Education for horse well-being and help with twelve lovely rescued dogs on the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

  • Favourited 1139 times
  • Last activity: 29 May 2024



 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks



  • Description


    My name is Claudia Moreno. Since 2003 am a resident on the Galapagos Islands. Originally I am from Munich, Germany.

    Together with a group of horse lovers and our volunteers we are working on our project to help the Horses on the Islands. Horses were introduced by man a long time ago as working animals and now are left abandoned and mistreated by many people of the Galapagos.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Charity Work
    Language practice
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Through volunteering in the highlands of Santa Cruz, you will experience the true culture of the Galapagos Islands. Giant tortoises roam about in your backyard, guava trees surround the property, and of course you will experience other wildlife and all the beauty the Galapagos has to offer :)

  • Help


    The special skills we are currently looking for include the following:
    - Horse experience including hoof cleaning. Anyone who has studied the methods of Parelli, Jackie Decker, Elsa Sinclair etc. will be particularly welcome
    - Filmmakers to help make or edit a video of our project and promotional material
    - Web developer with SEO skills
    - Digital Marketing specialist
    - Grant Application specialist
    - Fundraisers
    - IT expert
    - Dog trainer (we also have 12 rescued dogs!)
    - Some Spanish skills will be helpful
    - Farm help for general farm maintenance

    In addition, I am looking for volunteers who would like to help working with the horses. In particular, I am in need of someone skilled in natural horsemanship who has previous experience
    of working with horses. Experience of working with horses is welcome but not necessary if you have any of the skills listed above. We need all the skilled help we can get and will greatly appreciate your contribution to the sustainability of our charity. We do not ride our horses, we care for their welfare.

    We have WIFI in the volunteers' room but bear in mind that, as with the whole island, it can be intermittent in case of stormy weather.

    Two week minimum stay, but we prefer longer stays.

  • Languages spoken

    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    I have a large room available for volunteers, a kitchen, and a bathroom, located directly by the horses! :) Rooms are shared and for now I am unfortunately not able to provide food.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The highlands are 30 min. by car or bus to the harbour and the center of Puerto Ayora, which is a nice town. Buses to town pass at the end of our road every 40 minutes. Trips to Puerto Ayora cost 1 US dollar. In town, you will find bars, restaurants, shops and travel agencies. Also beautiful beaches and visitors sights. In Galapagos you can enjoy marine life by snorkeling or diving or you can go mountain Biking or explore the highlands and observe the unique Giant Tortoises. Galapagos wildlife is unique in the world, and as an animal lover you will find plenty of things to do.
    I am a non Smoking Person who likes to live in peace, surrounded by our lovely animals.

  • 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

    3 hours a day, 5 days a week maximum

Host ref number: 636786915645

Feedback (21)


These are extra optional ratings when members leave feedback. The average rating left for each option is displayed.

Accuracy of profile: (4.9)

Cultural exchange: (5.0)

Communication: (5.0)

Help at a family lodge in Mindo, Ecuador
Help out on our campsite on outskirts of the city of Ibarra in the Ecuadorian Andes