Compagnons Bâtisseurs asbl is a Belgian non-profit youth organisation established in 1978 and
a member of the Alliance of European Voluntary Service Organisations since 1997. All its activities
aim at helping young people to develop their abilities in order to facilitate their integration
into the society.
Accordingly, the main targets of the organisation are:
     - to assist youngsters in becoming active and responsible citizens;
     - to enable meeting of people regardless their cultural, social or mental differences;
     - to support the foundation of new non-profit projects;
     - to promote travelling and discovering the world.

In relation to these goals, the association develops different kinds of voluntary activities
for youngsters: weekend workcamps; leisure activities for and with disabled people; international
summer workcamps both in Belgium and abroad; or medium and long term voluntary services
(L’Association de Compagnons Bâtisseurs participates in the EVS programme as sending, hosting
and coordinating organisation.)

The realisation of all these activities would not be possible without the network of 350 Belgian
volunteers, 100 volunteers from abroad, who participate in projects during summer holidays,
and a team of six employees.

2009 programme
10 workcamps: 1 spring camp, five camps in July and four camps in August.
All these camps are hold by experienced local hosts.
All our camps take place in the French speaking part of Belgium.

We will organize two pre-camps, one in July and one in August. Participation to the pre-camp is
compulsory and free. It is already included in the camp duration. Therefore, meeting point is the same
for our camps CBB03, 04, 05 and 06 ; and for CBB07, 08 and 09. We will cover the travel cost from
the pre-camp to the camp place.

Working time
Average working time is 35 hours a week in all the camps.

CBB insurance only covers participants with third party liability. Volunteers need a personal insurance
in case of injury or disease.

Infosheet and welcome letters from our campleaders will be sent by emails to the sending organization
and also available on the Alliance website.

CBB is E-Vet user since 2009

Adress : 83 Rempart des Jésuites 6900 Marche-en-Famenne BELGIUM
Phone : ++ 32 84 31 44 12/ ++32 84 31 44 13
Fax : ++32 84 31 65 20
Incoming officer : Grégory VAN DE PUT
Outgoing officer: Adeline HENKES

Age limit
As we are a Youth Organization, CBB’s first target is young people from 14 to 30 years old. However,
there is no upper age limit for participants on our adults camps, but the volunteers must be ready
to integrate in a group of young people and to live in basic conditions. On the teenage camps, age of
the participants is from 15 yo to 17 yo.
Camp language
Usual camp language is English and French. For CBB02 and CBB09, camp language is only French.

Extra fee
There is no extra fee for adults’ camps. Food and accommodation are covered. Volunteers
are responsible for the costs of their leisure time activities though.
For the teenager’s camps, there is a participation fee of 150 €. In this case, all costs are covered.

CBB01 Terrain d’Aventure, Liège 04/04/2009 – 19/04/2009 ANI-KIDS 12 VOLS 18+

The project:
The youth centre Terrain d’Aventure du Péri (Adventure Field) is a space of freedom, a place
where children and youngsters learn to live altogether without anybody pushing them to efficiency,
productivity, and all these objectives that adults like so much.

At the Terrain d’Aventure, a team of youth leaders helps both children and teenagers to realise their
ideas of do-it-yourself, games, sports… Activities are never compulsory, neither charged for.
At the Terrain d’Aventure, youngsters are not consumers.

This year, the youth centre organises its second “Shed symposium”, a real festival of sheds building.
Next to that activity, there will be exhibitions, animations and shows. The symposium is based
on the gathering and meeting between youngsters and adults. Local children will integrate the groups
and help with the constructions.

Here is the Terrain d’Aventure website (in French):

Volunteers will help in the preparation and follow-up of the event. They will also make sure that
the place remains clean and they will give a hand to groups that might require help to build their shed.
The symposium is based on a dynamic meeting between participants and local children. Respecting
a spirit of friendship and freedom, the volunteers will propose animations to youngsters attending
the event.

Volunteers will be accommodated in the office of a local Youth Centre. Therefore, sleeping bags are
required, as well as mats. Showers are available.


