About the local hosting organizationThe little village of Han-sur-Lesse at the gateway to the Ardennes and one hour by road from Brussels is home to one of the most famous caves on our continent, the Cave of Han. The Cave of Han, which is exceptional in terms of the beauty of its concretions and the immensity of its chambers and fashioned by the river Lesse that flows through it from one side to the other, has welcomed almost 20 million visitors for over 250 years. It well deserves its three stars in the Michelin Green Guide. On foot or on the Safari train, venture into this 250 hectare haven of peace. Experience a trip through time by discovering many species that live or used to live in our region. All these animals are living in their natural environment. The Reserve is the only one in Belgium that has the European 'Big Five': the wolf, the bear, the lynx, the European bison and the wolverine. The Reserve also has breathtaking panoramas and very special flora.
About the volunteer workTo watch over the path, while walking and observing the visitors in order to guide and help them. ï‚· To prevent the visitors from leaving the path and venturing in other parts of the Reserve (there is a danger due to wild animals). ï‚· To ensure that the visitors do not damage equipment or harm the animals and that they do not adopt dangerous behaviors (like to pass their hand through the enclosures), as well as that they do not disturb the path (noises, garbage, etc.). ï‚· To be in charge of activities and give information along the path: to inform the visitors on practical questions (distances, timetable of the safari-bus, localization of the toilets, rain shelters etc.) and to provide further information concerning the animals and the nature to the visitors who wish it (a basic training in that field will be given to the volunteer at his/her arrival). ï‚· To ensure the maintenance of the path: every evening, to empty the garbage cans and the dry toilets; to collect waste; to ensure some maintenance work (ex : painting of furniture) ï‚· Certain days, to organize the picking-up of the visitors by the safari-bus at the end of the path (while being in contact with the central service and the drivers of the safari-bus by phone). ï‚· When there are less visitor the volunteer can carry out other tasks from time to time, for example some maintenance work in the Reserve or to create pedagogic tools. ï‚· Occasionally, participating in the preparation and animation of different events which take place in the Domain
Local accommodationThe volunteer will be hosted in a touristic inn just in front of the caves reception. You will share a 4 or 6 beds bedroom with all the facilities.
Special info about the food
All the meals of the volunteers will be provided, you will eat at the
inn restaurant for breakfast and dinner and you will eat in the domain
for the lunch.
It is compulsory to have a good level in French. The volunteers needs to understand and to be understood by people on the walking route to answer their questions and to guide them. It is also welcomed to know other languages such as English, German or Dutch.
Volunteer profile :
• To like animating people, want to speak with other people, being outgoing and able to provide information.
• To be able to show authority towards the visitors when necessary.
• To love nature and animals, as well as walking and being outside.
Extra info about the project