Volunteer in Argentina with Horses
- Placement locations: In a rural area just outside the city of Córdoba
- Role: To aid the rehabilitation of children and adults while caring for the horses at the center
- Requirements: Volunteers need to speak intermediate Spanish
- Type of placement: Equine therapy center
- Accommodation: Host family
- Length of placement: From 4 weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
Our Equine Therapy project in Argentina is a unique opportunity to combine elements of care work with both adults and animals. This project is open to volunteers taking a gap year, career break, or who want to spend their summer abroad. You do not need any specific experience to volunteer on this project; however an interest in horses and enthusiasm to work with children and adults is important.
Volunteers on the Equine Therapy project will help both adults and children rehabilitate from emotional and physical problems through a therapy program that involves working with horses. A trained horse can aid the recovery of patients by forcing the patient to focus on movement, spatial orientation, posture, language, and muscle control.
Volunteering Abroad in Argentina with Horses on the Equine Therapy Project
The aim of the equine therapy center is to offer a better quality of life to patients by using horse riding as a positive recreational activity.
The project involves three elements. First, you will help look after the horses by feeding them, cleaning, brushing them, etc. Second, you will participate in classes that help children and adults learn to ride. It may be possible to take lessons and depending on your skills and experience, you may have the opportunity to compete in tournaments. Finally, you will have daily contact with patients and attend classes on equine therapy theories in order to enhance your assistance with the patients.
Your role will vary each day and offer you a diverse range of experiences and work. The effect of the therapy is different for each patient; however, by displaying enthusiasm and a passion for horses you can play a part in their enjoyment and help to create a positive healing experience. Your very presence will help to make each session enjoyable, which is vital to maintaining the interest of those you work with.
An intermediate level of Spanish is required for this placement to ensure that you can interact fully with the local staff. You will receive guidance not only from the Projects Abroad staff, but also from your supervisor at the center.
The best part of this placement is getting to know the children. To me, every one of those kids is extremely brave. I must say, it is very impressive to see a child with a severe physical impairment take control of something so large. They’ve shown me the true meaning of persistence, and the importance of running towards what I fear. Read more...