The youth centre is located 10 minutes on foot away from the centre of Liège. It is a green area,
on the top of a very active city. Liège is the biggest city in Walloon Region (French speaking region
in Belgium) and the third in size in Belgium.
Its inhabitants’ joviality is well known around the country, with plenty of shops and pubs; its nightlife is
usually very animated. The town feels often very alive, depending on the traditional student events
and of course on the local football team (le Standard) victories or defeats.

Don’t hesitate to visit the website:

Volunteers are responsible, with the help of their campleader, to organise their leisure time activities.
The hosting organisation doesn’t provide a specific budget for these activities.

Specific information:
It is required from volunteers that they can manage a group of children. We expect the participants
to be dynamic and to have good communication skills.

Meeting point:
Liège Palais train station, on Saturday 4 April at 5 pm

Camp language:
English and French

CBB02 All together on holidays Baelen         06/07/2009 – 19/07/2009 DISA        10 VOLS 18+

The project:
The aim of this camp is to offer to people with light mental handicap the possibility to go on holidays
with young international volunteers. During ten days, they share leisure time activities, make cultural
visits and, above all, have fun. Thanks to this stay, disabled people can leave their parents, their daily
life, and spend time with other adults of their age. They wouldn't be able to go on holiday alone.
Volunteers and the CBB staff will accompany them in their leisure time and help them with their daily
tasks. There will be 14 handicapped persons and 10 leaders. The handicapped people are between
18 and 50 year old.

During 10 days, volunteers, CBB staff and disabled people will spend together 24 hours a day.
The CBB staff and the volunteers will be the guides of the disabled people. They will be responsible
for them, they will organise the leisure time (excursions, walks, games, parties, etc.) and the meals.
If at the beginning you ask yourself about what’s going on, after 2 days you will be amazed by
the jarring atmosphere. While respecting the rythm of each one, we are there to enjoy ourselves!

In a resting place. We will have our own dormitory. Don't forget your sleeping bag!


Baelen is a little village located between Verviers and Eupen, in a woody part of Belgium. It takes only
several minutes to get to Germany, the Netherlands, Liège or Fagnes (a wildlife sanctuary). We could
visit Köln in Germany or Maastricht in the Netherlands.

Specific information:
Volunteers must have at least notions of French and are obliged to send us a motivation letter. They
can come with some fresh ideas and a lot of games! Or they might bring recipes of dishes for 20
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On 6 , 7 and 8 July, we, the leaders, will get to know each other, prepare the stay and the menu,
make all necessaery planning. On 9 July, the handicapped people arrive and holiday begin!

Meeting point:
Eupen train station, on Monday 6 July

Camp language:

CBB03 Centre de Partage, Avioth 10/07/2009 – 26/07/2009 MANU              10 VOLS 18+

The project:
Centre de Partage (The Centre of Sharing) is an association dealing with community life. The main
objective is to welcome and host people of various convictions, personal history or means of life.
There are people who just needed a break in their lives. Some of them have stress, alcohol or family
related problems, others are just on a spiritual quest. To make sure the Centre remains open to all,
everyone gets involved in the centre life and pays for food and accommodation according to his or her
means. It’s a place where people can regain energy, share simple everyday life gestures while
keeping in mind the spirit of peace and tolerance. The Centre is located in the middle
of the countryside and therefore creates a peaceful place, where self-respect meets respect for
the others,      non-violence      and closeness      to nature.          Website        (in      French):

Volunteers will participate in renovation works on a cottage which is located on the premises
of the Centre. They will for example replace planks in hallway floor or repair steps of a staircase.
Based on techniques easy to master, the work quickly produces gratifying results.

The volunteers will be hosted in a small house, next to the Centre de Partage. They will have their
own living room and bathroom. The rooms are equipped with three or four beds.

The meals will be prepared and eaten together with the centre residents, who hope to discover some
specialities from volunteers’ countries.

Avioth looks like a village from the past. Except singing birds, there are no noises around.
All the houses are built from old stones. A basilic is situated right in the middle. Such a massive
monument, with its two pointy bell-towers, seems strange, being lost in a countryside with very few
inhabitants. But in fact, the heritage of the region is quite rich and attracts lots of tourists. Few miles
from there lies the Orval trappist brewing abbey. The Mont Méry citadel and the village of Torny,
situated nearby, are well-known for their vineyards. Avioth is actually located in France, about 3 km
from the Belgian border. The closest towns are Virton (15 km) and Luxembourg (66 km). Website (in
French) :

Specific Information:
Alcohol and drugs are strictly forbidden as some residents are actually trying to escape these
addictions. Volunteers will therefore be required to respect their choice.

