Help to care for and rehabilitate over 40 horses, available to all levels of riding experience. Enjoy riding along the Indian Ocean whilst watching whales and dolphins whist being ideally located for free time activities and onwards travel in South Africa.
Volunteers help to care for and give much needed attention to horses that have suffered abuse and neglect in the past. You will work closely with the horses every day and may be involved in:
You do not need to be an experienced rider, but having the basics of walk, trot and canter are a bonus. The project accommodates all levels of riding experience and will tailor your activities accordingly.
Volunteers who are staying for at least 4 weeks and who have sufficient experience will also be given the opportunity to dedicate some of their time to working independently with a young, inexperienced horse. There is also the opportunity for volunteers with an interest in farming to gain farming and animal husbandry skills as the owner’s son farms pigs on site.
We also offer placements to volunteers with professional skills (vet, equine dentist or farrier) who would like to utilise these at the project.
Volunteers normally work 5 days per week from around 7am to 5pm.
There are usually 1-4 volunteers at the project at any one time with a maximum of 6.
The project is closed to volunteers between 1st - 31st December.
Read about volunteer experiences and challenges in our South Africa Horse Rehabilitation Volunteer reviews.
With over 40 horses to care for, volunteers provide additional support to staff so that each horse can be cared for. Volunteers are a vital workforce on the farm and as a consequence of their hard work, the farm is able to take on more injured horses.
"It helps to have volunteers who have passion and spend time with our horses, that extra groom and a bit of TLC that, with having so little 'manpower', they wouldn't normally get."Georgie, Founder
The family that run this project have been providing horse trails since 1998. In 2000, they moved onto creating a rehabilitation centre and since then they have provided a home to numerous horses in order to save them from abuse and neglect.
The objective of the project is to rescue and rehabilitate horses so that they can trust people once again. The motto of the project is “horses working for horses”, and this is exactly what happens. The project generated income from beach and bush trails that is used to fund the rehabilitation of injured horses.
Volunteers live in a cottage on the family farm which is located in the Eastern Cape. You will be living approximately 7km from the beach on a farm with roughly 200 hectares.
You will be staying in the volunteer cottage which has a TV, washing machine, stove, microwave and fridge. Volunteers may be expected to share a room and bathroom. There is also a braai (BBQ) area. There is a computer onsite which has internet access and volunteers can use this to check emails.
There are many activities available in your free time; you can visit Transkei, or a private game reserve where you can interact with elephants and a giraffe. The local pub boasts the most magnificent view of the Indian Ocean. You can make the most of your location and learn to surf, take a stroll on the beach, sunbathe, swim or play volleyball.
Not included: Flights, travel insurance, visa (if required). Budgeting guidance is provided in our Volunteering Guide which we will email you when you apply.
|2 weeks||£1275||GB Pounds|
|3 weeks||£1625||GB Pounds|
|Extra weeks||£300||GB Pounds|
Fees in currencies other than GBP are indicative only and volunteers are invoiced in GBP. For current exchange rates please see www.xe.com
Discounts for professional roles (vet, equine dentist and farrier); 2 weeks cost £375, for those staying longer then make additional weekly donations locally.
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“My whole trip was fantastic, I would do it again tomorrow. I highly recommend this project for those passionate about horses and willing to put in the hard work to make a difference, it is rewarding in so many aspects.”Read more volunteer reviews
“This project is truly amazing, the work they do with the horses is incredible and you can tell straight away how much they love all of their horses and how much you do make a difference and help them for however long you're there.”Read more volunteer reviews
“This was literally one of the best things I have ever done in my entire life. It's incredibly hard work and challenging at times but incredibly rewarding and lots of fun! I loved being surrounded by all the animals!”Read more volunteer reviews