Volunteer at Natural Horsemanship Guest Ranch near Kamloops, Canada




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  • Description


    A little introduction about us: We, Martin & Bernadette immigrated to Kamloops from Holland with our twin sons approximately 20 years ago. Before coming to Canada, Bernadette owned her own Health & Fitness Centre and also worked in the Music Industry. Martin’s passion and background has always been in the Restaurant Industry.
    In Canada, Martin has specialized in Catering of large events such as Weddings, Corporate Dinner/Parties, Christmas Parties, etc. Bernadette has always had a love for horses and with living in Kamloops her passion for these animals grew and she is now specialized in Natural Horsemanship, Nutrition for horses and Barefoot trimming.
    We built our dream guest ranch on our beautiful 160 acre property which overlooks Campbell Lake just outside of Kamloops.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Language practice
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You can immerse in all aspects of Natural horsemanship, Barefoot hoof care, and Nutrition for Horses. Healthy cooking, Languages, Other Cultures, Team work emphasis, Helping each other / Camaraderie!

  • Help


    From April till October and during the christmas holidays, we offer small all inclusive packages for our guests, up to 18 max. with horseback riding, hiking, kayaking and mountain-biking.
    We have availability year round for 7 volunteers who are energetic, and have a positive attitude and who like to learn tons of info about natural horsemanship, barefoot hoof care and nutrition for horses and healthy cooking!

    We look for non smoking flexible volunteers with a working holiday visa for a min. stay of 2 months and a max of 1 year. Preferably all candidates have a basic knowledge of horses and natural horsemanship, over 19 years of age for barn or kitchen position, and over 21 years for assistant wrangler position.

    You like to help out with the outdoor activities, but also with the meals being served in the saloon. Interacting with our international guests in the games room (Pool table, fuss ball table, ping pong, air hockey table to name a few). We need passionate people who are not afraid of hard work. We all work here at the ranch as a team. Working at the ranch is not a 9 to 5 job. We work until the job is done and always help each other, and rotate all chores. Because of the horse handling daily it is important to add this in your travel insurance policy!

    We have 27 horses and 2 dogs, so animal care is a big part of the job as well.
    You need to be physical capable of lifting hay-bales, feed bags, heavy saddles, etc!
    We practice natural horsemanship, which is very important to us, applicants need to have an open mind with this kind way of working/learning with animals. I love to pass on my knowledge to volunteers! We all eat together with the guests in the Saloon or on the front porch in the summer!

    After the season we focus our work in and outside of the ranch like regular maintenance (Mainly poop scooping in the pens), marketing, feeding, grooming horses, training & riding horses in the ranch arena and outside in the snow when weather and terrain allows, snow shovelling, household chores, etc.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Dutch, German and French.

  • Accommodation


    You share the staff residence in the main house. 4 bedrooms plus living and full bathroom plus a separate bunk house. All meals, snacks and non alcoholic beverages are included!

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Our ranch is only 40 minutes from downtown Kamloops, which is a nice city around 90.000 people. University, Theaters, restaurants, mountain bike park, Live music in the park in the summer, biggest annual Pow wow on the reserve in Kamloops!

  • 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

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours, 5days a week

The ranch with Campbell Lake in background
Winter wonderland magical sunset at the ranch
bernadette with volunteers Sarah and Lara
trail ride along the lake with guests
our games room is for all to use, guests and volunteers. we have a pool table, air hockey, foosball and more. its always a great way to unwind after a big day.
molly and daisy our beloved ranch dogs
bernadett and storm look very relaxed after a short ride on the property to unwind.
Martin our chef, not only cooks healthy, gourmet amazing food, he also joins us on the trails when he can!
story telling at the campfire
Martin & Bernadette surrounded by their animals

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