Meeting point:
Marche-en-Famenne train station, on Friday 10 July between 4.30 and 5.30 pm.
Volunteers will go to Avioth together on Saturday.

Camp language: English and French

CBB04 IMS Ciney 10/07/2009 – 01/08/2009 DISA              11 VOLS 18+

The project:
L’Institut Médico-social de Ciney is a centre for people with deep mental disabilities. Some of them
require personal and specialized support. The institute proposes a residential service where they
receive the care they need. Everything is settled in collaboration with the families in order to make
the life of disabled people in the centre as happy as possible.
During summer, despite the fact that it is the season of excursions and outdoor walks, it is never easy
to organise leisure activities for everybody. A disabled person sometimes requires assistance of one
or two persons but the personnel is usually short of hands. This is the reason why, for the past few
years, Marie Christine, the person responsible for the IMS Youth department has been summoning
a group of international volunteers to help.
They come and give a hand to the professional staff, helping them to carry out animations. Those
activities, sometimes very basic because of the level of the handicap, improve the life in the centre
and contribute to the blooming of the youngsters who, like every other child of their age, also want
to enjoy themselves.

Supporting and proposing leisure activities to the Centre’s youngsters (0 to 18 years). Activities have
to be simple but should strenghten the relationship with the disabled person: outdoor walks,
excursions, games, common meals…
Volunteers will be involved in the everyday life of the centre but won’t be asked to perform sanitary
tasks on the residents.
Marie-Christine will be available to help the volunteers with their tasks and advise them at all times
in the course of the workcamp. In the evening, feedback meetings are organised to talk about what
happened during the day. This workcamp may be considered as a very good creative experience.

There will be an appartement especially reserved to the group of volunteers. They will be
accommodated in single or double bedrooms. Showers and washing machine will also be available

Lunch will be provided for volunteers, but they have to prepare their evening meals by themselves.

Ciney is the capital of Condroz, a green and agricultural region located in the South of the country.
The city is surrounded by woods and fields. In July, the lanscape around gets agitated with the busy
harvesting farmers. Old stone houses and gardens full of flowers are part of the typical charm
of surrounding villages. Ciney is a small town, typical for the countryside, but with all the facilities
of a city. It has many shops and the local train station enables to reach bigger cities like Namur (25
km), Brussels (80 km) or Liège (90 km).
The city website:

Specific Information:
We require the volunteers to send us a motivation letter and to fill in a questionnaire.
Joining the workcamp at the Medico-Social Institute in Ciney is a very rich human experience.
Volunteers should however keep in mind that they will be working with mentally disabled persons.
Facing the difference of the others is not always simple and requires a little bit of preparation. Due
to the level of the residents’ handicap, most of the communication will be non-verbal: using eyes or
physical contact. A knowledge of French isn’t required but may of course be an advantage.
Prospective volunteers must be creative, imaginative and curious to find out about this very particular
world. This workcamp is ideal for future social workers.


Meeting point:
Marche-en-Famenne train station, on Friday 10 July between 4.30 and 5.30 pm. Volunteers will go
to Ciney together on Saturday.

Camp language:
English and French

CBB05 Domaine de Mozet 10/07/2009 – 26/07/2009 MANU-ENVI                 11 VOLS 18+

The project:
The Domain of Mozet is a meeting and lodging centre, where any kind of group is welcome. Besides,
thanks to its features it is fit for youth groups: youth movements, schools, theatre or sports groups.
Its natural and historical background is outstanding and it should endure forever. For that reason,
Mozet can be considered as the centre of ecocivism. It is based on ecology and good citizenship while
coping with different aspects of the environment. All of us should be aware of the place which we
occupy in the biosphere and accept our responsibilities concerning the present and future community.
To enter a sustainable world, it also means to transform this knowledge into respectful behaviour
towards the environment. As the citizens of the world, we are all invited to act in this way; each human
being must take care of the Earth, our common residence.

