AAP is a European rescue and rehabilitation center for exotic mammals. The animals that end up with AAP often come from illegal trade, research laboratories, circuses, illegal zoos or directly from private people. The foundation specializes in rescue and rehabilitation of primates and other exotic mammals, like raccoons, skunks and prairie dogs. When the animals arrive they often have been seriously abused and severely neglected. At AAP they receive the professional care needed for their recovery. AAP aims on making the animals mentally and physically healthy and to place them in a more natural environment, such as in a natural enclosure or in a renowned zoo. Parallel to the direct focus on rescue and rehabilitation of animals, AAP has developed activities in advocacy and education as well.
The animal rehabilitation process is conducted by a team of about 50 professional animal caretakers at two locations: the Netherlands (Almere). They are supported by staff specialized in veterinary or behavioral rehabilitation. Next to paid staff, large number of international volunteers and interns help with the daily care for the animals and other duties within the NGO.
Already since 2008 AAP Almere has participated in the European Voluntary Service (EVS), being part of the Erasmus+ Program of the European Union. This has enabled us to host six to seven long-term volunteers per year under the favorable EVS-conditions. Since 2013, AAP’s Spanish branch Primadomus is accredited as EVS Receiving Organization too. Soon we will apply again for the EVS-grant and are for both facilities looking for
6 EVS volunteers for a full period of 12 months
(September 2014-September 2015) to work in
- Animal Care (three volunteers in the Netherlands)
Please note that for the Netherlands only non-Dutch candidates can apply.
Two EVS-volunteers will join the teams of caretakers, respectively our communication officer, for the period of 12 months enabling them to learn about the working field of animal rescue and rehabilitation center thoroughly. In this project the animal care volunteers will assist in the daily care and rehabilitation of the animals at different departments, they will help in the maintenance of the premises and assist in activities organized by AAP. The communication volunteer will help out with broad spectrum of communication and educational activities. The EVS-period will provide all of them not only with insight and valuable work and life experience but will also help them establish contact with many other young Europeans committed to animal welfare.
For a detailed information on this EVS-vacancy at AAP, please, download the official call for candidates:
Vacancies in Almere, the Netherlands
General information on Erasmus+ / EVS is available at the website of the EU.
Interested in experiences of those who spent their EVS year at AAP already? Read these interviews with Anthony and Miina (in Dutch).
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