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SVI-GDH BÉLGICA Han sur Lesse SOCI – ENVI – ANI – EDU 01/10/2021 01/10/2022


Name The Caves of Han Location Han sur Lesse
Dates Permanent Project Type SOCI – ENVI – ANI – EDU Age 18+
Volunteers 2

ensure that the visitors do not damage equipment or harm the animals and that they do not adopt dangerous behaviors (like passing their hands through the enclosures) and do not disturb the path (noise, garbage,..). You will oversee activities and give information along the path: inform the visitors on practical questions and provide further information concerning the animals and the nature, ensure the maintenance of the path, organize the pick-up of visitors by the safari bus.

Food and accommodation

The volunteer will be hosted in a volunteer house. He will share 4 or 6 bedrooms with facilities. Sheets and washing machine are provided. Wi-Fi is available. Lunch is provided but the volunteer is responsible of his breakfast and dinner (10€/day). The volunteers do the groceries together.

Meeting point

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


The volunteer should speak either English, French or Flemish.


■ Nearest airport: Brussels South Charleroi Airport - 77km

■ Nearest train station: Rochefort-Jemelle Station – 10 km

■ Transport between the railway station and the place of volunteering: Bus 29 (14min)

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The presentation of the partner


The caves of Han are one of the most famous caves in Europe. It is exceptional in terms of beauty and the immensity of its chambers. The caves are fashioned by the river Lesse that flows through it from one side to the other. It has welcomed more than 20 million visitors for over 250 years.

In the 250-hectare park of unspoilt nature, you’ll contemplate the fauna and the natural environment (wolves, lynx, bears) as well as le Massif de Boine, archaeological objects, places of cult and pilgrimage.


As volunteer, you will watch over the path, while walking and observing the visitors to guide and help them. You’ll also prevent the visitors from leaving the path and venturing in another part of the reserve, ensure

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About Han-Sur-Lesse

The little village of Han- sur- Lesse is the gateway to the Ardennes and one hour driving from Brussels.

At Han-sur-Lesse, the Lesse river tunnels underground, forming one of the most impressive cave systems in Belgium, before winding its way prettily out of town.

The village itself is quite compact, with a walk- able center dotted with tourist-oriented shops and eateries. It also has an animal park and several other modest, historically themed museums. If you need calm and peaceful life during your experience: Han-sur-Lesse is the place to be!

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: