Come and help with horses on a ranch near Plitvice Lakes, Croatia

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 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks

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  • Description

    Description

    I run a small ranch and riding centre only a few kilometres from the beautiful Plitvice National Park. I currently have 9 horses, 3 dogs, cats and some ducks for now. I have built a small house on the land which has been in my family for generations and started the ranch five years ago. The surrounding countryside is perfect for horse riding with lots of off road trails and there will be plenty of opportunity for you to ride.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Farmstay
    Animal care

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    At the Ranch you can experience rural Croatian life. You can enjoy working with horses and animals on a daily basis.

  • Host offers a wage in line with the minimum wage

    Host offers a wage in line with the minimum wage

    This host offers accommodation and payment.

  • Help

    Help

    I am looking for experienced riders, ideally over 25, to help on the ranch with the care of the horses, feeding, cleaning stables, grooming and also taking tourists on trail rides. Sometimes on the trail rides you may also have to lead the horses if children are riding. You need to be easy going and kind as you will be working with tourists and animals.

    Volunteers need to be able to speak English minimum and it would be great if you also speak German or Dutch as we have a lot of tourists from there, but it is not absolutely necessary.

    During winter (minimum stay 2 weeks) there are less tourists so the help I would need would mostly be with feeding and exercising the horses. I also sometimes train horses so if you could help with this or would like to learn more then that is possible. Also help with cooking, chopping wood, building projects etc would be great during the winter months.

    Summer - I am looking for longer term volunteers who are confident and experienced riders who can stay for a minimum of one month and help me with the trail rides as we get very busy. Ideally once you get to know me and the horses you would be able to lead some of the trail rides alone. A small financial compensation is also be available if conditions allow for it. Working hours during weeks with paying customers might exceed 5 hours per day.

    I eat a diet of meat, fish and fresh local vegetables. Sometimes we cook outside over the fire with neighbours, my family and ranch guests. I would like to share cooking with volunteers and am happy to eat most things but cannot really cater to very specific dietary needs as most of what I eat is locally sourced.

    I can host a maximum of 2 volunteers at one time.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    Croatian, English

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Volunteers will have their own bedroom in the house. You can also use the kitchen, bathroom and living room. I have a TV but no Wifi although phone signal is ok out here so you can access the internet via phone data.

    Volunteers can share meals with me, it would be good if we can share cooking duties.
    I eat a diet of meat, fish and fresh local vegetables. Sometimes we cook outside over the fire with neighbours, my family and ranch guests. I would like to share cooking with volunteers and am happy to eat most things but cannot really cater to very specific dietary needs as most of what I eat is locally sourced.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The ranch is only a few kilometres from the famous Plitvice Lakes which you can easily visit in your time off. The surrounding area is very beautiful for hiking, biking etc and in winter you can even ski nearby! The nearest village is Rakovica, its a short drive away and has a small supermarket, bar and post office.

  • 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?

    Two

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    Hours expected

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

Host ref number: 994994271632