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Aktion Sühnezeichen Friedensdienste Belgique/België vzw (ASF Belgique/België vzw)


EVS Accreditation Details
EVS accreditation type
organisation_acctype: 
Sending
Coordinating
EVS accreditation expiry date 16/04/2015
Location Brussel, Belgium
Organisation topics
organisation_theme: 
European awareness
Disability
Inclusion topics
organisation_inclusion: 
Educational difficulties
Social difficulties
Cultural differences
Economic difficulties
Disability
Geographical difficulties

EVS accreditation number

2012-BEFL-14

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Project Environment

Motivation and EVS experience

ASF België/Belgique was founded in August 2004 to support the work of the German NGO Aktion
Suehnezeichen Friedensdienste e.V. (ASF or in English, Action Reconciliation Service for Peace,
ARSP). ARSP has worked towards reconciliation and peace for nearly 50 years. ARSP’s main form of
activity is international voluntary service, which we call a “peace service” because ARSP works
together with its partner organisations for intercultural understanding and solidarity for the promotion of
peace and the defence of human rights. ARSP has developed the long-term volunteer programme in
Belgium since 1961, which is based upon the humanitarian values of justice, dignity and respect.
ARSP has been involved in the EVS Programme since it started, hosting about 5 volunteers in
Belgium every year. We co-operate with other countries, such as Poland, Czech Republic, Belgium,
Netherlands, England and Norway, Germany and also with the partner countries Israel, Russia,
Belarus and Ukraine.
ARSP is interested in participating in EVS as the ideas of Youth in Action correspond to the ideals of
our organisation: international, intercultural and interreligious youth exchange, promotion of European
awareness, anti-discrimination, promotion of individual and civil engagement. Our aims are to achieve
mutual respect between different cultures, to overcome stereotypes and discrimination through the
process of non-formal education and building relationships. Youth in Action offers young people
opportunities for active participation in co-creating a common European culture and the programme’s
support is essential to ARSP to continue to work with young people. ARSP and EVS aim to enable
young people, especially those with less opportunities (e.g. from a less-privileged cultural,
geographical or socio-economic background), to express themselves, through their enthusiasm, skills
and knowledge, to help to build a more tolerant and open European society. We are looking to enable
an exchange between the volunteers from different generations, before, during and after the voluntary
service, to learn from and appreciate one another.
If the present expression of interest is an update or a renewal of a former accreditation, please indicate the EI reference number
previously assigned:
2009-BEFL-18

Description of the organisation

ARSP has been active in Belgium since German volunteers came to help build a home for delinquent
youth in Wasmuël near Mons in 1961. ARSP’s principal aims are the organisation of long term
(12month, 180 young people per year) and short term (2 to 3 weeks, 300 young people per year e.g.
on summer camps) voluntary service. ARSP works for reconciliation and peace between people with a
special interest in the meaning of history to today's societies and organises seminars about citizenship
and socio-political subjects. It works together with individuals and organisations from the countries that
particularly suffered under the National Socialism and the Second World War. ASF België/Belgique
vzw. supports volunteers as a co-ordinating organisation, mainly to host long term volunteers in
Belgium, usually between 18 and 25 years old (ca. 13 per year) and occasionally send Belgium
volunteers abroad. The Belgium Programme director provides external support to the volunteers, for
example by visiting the host projects for evaluation twice a year, which has been found especially
valuable if there are problems. ARSP also organises four seminars in the course of the volunteers’
one year service, where young people get peer support, learn and discuss about citizenship, antiracism,
reflect on their intercultural experiences and plan how they can support their home community
and society after their service. The development of the individual volunteer to explore his/ her own
capabilities and social skills are also important themes on the seminars. ASF Belgique/België vzw is
the coordinating organisation for the placement of volunteers in projects in Belgium in the following
sectors: -working with disabled people, -social work, -helping elderly people, -human rights, -interreligious
dialogue, -memorials, -anti-racism/xenophobia/anti-semitism, -social exclusion, -heritage.
The volunteers work in projects related to the history of the Second World War and in social projects,
supporting and working with people with disabilities, from ethnic minorities and Holocaust survivors.
ASF Belgique/België vzw supports these activities by advising the coordinator and organising
meetings with the volunteers and projects.

Contact details
Organisation name Aktion Sühnezeichen Friedensdienste Belgique/België vzw (ASF Belgique/België vzw)
Street Jozef II straat 174
Postal code 1000
Town/city Brussel
Country Belgium
Email address belgien@asf-ev.de
Website www.vredesdienst.be
Telephone number +32 2 234 68 27
Fax number +32 2 231 14 13

Last update: 18/04/2012