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Healing Through Horses

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Duration
32
Starts in
Cape Town
Ends in
Cape Town
Help disabled children experience the freedom of movement! Combining the love for horses with helping disabled children, this unique volunteer opportunity is a winner.
With the assistance of volunteers and trained instructors, children with very little mobility can experience the freedom of their limbs moving while on horse back. Volunteers need horsemanship experience, as well as, a love for children and patience with disabilities. This very, specialised project is highly sought after and only has limited spaces, so book early to avoid disappointment.

This is a voluntary, non-profit organization which provides free riding instruction and other activities associated with riding for people with disabilities.

The Cape Town branch operating from its leased premises in the beautiful Constantia Valley since 1983. This location draws from a large community of volunteers who live in the surrounding suburbs. For the children who come to ride here the location is perfect as many come from previously disadvantaged backgrounds and the safety and beauty of the surroundings provides further benefit to their well-being. We have 15 working horses all of which were carefully selected. The work is hard and it is imperative that the horse has a good temperament. They are directed through specialized training exercises on a regular basis and their health and fitness is vital to the success of the therapy. Our riders have a special relationship with their individual horse and for many it is the first unaffected relationship they have experienced.
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Project Highlights

The Cape Town centre is fortunate to have approximately 180 volunteers who serve in various capacities: instructors, physiotherapist, helpers with both pupils and horses, as members of management and fundraising committees. This community involvement and co-operation is a special part of the project`s make-up, and both pupils and volunteers benefit from the communication and friendships which develop. Working with horses is incredibly rewarding, volunteers will learn a lot about this very creative form of therapy, and the location of the project is very beautiful.

Weekly Schedule & Activities

The volunteer adds value to the disabled child`s life by treating them with dignity and giving them confidence to ride on the horse. Without a large number of volunteers (local and international) it would not be possible to offer these horse-riding classes, as some children require 2 adults walking next to them and supporting them while they are on the horse. Obviously, the horses also need care and grooming, and for their stables and surrounding areas to be kept clean.

Caring for horses is physically strenuous, and volunteers must be ready to work hard. Working hours are Monday to Friday from 08:00 to 12:30 and 14:00 to 18:00.

School Holidays

This project is closed during the South African school holidays.

2018
23 June - 16 July
29 September - 8 October
18 December - 8 January 2019

2019
15 March - 2 April 2019
14 June - 9 July 2019
20 September - 1 October 2019
6 December - 2 January 2020

However, if there are holiday camps running, there will be work during the school holiday periods. Just contact your travel advisor who can check this for you.

Inclusions

- Airport transfers
- Cape Town Orientation Package: 3 nights' accommodation, orientation that covers everything the volunteers need to know about staying in South Africa (from social skills to transport and safety), two meals per day, bus trip into town, lunch (on the Friday), walking tour of the city, a train ride back to the accommodation and day trip (on the Saturday)
- Transfer to project
- All paperwork, placement and liaising with your volunteer program
- Appointed supervisor for the duration of program
- Accommodation
- Food budget for meals
- Donation per month to the volunteer project to assist in their funding
- A South African sim card that works on a pay-as-you-go top up system
- Monthly socials for volunteers to get together and meet other volunteers (cost depends on the social)
- Certificate & report on volunteer`s program should this be required for studies or other purposes
- FREE 2-hour surf lesson

Mandatory Volunteer Requirements

- Minimum age of 18
- Police clearance required
- Volunteer application form with your reason for choosing this project

Special Skills Required

- Horsemanship is an advantage, though all new volunteers are adequately trained
- There is a lot of physical work involved so one needs to be physically fit
- One needs to have a desire to be part of this program as the hours are long.

Difficulty Level

- Easy to medium physical work
- Large emotional investment

Is There a Potential Risk?

Yes, there is an element of risk with the work. Horseback riding is registered as an extreme sport by insurance companies. Volunteers need to lift children properly to avoid back strain. This is not a good environment for those suffering from allergies and asthma. Generally, HIV/AIDS is extremely prevalent in South Africa, so it is your personal responsibility to take care with regards to health and safety, as well as sexual relationships. All personnel are to assume that anyone at the centre could be HIV positive. Precautions are to be taken when handling blood in the event of an accident.

What Makes a Good Volunteer?

Volunteers need to be flexible and keep an open mind concerning their placements as situations can arise beyond our control which could require you to be placed at a different project than the one you have initially chosen. We will of course always do our utmost to fulfill your initial wishes but do remember that where you are going is quite different from where you are coming and as such one should be prepared for things not always going according to plan.

Volunteering and intercultural travel share a common trait: the more you put into it, the more you get out of it. This program is designed for proactive individuals and groups that are prepared to adapt to the local environment and its current needs. Naturally, the scheduling and activities of our program are subject to change. Alterations in activities are mainly due to changes in local conditions, which we believe is part of what makes overseas programs the interesting adventure and incredible learning experience that they are.

How Long Should I Volunteer?

Our projects range from 1 week up to approx. 30 weeks. Projects have a specified minimum stay, then it’s up to you how long you can commit. In our experience the longer you stay the more you will gain, as your understanding of the project broadens and you take on more responsibilities. Every volunteer will be given a certificate of appreciation at the end of their stay as a symbol of volunteering stay.
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Accommodation

You will be accommodated in a very basic Cabin that sleeps 2 volunteers (same sex) on the project`s premises located in a rural area surrounded by vineyards and forests, in earshot of the stable manager`s family home.

Here is some additional info about your accommodation:
- The cabin is a very simple open-plan container, with a shower, basin and loo, a kitchenette, 2 (lockable) cupboards and 2 single beds (bedding provided), and very friendly cats.
- In the event that volunteers are not `same sex`, one volunteer will be placed with a host family.
- Depending on the on the distance of the host family to the project, an extra cost may be involved for transport to and from the project.

Local transport

Your airport transfers are included in the price. Arrive Thursday for orientation, start volunteering Monday.

Please note:
- No transport needed between accommodation and project as cabin is ON the project`s premises, unless you are placed in a host family.
- There are bicycles available to get to local shops (approximately 15 minutes' cycling).
- Private taxis can be hired to town if volunteers wish to go out in the evenings (approx R300 per trip - return, at volunteers' own cost).
- Volunteers can also hire a car (at their own cost; only with a valid driver's license) - highly advisable if the volunteer has high social needs.

Meals

Food is self-catering. The volunteer accommodation has all the necessary facilities, and a food budget will be given to the volunteers weekly. The staff and local volunteers at this project are very helpful in taking the volunteers shopping.

Healing Through Horses

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