||Projects start every Monday, all year round; you
need to arrive between 9am and 8pm - you choose your
start and finish dates.
1 week to 12 weeks or longer, subject to visa requirements
||No qualifications or experience required, just lots
of enthusiasm and a love of horses. Minimum age 17.
||Full Price List
►Full pre-departure support and assistance,
►Payment Protection insurance
►Meeting you at the nearest airport
►Transfer to your accommodation
►Transport to and from your project
►Local in-country team support and backup
►24-hr emergency support.
►Certificate of Completion
What's not included
Insurance, Cost of Visas (if a visa is required), Return
transfer to airport.
Who can do
is open to all nationalities and all ages over 17.
Suitable for gap years or those taking a year out,
grown-up gappers, career breakers, anyone interested in
caring for horses overseas.
Suitable if you want to learn about rescue and
rehabilitation of wild horses and doing
mustang voluntary work, projects abroad or study abroad.
Also available as a summer placement or a short break
WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT:
An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure into the USA and the
The enormous satisfaction of helping abused horses and
knowing that you made a difference to them.
New skills, more confidence, a greater understanding
of a different culture, invaluable personal and professional
An entry on your CV or résumé that will put you head
and shoulders above most others in the job market.
And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!
Mom Epic and Baby Kudo. Epic was
rescued from an illegal slaughter house whe she was pregnant.
She was near death when she got to the Center. They are healthy
now, but Epic is terified of humans and won't let anyone near
Kudo either. Epic will probably never be adopted and will thus
live her life at the Center as a wild horse on sanctuary land.
Kudo will be socialized when he is a bit older.
Romeo and one of the dogs. He's a
permanent resident at the Center and a real Mama's boy!
Volunteers love riding him.
Work at the Center is all focused on helping the horses. Apart from
the elements in the Example Weekly Itinerary below, you could also take
part in Vet visits and new rescue missions, should they arise during
The work schedule is structured in
two work shifts. One morning and one afternoon. Each work shift
is about 2 hours. Breaks can be taken any time. Other than work,
here will be activities such as riding and socializing with the
This is an example of your
This day will change and this is only a very rough guide - your schedule will depend on what time you are arrive in country and at your project. You'll be taken to the Centre and settled into your accommodation. You will have a housing orientation and, if time allows, a tour of the centre.
6am – 8am - Breakfast and orientation for the day. Diane will tell you about the problems wild mustangs face in the US, how most of the horses come to Centre, how she works with them, that some horses will always be wild, why they do not breed the horses, etc. Diane and/or a volunteer coordinator will tell you what the schedule for today will be, i.e., what chores the morning and afternoon work shifts will include. Your daily tasks will include:
- 8.30am-10.30am – Clean, Hay, water and feed the horses and other animals at the centre as directed.
- 10.30am-12.00 – Varies daily (may include horse work, moving pens, etc)
- 12pm–1pm Lunch – Volunteers will rotate preparing lunches for the group.
- Break (winter 2 hours after lunch; Summer 3 hours after lunch)
- Afternoon work shift – Clean, hay, water and feed horses and other animals at centre, finish up any tasks started before lunch or go off site for activities (kayak, beach, air boating, etc!)
- 5pm: Dinner – Volunteers will rotate preparing dinner for the group.
This schedule is repeated daily, and updates to activities are found on the weekly schedule on the Community Notice board in the kitchen.
Volunteers also have opportunities to ride the horses and there are weekly trail rides for all volunteers, and experienced riders ride more frequently.
This day will change according to whether it's your last day and you're leaving, or not. You'll work either 5 or 6 days a week, depending on what's required at the time you're there. You can use your days off to explore the region - remember, you're only 40 minutes away from ORLANDO!
Please note that if you would like to take time off from the scheduled work time to visit Orlando or other areas, arrangements can be made in advance. There may be an extra charge for fuel for your transport.
You'll work either 5 or 6 days a week, depending on
what's required at the time you're there. You'll generally get
one or two days off and you can use that time to explore.
Other activities that you can do
will include Trail riding, socializing with the horses, BBQ's,
kayaking, walking with sanctuary/wild horses, and more.
BACKGROUND ON WHY THE HORSES NEED RESCUE
The Center was founded over 12 years
ago to address the fate of mustangs that are taken from the wild. After
these mustangs are captured, they are placed in holding pens where they
await adoption. Currently there are over 40,000 horses awaiting
adoption. The ones that don’t get adopted, are killed.
A lot of people think they can adopt a wild horse and tame it
themselves. They cannot. The result is that these horses end up in
abusive and neglectful environments.
What the Center does about the problem:
Center rescues mustangs from such situations and illegal slaughter
houses. The horses, who are often at the brink of death when they
reach the Center, are nursed back to health and then trained with
positive reinforcement and love to become adoptable.
The Center currently houses about 30 horses (plus 10 dogs, 2 cats,
one pig, a few geese and hens as well!). You'll be working with
all of them.
Why the Center needs volunteers:
horses arrive at the Center, they are often terrified of people.
That is why volunteers are not only needed for the daily upkeep of
the Center, but also critical to the taming and training of these
horses. By spending time with kindhearted people who care, the
horses come to realize that not all people are bad.
