Headquarters Support Group usually holds several Newcomers' Orientation briefings during the year running from June to September.
- Tuesday and Thursday, 16-18 July;
For more information
you may contact:John Pirson
, Events Centre Manager
+32(0)65/44.7928, SHAPE extension 7928, DSN 314-423-7928
or Maj. Christian Van Wassenhove, HSG Host Nation Liasion, at:
SHAPE extension 3339, DSN 314-423-3339
First day of the programme — takes place in the SHAPE Club or Events Centre, from 0900 to 1300 hours, and is divided into two parts:
The first part is structured to help newcomers to become accustomed with their new environment and to living in Belgium.
The second part is designed to help ease the official matters of settling in and to provide information about arrival procedures, housing, medical facilities, etc.
In the afternoon there will be a guided tour of SHAPE which is open to both members and their dependents.
The first day is encouraged for the new SHAPE members (military or civilian members). Their families are encouraged to also attend this first day session.
Second day - Guided bus tour
Depart the SHAPE Club at 0930 hours. Return to the same place at 1330 hours.
The tour begins with a visit of Les Grands Prés, which is the nearest shopping mall in the Mons area. Newcomers are welcomed by the Manager of the Belgacom boutique where coffee, tea and biscuits are offered and welcome packages are distributed; including gifts and coupons offered by the shopkeepers of Les Grands Prés.
The tour also includes a guided visit in the Collegiate Church of Sainte-Waudru, a jewel of Gothic architecture built from 1449 to 1686. It continues with a walk through the pedestrian streets of Mons to the Grand-Place, where everyone will have the opportunity to caress the head of the well-known ‘lucky-charm' monkey.
The tour ends at the Town Hall in Mons with a reception, hosted by Mr. Nicolas Martin, Alderman of Trade and Tourism, and the distribution of welcome packages with gifts and coupons offered by the shopkeepers of Mons.
The second day is free and is highly recommended for the whole family since this guided tour will help you getting familiarized with the place you will live for a couple of years.
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