Equine Eco-Sanctuary Supporter

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founded in 2018
Tenerife Horse Rescue
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High­lights

Learn how to re-connect with horses and donkeys in a natural and intimate way.
Forge unforgettable memories as part of a vibrant and diverse community, celebrating every individual.
Become more passionate about your field of studies and learn life-long lessons to spring board you into your future career.
Spend your free-time exploring an incredible volcanic Island, black sand beaches, practising your Spanish and trying delicious local cuisine!
Revel in the beauty of eco-living, learning practises to take away and live your best sustainable life.
Come stay in our beautiful Mongolian Yurt on our eco-sanctuary whilst learning about equine welfare, force-free training methods and sustainable living. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples

Tenerife Horse Rescue - Equine Eco Sanctuary Programme

Come and join our fun and fast paced horse team on our Eco-sanctuary, where you will be learning about equine welfare, developing positive reinforcement techniques, and living as part of vibrant community all dedicated to sustainable living and animal welfare.

Volunteering is a fun and hands on way to immerse yourself in a field of interest, invest in an area you want to pursue for study or simply a way to give back.

As a volunteer with us you will be involved in all aspects of horse care from feeding to grooming, health checks, exercising and of course learning about fore free training and strengthening the bonds between volunteer and horse. Each applicant will spend time with a mentor where they can learn how to handle and be with the horses first, then gain and develop communication and positive reinforcement skills.

You will be working with the equines in the day, and relaxing in our beautiful luxury Mongolian yurt by the evening, with your own private kitchen, bathroom and living space to enjoy.

We maintain a healthy balance between working, learning and playing, and as all of our horses have been rescued or found abandoned due to abuse or neglect, our main focus is on rehabilitation for carefully vetted re-adoption, or they are put into retirement to live their lives to the very best they can, being cared for by our volunteers in peace.

You are not just here to "work" with horses, you are here to learn about a whole new way of being with horses.

*Please note we do not offer the horses out for riding at the moment*

About Us

We started as a couple with a dream to create a small self-sufficient Eco Horse and Animal Sanctuary in 2018. We are now a registered charity with over 6500 acres, volunteers from all over the world, and an even bigger 'finca' family of over 400 animals, including 22 horses and 3 donkeys.

  • *Our Mission; To give a voice to animals who cannot speak for themselves, and a safe place in a sustainable eco-sanctuary providing education and collaboration with like minded associations to change the future of animal welfare forever.
  • *Our Vision; To see animals living species appropriate lives, relaxed and free, no longer used, abused or exploited for recreational pleasure.
  • *Our Values; To always make decisions that align with our mission, putting the needs of our animals first. Fighting for animal rights and law reform, and educating and inspiring others to join the fight with us.

We first opened as a horse charity, until we saw how greatly we were needed by many other animals on the Island, so we started to open our doors to a wide and wonderful variety of abandoned pets, stray cats and dogs, and rescued farm animals, from goats, to pigs, to Guinea pigs, to bearded dragons! 

Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do, and our ENTIRE sanctuary (or 'finca') is built from clay, scrap wood and metal, and waste material. We eat "freegan" as all of our food comes from supermarket and farm waste, and have an incredible kitchen team who turns all that "waste" into incredible meals for us twice a day. We also boast some amazing regenerative systems to keep us sustainable, such as our solar, wind turbines and water systems. We turn all of our food waste to compost, and even use all of our horse manure to heat the hot water pipes for our showers, we're like a sustainability power house!

Our project is beautiful but hard work, we get the balance of working as a team to make it happen but enjoying the experience of back to basic living. As we live in a community based on animal welfare and sustainable living you must be passionate about this and happy to live in a sustainable way without luxuries. We rely on animal and nature lovers to add their own beautiful ideas into this project, help us to grow and expand and leave behind their personal touch and legacy to keep the dream alive for many years to come.

We have up to 40 amazing volunteers coming and going from here at any one time, who all speak a great variety of languages, but to keep things simple we all communicate together for work in English. The age range can vary, our youngest volunteer was little Leo aged 8, at the same time as Roberto our 72 year old gardener!

Working with the horses is often physically hard and although we welcome people from all ranges of professional or non-professional backgrounds, a hard-working attitude will take you further here than a lot of previous experience that you might have. Tenerife Horse Rescue celebrates diversity from all areas, so please let us know before booking if you have specific needs or disabilities so we can discuss the possibilities and come to a conclusion that is inclusive but also guarantees everyone’s safety.

Community Living

We have an on-boarding video "How to Finca" for new volunteers to watch when they arrive here which explains our most important community rules. Most of these are common sense, but many that are in line with our morals connected to sustainable living.

