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AFS Lindelo


EVS Accreditation Details
EVS accreditation type
organisation_acctype: 
Receiving
EVS accreditation expiry date 10/02/2017
Location Lille, Belgium
Organisation topics
organisation_theme: 
Gender equality
Health
Inclusion topics

EVS accreditation number

2013-BEFL-40

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Project Environment

Outline the project environment for the suggested voluntary Service, including the local community where the project will take place (e.g. geographical, social and economical environment). If the host placement is located in a live-in community, please include the rules and conditions that apply also for the volunteer.
Lindelo is a care centre for elderly with physical or mental needs. The home is situated at the heart of Lille, a small village in the northern part of Belgium. The department where the volunteer will work has 30 elderly people with physical restrictions (no dementia). They are guided by a team of 25 professional staff, taking care of them 24/7. The department is part of a bigger organisation with 120 inhabitants and 130 professional staff members.
Lille is a small village in the north of Belgium. It has 16000 inhabitants. The area where Lindelo is located is called “De Kempen”. Turnhout (20km) and Herentals (15km) are the nearest cities. Antwerp is 25km from the Lindelo. All these cities are easy reachable with the public transport. Lille is a very rural village, is it small so most people know each other and are always very friendly and willing to chat when the meet. Lindelo is located in the centre of Lille, next to the church.
In Lille you find 3 supermarkets (Aldi, Lidl and Delhaize). Lille also has a very active youth club “Joc. Frontaal” open on Friday-; Saturday and Sunday evenings.
Lille is also famous for its campingsites.

Proposed activities for EVS volunteers:
Please explain:
• what you can offer to volunteers in terms of Service and learning opportunities,
• what will be the role of EVS volunteers in the Host Organisation,
• the activities in which the volunteers could be involved and the activities the volunteers could create in your organisation. Please give examples of typical activities/tasks for the volunteers.
We would like to integrate the daily environment of the volunteer into the daily environment of the inhabitants through daily activities. There's a possibility to work on an own mini project during the volunteer's stay. We love intercultural and multicultural exchanges with our group
The volunteer will mainly participate with the daily activities of our elderly. We would like to bring the elderly in contact with "the world" outside our building.
The day start at 9 am and ends at 4h30 pm. At lunch there is a 30 minute break. This is from Monday to Friday and the weekends are free. The volunteer will get 2 free days per month. Together with the Lindelo the vol can decide when to take those days?
All the specific tasks of the volunteer have as a goal to make contact with the elderly. The volunteer will follow the rhythm of the eldery.
During the morning the volunteer is occupied with:
• Guiding the elderly to their therapy appointments
• Helping with the coffee and fruit bread. This also means sharing time with the elderly.
In the after noon the focus lays on activities.
• individual activities on demand of the elderly: a board game, going for a drink in the cafeteria, library visit, just talking with them (they really appreciate talking!)
• group activities: cookingactivities, going outside with the people, ….
• together with the coordinator the volunteer can create and organise group activities
• the volunteer can work on his/her own idea for group activities or other actitivities.
On a weekly basis the coordinator will have a meeting with the volunteer.
Every 3- months there is a meeting with the inhabitants of the Lindelo, the volunteer will also participate in this meeting.



Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thurday Friday
8.00 – 10.00u
Assistance with breakfast 8.00 – 10.00u
Assistance with breakfast 8.00 – 10.00u
Assistance with breakfast 8.00 – 10.00u
Assistance with breakfast 8.00 – 10.00u
Assistance with breakfast
10.00 – 10.15 u
Coffee break 10.00 – 10.15 u
Coffee break 10.00 – 10.15 u
Coffee break 10.00 – 10.15 u
Coffee break 10.00 – 10.15 u
Coffee break
10.15 – 12.00u
Having a snack with the elderly (coffee, fruit, etc.) 10.15 – 12.00u
Having a snack with the elderly (coffee, fruit, etc.) 10.15 – 12.00u
Having a snack with the elderly (coffee, fruit, etc.) 10.15 – 12.00u
Having a snack with the elderly (coffee, fruit, etc.) 10.15 – 12.00u
Having a snack with the elderly (coffee, fruit, etc.)
12.00 – 12.30u
Assistance with lunch 12.00 – 12.30u
Assistance with lunch 12.00 – 12.30u
Assistance with lunch 12.00 – 12.30u
Assistance with lunch 12.00 – 12.30u
Assistance with lunch
13.00 – 16.30u
Afternoonactivities
Reading newspapers, playing games, the hobby afternoon, participating in cultural activities, etc. 13.00 – 16.30u
Afternoonactivities
Reading newspapers, playing games, the hobby afternoon, participating in cultural activities, etc. 13.00 – 16.30u
Afternoonactivities
Reading newspapers, playing games, the hobby afternoon, participating in cultural activities, etc. 13.00 – 16.30u
Afternoonactivities
Reading newspapers, playing games, the hobby afternoon, participating in cultural activities, etc. 13.00 – 16.30u
Afternoonactivities
Reading newspapers, playing games, the hobby afternoon, participating in cultural activities, etc.

