Rehabilitation of common and grey seals

Project name:

Sealcentre Pieterburen

Project purpose:

Rehabilitation of common and grey seals

Project activities:

  • animal rehabilitation

  • community awareness

  • data collection/analysis

  • teaching

Weekly cost (approx USD):



Direct benefits you gain:

  • cultural integration

  • data/statistical skills

  • field research skills

  • gain a qualification or credit

  • report writing

  • undertake your own research 

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • rehabilitation centre/practices

  • publishes peer-reviewed science

  • publishes work


Shared accommodation on campus

When does the project run?


accommodation included, food included, cooking facilities, electricity, nearby medical facilities, refillable drinking water, shower (hot), toiler (western), wifi

How long can I stay?


None beside being a passionate about wildlife conservation and show that enthusiasm in the interview

Details of the day-to-day life on the project:

You work 5 days a week. 2 days off. You stay at the campus with the other volunteers. You share a room with 3 others (2 bunk beds per room). You work from 7 am to 16h for an O shift, 14h to 23h for a Late Shift and 7-12 and then 19 to 23 for a G shift. You have monthly schedule with different shift. 

A normal day is you wake up before 7, you have at 7h a morning meeting with the last updates, then you check the morning schedule to see where you work for the day : quarantines, jarinos or outside pools. Then you prepare in the kitchen how much fish you need and take the fish porridges you need (already prepared in the fridge) and go to your place. First you feed with a feeder if need be, if the seal is a self eater you can just throw him the fish, then you clean the pool and enclosure around it. You go clean the different places with your team or alone if outside pool then you have a break around 11am. Then you come back after 20min break and you go feed again but the deep clean is only in the morning (clean, disinfect everything, empty the pool). The lunch break is at 12h30 depending on the amount of work could be at 13h. You go back at work at 14h to do some laundry, unfroz fish and do some tasks here and there. 15h : feeding time again, clean kitchen and you're done for the day unless you are late shift then you'll do the fish porridge before your dinner break and then go back to work at 19h until 22h30/23h.

Your day goes by according to how many seals they have in that time, how many volunteers and how many feedings : usually 4 a day except if the seal is been there for a few weeks then it changes to 3 than 2 until he can self eat and go to an outside pool.

Reviews & ratings



Very Good Program

My week at Daktari was excellent and the program is very intense in the sense that we all get together with the kids and animals from 7am until 9 pm. It is an excellent choice for a first volunteering program abroad considering and I would definitely like to go back someday



It was an experience that I feel extremely lucky to have been a part of

Wild Sun Rescue is an animal rehabilitation center located in the remote and scenic fishing village of Cabuya, Costa Rica. The long-term (12 week) volunteer experience involved getting to do hands-on work with all of the animals that are housed at the center, including howler monkeys, capuchins, opossums, squirrels and raptors. The daily duties included diet prep (mostly chopping and cooking fruits and veggies), enclosure cleaning, facility maintenance (repairing enclosures, building new enclosures and enrichment), and animal handling and medical treatment. It was an experience that I feel extremely lucky to have been a part of--nowhere else in the world would I be able to work with all of these amazing animals, in such a unique and beautiful location. As a wildlife biology intern, I also had the opportunity to create my own research project at the center, supervised and assisted by the internship coordinator.

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