Hosted by our partner in Belgium JAVVA, this volunteer project focuses on ending stereotypes around learning disabilities by helping to run the Special Olympics.  

                                               

WHAT WILL I BE DOING ON THIS PROJECT? 

Created by Eunice Kennedy Shriver in 1968 the 'Special Olympics' aims to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with learning disabilities. Today, the Special Olympics is a global movement serving more than 4 million people in 178 countries involving 30 different sports.

Special Olympics Belgium was founded in 1979 and is officially recognised by the Belgian Olympic and Interfederal Committee. It organises National Games every year and sends Belgian athletes to the Winter and Summer Special Olympics World Games. These competitions are open to any athlete with any learning disability who practise a sport. These events help break down stereotypes and give those involved a safe space.

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 closing ceremonies, an Olympic village, a healthy athletes programme and an art exhibition from artists with learning disabilities. 

For the 38th Belgian National Games, volunteers will help with event logistics, such as assembling and dismantling structures, building and putting up decorations, transporting and unloading and waste management. You will be working with several teams in the organisation before and after the Games. During the 3 days of competitions, volunteers will provide guidance to athletes in 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.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

Volunteers will be staying in Anvers and meals will be taken with the different teams of the organisation and will be prepared by local volunteers.     

WHAT ABOUT LEISURE TIME? 

Not only will you get to enjoy the 2020 National Games, Brussels is only 45km away and can easily be reached by public transport. You will have one free day before the start of the Games and one free day after its closure. 

ARE THERE ANY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS? 

  • You must be 18+ to take part in this project.

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