Holiday Clubs, Exchanges and Voluntary Work

Find out about options for keeping your teens occupied during the school holidays...

ONE (Office de la Naissance et de L'Enfance) is primarily associated with the care of much younger children. However, it also oversees the running of holiday clubs (Centres des Vacances) in the French speaking communities. These centres welcome 3 to 15-year-olds during the Christmas, Easter and summer holidays. Some are day centres only and others are residential (including camps).

  • For information about holiday centres (Centres de Vacances) for the French-speaking community: Click here

The website has sections for parents and children. It also has a search facility to find a nearby centre. Unfortunately, only the under 12s who attend are subsidised via tax rebates.

  • For information on holiday centres for the Flemmish community: Click here (in Dutch)

Study exchanges

Study exchanges are common particularly between the French speaking community and France. Some schools and colleges organise activities for their pupils. Older teenagers can contact organisations such as Club International, which organises exchanges with French students in Paris.

Voluntary work

The European Youth Portal is a good source of information on projects and provides links to lots of organisations looking for voluntary workers in Belgium and overseas.

The British Council is active in Belgium and particularly around Brussels. It organises various events throughout the year and is always looking for volunteer workers for projects in Belgium and elsewhere.