Language If not other specification: English, but the practice of French is never forbidden
- Minimum 2 qualified group leaders + 1 technical leader
- Participative group management
- Working hours 30–35 weekly hours
- Participation fee 180€
- Food and lodging Costs are covered by the local host. Depending on the project, self–catering or meals provided
- Cultural visits and leisure activities costs: Costs covered by CBB
- Insurance Third liability insurance provided by CBB. The volunteers need a personal insurance to cover possible injury or
1) Domaine de Chevetogne – CBB02
Number of volunteers: 14
The project: Le Domaine provincial de Chevetogne is a big centre for environmental education and social tourism. There is a huge park situated on 550 acres and a modest castle. Pupils from primary and secondary schools come there to participate in activities focusing on discovering the nature and rural way of life. During the summer, many kids and families make a one– day excursion to the Domaine or stay there for holidays to do sports, picnics, observe nature. Motivated and professional staff from Le Domaine de Chevetogne hopes to share their passion for the environment with international volunteers. Website (in French) : www.domainedechevetogne.be.
Food and accommodation: In a lovely cottage in the middle of the domain with beds, a kitchen and a bathroom with hot shower. Bring with you your sleeping bag. The food will be provided by the Domain’s kitchen. Volunteers must notify beforehand about specific diet.
Location: Le Domaine de Chevetogne is located in the countryside. By choosing this workcamp, the volunteer decides to live in the nature. All around, there are fields and woods. As the domain is also a tourist centre, there are plenty of opportunities for entertainment: outdoor swimming pool (bring your swimsuit and swimming cap), football fields, minigolf, tennis or basketball playgrounds, kayak… During the weekend, it will be possible to organize cultural visits and to travel to the biggest Belgian cities. The town of Ciney is 10 kilometres away from the Domain of Chevetogne.
Meeting Point: The 29th of July at Ciney train station at 4.00pm.
Camp language: English.
Specific requirements: There will be limited Internet access during the camp available just from time to time. It’s compulsory to take working clothes, raincoat and working boots with you.
Extra Fee: 180 € of participation fee. To cover the extra allowance given to the qualified camp leaders and the leisure time activities.
2) Domaine de Mozet – CBB03
Number of participants: 12
The project: The Domaine of Mozet is an old castle–farm dating from the 11th century. Now, with its 10 hectares the castle is available for meetings and lodging kids to discover the biodiversity of the Nature. The Domaine hosts school field trips for pupils – special programs of 3–4 days dedicated to history, forest, wild and domestic animals, seasons’ changes etc. as well as animation – constructing huts, games and so on. Besides, thanks to its features it is fit for youth groups: youth movements, schools, and theatre or sports groups for their activities. If you want to know more about the place (in French) : https://www.mozet.be/
Work: With the help of a technical leader the volunteers will build a wood shed for goats of inside the pedagogical farm. Nature workshops led by the staff of Mozet will also be offered to volunteers
Food and accommodation: Housing inside the castle. The volunteers will share a dormitory all together. Shower, toilets are at the same floor, next to the room. You will have a hot meal at noon on your working place. The other meals will be prepared on self– catering basis.
Location: Mozet is situated 12km away from the capital of Wallonia – Namur (100–thousands inhabitants). Nevertheless, the Domain is well hidden in the countryside and surrounded by charming valleys, forest and typical villages. Mozet is also recognized as one of the most beautiful village of Belgium. The closest train station is 5km away from the castle. During the weekend, it will be possible to organize cultural visits and to travel to the biggest Belgian cities.
BEWARE: the place is really isolated. (No shops around).
Meeting Point: The 01th of August at Naninne train station at 3.00pm.
Camp language: English.
Specific requirements: There will be limited Internet access during the camp.
Extra fee: 180 € of participation fee. To cover the extra allowance given to the qualified camp leaders and the leisure time acvities
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