Learn about Pantanaeiro culture and improve your skills training horses in Pantanal, Brazil



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    *********We are looking for volunteers on January and February to help riding our horses*************

    We run an ecoturism hammock&camping site and ranch located in Pantanal, an wetland area, with incredible nature and wildlife. 

    We take care of the goats, sheep and cows and train our young horses. You will work together with our permanent staff that manages the fazenda, real Pantanal cowboys. 
    At the ranch the permanent staff only speaks Portuguese (basic Portuguese or Spanish would be good but it is a nice place to learn or improve the your language skills).

    I (Olivia) live at the ranch but I am not be able to help you because I stay more at the house since I take care of my child.

    We are looking for volunteers to train our horses for tours and who want to practice their horsemanship knowledge. We breed arabian, lusitano and pantaneiro horses for work with the cattle at the ranch and ecoturism at the lodge. We are looking for help from suitable people to help with feeding, training, handling young horses and breaking in as well.
    Experience in milking cows is appreciated.
    You will need to have experience with horses. We do not have permanent staff on site to take you horse riding if you are beginners.

    - The internet doesn't work very well at the farm. It is really bad.

    If you like children we would also appreciatte to help us with our kid. She is almost 3 years old and since we are on a remote area with no other children around it is very nice to have someone else to contact with and play:)


    Accommodation and meals are simple and rustic (no air conditioner, hot shower and no laundry).

    We live surrounded by nature and share our living space with parrots, insects, spiders, frogs and the occasional bat. Maybe you will have to share a bathroom or room with other volunteer. It is your own responsibility to clean your room and bathroom. There is wifi but due to our secluded location, it does not always work. 
    The cook provides a simple meal three times a day (meat, rice, beans, bread, pasta are the main components). Fruit and vegetables are scarce.

    We find that volunteers at the fazenda are in need of several items:
    - a mosquito net to hang over your bed
    - a mosquito repellent
    - sunblock
    - a flashlight
    - bed sheets/sleeping bag
    - extra jeans and shirts with long sleeves (for the sun, mosquitos and branches during horse riding) are handy
    - laundry detergent (we have no machine)
    - snacks, dried fruits, granola, chocolate, if you want
    - a hat for the sun (chapeu de caranda)
    - boots (botinas) for horseriding. These and other items you can buy cheaply in Mercado Municipal (the nearest big city with airport and bus station).
    And don't forget to bring enough of your personal items (toothpaste, shampoo, etc). Only once every three weeks we do shopping and you can give us a shopping list and money for personal wishes.

    It is wise to check the seasonal weather before coming (and packing) because at times it can be very hot but it can also get quite cold at night.

    How to arrive:

    To get here you can get a bus (from the bus station: andorinha company) or a shared minivan (the minivan departure from the airport, bus station or at the hotel you are. There is just one minivan from 9 to 10 am/per day. We can contact them to book it).

    -Ticket 100 reais/about 5 hours.

    Then it is necessary to get a 4x4 private transfer that charges according water level. If it goes just to abobral river bridge where you will get a boat transfer to the ranch it costs about 150 reais. If it is not necessary the boat transfer the cost is 350 reais. 

    According the water level (wet season) if this boat transfer is necessary the cost for it is 145 reais. The private transfer take around 1 hour/ about 20 km and the boat about 20km/ 40 min.

    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ the higher cost for the 4x4 transfer direct (without boat) is because it will drive you + 6km on dirt road.

    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️Please we do not afford this transfers cost. The transfers are paid direct to each driver (on cash). The boat transfer is paid at the ranch (on cash).These costs are for one way.

    So the total cost (one way) is about 450 reais (van or bus+ private transfer) or 400 reais (van or bus+ private transfer+ boat transfer). This is valid for 2018 and can change according transfers availability.

    Volunteers at the fazenda we can guarantee the unique experience of life in a beautiful environment. We hope to host motivated people from different backgrounds and as such enjoy a kind of cultural exchange. 

    For the exchange to be valuable for both sides, we find that it is necessary for the volunteer to stay at least 1 or 2 months. This is because it takes time to get used to daily life at the fazenda and to get to know and be able to learn from each other.

    We think of the volunteer program as a friendly relation, a cultural exchange, so we would like to ask you to kindly respect this month minimum. Exceptions have been made in the past but please communicate your intentions honestly and inform us if there are any problems. Together we can think of a solution.

    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️Please keep in mind you will be an remote place and at the ranch and at the lodge.

    We look forward to see you!

    Kind regards,
    Joao e Olivia

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Babysitting and creative play
    Farmstay help
    Animal Care
    Language practice

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Improving skills training horses. Learn about pantanaeiro culture.

  • Help


    We would like help to train horses for guest. It is necessary previous experience

  • Languages spoken

    Portuguese: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Room with fan and toilet

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Located in Pantanal, an wetland area, with incredible nature and wildlife. 

  • 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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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