Volunteer profiles and recruitment process:
Please describe the profiles of volunteers you would like to receive in your organisation. Include information on how you ensure an open and transparent recruitment process as well as the overall accessibility of EVS to all young people. Consider further information about the type of Sending Organisation you want to cooperate with. This information can help the match-making between volunteer candidates, Sending Organisations and your organisation.
AFS, the coordinating host organisation, strongly believes in the intercultural learning aspect of an EVS-experience. Therefore, the volunteer will be living with a volunteer host family, as we believe this is the best introduction to Flemish culture and a great opportunity to integrate in the local community. Candidates should be willing to share in the host family's daily life (spend some free time with them, occasionally join the family on activities outside the house, eat together, give a helping hand in the household... ) and should be motivated to live with and learn about Flemish people of different ages and opinions. They should also be willing to adapt to the local eating habits. On the other hand, we guarantee a family that is interested to learn about your culture and background and that respects your values and beliefs. Living in a host family is an excellent opportunity for both the participant and the family to broaden their cultural horizons! Our sending partners will emphasize this host family stay reality to all potential volunteers and will provide enough information and a chance to talk with someone with experience with living in a host family. All our sending partners have a lot of experience with host family stay programs and can provide all necessary information about it. The sending partners will ask all candidates who already know they prefer to live independently, to refrain from applying for this project.

Lindelo would like to have a volunteer with a lot of empathy, with a sense of social feelings.




Number of volunteers hosted:
Please state the maximum number of volunteers your organisation is able to host at the same time (ensuring all quality, learning, and welfare standards of EVS for each volunteer):1

Risk prevention, protection and safety:
Please describe:
• how you will guarantee a safe living and working environment for the EVS volunteers,
• how you will prevent risks and crises,
• how – in the case of EVS volunteers aged 16 or 17 – you ensure appropriate supervision, protection and safety.
The project will assign a personal mentor / contact person to the participant, so he/she can always ask this person for help or guidance.
AFS, as coordinating host organisation will give every project and every participant a local contact person, that will stay in contact and will regularly ask for an evaluation to improve the situation for all parties. In case of emergency, AFS has an emergency-mobile phone, which can be reached 24h/24h, in case of emergencies.
The participant will be enrolled in the AXA insurance system.

Motivation and EVS experience

We would like to integrate the daily environment of the volunteer into the daily environment of the inhabitants through daily activities. There’s a possibility to work on a own mini project during the volunteer’s stay. We love intercultural and multicultural exchanges with our group.
In the past Lindelo has hosted volunteer, and we had already a good experience with AFS. We already have had volunteers from Greece, Poland, Panama and Spain

Description of the organisation

AFS is an international, voluntary, non profit organisation that provides intercultural learning opportunities to help people develop the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to create a more peaceful world. AFS does this through several exchange programs, like EVS.
AFS works in cooperation with several AFS partners in more than 50 countries world wide. On a European level we are represented by the European federation for Intercultural Learning.
Lindelo is a care centre for elderly with physical or mental needs. The home is situated at the heart of Lille, a small village in the northern part of Belgium.
The department where the volunteer will work has 30 elderly people with physical restrictions (no dementia). They are guided by a team of 25 professional staff, taking care of them 24/7. The department is part of a bigger organisation with 120 inhabitants and 130 professional staff members.
The volunteer will mainly participate in the daily activities for our elderly. We would like to bring the elderly in contact with "the world" outside our building.

Contact details
Please note, the selected organisation cooperates with a different EVS organisation to handle enquiries on its behalf.
Organisation name AFS interculturele Programma’s
Street Hendrik Consciencestraat
Postal code 2800
Town/city Mechelen
Country Belgium
Email address charlotte.backx@afs.org
Website www.lindelo.be
Telephone number /
Fax number /

Last update: 28/03/2014