18.05. - 28.05.2020
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 2020 National Games will take place in Anvers and will host about 3400 athletes and 1200 coaches from 320 sport clubs to compete in 19 adapted sports and disciplines. The programme will include a torch run, opening and closure ceremonies, an Olympic village, a healthy athletes programme and an art exhibition from artists with mental disability.
More information (FR) on : https://www.special-olympics.be
For this 38th 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 "pétanque" called Bocce. The Opening Ceremony as well as the Torch Run will take place on May 20th while the Games will close the 23rd of May.
Volunteers will be accommodated in Anvers. Please bring a sleeping bag.
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.
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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Autobusová/Vlaková zastávka: We encourage all our volunteers to prefer "green forms of transport" to go on their volunteering project. Paying attention to its carbon footprint is also international solidarity :) Think about cycling or hitch-hiking! Do not hesitate to look at the side of bus companies, carpooling or train companies.
The nearest train station is Anversi. Train times on https://www.belgiantrain.be/fr
GPS: 50.6402809, 4.6667145
The 2020 National Games will take place in Anvers, Flemish-speaking part of Belgium. Brussels is 45km away. All those places can easily be reached by public transport.
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