HORSE REHABILITATION (South Africa)
This project deals with the ongoing rehabilitation and re-schooling of abused and neglected horses. The program is specially designed for anyone who has a passion for horses, and who wants learn about the various aspects of equine rehabilitation. Most of the horses at this project have been exposed to either neglect or abuse at some stage, which results in nervous character traits. With perseverance and patience, even the most 'broken' horse can show improvement over a period of time. Horses are extremely forgiving and willing to please.
If you like horses and want to increase your knowledge, confidence and riding skills in beautiful surroundings, with the amazing wildlife in the area, then this project is a definite must.
Goal of the project how volunteers can contribute
Rehabilitation is about caring and treating. With the tough economic climate, more and more horses are being abandoned and abused, and rely heavily on being rescued. Volunteers make a huge contribution, both financially and personally, in the on-going rehabilitation of re-schooling of these abused and neglected horses.
Regular riding is a part of the program irrespective of the ability of the rider. Volunteers may receive lessons or take part in riding trails on the adjacent Wildlife Care Centre Project. A hands-on approach is encouraged at this project, and it is a great opportunity for horse lovers to gain a valuable practical experience with horses, and support a worthwhile cause. Anyone with a love for horses will greatly benefit from this project, whether you are a complete novice or an advanced rider. The volunteer responsibilities may also include the following:
- Backing of young horses (depending on the ability of the volunteer)
- Tack maintenance
- General care of the horses
- General yard care
Fees and Dates:
Global Crossroad provides volunteer programs at the lowest prices possible. Global Crossroad gives you the assurance that you will save a lot of money with our programs, because we do not promote the idea of volunteers spending thousands of dollars just to volunteer for a week. We also try our best in keeping our transactions transparent for volunteers to know and ensure that their fees are being used in the right way possible.
Except our registration fee of $299, our fees are as affordable as $980. The detailed fee structure of the Horse Project is as follows:
- 1 Week
- 2 Week
- 3 Week
- 4 Week
- 5 Week
- 6 Week
- 7 Week
- 8 Week
- Extra Per Week
- Program Fee US$
Volunteers can arrive any day of the week, but it is highly preferable, if they can arrive on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, since Thursdays and Fridays are a bit too close to the weekend (i.e. volunteers are hardly at the project, and they are then having time off).
room / food
Volunteers are accommodated at the project owner's home. There are 3 rooms in total – 2 rooms with 2 single beds each, and 1 room with 1 single bed. Volunteers have access to 2 bathrooms, and use of the kitchen and a recreational area.
3 meals a day are included in the program fees. Volunteers go shopping on a weekly basis to purchase food, and assist in the preparation of meals. Therefore, meals will vary according to the volunteers that are at the project, and according to what individual volunteers enjoy.
Free time/what volunteer can do in free time
Volunteers try and go out once a week to break away from the routine but please bear in mind that all additional activities will be on the volunteers' own account. Please note that there is also an additional cost towards petrol in getting to / from these optional activities, and the cost will depend on how far you need to travel to get to this optional activity. Activities may include abseiling, river rafting, hot air balloon flights, bungy-jumping, quad biking, elephant back rides, a trip to the Wildlife Care Centre Project, a tribal village, the Blyde River Canyon, and other activities (available on request).
- Where do I need to fly?
- How can I get to the project?
- What vaccinations do I need?
- How can I communicate with family?
- How safe is the project?
- Will there be someone to guide/supervise us?
- Will there be other volunteers?
- Any other important information to consider?
Volunteers need to arrange their flights to / from Eastgate Airport in Hoedspruit.
Volunteers are collected on arrival at Eastgate Airport by a representative from the project, and taken to the project in the project's vehicle.
Although most of South Africa is malaria free, the Kruger National Park isn't. It is advisable to take precautions for malaria before you leave home for this project.
Volunteers have easy access to internet and email facilities in town, particularly when going shopping every week.
It is also a good idea to take your mobile phone with you, as a more "reliable" way of staying in contact with family and friends back home. If you do decide to take your phone with you, please ensure that you have activated international roaming on your phone. Cheap sim cards can be purchased on arrival in South Africa, and don't forget to buy airtime as well.
Very safe. Volunteers must however be aware of their personal belongings when in town, and should also adhere to the safety tips given at orientation once at the project. Volunteers are advised to not leave personal items (passport, air tickets, money etc.) lying around – it is better to take precautions than to lose an important item.
This program is informal and relaxed, and volunteers are supervised throughout their stay.
There may not always be other volunteers at this project with you (number may vary from 1 – 5 volunteers) but we can always inform you if other volunteers have booked their places at this project and you are aiming to be there at the same time as other volunteers.
Various tours can be arranged for after your volunteer experience, and could include a 7 day Chobe National Park and Victoria Falls, 7 day Okavango Delta, 5 day Chobe National Park and Victoria Falls, 10 Day Okavango Delta and Chobe and Victoria Falls, and others.