Experience rural life and help with a horseback riding project in the highlands of Amazonas, Peru



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  • Description


    My wife Jessica and I (Henry) are an international couple with our first 2 children, living in the North of Peru. Henry is a medical veterinarian by trade, specializing in horses. Jessica has her education in preventative wellness and is a stay at home Mom raising our daughters. Horseback riding is our main scope, but family rural life requires all kind of volunteer profile to keep developing.

    The list of tasks (below) that we need help with is extensive. If you don't have all, or even some, of the skills necessary that is okay. What we are looking for most in a volunteer is willingness to be flexible, ability to be a self starter, desire to learn and overall helpful attitude that fits within a rural family lifestyle.

    We just purchased our first home and property in the village of Montevideo, which is a small village approximately 1.5 hours away from Chachapoyas.

    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ we ask all potential volunteers to do a Skype meeting. This helps YOU get to know us, and US to know you more. If you don´t have Skype we can communicate via Whatsapp also.
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ both you and I reserve the right to quit the volunteer agreement at any time and for any reason. For this reason we ask all our volunteer to have a back up plan.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Charity Work
    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We hope our volunteers will learn tolerance of different cultures and ideas, the ability to be creative in new situations, practice their Spanish skills, and learn about the Amazonas Region of Peru through travel and inter-personal exchange.

  • Help


    As mentioned above we live in a rural, small village, approximately 1.5 hours from the city of Chachapoyas.

    Everything listed below is in its beginning stages. Also, remember if you don't have all, or even some, of the skills necessary to help us with the below tasks, that is okay. What we are looking for most in a volunteer is willingness to be flexible, ability to be a self starter, desire to learn and overall helpful attitude that fits within a rural family lifestyle.

    Horse Needs:
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️Photo sessions in real horse expeditions in Peruvian farming communities
    *️️️️️️️Route development / maintenance
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️Documentary development
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️First aid training for rural communities
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️Farriery practice and training for rural communities
    *Web developer
    *️️️️️️️️️️️Taming and natural horse training
    *️️️️️️️️️️Digital design development for educational material
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️Equine vet assistance or Equine vet practice (castration)
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️Grant writing, Marketing and Networking applied to our sustainable and infrastructure project development
    *️️️️️Saddle and equipment maintenance
    *️️️️️Feeding, grooming and exercising of horses

    Domestic Needs:

    - meal planning
    - preparing lunch and dinner for entire household
    - batch cooking (breads,sauces, pizza, etc.)
    *️️️️️️️Home cleaning / organizing
    - deep cleaning 1x per week
    - superficial cleaning daily (such as dishes, sweeping, mopping, etc.)
    *️️️️️️️Animal care
    - feeding chickens and/or dogs
    - cleaning out chicken coup
    - exercising and/or training dogs

    Building / Maintenance (we will be working with natural materials as much as possible, if you know or have experience in natural building please let us know!)
    *️️️️️Stables for horses
    *️️️️️Chicken coup
    *️️️️️Building up home
    *️️️️️Electrical work
    *️️️️️Plastering walls

    *️️️️️Clearing of community paths
    *️️️️️Preparing land for plants (both domestic and rural)
    *️️️️️Pulling weeds / removing stones

    Take Note:
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️Smoking is not permitted. We do not permit volunteers that smoke (weed, cigarettes, pipe tobacco, cigars, cigarillos or the like). Sorry, but past volunteers have ruined it for all of you. There could be an exception if our children are not at the house..

    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️Everyone contributes to the purchase of toilet paper, coffee and laundry service.

    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️We work by targets, not hours per day. Target schedules will be discussed with each individual volunteer based on our needs and your abilities.

    -We cannot be held liable for any accidents that occur during your time with us, or while traveling to/from our location.-

    Thanks for reading and we hope to hear from you soon!

    ~ Henry and Jessica

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    French always is welcome here!

  • Accommodation


    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️3 meals daily
    - any snacks or specialty foods outside these 3 meals are purchased by YOU
    - only breakfast is provided on your days off.
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️Shared and private bedroom
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️Hot shower

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Having a basic knowledge of Spanish will be helpful when navigating your way to the North of Peru. Fluent Spanish knowledge is not necessary, but volunteers have reported feeling safer and more confident knowing at least the basics for getting around on their own.

    Our area is considered the Northeast capital of archeological sites...so there is a lot to see in your free time. There are plenty of day or multiple day trips depending on what you want to see. Most sites will require paying for transport.

    We are at an altitude of approximately 8,000 feet (2,400 meters) and I would describe the weather as 'mountainous' (temperature range goes from 8°C/46.4°F to 22°C/71.6°F) meaning, when the sun is shining it is hot, when there are clouds it is cool, and night can require long pants, shirts and an extra blanket. This of course all depends on the climate you are coming from, and what you are used to.

    For longer stays we suggest to get a local SIM card and the brand that works better here is from Movistar. Also, there is not cashmachines available in 2 hours away trip from the village, try to get pocket money before you arrive.

    Rainy season is December - April please come with appropriate clothing.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    This host has indicated that they love having digital nomads stay.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    This host has said they are willing to accept those travelling with a pet.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    25 hours per week

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