Work at the Centre 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 your project.
The work schedule is structured in two work shifts.
One morning and one afternoon. Each work shift is
about 4 to 5 hours. There will be a 2-hour break in
the winter and a 3-hour break in the summer. Other
than work, here will be activities such as riding
and socializing with the horses.
This is an example of your weekly itinerary, but it
can change without notice:
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 (at your own expense, prior
arrrangements and transportation costs required).
Other activities that you can do will include Trail
riding, socializing with the horses, BBQ's,
kayaking, walking with sanctuary/wild horses, and