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AAP Primadomus

EVS Accreditation Details
EVS accreditation type
EVS accreditation expiry date 20/09/2016
Location Villena/Alicante, Spain
Organisation topics
Animal welfare
Inclusion topics
Educational difficulties
Social difficulties
Cultural differences
Economic difficulties

EVS accreditation number


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Project Environment

Project environment:
AAP is a European sanctuary for exotic animals. 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 hosting apes and monkeys. When they arrive at AAP they often have been seriously abused and severely neglected. At AAP the animals receive the professional care needed for their recovery. Its aim is to make 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.
The animals that arrive at AAP often have been seriously abused and severely neglected. Some of them were smuggled into the country and were later confiscated. Other animals come from private individuals who cannot or do not want to care for them anymore, or from research laboratories and illegal zoos and circuses. AAP focuses increasingly on providing preventive information.
After an intensive quarantine period the animals learn to re-socialize in special habitats. A team of specialized staff members, behavior biologists and veterinarians teach the animals natural behavior and the animals which live in groups learn to live together.
AAP tries to prevent more animal cruelty by convincing the politicians and general public that wild animals are not suitable to keep as pets. Our foundation strives to improve animal welfare situation in the world and we consider very valuable to establish international relationships between youths of different countries as future generations to let them distribute the message in their cultures. In that sense, we highly appreciate the EVS opportunities.
Villena is a small city in Alicante province only 50 minutes from Alicante city. Villena is an old city which a lot of history since “the marquesado” of Villena exists from the medieval period (Catholic Kings). It is a land where the period of moors had a lot of influence. In fact, the main festivities are related to the “Fiestas of Moors and Christians” which take place in September every year. On the East you have within less than an hour Alicante city and the sea (beach). In the North, Valencia city is only 1,5 hours away. Both main cities are connected to Villena by good train net (and motorway). Villena, despite is not a big city (35.000 inhabitants) has everything that a big city is supposed to have; a library, theater, a lot of shops in the city centre, and the cinema located in House of Culture, as well as many cultural activities. With this project we hope to continue the movement of young people who come from all over Europe to do evs-projects in Villena. Furthermore we hope to inspire local young people by meeting volunteers from other cultures to think about their position in Europe regarding animal welfare. Villena has several options to give the volunteers the opportunity to learn Spanish: the Official School of Languages and the Association AMICS, which offer free courses. They will have 2 hours every week to make possible they learn Spanish.
AAP Primadomus knows about the SVE Letter. We will make sure volunteers will have the proper availability to attend evaluations of all the process.
Volunteers will live in the volunteers flat in Villena, which owner is AAP. The house is equipped with all home supplies and services, including internet. In the volunteers flat t here are 3 bedrooms with space enough for the volunteers asked. Volunteer will have to share a room respecting the rule that dorms are not mix. There is a list of rules that the volunteer needs to respect to live in the volunteers flat and that will be provided when entering to live there. Volunteers will be provided with transport to the centre with daily basis. AAP Primadomus has aquired a social responsibility insurance that covers volunteers. Besides that, AAP Primadomus is willing to contract the AXA medical insurance for the EVS program.

Proposed activities for EVS volunteers:
This volunteering represents a perfect opportunity of non-formal education. When the volunteer will finish the volunteering period, the volunteer will be able to work as a caregiver in other entities. Therefore, this volunteering conducts to encourage the formation in a professional sector that is limited in educative opportunities. It represents an important educative expert platform to promote:
a. The own work opportunities for the professional career of the volunteer
b. The promotion of new profesional categories related to care and animal welfare in Spain
c. The knowledge of primates and the promotion of respect towards these species
d. Transfer of knowledge at international level about animal welfare (volunteers come from different countries)
e. The knowledge about the work done in rescue centres in Spain as European country and of AAP Primadomus
f. The communication about problems related to exotic wild fauna in Europe

The volunteer is working in a very active and flexible foundation. Despite there is a project description the volunteer will have a lot of personal freedom. This means that there is enough space to grow in the organisation besides the fixed activities. Of course the foundation will give a structure in which the volunteer can find his challenge.
The volunteer can learn how it is to work in a field with a small power-distance. If there are things that you think can ben changed to benefit the organisation in the volunteering work you are doing, you are more then welcome to share your opinion with the teamleader and manager.
Because AAP Primadomus preferes to have volunteers for from 6 months to 1 year the volunteers will have the oppurtunity to grow in the organisation. Also there are possibilities to see all the aspects of working in AAP Primadomus.

