Location: Oostende, Belgium

Project name: Advanced Volunteer Animal Care Assistant

Hosting organization: Opvangcentrum voor Vogels en Wilde Dieren

Sending organization: “Common Sense” Youth Organization

Purpose of the project: You take your share in the daily work at the Wildlife Rehab center. Step by step, we will introduce you to our way of working and the strict protocols that we follow. Being keen to learn is essential. In the beginning, you will mainly perform basic tasks, and assist a more experienced ESC-volunteer. Do take in mind that at our centre everyone should undertake all sorts of work: feeding and weighing the animals, assisting the staff, preparing food, but also cleaning cages, washing-up, folding dried towels and mop floors. You have to pursue administrative discipline and follow certain hygienic procedures. Being flexible is essential since wildlife does not have a clock to follow. During your project, you will learn how to rehabilitate all types of birds and mammals, how to carry out fluid therapy, tube animals and how to help oiled wildlife. You will work together with a big group of motivated volunteers (locals, interns, older people), where a good team spirit is important.

Number of volunteers: 1 volunteer between 19-30 years old (Only Azerbaijani citizenship)

Project period  – 15/06/2021 to 14/06/2022 (1 year)

Deadline: 15th March 2021

How to apply? – Please get registration number, and apply through European Youth Portal (click the link)

How to get a registration number? – If you don’t have an account on European Youth Portal, please watch our instruction videos from this Link

All costs are covered by European Solidarity Corps

No participation fee! 

Language: English

Accommodation, food and transport arrangements:

You will have your own bedroom in a house 30 minutes away from the Wildlife Center. In the house, there is a shared kitchen, living room, bathroom and shared toilet. Every ESC volunteer will receive € 360,00 a month, including both your food expenses and pocket money. It will be paid every month through your bank account. You will also get a bike that can be used to go to the city center, a 25 minute ride from the ESC house.

Application conditions and requirements for volunteering:

No foreknowledge is required. Age between 19 and 30 years old. We are looking for a spontaneous young adult who has a passion for nature and wildlife. Someone who is able to commit one year of his/her life to this Wildlife Rehabilitation project. You need to be flexible (weekend work), social and be able to handle stress. Being in a good physical condition and not afraid to get your hands dirty! You will work in a team, so having a good open mind and attitude is essential. English: minimum A2.You can only apply through the official application link on the European Youth Portal!