This year, volunteers will mainly help with the maintenance of the park. The work will for example
consist of cleaning paths from bushes and cutting off branches.
Housing inside the castle.

Lunch will be provided for volunteers, but they have to prepare their evening meals by themselves.

Situated on the southern slope of the charming valley, in a landscape filled with meadows and groves,
Mozet is a characteristic example of the architecture in the Condroz area.
The old town centre is dominated by the Saint-Lambert’s church, built in a classical style and rebuilt
in blue stone in 1775. The grey limestone and the black tints of the slates dominate the entire village,
which confers its an undeniable charm.

Specific Information:
A4A – A place for EVS RAINBOW project.

Meeting point:
Marche-en-Famenne train station, on Friday 10 July between 4.30 and 5.30 pm. Volunteers will go
to Mozet together on Saturday.

Camp language:
English and French

CBB06    Domaine provincial Chevetogne 10/07/2009 – 24/07/2009 TEEN-ENVI 12 VOLS 15-17 y.o.

The project:
Le Domaine provincial de Chevetogne is a big centre for environmental education and social tourism.
Pupils from primary and secondary schools come there to participate in activities that focus
on discovering the nature and rural way of life. During the summer, many kids and families make
a one-day excursion to the Domain or stay there for holidays.
The philosophy of the place could be summed up in one sentence: "when one learns to respect
the biodiversity in the nature, one also learns to respect the human diversity". Workers from Le
Domaine de Chevetogne hope to share their passion for the environment with international volunteers.

Volunteers will assist to the construction of a footpath: they will clean the surroundings, put together
wooden parts (small bridges and a palisade) and will also build a shelter from which it will be possible
to observe birds.
ATTENTION: work might be sometimes long and difficult. Volunteers will spend the whole day

In a cottage with two dormitories, beds, kitchen and bathroom with hot shower.

Breakfast will be provided in the cottage and lunch as an outside picnic. Volunteers can decide
whether they prefer to prepare their evening meals in the cottage or to eat in the restaurant
of the Domain.

Le Domaine de Chevetogne is located in deep countryside. By choosing this workcamp, the volunteer
decides to live in the nature. All around, there are fields, woods and small villages. Wild animals (deer,
foxes or wild pigs) are very close.
As the domain is also a tourist centre, there are plenty of opportunities for entertainment: outdoor
swimming pool, football fields, minigolf, and tennis or basketball playgrounds…
During the weekend, it will be possible to organise cultural visits and to travel to the biggest Belgian
cities. The town of Ciney is 10 kilometres away from the Domain of Chevetogne. From there, it is very
easy to reach bigger urban centres such as Namur (25 km), Brussels (80 km) or Liège (90 km).
Specific information:
There will be no Internet access during the camp.

Meeting Point:
Marche-en-Famenne train station, on Friday 10 July between 4.30 and 5.30 pm. Volunteers will go
to Chevetogne together on Saturday.

150 € of participation fee; leisure time activities are covered.

Camp language:
English and French

CBB07 Commune de Esneux 31/07/2009 – 16/08/2009 TEEN-RENO 12 VOLS 15-17 y.o.
To be confirmed

The project:
Esneux and its surroundings form a superb area that only few people know it. In order to promote
their locality, the councillors decided to organise an international workcamp. Each summer, they
accommodate a group of young people with the aim of getting them involved in the heritage protection
and in the local life. Thus, by taking an active part in the development of the municipality,
the volunteers learn to appreciate it. As they come from distant countries and speak different
languages, they also bring a little international spirit to the inhabitants. It is particularly appreciated
since people from Esneux value creating cross-border partnerships (the commune is twinned with
towns in Poland, Germany or France).

Volunteers will renovate an old limekiln, help to reconsolidate walls and clean the surroundings;
which includes stonework, clearing the ground or cutting branches.

Volunteers will be lodged in a big room inside the cultural centre. They will have to bring their own
mattresses. Hot shower will be available in the sport centre, 500 m from the dormitory.