Education of the volunteer will be in charge of a responsible caregiver that will always accompany him and will check him/her. Responsible caregiver will work to assure the proper formation of the volunteer in the following areas:
a. Nutrition and primate diets
b. Husbandry of captive primates and their management
c. Security measures to maintain primates in captivity
d. Hygiene
e. Environmental enrichment techniques
f. Observational methodology
g. Ethology of primates (behaviour)
h. Auxiliary help to veterinarian
i. Legal frame on CITES specimen: European and Spanish laws related to the comercial use of animals and animal protection
j. Operation of a rescue centre and rehabilitation phases of an animal

Example of taks for animal fostering:
- Works together with an experienced animal foster and get functional help.
- Cleans and take care of the places where the animals stay.
- Helps in creating the places where the animals stay (putting the attributes on the right places) and make this places ready for the animals.
- Does fortification and does behavior observation on the animals.
- Feed the Animals.
- Doing small maintenance.
- Registries anomalies and report this to the experienced animal foster
- Help in education activities

At AAP Primadomus, Animal care department starts at 8,30 and finishes at 17,30h. Volunteers will be at AAP Primadomus 4 days a week (total of 36 hours/week) and are off 3 consecutive days. A daily routine example is:

Morning (8,30 - 13,30h.):
 Diet preparation
 Feed the animals (breakfast and lunch)
 Inspection of enclosures
 Release of animals to the external enclosures
 Cleaning of internal enclosures
 Observation of animals bahaviour in external enclosures

Staff lunch and midday break (13,30 to 15,00h.). We have a personnel canteen.
Afternoon (15 to 17,30h):
 Environmental enrichment preparation (toys for the animals)
 Feeding of the animals (dinner)
 Observation of animal group’s behavior
 To write daily reports of the animals

Besides the technical training in charge of a caregiver, volunteer will be in charge of a tutor that will support his/her adaptation to the organization and to the community and will be his/her emotional and social support.

Volunteer will be in AAP Primadomus have 2hours (within the 36 hours/week) available to learn Spanish and will have 2,5 days a month of extra holidays.

Volunteer profiles and recruitment process:
As AAP Primadomus is the host organisation of the spreading of this EVS opportunity.We will spread this EVS oppurtunity in our network. AAP Primadomus will give everybody the opportunity to respond with a CV and motivation letter. After this we will make a pre-selection of participants for the EVS project. With the possible participants left we will arrange meetings on the telephone to check the level of english and to see if they are motivated. This is mainly because one year is a long time and we need to make sure that the participants know what they are going to do and how they feel about it.

Profile of the desired EVS volunteer:
1. Affinity with animals.
2. Under control carry out of the activities; take of routine implementation decisions of protocols of the foundation and the memorandum.
3. Social skills concerning cooperating in a group
4. Movement attitude, order and hygiene at the implementation of cleaning and maintenance activities.
5. Attention concerning the security of the animals, its own person and other employees and the swift identification of changes in animal behaviour and/or the physical situation of the animals.
6. Physical capacity (physical effort at cleaning and regular lifting objects up to approximately 10 kilogrammes); psychological strain (confrontation with sick/victim animals, (disturbed) derogatory behaviour and euthanasia); burdening circumstances (dirty and fetidness, carrying working clothes, changing temperatures because of and outside work; risk because of incurring lesion/sickness causes by the animals (in case the safety/sanitary protocol is not followed).
7. Able the dedicated technical carry out activities. Problems are solved in dialogue with the foreman.
8. Creativeness, initiative and movement attitude are necessary at the implementation of the technical activities.
9. Mastering ambulatory forms with colleague and service attitude to the several internal constituents.
10. To be ateam player and be open minded to get in touch with other cultures

The volunteer must be able to do a Tuberculosis (Mantoux) test in his native country before starting his volunteership at AAP. People with tubercolosis sadly cannot participate because of the sick animals. Tetanus vaccination is also required.

Number of volunteers hosted:
AAP Primadomus can host up till six volunteers ensuring all quality.

Risk prevention, protection and safety:
Given the special work we do at AAP Primadomus, we have a very specific safety protocol. This manual will be given to volunteers to be read and later a meeting will take place to talk about it and solve doubts. This protocol includes evacuation plans and maps as well as rules on how to act in case of an emergency(escape, fire...). This manual also provides all emergency phone numbers.

At AAP we have very strict rules regarding safety. The basic principle is that the volunteer will be always under the responsibility of a responsible caregiver, who is the responsible to assure the security of the volunteer and to act as such. In emergency situations, volunteers will not be able to act and they only will have to put themselves in a safe place, always respecting the authority of the responsible caregiver and acting following the indications. At AAP Primadomuswe are all the time all the team members permanently in communication by walkie-talkie and mobile phone.

