It’s been so long time since I wrote in our blog last time (I leave that honor usually to Ania because she is much inspired  then me to write) but today I decided that I had somethings to say.

I have to complain and make compliments  (the gripes are easier and not to serious !!!)…



Zomer in de Hoge Rielen

It can be finally said, after rainy and not really full of people June, July came bringing a bit more of sun and new energy to de Hoge Rielen. New season, new tasks, new people, this is what means Summer in here.

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It’s been a two months since our arrival in De Hoge Rielen and still not cease to discover people, places and activities of this beautiful place! It’s hard to describe how this park can bring so much happiness to those who work here and those who simply spend their free time here, but I’ll try anyway to give you an idea….

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Enjoying time in Avontuurparcours

Not only our arrival was newness in de Hoge Rielen on the beginning of the season. Definately much more exciting was opening new Natuur & Avontuur attraction which was building during last year and which seems to be a big success for now. As an EVS volunteer I had a pleasure to be involved in the preparation process, to take a part in a big ‘try out’ and the most important I have a possibility to work as an assistant in Avontuurparcours now, what I enjoy a lot! Let’s get to know more about this place…

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Youthpass and Brainstorming

Goedemiddag allemaal!

After seven months at de Hoge Rielen, it’s time to begin thinking about the goals I achived in this project and the last things I still want to do at the organisation. A kind of feedback about everything I learned during this period, which will be written on an officially recognized certificate called youthpass. It is an Europe-wide instrument to confirm participation and to validate learning experience gained in projects of the ‘Youth in Action’ programme.
It is aimed at fostering the recognition of the non-formal learning outcomes gained in the projects.

So it’s time to sit down with a pen and paper to brainstorm. It’s the perfect time for it because it’s already
getting cold outside and it’s nice to spend some time doing indoor activities at N&A. I’m also still thinking about the new Avonturenparcours, exchanging ideas with the N&A team and It’s interesting to follow the progress of this project step by step. This parcours is going to be a real climbing adventure for all visitors coming next year.



‘t is herfst!

foto-rood-oranje-herfstblad-tegen-het-raam-geplakt-door-de-regen-hd-herfst-wallpaper-e1412686943927So much is going on at the moment at de Hoge Rielen, while the landscape is changing day by day. The first leaves have already fallen and you can see more and more mushrooms allover the domein. September is a busy month: “Back to school” means that many groups come to do workshops and it is the perfect time to improve my coaching skills and put them into practise. I’m acquiring new social skills and group leadership techniques at Natuur en Avontuur and I find them very useful and interesting. Especially the fact of doing it in another language makes it more challenging and appealing.

On the other hand, the building of the new herfst-achtergrond-met-rode-paddenstoel-in-het-bosAvonturenparcours has already begun. Our task at N&A is to define objectives and consider the educational purpose of the activity. We are selecting possible topics related to nature and wildlife to include them in the parcours which is ment to be ready for next year. It is not only a creative activity, but also a research activity that involves reading and learning about natural environments and animals.

So, I am facing a wide variety of tasks this automn and that sounds very good!



Het filmpje!

As promised, here is the short film about de Hoge Rielen. It’ll give you a brief overview about the organisation and the different departments or diensten where I’m involved in. (clic on the youtube link at the bottom of the post)

So one of my projects is ready, but there are still many appealing activities for the following weeks: tomorrow is my frist day of training to give the workshop Bouwen met hout en touw myself. It’s a really enjoyable workshop, where we build an exciting parcours with timber and rope. The groups that come to do the activity learn how to make specific knots to build it up. It’s going to be spannend!!

On the other hand, Nederlands les is going on very well. Two evenings a week I’m attending to the course and the classroom environment is really nice. I enjoy meeting people from different countries and improving my dutch skills faster then I thought.

Enjoy het filmpje and tot binnenkort!!!


EVS-filmpje: introductie De Hoge Rielen