To use as an example, every responsible adult understands that it's important to clean up after themselves, but not everyone is used to not throwing toilet paper down the toilet. We have a very sensitive septic system which is damaged by toilet paper and towels, so we provide bins to use in the bathroom which are changed daily. Following these important rules such as this are essential to keeping our community running smoothly; every hour a volunteer needs to spend unclogging the drains with toilet paper is another hour wasted that can be used to care for our animals, or build our sanctuary. You might find it a bit rustic living in such a way to start, but we are all here to support each other and make your transition in as smooth as possible.

Cooking

Our secret weapon comes in the form of our "freegan" diet and life style! We have an agreement with several super markets on the Island where we collect their 'waste' food every day (in amazing condition) and take it back to turn it into incredible meals for our hard working volunteers! We separate the food 3 ways; the best for the volunteers to our pantry and our kitchen, the second best food goes to our animals, and the rest goes to our compost to be eventually made into bags to sell, very sustainable! We are also a registered food bank on the Island so we send a lot of food to impoverished families every day. There are two meals prepared for you per day, breakfast at 11am and lunch at 14:30. We make a lot of vegetarian and vegan food that can be eaten by all, but all diets are accepted on the finca, as long as everyone is respectful of each other views. You are then allowed to use any food that we have here from either the fridge or the pantry to cook/consume at any time, provided that there isn't a name on it. A lot of the time we encourage group cooking and there are two nights a week where we have our community dinner.

Language

On the finca we communicate with each other in English for work so that everyone can always understand. However there are many different languages being spoken here and we encourage each other to practise if you feel comfortable :) There are parts of the Island where English is a lot more commonly spoken, but it's always nice to have a little bit of basics before you come to feel more comfortable and make a bit of an effort with the locals!

Hoof Care 

Our horses here are all barefoot, therefore  hooves need to be trimmed regularly. However even in this difficult landscape our horses are more than confident enough to navigate themselves around when they are out exercising! Everyone that works with, or owns horses should have a certain level of knowledge, be able to recognise a healthy balanced hoof and know what is needed to encourage this in your horse. No hoof – no horse. Unfortunately we see some horrendous cases of poor hoof care here on the Island, and it is a big problem for the majority of equines that arrive on the finca. We will give you the training and support that you need, and we expect all of our volunteers with the horses to get involved, give it a go and hopefully learn a huge amount about a very interesting skill.

Typical day

For the horse team, your typical working hours will be between 8:30 to 2:30, however as we care for our equines around the clock, we can discuss about either taking morning, or afternoon/evening shifts, however here is a brief example of the day to day activities you will be involved with.

MORNING
  • Soak breakfast buckets 
  • Give out hay/straw- 8am start at latest
  • Re-fill hay for the next time and sweep hay up from floors outside of hay area and give to small animals station 
  • Poopicking
  • Feed breakfast
  • Check water/clean any baths that need
  • General care- cleaning melanoma, apple cider vinegar baths, check/clean eyes 
  • Medications
  • Put Xavis hoof-boots on
  • Hoof cleaning/soaking
  • Feed preparation and soak lunches
Exercise- walking, lunging, depending on each horses best interests.

AFTER BREAKFAST
  • Exercise
  • General care
  • Prepare haynets 
  • Feed lunch 
  • Give out hay 
EVENING
  • Soak Red+Orange buckets
  • Give feed- Don’t forget to add pulpa
  • Give hay/straw
  • Water check
  • Re-fill hay for morning
  • Make Pulpa for next day, 
  • Feed small animals-food prepared in small animals feeding station, also check water
  • Medications

Free-time activities

There are many beautiful things you can do on the Island of Tenerife in your free time.


Many of our volunteers like to go to the beach, visit the local towns or go hiking to some of the incredible treks on the Island. You can take a bus to pretty much anywhere here, and the prices are very reasonable for travel, or taking a beer in one of the little restaurants by the sea. Tenerife is bursting all year round with fun things to do and places to go, there will always be someone on hand at the finca who can give you the low down on the best places to go, with the insider knowledge!

You have the beautiful town of El Medano on our door step, the gorgeous Montana Roja to climb, paddle boarding, scuba diving! El Medano is also the European capital of wind surfing, with many amazing competitions that you can visit and watch with a jug on Sangria from one of the beautiful local bars.

You can hop on a bus and get to the capital city, Santa Cruz, a city dazzling with culture and many beautiful restaurants and museums, or venture over to Puerto De La Cruz to experience their world famous Botanical Gardens, and the chic night life!

Even on the finca, we love to organise things together, if it's trips to the beach, football games, going to raves (off-site from the sanctuary) yoga meetings, group dinners, the list is endless when you have a big finca family together :)

We however we do like to point out that this is NOT a party place, whilst we can all enjoy socialising and having a couple of drinks over the weekend outside of work hours we do not tolerate any behaviour which can jeopardise the safety and mental state of our animals, or any actions which threaten the reputation of the sanctuary. We are well known and loved on the Island, and the volunteers are a representation of ourselves and the image we want to create. 

