EVS in Oostende (Belgium)

Wildlife Rescue Ostende

Project description

The Wildlife Rescue Centre Ostend takes care of sick, injured or orphaned wildlife. The last 3 years we’ve got about 4000 patients, most of them because of human activities (e.g. oil, but also traffic, birds taken by a cat, birds that flew against a window…). Our main goal is the rehabilitation of wildlife so we can release them back into the wild. By doing this we also try to educate the public. The center organizes activities about nature and bird protection for local people. We also support scientific research of different institutes by providing data about the animals that stay in the center. Long-term EVS will be involved in the daily running of the centre. They will be involved in several tasks, such as: feeding animals, assistance with medical care of fractures, diseases and wounds, catching and releasing birds and animals and administrative work/assistance in organization of activities for fundraising.

Accommodation, food and transport arrangements

Accommodation: We have a room inside of the rescue center with a bunked bed, where you will be living together with the other short-term volunteer. Next to this room there is a fully equiped kitchenette, a seperate bathroom, shower and toilet. Over day, you share these with our other volunteers. Wifi is also available. Before arrival we ask you (on own account) to deposit a warranty of € 150 for the accommodation, which will be returned at the end of the project.
Food: you recieve € 345 per month (food & pocket money).
Transport: There is a bike available.

Training during the project

The volunteer is trained by the staff, other EVS and volunteers. During the project, you will learn everything about revalidation of wildlife, tube feeding, revalidation of oiled wildlife, raising orphaned wildlife, fluid therapy, most common diseases and reasons of being brought in. We organize a short training in raising orphaned wildlife and revalidation of oiled wildlife during the year, specially for our EVS. At all times, there is support of a staff member.

Volunteer profile

The volunteer needs a basic knowledge (A2) of the English language, in order to work in team with other volunteers and staff members. Motivation is very important! The youngster must be aware that this EVS project sometimes can be emotionally and physically challenging. It can be stressful, especially in summer. We think personal attitude is very important: be able to deal with strict protocols, open to learn and improve yourself, have a specific attitude towards wild animals, no animal-related allergies, vaccinated against Tetanus and Rabiës to work with wild mammals (bats…).

How to Apply

Send your motivation letter and your CV to : join@infoeurope.eu 

Project Dates: From 01/08/2019 to 28/09/2019

Application Deadline:  20/08/2018