Mustangs were, historically, a valued resource that played a
critical role in the successful development of America. Mustangs
are regarded as a treasured national symbol in America, but,
sadly, they are currently treated in a cruel and inhumane manner.
You can help some of these
horses to live a dignified, happy life.
The Horse Whisperer:
The Center is run by an
incredible lady, Diane, who historically has supported the Center
from her job as a bar-tender! She talks to the horses ... and they
Your accommodation location is
onsite at the project - and it is stunning!
You'll live at the project centre
in 38 acres of beautiful Florida landscape, either in the main
house or in a cabin set in the grounds of the Centre.
You'll share with other volunteers (generally 4 to a room) and these can be mixed-sex dorms. In the main accommodation there is a communal area for volunteers to relax in during their breaks and time off. This has comfy sofas, a TV, DVD player, CD player and a computer (with Wi-Fi). The cabin is also very comfortable and can accommodate 5 volunteers. It has a fridge, microwave and has a hot/cold room temperature water cooler. There is a shower room here, but please note that there is a portable toilet - the centre is looking to incorporate this into the shower room. If you are allocated the cabin, you will still have full access to the main house amenities.
There is also a swimming pool and
hot tub on site for you to enjoy during your time off.
The photos on the right to
give you a flavour of where you'll live while on the project.
Food will be provided at the project (3 meals every day).
You'll take turns assisting with preparing lunch and supper,
with the occasional barbecue.
You'll fly into Orlando Airport, where you will be met by either Diane
or Mary-Alice from the Project and taken to your accommodation to settle
in. The accommodation is on site. You'll be given a warm welcome, Induction and introduction to everyone
(including the horses!).
Got any questions? Please email us:
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN
YOU BOOK YOUR PLACEMENT:
Once you have applied for a placement, we'll
contact you and send you our Welcome Pack. You'll also receive Log-on
details and password for our Volunteer Extranet where you'll have
access to all the documentation and information which we've put
together to facilitate preparations for your adventure! Your
Project Co-ordinator for your country will liaise with you
throughout the arrangements process, as well as while you're on
your placement and on your return home.
The documents you'll have access to also include a Country
Factfile, Safety Guide and any manuals that may assist you on
your particular program (e.g. Teaching Guide, Sports Manuals, Enrichment
Suggestions for Animal Care, etc.). We do all we
can to make your stay one that you'll never forget. This is a truly awesome, elegant and beautiful country.
As with all our destinations, the culture and heritage is
different to what you're used to ... which, although one of the
most exciting aspects of travelling, should be borne in
Self-reliance and independence are highly appreciated in
all our destinations and will help you to make the most of this
On Arrival, your Introduction to the Country: When you arrive you will be welcomed by
your Project Supervisor who
will take you to your accommodation and introduce you to everyone. During your first few days you'll be given an induction so that you can learn
about the country and its culture, as well as other useful information, like how
to use the transport system, banks, safety issues, tipping, and lots more.
WHAT DOES THE PROJECT
GAIN FROM YOUR VOLUNTEERING?
The funds generated
from volunteer placements is the only source of income for the
Center and will go towards helping to rescue more horses.
Your assistance is
critically needed for infrastructure improvements, daily
maintenance of the horses, but, most importantly, to help these
horses to be rehabilitated properly.
For this to happen,
the horses must spend time with lots of different people - to see
that not all people are bad and that strangers are ok. This is
critical in order for them to be adopted into homes where they'll
be well looked after for the rest of their lives.
horses love to make paintings. We put children’s finger paint on a
canvas and then cover it in goodies such as carrots and apples.
The horse then eats the tasty treat laid out for him or her and
what is left is your beautiful, personalized painting. The horse
gets a tasty treat and you get a beautiful painting!
made by one of our Mustangs is very special. These horses are
extremely intuitive, intelligent and soulful beings – which we
believe all comes out in the paintings. A painting made by one of
our horses makes the perfect, thoughtful gift for any occasion or
a special addition to your home art collection.
While on your placements, you can
also book some Optional Add-Ons to make the most of your Travel
This project can also be combined with any of our
other projects in the Americas.
LOCATION, EXPLORING AND SIGHTSEEING:
The main attraction in the region
is, of course, ORLANDO! It has everything you
could wish for as a visitor to the USA. And the most famous are
the theme parks. From the classic Magic Kingdom
at Walt Disney World® Resort to the magical Wizarding
World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando® Resort,
there's something for everyone.
Fly through a swamp on an airboat
or get up close with wildlife at Gatorland or
SeaWorld's Discovery Cove.
Sports lovers can cheer on the
Magic NBA basketball team at the new Amway Center or take a ride
on one of multiple zip-lines in the area.
When the sun goes down, check out
a show at Cirque de Soleil, Blue Man Group or
one of Orlando's many dinner theaters for an entertaining
Orlando has a vibrant local arts
scene. From the best of independent film at the Florida Film
Festival to fine arts museums, cultural options in Orlando offer
a mix of traditional and modern entertainment for visitors.
For those with more traditional
tastes, the city's theaters entertain with options from
Shakespeare to children's classics, and area museums and
galleries showcase local and global artists.
To read about Travel arrangements and what happens when you
arrive in your new country, please
Support & Backup:
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