Come and lend a hand at our non-profit organisation in Ghent, Belgium

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Belgium

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    14/01/2021

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 Min stay requested: at least 3 weeks

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  • Description

    Description

    Hi there, traveler!

    We are Iris and Matilde.
    During a year, Sander and Iris transformed an old stone bakery from 1860 into the first indoor camping of Belgium! We've done as much as possible of the construction works by ourselves, mostly with recycled materials. Our furniture comes from thrift shops, from the living room of our grandmothers, from the garage of neighbours and sympathizers, ...

    After 3 years, Sander started a new chapter. But don't worry: Matilde joined the team.

    You can find us in one of the cosiest neighbourhoods of Ghent, where many different cultures meet. Here, people hang their head out of the window for a talk, young musicians and artists have a place to do their thing, beer flows frequently, and everyday something (or someone) unexpected crosses your path.

    Next to the hostel we have a bar, where the guest of the Hostel come to have breakfast and locals come to read the paper and have a chat. At our bar, travellers meet locals drinking a good Belgian beer while listening to a concert. It’s a place where you can as well enjoy quiz nights, drawing courses and so much more. We're very proud of the cosiness this mix creates, and we invite you most warmly to come and enjoy our place!
    This bar is a non profit organisation where we work with a combination of a regular staff and volunteers and friends who come to help a hand when we organise an event. The profits of the bar are used to organise free events and make sure they stay free!
    Our staff exist of 4 'regulars 'and 6 volunteers who come to help one or two days a week!


    NOTE:
    The hostel and the bar are currently closed due to COVID restrictions in Ghent but we would still like for volunteers to come and help at the hostel!

    We have started a new project in partnership with local organisation Enchanté where a few homeless people every week are able to stay at the hostel. We would like for you to check in on them and occasionally share meals together. As well as this, there is sometimes cleaning or painting to do to keep our hostel looking good for when visitors return!

    The vibe will definitely be less busy than usual but you will have your own space in the beautiful city of Ghent.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    General Maintenance

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    (non-covid times)
    You'll get to know a lot of people. Everyday we have new guests passing by with all their unique stories. You'll learn all about Ghent and Belgium in general as you'll have enough time to explore!
    We try to work together to see what tasks fit you best

  • Help

    Help

    The hostel is currently closed due to COVID restrictions in Ghent but we would still like for volunteers to come and help at the hostel!

    We have started a new project in partnership with local organisation Enchanté where a few homeless people every week are able to stay at the hostel. We would like for you to check in on them and occasionally share meals together. As well as this, there is sometimes cleaning or painting to do to keep our hostel looking good for when visitors return!

    The vibe will definitely be less busy than usual but you will have your own space in the beautiful city of Ghent.



    The help required in normal times:
    You can help us by sharing your experiences, your thoughts and stories, show people around (in town).
    Next to that you can help us with organizing music evenings, board game nights, in summer you are in charge of the campfire, if you like you can bake cakes for breakfast, help us to make furniture and make our place look different/better each day...

    We've reserved a whole room for you, which you will share with you co-WorkAwayers

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Dutch: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    You'll have a room for yourself and the other Work Awayers, overlooking the whole Hostel. It's provided with a bed and seating area. The showers and toilets are shared.


    (non-covid times)
    There's a breakfast buffet available for you, everyday between 8 - 11h.

    We provide breakfast, for lunch and dinner we cook together, each at a time normally!

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    You'll get your own bike to get around. From Ghent you can easily visit Brussels, Bruges, Antwerp,...

    Unfortunately, we can not accept work awayers that don't have a EU pasport :(

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    maximum 3 hours, 5 days a week

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