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HORSE RESCUE | TRAVELLERS WORLDWIDE

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CARE FOR AND REHABILITATE ABUSED WILD HORSES IN FLORIDA
Category: Volunteering, gap year and career break in the USA

Volunteer in a Centre that rescues wild Mustang horses that would have been put to death. The horses have to be nursed back to health and then, with love and positive reinforcement, they learn that not all people are bad! To achieve this, staff and volunteers must spend as much time with them as possible so that they can be adopted into loving homes to lead a good life.

The Centre currently houses 58 horses, 2 donkeys and 13 dogs and is near to Orlando, Disney World, Sea World, Universal Studios, Legoland, Kennedy Space Center ...


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PRICES Please see the Prices Page - prices for all projects and all lengths are listed and you can also choose which currency you'd like to see them in.
Start Dates Projects start every Monday, all year round; you need to arrive between 9am and 8pm - you choose your start and finish dates.
Duration From 1 week to 6 months, subject to visa requirements
Requirements No qualifications needed, just a big heart and a love of horses and their well-being. Minimum age 18.
What's included
  • Arranging your Programme
  • Full pre-departure support and assistance
  • Payment Protection Insurance
  • Accommodation
  • Food
  • Meeting you at, and returning you to the nearest Airport
  • Transfer to your accommodation and the project
  • Local in-country team support and backup
  • 24-hr emergency support.
What's not included
  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Cost of Visas (if a visa is required)

Care for Abused Horses in America, Voluntary Project with Mustangs

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WORK DESCRIPTION
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:

DAY 1:
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.

DAY 2:
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.

DAY 7:
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.

WORKING TIMES
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 more.

Romeo and one of the dogs

Care for Abused Horses in America, Voluntary Project with Mustangs

Hopi on Arrival
This was Hopi when she arrived - in a terrible state! Her coat was so full of worms they had to cut it off. Her feet were the worst the Centre had ever seen.

And this is Hopi today - what a change some love, care and rehabilitation will do
And this is Hopi today, a year later - what a change some love, care and rehabilitation will do! She has been adopted and now lives in a very happy, loving home in Florida :-)

Care for Abused Horses in America, Voluntary Project with Mustangs

Care for Abused Horses in America, Voluntary Project with Mustangs

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ACCOMMODATION

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, at in the main house.

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 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
Food will be provided at the project site (3 meals every day). You'll take turns assisting with preparing lunch and supper, with the occasional barbecue.

TRAVEL:
You'll fly into Orlando Airport, where you will be met by a representative from the Project and taken to the Centre to settle in. You'll be given a warm welcome, Induction and introduction to everyone (including the horses!).

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Volunteering in the USA: Onsite accommodation on horses project

Volunteering in the USA: Onsite accommodation on horses project

LOCATION | SIGHTSEEING & EXPLORING:

LOCAL ATTRACTIONS IN FLORIDA

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 nightcap.

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.

 

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