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Help us with looking after the horses & riding tours in the Andes

Pays: Équateur

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Évaluation d'hôte Workaway
Last Activity
04.23.2014

Description

A riding business based in the Andes which has been established since 1996, riding tours in Ecuador, Uruguay, Chile and Argentina. This work opportunity based in ECUADOR.
Our clients come predominantly from the UK and USA, although a number also come from mainland Europe.
Helping ride and care for our team of 16 horses.

Région

Quito, near

Type de travail

Help with Computers / internet,
Language practise,
Helping with Tourists,
Animal care

Travail

Requirements: Working with horses in Ecuadorian Andes.
Competent & confident rider, used to horse care/handling horses, basic vet skills (recognize sick horse, lame horse, basic wound cleaning). You will (rapidly, after some training) be expected to lead (’pony’) two horses while riding.
3 month (90 days) minimum (occasional exceptions made), including some travel time.
Basic Spanish absolutely necessary – eg ask directions (and understand answer!) – the better your Spanish the more you will get out of the experience.
Driving: need to be able to drive an old manual (‘stick shift’) jeep.
Minimum age 25 years old
Weight limit 75kg (sorry, very personal, but high altitude and relatively small horses means that this is important for the horse welfare)
We pay board and lodging.
Possibility of extending for 3 months more.
For ‘extra’ work, special skills (computer, marketing) I often give volunteers special projects and agree with them a fee for completing this project.
As well as assisting on the rides and seconding the main guide on certain days, if you are able to guide – have experience of leading rides, being the main guide (or if you have the skills so I can show you how to) then you will be able to guide some rides and there is a daily fee for that (note: this is NOT possible if you do not have an adequate level of Spanish). Number of riding tours/days you are assisting on rides depends on time of year & your skills.
THE HORSES are adorable and easy going (says every single volunteer!). They are generally mellow and have great characters and are used to being handled. At the moment 16 horses; there are some steady ‘trail masters’ and more responsive horses – lead horses/advanced rider only horses and some retired horses. Often when new horses arrive they are much more nervous and need special care/attention but soon come round with gentle handling.

Langues parlées

Spanish, English

Logement

Accommodation in charming old farmhouse, incredible scenery. 3 bedroomd in house & 2 bathrooms -shared with volunteers on ohter projects. Use of well-located flat in Quito for days off. There is a good bus service to Quito (90mins).

Autres choses...

Next available opportunity for volunteering:
July 2014 onwards


Please send us an email if you are interested in coming at this period!
Looking forward to hear from you!
Hasta luego!

We do not need any help before these periods, if something would change, we'll put a note here!
Thanks!

Informations complémentaires

Internet access
Limited internet access
We have pets
Nous sommes fumeurs

Volunteering hours expected

5 hours per day 5 days per week

Photos

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volunteer Beth with chagra Cesar
volunteer Beth with chagra Cesar
Kate a volunteer
Kate a volunteer
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