Experience a one-of-a-kind equine adventure in the pristine countryside of the South African Highlands where you will have the opportunity to work with sport horses as well as trail horses, get involved with the local community, interacting with and uplifting both children and their animals .
This adventure is set in the Dullstroom region of the Mpumalanga Highlands in South Africa. The program is tailor-made for equine enthusiasts who want to make a difference. Develop your horse riding skills at a prestigious Equestrian Centre on Warmblood sport horses, and enjoy outrides throughout the pristine farmlands. Situated on an exclusive Country and Equestrian estate, this program is suitable for any horse rider, from beginner to advanced, and will give you the opportunity to ride, jump and even drive a carriage.
Volunteer in the local community, working at and uplifting the local schools and learning center. In the rural areas, horses still play a vital role in everyday life and transport. One of the main aspects here will be to help and educate the youth on general care and welfare of the horses in the community, as well as liaising with local vets in treating and caring for injured horses (and other animals).
Details about the project
Upon arrival you will be collected from the airport and driven to your accommodation for the 2 Day Johannesburg orientation. Once the orientation is complete you will be transferred to your project location.
Details about the project
Horse and Community Project details
- Arrival Day: Monday
- Time: Your flight can land anytime on Monday
- Airport: O R Tambo (JNB) International Airport
- Orientation: Monday – Tuesday
- Project Starts: Wednesday
- Departure Day: Wednesday
- Departure time: You must take a evening flight out of JNB
- Min Duration: 2 weeks (incl 2 day orientation) – Max 6 weeks
- Min Age: 18
- Max Age: N/A – Medium level of fitness required
NOTE: You can also be collected at any hotel or place of accommodation on your arrival day, should it be within close radius of the city center or airport
Volunteers will be expected to be involved in the daily activities of the centre. Tasks may include:
- Daily stable yard routine – feeding, brushing, medicals etc
- Daily exercising of trail horses and warmbloods as well as riding lessons
- Seasonal stud farm management
- Assisting with community projects
- Lending a hand at the adventure centre
- General farm management
Mornings will be spent feeding, grooming and turning out horses at one of the two stable yards, followed by breakfast. Most days will be filled with lessons and schooling of horses, outrides and various other horse related activities. Lunch will be followed by an hour of leisure time, and your afternoons will be filled with more horse related activities, adventure activities and community upliftment. There will be a few allocated days where you will spend some time with other departments of the farm learning about the specific department and perhaps even lending a hand (not compulsory). This will vary from agricultural work (e.g. herding sheep, goats and cattle) to assisting at the entertainment centre (e.g. maintaining trails, assisting with adventure activities and the wool project) and even resort work (e.g. fence patrol, assisting at events such as horse shows and doing trail rides with resort guests)
The average working day commences at 07h30 starting with the daily stable yard routine followed by a quick coffee and rusks break. Volunteers are advised to have breakfast before the work day commences. After the coffee break, volunteers will commence with ridden work, horsemanship sessions and general lessons at the yard.
Please note that from time to time there can be unavoidable changes to projects. These can be caused by weather, conservation priorities, materials supply, or because ongoing projects have progressed more quickly or slowly than originally planned. We ask you to accept the changes – we are sure that you will enjoy the replacement projects just as much.
- Completed application form
- Basic level of competency in English
- Copy of return flight itinerary
- Medium level of fitness
- Travel Insurance
- 2 nights will be spent in the Sabie valley. The rest of the nights will be at the estate
- Volunteers will stay in a volunteers house (1 – 8 people per room) including its own kitchen facilities, bathroom, and bedroom.
- All linen will be provided.
- Nights will be spent in accommodation in the Sabie Valley during the panoramic excursion and the rest of the nights at Country and Equestrian Estate in a fully furnished house.
- You will be sharing your unit with the rest of your group, max 8 people, and will be responsible for the housekeeping of that unit for the duration of your stay. The unit has a communal indoor lounge area and outdoor deck with a braai and a fireplace where you can all gather as a group.
- The program leaders and resort management stay in close proximity of the unit and will be on hand if you need them.
- No visitors are permitted to enter the property unless permitted by the project leader