We also have a ZERO tolerance policy for any actions that threaten the safety and well being of any person here, for example; racism, sexism, domestic violence, aggression and theft. It should also go without saying that any negative behaviour towards the animals will not be tolerated.

If your free-time activity doesn't violate any of those rules then you are free to do whatever you please, and the sky is the limit! :) 

Climbing
Concert/
Music
Diving/
Snorkling
Hiking
Sightseeing
Sports
Swimming
Water Sports
Yoga/
Meditation

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
For the equine supporter, experience with horses is compulsory.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 14:30

What's Included

Services by Tenerife Horse Rescue

Your fee is a donation as we are a registered association, and it will be declared and used as such. Sometimes the word fee is used to keep the wording consistent with the Volunteer World site.  The first week, when the most intensive training takes place, is the most expensive.  Each additional week is only 400 euros, to a maximum of six weeks.  The longer you stay with us, the more you'll learn, have fun and save.  This is our most popular program! Start and finish days are flexible and you do not need to book full weeks.  Choose whatever time period suits you.

You shall receive knowledge in good horsemanship, with practice opportunities and all the experiences you will receive living and working in this beautiful place, not to mention a top quality reference and future recommendations. 

Our organization will cover your accommodation and food. Your donation is used for feeding, veterinary and health care, maintenance and improvements of the horses' living conditions,  insurance and program support etc, plus will help us complete our mission aims and objectives.

All food is included in the price. Flights, transport, days out, eating and drinking in bars are your own financial responsibility and not included in the fees. We recommend you provide your own personal accident insurance suitable for the type of activities you will be taking part in.

Airport Pickup at Tenerife South Airport

The local airport is Tenerife South, which is approximately 30 minutes drive from the sanctuary. 


We will either come to pick you up with one of our work vehicles, or in some situations the volunteers prefer to take the 110 or 111 bus from outside the airport to a stop called Las Listadas which is then a 5 minute drive from our sanctuary. We are then able to either come pick you up, or we can always be pleasantly surprised that some volunteers would prefer to find their own way there! Either way works fine for us and will be arranged prior to your arrival.

Accommodation

You will be staying in a beautiful, luxury, hand made Mongolian Yurt with the following amenities:

  • Fully furnished, spacious bedroom with a double bed 
  • Private bathroom with a natural stone, walk-in shower, toilet and sink
  • Private living space with a kitchenette, refrigerator, lounge area, desk and sofa bed
  • Large garden and terrace overlooking the animals and the ocean
  • Star gazing window on the ceiling of the yurt, which can be left open or closed for rain

You will have an entirely private section of the sanctuary. The beauty  and amenities of this accommodation are reflected in the pricing, as this incredible area boasts a double furnished room with a private bathroom, and separate kitchenette and lounge area. Whilst you are encouraged to join us every day for the community food, which is included in the price, you will be able to cook food on your own, enjoying your beautiful terrace, whilst in the heart of the finca,  It is a serene place to relax and unwind after your day. Everything has been hand built by our volunteers, from the painted doors to the glass mosaic floor. It really is the jewel in the crown for our finca and has been home to many international celebrities and influencers.

Bedroom (Double) Guesthouse
Food & Beverages

Our secret weapon comes in the form of our "freegan" diet and life style! We have an agreement with several super markets on the Island where we collect their 'waste' food every day (in amazing condition) and take it back to turn it into incredible meals for our hard working volunteers! We separate the food 3 ways; the best for the volunteers to our pantry and our kitchen, the second best food goes to our animals, and the rest goes to our compost to be eventually made into bags to sell, very sustainable! We are also a registered food bank on the Island so we send a lot of food to impoverished families every day. 

There are two meals prepared for you per day, breakfast at 11am and lunch at 14:30. We make a lot of vegetarian and vegan food that can be eaten by all, but all diets are accepted on the finca, as long as everyone is respectful of each other views. You are then allowed to use any food that we have here from either the fridge or the pantry to cook/consume at any time, provided that there isn't a name on it. A lot of the time we encourage group cooking and there are two nights a week where we have our community dinner.

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Tenerife South Airport (TFS) in Tenerife. We assist you to find cheap flights to Spain.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Spain provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Spain you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Spain.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

As Tenerife is known as the land of eternal spring, we have beautiful weather all year round, and even our winter times can be busy! You are encouraged to contact us to talk further about the best times to come, however we are open to take volunteers all year round.

This program is paused due to COVID-19 and reopens January 2023. Apply Now!

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
1 - 6 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
$545
2 weeks
$981
3 weeks
$1,417
4 weeks
$1,853
5 weeks
$2,180
6 weeks (max. stay)
$2,616
Average fees
$491 /week

The organization charges its fees in EUR. The price table in USD is subject to currency fluctuation. Tenerife Horse Rescue will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Tenerife Horse Rescue during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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