VOLUNTEER IN THE OFFICE FOR LOCAL INITIATIVES IN ROCHEFORT

Looking for one volunteer 

City + Country

Rochefort, Belgium

Dates of the next project

From 1st April 2022 to 30th October 2022

Deadline to apply

24th of January 2022 (11:59 p.m.)

Due to the Covid-19 crisis, activities might be subject to modifications.

Hosting organization: Syndicat d'initiatives Rochefort

 Syndicat d’initiatives (SI) is an organization of local interest, which aims are to promote and vitalize the territory.  They reach the general public through three areas:

1. Event organization

During the year, SI runs about 20 days of public events, most of them taking place during the summer season. Here are the most popular:

  • Le Carrefour BD – comic books festival that celebrates this special art form holding meetings and talks with local authors
  • Le Marché du rire – “Laughing Market” of Rochefort, part of the International Laughing Festival that lasts up to three weeks
  • The Giant Flea Market
  • “The Serenades” – music festival where young musicians have the chance to show their skills to the public
  • Le Rendez-vous – local market and place where artists gather to share their creations
  • La Balade Gourmande Nocturne – avenue of local specialities followed by art shows and exhibitions (fire juggling, equestrian shows)
  • Village de Noel – local Christmas Market lasting for two weeks in December
  • Festival of Microadventures – festival dedicated to the nature and microadventures, happening for two days, and where people can participate in conferences, workshops and masterclasses

2. SI Info Point

The Info Point is the city’s tourism office, which is open seven days a week during the entire year. Its purpose is to find and promote various events in the region not only for tourists, but also for locals, since they try to promote youth camps, summer activities for children, and, in general, the cultural agenda of the region. The office also serves as a ticket sale point for the Laughter Festival.

3. Tourist attractions in the city of Rochefort

  • SI maintain 7 hiking trails in the city and around 30 in the surrounding area (650 km)
  • They operate the little train which takes tourists around town in a 60 minutes guided ride
  • Under their responsibilities are the local swimming pool and a mini-golf course. The office is in charge of selling tickets and refreshments and providing safety info to visitors.

To be able to offer all these activities to the public, SI/tourist office collaborates with many organizations in Rochefort: the cultural center, the youth house, the International Festival of Laughter, the local development agency, etc…

They host several local volunteers during the year who support their work.

They target visitors of different age groups. Even though 65 % of the visitors are from Belgium, they also accommodate to the needs of international travellers.

Further information can be found on their website

Support organization: CBB

L’Association des Compagnons Bâtisseurs – aka CBB – is located in the nearby town of Marche-en-Famenne. CBB is a non-profit, non-political youth organization, recognized and financially supported by the Wallonia-Brussels Federation.
 
The organization 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, camp leaders trainings…
 
CBB is active within the different European programs of volunteering and non-formal education since 1997 and also hosts ESC volunteers each year.
 
CBB’s role as 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);
  • Prepare the 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: accommodation; 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.

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