Come and help us care for and learn more about a rare breed of pony (and other animals) on unique Skyros Island, Greece

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    Hi can you help !
    We are seeking volunteers for October into Autumn/Winter to help us care for our herd of 36 Skyrian, critically endangered , little breed of horse on a authentic, beautiful , Greek island . We are looking for volunteers who have experience with either ponies,horses, farm work / yard work or farm animals .

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

    You will be helping to care for our herd 36 charismatic, highly intelligent, friendly Skyrian small horse.

    We look after 36 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 and happy to host volunteers who are looking for a long stay volunteering place for the late autumn/ winter period and have experience with ponies horses or farm animals. So if you are seeking to have a meaningful, adventurous, fun, authentic and interesting experience please do get in touch .


    We seek volunteers who enjoy simple down to earth tasks, are mature, positive, flexible, able to problem solve, enjoy quiet time, dedicated, enjoy outside physical dirty farm work and preferably have experience with horses or ponies 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 who might be interested 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 farming area which is near the sea, archeological sites 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. It is a simple basic life far far away from the modern world . To understand the challenges of looking after animals 24/7 and 365 days of the year. You will have the opportunity to learn lots about horse care and management and we try to offer a one hour natural horsemanship ground skills training session once a week .

  • Help

    Help

    Most of the tasks are centered around our herd of friendly Skyrian ponies , pooh picking their fields twice a day, watering, yard work sweeping etc, 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 and skills with ponies there are opportunities to get involved with equine agility, positive reinforcement approach to training, ground skills, liberty work, lungeing, long reining, etc.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English and Greek

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    A very basic simple 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.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Skyros island is still very traditional, with an unspoilt wild beauty whilst also being very safe as everyone knows everyone. Farm life is basic, rustic, simple and far far away from modern conveniences. 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...
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.
some of our herd of skyrian horses.
Stathis with one of our stalllions at the beach
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Cultural exchange: (4.7)

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