South America Inside

Equine Therapy Supporter

Santiago de Chile, Chile show on map
Support a unique form of therapy that involves horses. Help bring the joy of horseback riding to people with disabilities. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Singles
Couples
50+

The Project

This is the perfect opportunity for volunteers that want to combine their passion for horses and helping children in need. As a volunteer, you will gain invaluable experience and an insight into horse therapy treatment. This form of therapy appeals to multiple senses of a patient on different levels, and leads to quicker therapy results. The goal of the therapy is to train the coordination, orientation, and sense of balance of the patient.

The center typically works with younger patients that suffer from down syndrome, autism, or other developmental disabilities. The therapy stimulates their senses, which helps develop and increase their capabilities. 

 

Your Tasks

As a volunteer, you will assist and care for disabled people (mainly children) who take part in horseback riding therapy sessions. For this volunteer program, no previous experience is required, but it is helpful if you know about horses and how to take care of them. You should be a sensitive, patient, and responsible individual, as you will be working primarily with children. 

On a daily basis, your activities may include: supporting therapists in sessions, leading the horses through sessions, entertaining young patients, maintaining the facilities (cleaning), preparing the horses for the sessions


Free-time activities

The city of Santiago has a wide range of activities for our volunteers to enjoy, such as a variety of different shopping malls with both national and international brands. In addition, there are many cultural actvities going on in Santiago year-round. For nature-lover, Santiago offers plenty of opportunities for day excursiones to explore the amazing Andes mountains, the countryside and the beaches at the Pacific Coast. You can enjoy activities like hiking, climbing, trekking, rafting, horseback riding, relaxing on the beach, and so on.

Swimming
Concert/Music
Sightseeing
Shopping/Souvenirs
Climbing
Safari/Zoo
Hiking
Museum/Opera
Sports
Riding
Winter Sports
Yoga/Meditation

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 17 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills
You need to speak Spanish (intermediate level)
Education Requirements
at High School level
Required Documents
CV
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 13:00

Included Services

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
South America Inside (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
Online preparation course (optional, from $49)
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On-site services

Services by South America Inside
  1. Single Room, Homstay
  2. Escort by a Chile Inside staff member on your first day to your volunteer place
  3. Santiago City Map
  4. Santiago City Guide

  5. Consultation from our experienced staff
  6. Translation of application profile
  7. Volunteer work placement
  8. Advice regarding travel insurance
  9. Advice on local travels
  10. Orientation session upon arrival
  11. Orientation kit
  12. Country handbook
  13. Local support
  14. 24/7 Emergency Number
  15. Certificate of Participation

  16. Airport pick-up can be added at an extra cost of 40 USD.
Accommodation

We provide single rooms in local homestays. Food is not included but you will have access to a fully equipped kitchen where you can store and prepare your meals.

Guest Family Bedroom (Single)
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. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either. Food, snacks or beverages are at extra costs.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Arturo Merino Benitez Airport (SCL) in Santiago. We assist you to find cheap flights to Chile.
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 Chile provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Chile you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Chile.
Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$ 1,008
5 weeks
$ 1,155
6 weeks
$ 1,302
7 weeks
$ 1,449
8 weeks
$ 1,596
24 weeks (max. stay)
$ 3,948
Average fees
$ 208 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in Santiago de Chile/Chile between 4 weeks and 24 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. South America Inside will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Chile.
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 South America Inside during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
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