Help us with our project with our wonderful herd of ponies on a small-holding on Skyros Island, Greece

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    Hi... We are now fully booked with volunteers for the summer ( although we do have one space for one volunteer from 7th August through until September to join our team of volunteers !) We are accepting volunteers for the Autumn and Winter period and would be very happy to host a couple of friends for a long stay volunteering place for the autumn winter spring period. So if you are seeking to have a meaningful experience this Autumn and Winter please do get in touch ..

    We are a totally non profit based project, dedicated to ethical training, welfare, conservation, and innovative projects, and education, of and about the critically endangered Skyrian small horse situated on the beautiful island of Skyros.

    You will be helping to take care and find out about our herd of charismatic, big charactered, sweet natured, highly intelligent, critically endangered ponies known as the Skyrian small horse.

    We look after 34 critically endangered Skyrian ponies and 2 larger ponies( 10 of whom are rescues) 10 cats ( all feral rescues) , 3 dogs ( 2 rescues) , 1 goat and quite a few chickens.

    We are looking for volunteers who have a positive outlook , are flexible, able to problem solve, dedicated, mature, enjoy outside physical work and preferably have experience with horses or ponies or an interest in them and are happy with the basic pleasures of life... We love hosting volunteers who are interested in a long term volunteering and are particularly keen to hear from anyone and couples who might be intrested in a long term volunteering period in the Autumn and winter into 2020 !!.

    Our project started in 2006 and since 2009, we have enjoyed hosting over 250 volunteers , not just from Workaway but also independent travellers and other volunteer sites, a lot of our volunteers return yearly.

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    We are based on a small farm in a beautiful area which is near the sea and pine forest, on a traditional Greek island.

    If you want to be part of a genuine project, and help us care for our herd , then please do get in touch and we will send you detailed information about our project and a volunteer application form.
    We really look forward to hearing from you.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    General Maintenance
    Farmstay
    Help with Eco project
    Animal care
    Charity work
    Art project

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Workawayers will get the chance to be in close contact to nature, the sea and forest / Greek culture. You will have the opportunity to learn lots about horse care and management and we try to offer at least a one hour natural horsemanship ground skills training session once a week and access to equine educational materials/ books videos etc .

  • Help

    Help

    Most of the tasks are centered around our herd of friendly Skyrian ponies , pooh picking their fields, feeding, watering, yard work , moving hay, handling the ponies, mending fences etc . Depending on the time of the year also supporting a variety of horsemanship projects.
    For volunteers with real experience with ponies there are opportunities to get involved with equine agility, positive reinforcement approach to training, ground skills, liberty work, lungeing, long reining, driving the ponies, if you are small and experienced enough to ride our ponies there is also that as an opportunity .

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English and Greek

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    A simple basic shared room with own bathroom and woodburning stove and the possibility to camp in the summer months . We provide a do it yourself breakfast ( muesli, porridge, cheese on toast, jam, peanut butter etc) and a good home cooked lunch, and a DIY supper.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Skyros island is still very traditional, with an unspoilt wild beauty whilst also being very safe as everyone knows everyone. The farm is in a traditional farming area close to the beach and pine forest. There is a taverna in easy walking distance , and a wonderful ancient archaeological site next to the sea in 10 mins walking distance.
    The main village ( 16km away from our farm), is vibrant and very beautiful and traditionally Greek and has good access to internet, two museums and many good cafes and bars. There is limited public transport and if you want to explore the island especially off season the best way is walking , borrowing a bike , hitching or hiring a moped or car. We will also gives you lifts when we are going into the village etc.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    4 hours sometimes less sometimes a bit more, 5 days a week

Introducing the ponies to the sea and swimming...
free schooling work with one of our stallions and amanda
Working with desensitasation over and under a tarpaulin with Dias.
Elia and Amanda training Ikarus and Apo for their new lives....
Ashleigh and Katie volunteers helping us re start Hermes in Harness
Inga volunteer and Ifestos trick training
pony play day at the farm.
Young people exploring equine agility course
some of our herd of skyrian horses.
Stathis with one of our stalllions at the beach




























































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