Esneux is known mainly for its river: the Ourthe, one of the most beautiful rivers in the Walloon
Region. It crosses many hamlets and passes through woods before flowing in the small town.
The town is actually built on both its banks. The small bridge which connects them is almost
considered to be the village main square. Since the 19 century, the enchanting and marvellous sites
have been attracting holiday makers and tourists. The place, very green, proves to be ideal for
the walks and wandering. At the same time, Esneux has all the urban conveniences. Moreover, as
usual in Belgium, the town is not far away from Liège, the third largest town in Belgium. Website (in

Specific information:
Volunteers must be able to ride a bike as most of the journeys will be done by bicyle. They will be
asked a 25 € guarantee fee for the loan of the bike. They will receive this amount back at the end
of the workcamp if they return the bike back in its initial state.

Meeting point:
Marche-en-Famenne train station, on Friday 31 July between 4.30 and 5.30 pm. Volunteers will go
to Esneux together on Saturday.

150 € of participation fee; leisure time activities are covered.
Camp language:
English and French

CBB08 GRIMM, Marche-en-Famenne 31/07/2009 – 16/08/2009 MANU-ENVI 11 VOLS 18+

The project:
The Marche-en-Famenne workcamp is the outcome of the collaboration between municipal authorities
and a local non-profit organisation. Few years ago, the mayor and deputies wanted to develop
international contacts for the local youngsters. GRIMM association was just beginning to work
on the protection of the local life framework and promoting models of sustainable development.
Their members had a full load of ideas but were short of hands to realise them. Thus, they came
to the idea of involving volunteers from all over the world. Since then, the municipality provides
its buildings every summer and welcomes foreign youngsters. GRIMM members organise the work.
With the help from the volunteers, they are finally able to realise the projects they dreamt about. Their
actions are based on the following philosophy: Nature belongs to everyone. In order that each of us
may enjoy it, it has to be protected.

Volunteers will help with the construction of a barbecue area, benches or shelter. They help with
arranging pastures in a natural reserve. This workcamp is only based on manual and outdoor tasks
and the work might sometimes be exhausting. On the other hand, GRIMM team will prepare a good
barbecue for the volunteers to encourage them.

Accommodation can be compared to a boardingschool: a corridor with double bedrooms; toilets
and showers are at the same floor.


Marche-en-Famenne is a city in the countryside. One can find everything there: schools,
supermarkets, industries… But still, it is surrounded by woods, fields and small villages where the life
rhythm remains rural. Liège, Namur, Brussels and Luxembourg can be easily reached by train in about
one hour. For more information see:

Specific information:
During the day, from 7 am to 5 pm, volunteers will cohabit with a group of children using the same
refectory. Volunteers will therefore be required not to smoke or drink alcohol in front of the kids.
Next, the working place is not the same as the accomodation place so volunteers will leave the city
everyday. Sleeping in town, working in the countryside.

A4A – A place for EVS RAINBOW project.

Meeting point:
Marche-en-Famenne train station, on Friday 31 July between 4.30 and 5.30 pm

Camp language:
English and French

CBB09 Centre de réfugiés, Rixensart     31/07/2009 – 23/08/2009 MANU-KIDS 7 VOLS 20+

The project:
The Rixensart Refugees Centre accommodates people or families who have asked for asylum
in Belgium. Refugees come from Kosovo, Chetchnia, Iran, Congo... Many of them fled from war or
from countries that were under a dictatorship or devastated by an ecological disaster. Thus they came
to Belgium with dreams of stability, richness and comfort in life. It is not, however, that easy to be
allowed to settle in Europe, especially for somebody from the South or the East. Before these people
may start their new lives, their refugees status has to be proven and accepted. While waiting for
the documents that will enable them to remain legally in our country, the immigrants are
accommodated in this centre in the Brussels vicinity.
People living there await the solution concerning their administrative status. They never know
what tomorrow may bring to them. There is a possibility that they will not obtain the authorisation
to remain in Belgium and will have to leave the country. But on the other hand, they might see their
dreams come true and get the chance to take a new start in life.
Therefore, residents often found themselves owerhelmed by feelings of relief and anguish, hope
and disappointment. The life of Rixensart Refugees Centre reflects these individual dramas and big
international tensions. Refugees often come with their children, who attend the school in the village
in order to help their integration in Belgium. Many inhabitants work in the capital and return each day
to this peripheral village to enjoy its calmness.
Website (available in English):

The volunteers will give a hand and a fresh air to the Centre’s animation team. They will also help
with manual work like cleaning the park of the centre. They will be required to get actively involved
in the daily life of the Centre.
Half of the time will be devoted to proposals of activities for children and adults (according
to the population currently present in the Centre).
The rest of the time, volunteers will work outside in the park.
The management team of the centre is very well used to work with volunteers as they have been
hosting this workcamp for several years.

