【FULL】Special Olympics in Belgium


Created by Eunice Kennedy Shriver in 1968, “Special Olympics” aim to providing year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Today, Special Olympics is a global movement serving more than 4 million people with intellectual disabilities in 178 countries and representing 30 different types of sports.Special Olympics Belgium was founded in 1979 and is officially recognized by the Belgian Olympic and Interfederal Committee. It organises National Games every year (alternatively in Flanders, Brussels and Wallonia) and send delegations of Belgian athletes to the Winter and Summer Special Olympics World Games. These competitions are open to any athlete with intellectual disability who regularly practise a sport at his/her own level. More than just a physical and sport training, these activities enhance the social development of the athletes.The 2018 National Games will take place in Tour.

For this 36th edition of the Belgian National Games, volunteers will help on several aspects of the event logistics, such as assembling and dismantling of structures, building and putting up the decorations, transport and unloading of material, waste management,… Volunteers will work with several teams of the organisation before and after the Games. During the 3 days of competitions, volunteers will provide guidance to athletes for one of the disciplines of the competition: a precision ball sport, related to bowls and “ptanque” called Bocce. The Opening Ceremony as well as the Torch Run will take place on May 9th while the Games will take place from May 10th to May 12th 2018.Physical work will be asked to volunteers so it is important to take this into account. Volunteers will also have lighter tasks like guidance of athletes, decorations, waste management.

ACCOMMODATION: Volunteers will sleep in the logistic centre or in I) Festihut Ii, small chalets allowing to host 4 persons each. The accommodation will be located in Mouscron. Please bring a sleeping bag. FOOD: Meals will be taken with the different teams of the organisation and will be prepared by local volunteers. Vegetarian food will be available but should be asked in advance.

The 2018 National Games will take place between Tournai and Mouscron, French-speaking cities located in Wallonia, close to the French border. The National Games will mainly take place in Mouscron where volunteers will spend most of their time. This city is located about 100 km away from Brussels, 25 km from Lille (France) and 25 km from Tournai. The place of the workcamp can be reached easily by public transport.

This workcamp requires physical efforts at some moments. Volunteers are asked to prove a strong interest for the thematic of this event. There will be one free day before and one free day after the competition.Please bring good working shoes and clothes that can get dirty as well as a raincoat in case of rainy weather. A project-related motivation letter is required.

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Photo Credit: Special Olympics Österreich

Belgium / Workcamp  / Culture / Festival / 2018


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