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SVI_fagotin_2021 BÉLGICA Stoumont ENVI – EDU – ANI 01/10/2021 01/10/2022

LE FAGOTIN

Code SVI_fagotin_2021 Name Le Fagotin Location Stoumont
Dates Permanent Project Type ENVI – EDU – ANI Age 18+

Volunteers 2

Presentation of the partner

Since its creation in 1995, the Fagotin association has progressively developed its activities until it became a major educational and touristic actor in the Belgian Ardennes. Today, the association is a combination of a "Nature Center", an "Animation Farm" and a "Meeting and Accommodation Center". Their values are centered around four key notions: CITIZENSHIP, SUSTAINABILITY, SOLIDARITY, GOODWILL.

Both in summer and winter, the Fagotin team, made up of experienced animators, offers camps, field trips, workshops, walks, guided tours, training sessions, meetings, etc. in order to promote the wonders of Wallonia's natural heritage to everyone, especially to young people.

Usually (out of this covid period), the team is made up of 16 employees who welcome more than 10,000 people each year.

Volunteer work

The tasks will vary depending on the needs of the farm. Volunteers can either help with the more physical work in the farm or with the social tasks. They will also take part in everyday tasks (cooking, washing the dishes, welcoming groups, etc.)

The work in the farm consists of many different tasks: maintenance of green areas (mowing, trimming, vegetable garden), maintenance of the pastures (fixing fences, cutting wood), maintenance of the animal shelters (construction and reparation), small interior and exterior improvements (painting, etc.).

The social tasks consist of helping the team with the organization of activities. Some activities are for children and teenager, others are more touristic activities (donkey rides, hiking with drinks, etc.).

Accommodation

Volunteers can either sleep in a tent (with or without access to showers and toilets) or in a residential center. The participation fee per day / per person will vary according to the option chosen by the volunteer.

Food

There are three meals offered per day. There are vegetarian options. It is also possible to pay for full board for the entire stay or to rent a kitchen (for groups).

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Meeting point

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

Language

It is recommended to be able to speak a few words of French or to be willing to learn French.

Location

About Stoumont

Our partner association is in Stoumont, in the heart of the Belgian Ardennes. It is a quiet village, surrounded by forests. It is the perfect place to go for a walk in the forest. It has already worked with volunteers. Each year, about fifteen interns come and help on the farm. They make it available to the organization. It has bought another building in which work will be done. It will be converted into a residential center.

Stoumont is a very special place in the province of Liège. Difference in altitude within the municipality is around 400 metres and it has many water sources. This is the perfect place to really get to know. It is a very small town with very few activities.

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

incoming@servicevolontaire.org

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