Mediano/largo plazo
SVI-AJJB BÉLGICA Brussels ENV - CULT - LEAD 01/10/2021 01/10/2022



Name Auberge de jeunesse Jacques Brel Location Brussels
Dates Permanent Project
Age 18+
Volunteers 2

Presentation of the project

The association is affiliated to Hostelling International, the founding movement of the Youth Hostels.

As such, it offers accommodation to young people in particular (but not exclusively) who travel individually, with friends or in groups.
It offers basic hotel services: catering (canteen with sustainable label), meeting rooms, a bar with local and craft beers.

The association is also recognised by the Youth Service of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation as a meeting and accommodation centre and organises activities with young people aimed at developing their reflection on the world around them and taking an active part in it.

Volunteer work

Being an alternative hostel, the work carried out will be mainly hotel work.

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Creation and implementation of activities with the public (exhibitions, debates, visits, karoke, etc.)

Helping with the association's sustainability initiatives (reducing food waste, permaculture, etc.)
Helping with the smooth running of the service (occasional help with washing up and cleaning the rooms)

Helping to welcome users and running the bar

Food and Accommodation

Meals are provided for volunteers on the weekends only. Please bring money for food during the week 10-15€ per day.

Meeting point

All information on how to get to the project will be given in the info sheet.


Our long-term projects

Each volunteer will be welcomed on arrival by a SVI member who will be able to take him / her to his / her volunteering project, or by a member of the local as- sociation. In the next days, the volunteer will have an interview with the incoming project coordinator if he or she cannot be present on arrival.

Our partners always make sure to welcome the vol- unteers as well as possible in order to put them in the best conditions to start their project.

For each volunteer staying more than a month in Belgium, it is requested to participate in one of our preparation weekends.

This is an excellent way to meet the SVI team but also young Belgian people who are embark-ing on the adventure of volunteering.

We also regularly invite our volunteers from other countries to take part in the life of the SVI associa- tion: our dinners, our evenings with young people, our events organized by the SVI volunteers, etc.

Volunteers are an integral part of our association and as such are invited to all our activities.

Regular evaluations will be carried out informally but also more formally with the incoming project coordi- nator and the local partner. These evaluations will be forwarded to the sending associations.

Important things to know

1- Visa

European citizens only need a national identity card or a passport.

Non-European citizen may need a visa. The visa must be requested at the embassy or Belgian consulate of the country where you live.

If there is no embassy or Belgian consulate in the country where you live, you should contact the Bel- gian Embassy, which is responsible for your country. This one is usually located in a neighboring country.

The procedure for visa application can sometimes take a long time.

Therefore, you must apply for a visa at least four weeks before departure.

(http://diplomatie.belgium.be/fr/Services/venir_en_ belgique/visa_pour_la_belgique)

If you need an invitation letter, you can contact us at


In order to send you a letter of invitation, we need the following information: