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SVI-DONBOSCO BÉLGICA Ganshoren SOCI – ENVI – MANU – CULT 01/10/2021 01/10/2022


Name Don Bosco
Location Ganshoren
Dates Permanent Project
Type SOCI – ENVI – MANU – CULT Age 18+

Volunteers 2

Presentation of the partner

Don Bosco is a boarding school made up of 7 big houses which can host up to 100 youth studying in different schools and university in Brussels.

Don Bosco was one of the best educators of modern times as he developed success-oriented teaching methods. Every young person has a huge potential. The whole educational work is done by pupil’s parents, teachers, educators, and volunteers altogether. The objective is to make sure the youth is in the best conditions to experience their abilities in a positive way. Thus, they feel empowered because they realize that they have true abilities, gain self-esteem and throw themselves into their homework because they enjoy doing it.

The main objective is to help these young people to achieve academic, human, and social success through three cornerstones:

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Reason: discussing on issues drives them to use their abilities to think, to make decisions and to get involved.

Religion: as a way to look for meaning in their lives.

Love: which is shown by the educators through being a loving, strict and attentive person and by the youth by being grateful.

This teaching method is based on confidence in the youth's positive future.

Volunteer work

As a volunteer, your presence is a very important asset, but you will not replace the educators who are currently working there. The "schoolwork help" service is available for homework help, but also for edutainment activities and for organising games and artistic workshops. You will be invited to teach the children the tasks of daily life: taking meals, watching over showers, helping to tidy up the rooms, etc. The volunteer's mission is built with the volunteer himself and the person in charge. We adapt the mission to the volunteer's expectations and abilities.

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Food and accommodation

The volunteer is provided with accommodation, utilities (heating, electricity, internet and meals from Monday to Friday. Over the weekends and on your days off, meals are not provided. Laundry is not provided (use of a launderette 100m from the house, but sheets are provided for cleaning every 3 weeks.

Meeting point

All information on how to get to the project will be given in the infos heet.


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


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Nearest airport: Zaventem Airport (Brussels Airport) – 22 km

Brussels South Charleroi Airport – 60 km
Nearest train station: Bruxelles-Midi Station – 8 km

About Ganshoren

Ganshoren is one of the nineteen municipalities of Brussels which is in the northwest of the city, 20 minutes away from the Grand-Place by public transportation. This is a peaceful and green municipality in which families from different social backgrounds live. The boarding school is in a quiet and verdant environment.

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: