Horse Therapy for Disabled Children

founded in 2003
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Coordinator | Marion
Coordinator | Marion
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Explore Ecuador, one of the most amazing and diverse countries in the world
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Visit amazing places throughout a country that is famous for its breathtaking landscapes and culture
Horse therapy is a fascinating form of therapy for children with disabilities. Support this horse therapy center and take care of both the children and horses. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

The rehabilitation of the disabled, based on horse therapy, is a relatively new and very successful concept for mentally and physically disabled people. The horses are the basis of this therapy. Throughout the world, this method is now known as an effective rehabilitation measure for people with mental, physical or emotional disabilities. The main task is to improve coordination, orientation and balance. The center has permanent employees who have a lot of experience in dealing with physically or mentally handicapped people.

The focus of the center is on the very positive effect the horses have on the patients. The horseback riding and the movements of the horses stimulate the production of the alpha waves. With their help, patients can relax better and physical and mental disorders / disabilities can be specifically treated. Furthermore, they release endorphins, which in turn supports a person's well-being and good mood. In addition, the disabled are distracted by the therapy of their pain and often depression. Social integration becomes easier. The center offers both conventional therapies and alternative therapies (theater, music, art therapy).

The facility consists of the riding hall, a cafeteria, an administration building, therapy rooms and the guest house for volunteers. The committed employees always try to improve the quality of life of disabled people. Early learning for children over the age of six, social inclusion, equality and the rehabilitation of children, adolescents and adults are their main concerns.

Typical day

One of your main responsibilities during your volunteer work is caring for the horses. These must be bolted, fed and brought to the paddock. In addition, the horses must be prepared for the daily therapy sessions, that is, saddled and bridled. As a volunteer, you may also assist the therapists with the therapy sessions and will notice very quickly what a great concept horse therapy is. In the afternoon, when no more therapy sessions take place, the center offers riding lessons for children from the surrounding area to partially finance the revenue from the center.

Main tasks:
Assisting in horse therapy (lead horse, secure patient, give instructions to perform the various positions on the horse)
Supporting the different forms of therapy

Feeding and preparing the horses

General tasks:

Maintaining the equipments, cleaning the horse
Cleaning up the facilities
Watering the hall
Working in the gardens (weeding, watering, sowing, etc.)
Feeding horses and refreecing boxes

Maintenance and repairs

Duties depending on experience:

Self-teaching or supporting riding lessons
Riding / training horses in dressage or vaulting
Collaborating in the office
Organizing projects for the mothers of children with disabilities

Supporting fundraising

Note: The tasks may vary. They depend on factors such as number of volunteers, weather, season, current needs of the project, as well as self-motivation. Not every volunteer may be fully involved in all these tasks.

Free-time activities

Quito, Ecuador's capital, is not too far away and there you can enjoy many different cultural activities and do sightseeing in the well-preserved historic center of the city.

With its rich pre-Columbian history, the capital of Ecuador was founded on the ruins of an Inca city, and nowadays offers everything a modern traveler may need. Quito remains one of the best preserved historic city centers in Latin America and UNESCO declared it a world heritage site.
This huge city stretches over a fabulous Andean valley surrounded by volcanic peaks. Among its streets, you can find 40 churches and chapels, 16 convents and monasteries with their respective cloisters, 17 squares, 12 convent and refractory courtyards, 12 museums and innumerable beautiful patios.

Just 33 kilometers north of Quito is the Middle of the World, the place with the line that divides the planet earth in the northern and southern hemisphere.

Further north, an hour's drive from Quito, is Otavalo, the largest indigenous market in the world. To the south, about a hundred kilometers away, you can visit Latacunga and the Cotopaxi National Park, with the very high volcano of the same name. Further south the cities of Ambato and Baños are worth a visit, with the spectacular view of the Tungurahua volcano, which can be climbed to the top.
Especially Baños is real fun place to visit due to countless of sports and adrenaline activities.



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 Spanish (intermediate level)
Education Requirements
at High School level
Required Documents
CV and Volunteer Questionnaire
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

What's Included

Services by South America Inside

  1. Accommodation in volunteer house
  2. Consultation from our experienced staff
  3. Translation of application profile
  4. Volunteer work placement
  5. Advice regarding travel insurance
  6. Advice on local travels
  7. Orientation session upon arrival
  8. Orientation kit
  9. Country handbook
  10. Local support
  11. 24/7 Emergency Number
  12. Certificate of Participation

Aiport pick-up can be arranged for an extra cost!


Volunteers will be live in a volunteer house, which is located on the center’s property. The house is very basic, but cozy. Hammocks and cooking utensils are provided. Usually dorms accommodate both genders separately, but in the event of a room shortage, they may be mixed.
(Cleaning service 20 USD to be paid at the end of your stay!)

Dorm Room Guesthouse
Internet Access
Limited 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 Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) in Quito. We assist you to find cheap flights to Ecuador.
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 Ecuador provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Ecuador you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Ecuador.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

The volunteer work can be joined throughout the year. The start and end date can be set flexible, according to your availability and travel plans. Ask our experienced staff to coordinate your participation in this meaningfull volunteer project.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2 - 24 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
4 weeks
5 weeks
6 weeks
24 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$218 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. South America Inside 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 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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Horse Therapy for Disabled Children

Horse therapy is a fascinating form of therapy for children with disabilities. Support this horse therapy center and take care of both the children and horses.


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