Youth work in Ciney

Looking for one volunteer

City + Country

Ciney, Belgium

Dates of the next project

From 1st July 2023 to 30th June 2024

Deadline to apply

11th of April 2023 (23:59)

Hosting organisation : La Maison des Jeunes de Ciney

Your main role as a volunteer will be to assist the non-profit association La Maison des Jeunes de Ciney (Youth House of Ciney). In this project, the volunteer will have the chance to put himself in the shoes of a youth worker and supervise young people aged 12 to 26, together with the team.

La Maison des Jeunes, aka MJ Ciney, gives youngsters from 12 to 26 opportunities to engage in social, cultural and artistic activities. They encourage youngsters to become responsible citizens and to actively participate in society.

Feel free to visit the website and Facebook page.

It is located in the courtyard of St Roch Castle, in the middle of the town’s pretty park. For more than 30 years, MJ Ciney has been recognized as a Youth Centre by the Wallonia-Brussels Federation.

The Youth house has different activities:

  1. Welcome space: open to any youngster wishing to meet and/or organise activities with other participants.
  2. Themed evenings: animated debates, intercultural nights, blind tests
  3. Sport, cultural, artistic excursions: city trips, paintball, beach walks, theatre, cinema
  4. Summer camps: there were 11 activities and 6 camps in 2021 about radio, sport, theatre, hip-hop, skate and so on
  5. Weekly workshops: music (guitar, drums, singing), art (fashion design, theatre) or sport (Chinese box, fitness, self defence)
  6. Longer projects: youngsters realise their own projects from idea to implementation with the support of the youth house staff
  7. Visits in schools

CBB coordinates 26 international volunteers around Wallonia. The ESC team of CBB tries its best to connect volunteers together trough different activities, seminars, etc.

Support organization : CBB

The association des Compagnons Bâtisseurs, aka CBB, is located in Marche-en-Famenne (another cool Belgian town). CBB is a non-profit, non-political youth organisation recognized and financially supported by the Wallonia-Brussels Federation. The organisation proposes different volunteering activities using non-formal education principles: local and international workcamps, short and long term voluntary services (including ESC), leisure time activities for and with disabled people, campleaders trainings… CBB is active within the different European programmes of volunteering and non-formal education since 1997 and also hosts ESC volunteers each year.

CBB’s roles as support organization are to:

  • Promote the project and to link local and the international networks
  • Support the selection and coaching of European volunteers before arrival
  • Manage administrative matters: budget allowances, bank account creation and enrollment at the municipality, insurance (if not done by sending organisation), activity agreement
  • Provide pedagogical support for the volunteer and the hosting organization: ensuring the participation in the National Agency seminars, organising auto-evaluation meetings with the volunteer and hosting organization to reflect on learning outcomes
  • Handle practical arrangements: information about health insurance in Belgium, French lessons, online language tools, etc.
  • Create networking activities between all ESC volunteers of the hosting organisations they support