Volunteers will be lodged in a common room (dormitory), which will be reserved only to them. Showers
are accessible.

Meals will be provided by the Centre.

Rixensart is located in the Brabant Walloon province, 25 km from Brussels and 7 km from Wavre.
The zone is highly urbanised and has all the usual conveniences. Although, in the past, it used to be
a rural and agricultural area. Thus, Rixensart still keeps its countryside charm but one can feel
the proximity of Brussels (40 minutes by train, 20 by car). Refugees Centre is located outside the town
centre. Website (in French):

Specific information:
The volunteers are required to be at least 20 year old and to have basic knowledge of French.
They will also be obliged to send us a motivation letter in French as well as to answer a questionnaire
for the Centre.
Besides, it is necessary to have knowledge of animation (songs, music, dance, plays…) and to be
able to assume responsibility for a small group. In addition, it is recommended that they have an idea
about the policy concerning refugees in their own country, what the public image of the refugees is
there, the place that is assigned for them. Some of these issues might be put on the table during
the evenings. Being able to listen to others is very important there. This kind of workcamp is a very
rich personal and human experience. It makes people aware of the complexity of certain social
conditions related to the great inequalities on our planet.
Alcohol is formally prohibited in the Centre.
There is a possibility to host a volunteer in a wheel chair, but the adapted bathroom is not on the same
floor as the bedroom.

Meeting point:
Marche-en-Famenne train station, on Friday 31 July between 4.30 and 5.30 pm. Volunteers will go
to Rixensart together on Saturday.

Camp language:
CBB10 Institut ACIS, Cerexhe 08/08/2009 – 23/08/2009          MANU        11 VOLS 18+

The project:
Institute Notre Dame ACIS is a centre dealing with mentally disabled children and youngsters (light
and deep). One can find a residential service and a warm welcome during the day there. Institute also
offers a service of integration assistance that is addressed to young people aged from 7 to 18 years
with behaviour problems. Group workshops and individual follow-ups are set up to accompany them.
Professionals from the institute use psychomotricity, psychoanalysis, behaviour analysis, and hippo
therapy techniques in order to help the youngsters to live with their handicap. The institution is located
in a vast masonry from the 19 century, surrounded by a large park, which is suitable for outdoor
activities. Each year, volunteers come to help with the maintenance of the park, while bringing a little
dynamism into the daily life of the institute.

This year, the volunteers will prepare one of the buildings in the institute area for reconstruction in
order to open a new place for hosting disabled adults. That means that they will carry out some
demolition or cleaning works. They might also help with the maintenance of the park which includes its
cleaning or painting and repairing the benches.

Volunteers will be accommodated in a big room of the institute, with kitchen, toilets, shower, bathroom
and beds.

A hot meal, catered by the institute cooks, will be served every day for lunch. For evening
and weekends, volunteers will prepare their own meals.

Cerexhe-Euseux is a small village located 20 km from the town of Liège and surrounded by green
hills. The place is quite isolated, but connected to Liège by several daily buses. Germany
and the Netherlands are also very close. The towns of Aachen, Köln and Maastricht can be reached
very easily and therefore offer pretty city-trips projects. Within the wide range of local tourist
curiosities, it is also worth visiting the former coalmine of Blény Trembleur. It used to be one
of the sources of the richness of Belgium during the last century. In the course of time, the reserves
have, however, become exhausted. Today, it is possible to visit the mine and to go down, up to 60 m
under the ground (See the website: Also, during summer, many festivities
are organised in the area.

Specific information:
There will be very few contacts with the residents of the Centre.

Meeting point:
Liège Guillemins train station, on Saturday 8 August at 5 pm

Camp language:
English and French

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