Mediano/largo plazo
SVI-REN BÉLGICA Braine L’Alleud SOCI – DISA – EDU 01/10/2021 01/10/2022


Name Renaissance Location Braine L’Alleud Dates Permanent Project Type SOCI – DISA – EDU Age 18+
Volunteers 2

Presentation of the project

Renaissance ASBL is a residential center hosting 20 adults who were born with physical disabilities (cerebral palsy). The center aims at giving those people an adapted living place. Renaissance is a residential center in which each occupant has to take part in the daily tasks according to their abilities. These tasks are supervised by various specialized people: educators, occupational therapists, speech therapists, nurses, a caseworker and physiotherapists, a multidisciplinary team in which each person accompanies the resident individually within the group. The center highlights the importance of cultural exchange, openness, and encounters.

Volunteer work

During the project, the volunteer will take part in the community life of the residential center under the supervision of staff members. They will share meals with the residents, among other things:

■ Life at the center: cooking, food stocks control, laundry, cleaning activities etc.

■ Leisure and creative activities: theater, well-be- ing, painting, expression, comics.

■ Activities organized out of the center: shopping, cultural excursions, sports, etc.

■ Special events: Run & Bike (adapted bicycles), Christmas market.

The volunteers will not be in charge of medical care (washing the residents, putting them to bed, waking them up, etc.). A meeting will take place on a monthly basis to report on the volunteer’s stay.

The volunteers are allowed to meet their tutor or the director of the center whenever they want. They will never have to stay alone with the residents and will be given safety instructions by a prevention adviser.

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Food and Accommodation

Three meals a day will be provided to the volunteers. They will eat with the residents on the ground floor of the center, with the team or on the first floor (where they will be housed). Every month, a general allowance and a food allowance are given to each volunteer working in the day center.

Specific information

The volunteers must have the maturity needed to face the challenges of daily life with physically disabled people. Prior knowledge of French is essential because some residents only speak French and need clear indications. Besides, the center needs volunteers who are dynamic, motivated, eager to learn and to take initiatives, able to question themselves, and to accept criticism from the staff. They also need to be aware that they will live several months with different people who have a way of life which is sometimes totally opposed to our daily life.

Meeting point

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


■ Nearest airport: Zaventem Airport (Brussels Airport) - 24 km

■ Brussels South Charleroi Airport - 27 km ■ Nearest train station: Braine-l’Alleud

Station – 3 km

About Braine-l’Alleud

As far as leisure is concerned, Braine-l’Alleud is home to a cinema complex, many sports halls, and a cultural center. Braine-l’Alleud is not far away from the historic site of Waterloo. Many hiking routes are available in the area.

Braine-l'Alleud is a Walloon municipality in the Belgian province of Walloon Brabant, about 20 kilometres south of Brussels. The Braine-l'Alleud municipality includes the former municipalities of Braine-l'Alleud proper, Ophain-Bois-Seigneur-Isaac, and Lillois-Witterzée. It also includes the hamlet of Sart-Moulin, the inverted name of which inspired Hergé’s Moulinsart castle. The famous Lion of Waterloo where the eponymous battle took place is in the territory of Braine-l'Alleud. 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


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