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Verein: AFS Interkulturelle Begegnungen e.V.
Projekt: AFS-Wildlife Hospital-Natuurhulpcentrum Opglabbeek
Bewerbungsende: jährlich
Status: Stelle gestrichen
Laufzeit: ab Mitte Februar 2010 - 6 months
Sprache im Projekt: keine Angaben

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Dauer: 6 months

Thevolunteer will be involved in the daily running of the centre. This means:

-assistance to medical care of fractures and wounds ( 5%)

- feeding(45%):

-maintenance of accommodations ( 10%),

- cleaningof cages and fence (35%),

-assistance in organisation of activities for instance fundraising,

-educational programs,... ( 5%).

" Tryto make people more aware of the environment by education or actions to restorethe nature.

" F.e.wanderings: a fox wandering: an adventurous evening walk in the forests ofOpglabbeek. During this walk the participants will meet several fairy tailalike animals who will offer something to eat or drink or who will give a task.If the participant does all the tasks well, he/she can win a little price.

" Forschools: a guided walk in the center.

" F.e.information about feeding the birds in the winter (give information on theirwebsite and in a brochure).

The reasonfor the percentages of the tasks: Because the tasks of the volunteers would bedifferentiated and as interesting as possible, the volunteer will have thepossibility to do all the tasks that are done in the Wildlife Rescue Center,like all the others. The percentages reflect the amount of time that is spentin the Wildlife Hospital at these tasks. All the people that are working there,except of the administration, are having the same distribution of tasks.

Thevolunteer will receive training for the tasks.


- Thevolunteer learns to know the names, the habits, the history, the food… of thewild animals in the center.

- Thevolunteer learns how to take care of hurt animals: what to do when an animal ishurt and arrived in the center (f.e. first of all, the center puts the animalin the dark, because they experienced a lot of stress and dark rooms makes themcalm).

- Thevolunteer learns how to calm down animals in panic or animals in pain.

- Thevolunteer learns to know which accommodation is convenient for which animal.

- Thevolunteer learns about the environment, the nature.

- Thevolunteer learns the cleaning criteria and the special cleaning methods for thecages.

- Thevolunteer learns how to rescue wild animals who are in difficult situations,f.e. a roe in a garden.

- Thevolunteer learns how to raise little wild animals that don't have a mother anymore, how to feed them, what they should do to keep them warm…

- Thevolunteer learns how to work together with others. He/she will developconversation techniques, skills about working in a group, will learn how agroup reacts, and the different flows in a group.

- Thevolunteers learns to work together with other organizations, like the police(f.e. when a wild animal is signalised on a road and they have to go to catch it).

- Thevolunteer learns how to give information to others, f.e. when a class ofchildren comes to visit the center.

Interculturalaspect and added value of a foreign volunteer:

- Thevolunteer learns how the local people deal with nature, what their vision is onnature, on the problem of the environment, what the politics are about nature,how they handle wild animals. The local people on the other hand will be ableto make contact with the culture of the volunteer. How he/she sees thedifferent nature aspects.

- Thevolunteer will be able to learn more about the dynamics of working withvolunteers in the Belgian culture. The local people on the other hand will havethe opportunity to learn more about the dynamics in the culture of thevolunteer.

- Byworking together with the local people, the volunteer will be able to make adeeply contact with the Belgian culture. To make contact with the visiblethings, like the food, the clothes, the music, but also with the invisiblethings like the opinions, the values. The local people on the other hand willbe able to make deeply contact with the culture of the volunteer because theywill work very close together. So they will also have the opportunity to makecontact with the visible and the invisible things of the culture.

AFS, thecoordinating organisation, will provide Dutch language lessons for thevolunteer. These lessons will be given by an experienced teacher and will beorganised in a central place that is easy to reach by public transport. Thelessons will be organised weekly in the first weeks of the project.

Descriptionof the organisation

WildlifeHospital is a wildlife rescue centre. Every year it helps over 5000 birds andwild animals which are brought to the centre or collected by an animal rescueteam. As our organisation is a wildlife rescue centre, our aims are to takecare of weakened wild animals, brought into the centre by local people orcollected by the volunteers.Cured animals are replaced into nature. Conform tothe non profit principles of the association, we do all the work for free.

Opglabbeekis a small village of 10.000 inhabitants, situated 10 km from Genk, a city of80.000 inhabitants and 20 km from Hasselt, the Capital of the province Limburg.Most of the people in the community are working in small entreprises ofdifferent activities. Opglabbeek, 90 km east of Brussels, and 15 km west fromthe borders with the Netherlands and Germany, is in Belgium well-known for itswoods and eco-tourism.

A foreignvolunteer will give the possibility for cultural exchanges between our 15-25local young volunteers (18-20 years) and the EVS volunteer. This is veryimportant. If a person learns to know an other culture, he/she can understandthis culture better. It would give the possibility for intercultural learning.This would be very enriching for us and the volunteer.

Further onit is a good stimulant for the local volunteers. An international volunteerwill have a stimulating and motivating effect on the local volunteers becausethey will feel international appreciated for the job they are doing. Next tothis it will be interesting to exchange information about dealing withvolunteers.

Thevolunteer will work together with local people, so he/she will have theopportunity to really integrate him/herself. So he/she can get to know theculture deeply.

It will bevery interesting for the volunteer and the wildlife hospital to exchangeinformation about their vision about a wildlife rescue center, about takingcare of animals. There can be cultural differences. So they can learn of eachother. It could also be that the EVS volunteer has some contacts in his/herhome country with similar wildlife hospitals. This could also be interesting.

Thevolunteer will have here also the possibility to learn about wild animals.

As ourorganization is a wildlife rescue centre, our aims are to take care of weakenedwild animals, brought into the centre by local people or collected by thevolunteers. Cured animals are replaced to nature. Conform to the non-profitprinciples of the association; we do all the work for free.

AFS, thecoordinating organisation, will provide a host family for the participant, aswe strongly believe that this is the best introduction to the Flemish cultureand a great opportunity to integrate in the local community. The host familywill provide lodging and food. They will be living close to the project andwill be Dutch-speaking. AFS encourages the host family to use Dutch as acommunication language with the volunteer, to help him/her to practise theDutch language.

Reference number: 2008-BEFL-46