Creativity and inclusion at the Adventure Playground of Péri
Looking for one volunteer
Due to the Covid-19 crisis, activities might be subject to modifications.
Hosting organisation : Terrain d'aventure du Péri
Le Terrain d’Aventure du Péri (The Adventure Playground of Péri) has been created in 1977, thanks to the involvement of passionate people, parents and neighbours, for whom it was important to offer children a new space of freedom as an alternative to the technical progress and modernity they judged socially unfair.
The adventure playground is open to all young people, from 5 to 26 years old but most children are below 15. It is a place dedicated to self-development and community life, a place where children can learn and experiment without pressure.
The team is made up of 8 workers, and often welcomes students in internships.
Nearly every day, between 10 and 60 children gather there to share a lot of activities: outdoor games, table games, sheds building, do-it-yourself, cooking workshops, artistic workshops and gardening. All these activities must help them develop their autonomy, responsibility, critical sense and solidarity. There are also a lot of activities, visits, residential camps organized outside of the Terrain: trip to the Northern sea, swimming pool, bicycle trips, camping. In the summer period (JULY and AUGUST), the Terrain is especially busy and welcomes up to 60 kids every day.
There is no obligation to be active and there is no result/production to reach in the adventure playground. The most important thing is to share and to exchange with others.
In order to avoid any exclusion for socio-economical reasons, the access to the adventure playground is totally free of charge.
The playground is recognized as youth centre by the French community of Belgium. It follows a mission of education to an active and responsible citizenship. Eight youth workers are employed by the organization, most of them at a part time job.
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CBB host in total 21 international volunteers around Wallonia. The ESC team of CBB try his best to connect this network of volunteers together trought different collective activities, seminar …
Support organization : CBB
In addition to this, the hosting organization is supported by the Association des Compagnons Bâtisseurs, aka CBB located in Marche-en-Famenne. CBB is a non-profit, non-political youth organisation recognized and financially supported by the Wallonia-Brussels Federation. The organisation proposes different kinds of activities, based on volunteering and non-formal education: local and international workcamps, medium and long term voluntary services (including ESC), and 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 role as a support organization is to:
- Promote the project and link between local and the international networks;
- Support in the selection and preparation of European volunteers before arrival;
- Manage of administrative matters: budget allowances; support in the creation of the bank account and enrollment at the municipality; enrollment in insurance (if not done by sending organization); preparation of activity agreement;
- Provide pedagogical support for the volunteer and the hosting organization: ensures the participation in the NA seminars; organization of auto-evaluation meetings for the volunteer and the hosting organization to reflect on learning outcomes;
- Handle practical arrangements: information about health insurance system in Belgium; indications about French lesson possibilities; online language tool…
- Create networking between all ESC volunteers of the hosting organizations we support.
The volunteer in Liège will have contacts with CBB network and the other ESC volunteers through networking activities and seminars organized by the National Agency.
“The Terrain d’Aventure du Péri is a place where children can be themselves, where they learn to share, to respect others, to follow their passions and to express their personality and creativity. The animator job is helping them learn to develop their personality and discover their passions and abilities, according to the world around them.”
Beatrice from Italy, ESC volunteer 2019-2020