All Fellows are required to engage in a bi-weekly community service activity of their choice in order to keep a foot in the everyday reality. Shall that be serving refugees at the Gare du Nord or visiting patients or meeting the elderly. While the Brussels bubble offers many opportunities to network, to meet like-minded people enjoying heated debates, it is of utmost importance to keep the right balance between the white corridors of EU institutions and the reality of suburbs and the countryside. We believe that to build a long term career of a future leader involves the skill of being connected to the many-faced reality of people being served. This segment helps you to find your calling in a different manner, it is not about what you are being offered, it is about how you can use your skills to benefit others.
In order to offer you ready choices, we cooperate with the non-governmental organisation Serve the City. It is not charity they provide, it is the invitation to walk with those in need by organizing projects on a weekly and monthly basis. Whether it is serving meals to the dwellers of an elderly home, offering help with language learning for asylum-seekers or social interaction for women in crisis, serving Breakfast4Refugees or other kinds of help with food outreach, we invite the Fellows to experience and understand the conditions of the vulnerable.
Serve the City is a global movement of volunteers showing kindness in practical ways to people in need. We partner with homeless shelters, refugee centers, orphanages, and other associations, offering help and support. Serve the City creates events that mobilize many volunteers to serve in simple ways – sports, music, arts and crafts, meals, friendship and more. We are the connection between the good intentions and talents of people who could volunteer and a meaningful opportunity to get involved.