The Foundation has contracted the services of a prevention company (Fraternidad Muprespa) who is in charge of making the annual plan of preventive measures. In this, we have everything needed for the Prevention of Labour Risks. We have as well a medical service in Villena (for minor medical needs). For more important cases, Elda Hospital is only 15km away from Villena.

Volunteer’s flat has also an insurance, which assures the cover of any situation. This assures the comfort of the volunteer living there.

As we have said before in this document, we have an insurance that covers everything at AAP Primadomus (facilities, personnel, volunteers, cars). However, we are going to contract as well an AXA insurance for the volunteers.

Regarding the crisis, the volunteer will have a tutorto who the volunteer will be able to have the confidence to explain any emotional conflict he/she might have.

For security reasons, we foresee to have volunteers over 18 years old.

Motivation and EVS experience

AAP Primadomus is the Spanish delegation of Stichting AAP (The Netherlands), which is working since 2009 rescuing primates. AAP Primadomus has their own qualification as Foundation in Spain, however, it depends directly on Stichting AAP, from which it gets their funds and in which internal organization depends. In 2012 AAP Primadomus hosted 4 volunteers all for a period of half a year, however, we would like to increase the number of volunteering we can offer and thanks to the EVS we would be able to do so. Given that we already have experience in offering volunteering and given we are a self-funded NGO, the possibility for young people to volunteer at AAP Primadomus in EVS, and receive some small allowances offered by the European Commission, is a great opportunity for AAP Primadomus because it would lead into an improving of the volunteering offer we currently do in formation and to expand it. We know many people are interested in our centre and thanks to the EVS we would be able to satisfy more people to let them have an insight of our work. AAP Primadomus can teach the skills, attitude and knowledge necessary for animal care taking as one of the leading institutions in Europe.
It is important to have in mind that, given there are only few centers in Europe working for the rescue and rehabilitation of exotic threaten faun as we do, the volunteering represents an opportunity for those people who are interested in pursuing a professional specialization in that field and want to orientate their background in it.
Besides the EVS, we already have a lot of experience with international volunteers. Stichting AAP (the mother Foundation of AAP Primadomus) is a big organisation and exist for more the 30 years. It has grown from a small volunteer organisation to a full-size shelter for exotic animals in this 30 year period. Stichting AAP and AAP Primadomus would not be able to exist without the help of the volunteers which is highly appreciated and we involve in all aspects of the organisation. At AAP Primadomus, these volunteers are supported by 9 employees that also work at AAP Primadomus. In this setting AAP Primadomus will have, with the EVS possibilities, the opportunity to do more for the volunteers than was possible before.
To ensure quality in EVS, Stichting AAP works a coordinating organisation for AAP Primadomus, so we provide everything related to the volunteering itself at AAP. All the administration, mentoring and everything else related to EVS and your social life in EVS is facilitated by AAP Primadomus.

If the present expression of interest is an update or a renewal of a former accreditation, please indicate the EI reference number previously assigned:
2013-NL-20 (Stichting AAP, mother Foundation of which AAP Primadomus depends on)

Description of the organisation

AAP is a European sanctuary for exotic animals. The animals that end up with AAP often come from illegal trade, research laboratories, circuses, illegal zoos or directly from private people. The foundation specialises in hosting apes and monkeys. When they arrive at AAP they often have been seriously abused and severely neglected. At AAP the animals receive the professional care needed for their recovery. Its aim is to make 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.
Originally, AAP served as a temporary shelter only. However, AAP has developed a special retirement plan for those apes which cannot be placed anywhere else. It consists of the Islands in Almere, which were put into use in 2001, the Chimpanzee Complex, put into use in 2006, and the AAP Primadomus project in the south of Spain.
Staff working at AAP organization is more than 100 people. AAP Primadomus is much younger than Stichting AAP, so staff is in development period in accordance to the number of animals we take care (53 in total). Currently, AAP Primadomus staff is:
 Manager: in charge of the 3 Departments
 Animal care Departament: 1 Teamleader and 4 caregivers. The Teamleader will be the supervisory person for the volunteer.
 Technical Departament: 2 people in charge of maintenance tasks
 Communication Departamento: 1 person in charge of education and communication. This person will be the tutor of volunteers.
The volunteer will never substitute a working place. Management of exotic animal require of high level of experience, so the tasks performed by the volunteer will never require any kind of responsability. Volunteer will always be accompanied by a responsible caregiver.

Contact details
Please note, the selected organisation cooperates with a different EVS organisation to handle enquiries on its behalf.
Organisation name Stichting AAP
Street Kemphaanpad 1
Postal code 1358 AC
Town/city Almere
Country Netherlands
Email address
Telephone number + 31 (0)36 5238787
Fax number + 31 (0)36 5384240

Last update: 19/02/2014