Horse Riding and Maintenance

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founded in 1972
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Coordinator | Roxanne
Coordinator | Roxanne
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High­lights

Experienced riders only
Your previous riding experience will be put to the test
A truly African Experience, wide open spaces with freedom to roam and explore
create a bond with your horse in the challenging African environment of Namibia
Meet new people with a common interest
A Namibian horse riding experience for those with a taste for adventure.
Seeking independent persons with riding experience, able to handle Africa conditions.
This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples

The program is situated 110KM outside of Windhoek.

This project is designed for volunteers that are interested in having a truly African experience, This is not your typical volunteer experience, potential volunteers will need to be independent, mature, able to think on their feet and be comfortable living with others or alone depending on the situation. Living arrangements are comfortable but basic, in the vastness that is Namibia, a volunteer will need to be comfortable with open space and being away for anything that resembles a city for long periods. 

There could be times when you are alone on the project, we can accommodate from 1 to 6 riders at a time.

This program is open to anyone over the age of 18 years old with horse riding and handling experience.

Each Rider will have 4 horses to work per day, in different disciplines. but mostly, they will spend most of their time on outrides.

Each rider must present a weekly schedule for the horses in His/her training. This is discussed at the introduction meeting; this discussion will also update each rider on the level of Training the Horse has. 

Horse riders only with the following skills: -

·         Lunging

·        Dressage

·        Jumping

A volunteer/Rider is responsible for their own protective clothing, helmets, riding boots

Typical day

Volunteers will be responsible for…
 
Each Rider will have 4 horses to work per day, in different disciplines. but mostly, they will spend most of their time on outrides.
Each rider must present a weekly schedule for the horses in His/her training. This is discussed at the introduction meeting; this discussion will also update each rider on the level of Training the Horse has.

Riders work  from Monday to Friday, Work starts at 8h00 and ends when all the work is done, Each Rider is responsible for the horses assigned to them. This includes, cleaning stables, grooming, feeding, cleaning tack and training.
Saturday mornings all tack is cleaned plus the Tackroom and fodder room. off from 13h00 Sat to Mon morning.

Free-time activities

Leisure Time.

We do not offer entertainment. We have board games, cards, darts and a Pool Table, riders can view movies from the library, but no TV as such.

Often riders spent their weekends visiting the neighbors on horseback, viewing Rhinos, or just riding through our vast land viewing game, plants, birds and trees. Our neighbors love the volunteer visits and chats.

Riding

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)
Criminal Background Check
required
Required Documents
Proof of Horse riding Abilities and
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
• Lunging
• Dressage
• Jumping
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 08:00 - 17:30

What's Included

Services by Stay Africa Volunteers

Fees include airport collection, 

Accommodation and meals whilst on the project, 
largest portion of the fees goes towards the horses and their upkeep

Airport Pickup at Hosea Kutako International Airport

We collect from Windhoek International Airport

Accommodation
Accommodation consists of 4-6 Volunteers self-catering units with bunk beds. The rooms are fully equipped, bedding, towels
Units are equipped with showers only, Water is a major concern in Namibia, please bear in mind no bathing or long showers
Bungalow
Food & Beverages

·        Breakfast and Dinner ingredients are provided, riders prepare their own breakfast and dinner.

·        Lunch is supplied in the dining room.

·        Meals are Basic and tasty and filling. 

·        Utensils are provided

·       No Extra Meals are prepared.

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.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH) in Windhoek. We assist you to find cheap flights to Namibia.
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 Namibia provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Namibia you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Namibia.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

All year round excluding December and January

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
12 - 50 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
12 weeks (min. stay)
$4,500
50 weeks (max. stay)
$4,500
Average fees
$233 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Stay Africa Volunteers 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 Stay Africa Volunteers during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Horse Riding and Maintenance

A Namibian horse riding experience for those with a taste for adventure. Seeking independent persons with riding experience, able to handle Africa conditions.

$233/week

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