Sustainable Sanctuary

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Time and Space Equine Education Sanctuary
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Coordinator | Clare
Coordinator | Clare

High­lights

Look at the needs of nature, the land, and the horses and learn to problem solve to create sustainability
Have fun being productive and learning new skills
Give love and attention to create harmony
Take both the time and space you need within nature
Grow as a human in whichever aspet you choose
Learning from nature to implement techniques, creating an interesting and diverse landscape that is functionable and stimulating for human and horse. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 14+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

About Us

We are an English-Spanish family, and you are invited to join us and take part in a fusion of at least two languages and cultures. At our sanctuary we are creating a space which can be stimulating and sustainable for both flora and fauna. Clare and partner Chico have a wide variety of experience and skills between them. Chico the native Spanish speaker runs the gardens and building projects and has dedicated his life's work do developing skills in nature. He also enjoys the horses and is relatively recently self- and horse-taught. Clare runs the horsemanship classes and has been around horses for over 30 years.

We live in a village of 150 people in the mountains. It is friendly and intimate. Even if you don't speak any Spanish, you will be welcomed as if you do.

Work is often physically hard and although we welcome people from all experiences a hard-working attitude fits best here. Please let us know before booking if you have specific needs or disabilities so we can discuss the possibilities. You will be joining a family with animals and children. It is essential that you like these as they all join in every area of our lives!

Volunteers vary in number, age and background all through the year. Our youngest has been 14 years old and our oldest in their 60's. Sometimes we just have one, and at other times a group of ten or more! Please contact us if you are particularly interested in coming when we have a quiet time, or if you are looking for a more social experience. Younger volunteers are welcome with parents or guardians.



The Sanctuary

The sanctuary is in its infancy having moved to new premises in February 2016. There is a lot of work to do and your help is important to get this exciting project off the ground. Time and Space Equine Education Sanctuary became a registered association in August 2018. We have installed the 'bones' for the horses, and now we need to develop the centre in an agricultural aspect. This will involve building, clearing, planting and harvesting. We have vegetable gardens for our own use, and we are currently working in interesting and stimulating ways to complement human needs with those of the horses. We are working on protecting the land against erosion and creating sustainability in all areas.


Our Aim
  • Learn to work with nature to fulfill human and horse needs
  • Develop the land to encourage life
  • Use innovative designs to meld together beauty, practicality, and sustainability
  • Create a space for successful shared use of land
  • Promote good and sustainable horse care by creating an enriched environment for our own herd


Other Areas you can get involved in throughout your stay:

Cooking
Clare cooks balanced, healthy vegetarian meals and enjoys sharing ideas and skills with people that we can all enjoy! This is particularly satisfying when it is prepared with homegrown produce. Chico is a wonderful cook with knowledge of many traditional Spanish dishes passed down through generations. 

Language
In the house and while working, we speak a mixture of Spanish and English. We are happy to help and to correct both the written and spoken word. You will get practice in all areas of work and play. Most residents in the village only speak Spanish. You will be welcomed whether you speak Spanish or not, but can practice if you choose to with locals on the streets, other family members, in the bar, catching the bus on on a trip into town...

Horse Care
We are a functioning horse sanctuary and you are welcome to get involved in the daily care of the horses, or just to enjoy being around these wonderful animals.

Natural Horsemanship Lessons and Riding
For a small donation you can learn something new with our horses. You can find more information in our Sanctuary Student Program.

Typical day

First thing in the morning we either drive or take a pretty 15 minute walk from the village to the finca. You can breakfast early before we leave, or take a break during work for a picnic breakfast (you prepare this yourself). We are flexible! Usually when walking, on our approach we will hear the horses calling for their breakfast as they hear us arriving.

We have volunteers specifically taking care of the animals, whilst you will be assessing and designing the next step in our sustainability project to work on. We welcome ideas and skills you may bring to us, whilst Chico will share his knowledge and tips with you about working on the land here.

In summer we go home for lunch and a siesta, or stay and have a picnic and maybe a dip in the 'alberca'. We have a recent edition of an on-site outdoor kitchen so options are flexible! There is a pool in the village in summer. In winter we may stay all day, but start a little later and finish earlier. 

We have a similar routine on the afternoon. In the evening at home we can rest, use the internet, read, socialise, go to the bar, listen to music, cook.... .

Spring and autumn are generally the most pleasant months to work in, but if you are visiting during the summer months be aware that temperatures can reach 45 degrees, and work needs to be started very early at day-break (or before) and continued in the evening, finishing and eating late. We fit into the Spanish way of life by taking siestas in the afternoon, which is necessary with the hours and temperatures. 

It can be very wet in the winter, but also sunny at midday! Temperatures can drop quite dramatically and as in most countries spring and autumn can be variable. You must be prepared with warm layers and waterproofs. There will be a packing list sent to you after booking.

Our projects are seasonally, financially and volunteer dependant. There are seasons to plant and seasons to harvest. Building and maintenance is all year round. Here is an approximate calender of work with vegetation :


Winter -

  • December, January, and February we harvest olives and process them to make ecological olive oil. We also clear the land in preparation of new growth and fire protection. It is now the time to plant garlic, beans and various seeds.
Spring -

  • March, April, and May we prepare the ground in the gardens and other areas before planting vegetables. Weeding also needs to be done now around the crops which were planted the previous season.
Summer - 

  • June, July , and August is the season to harvest the gardens of tomatoes, peppers, garlic onions etc, and  various fruit trees. We can eat them fresh, cook with them and process and store them for use later in the year.
Autumn - 

  • September, October and November we will still be watering the plants and planning and creating other projects around the finca.

Free-time activities

Your stay here will provide you with memories and skills you will never forget! Atajate is mostly a very quiet village, but there are  festivals and parties that take place in all the villages at certain times of the year. The big water fight in Atajate is in August; there is a German beer festival in Jimera de Libar in October and mushroom festivals in November. In summer there are music and horse festivals, foam parties and more! The beautiful local ‘white villages' vary from 2000 inhabitants down to a population of less than 200 and are well worth a visit.

As well as the villages, there are towns to visit. Ronda is around 25km away and is on a main coast to city train route. It boasts a spectacular viaduct as well as many other historic sites and a variety of shops. After exploring these, the huge variety of cafes and bars will offer welcome refreshment.

If, however you prefer a break from civilisation then you will be in your element. The surrounding mountains, forests and river are beautiful, peaceful and watched over by soaring eagles. Close by there are natural sites to visit such as the Canyon of the Vultures. There are guided walks to vast caves with ancient cave paintings. A Palo-Christiano church is tucked away off the beaten track and an Arab tower is hidden in the countryside with not a tourist in sight.

The beach is approximately 1½ hours’ drive away, trips can be arranged at an extra cost on your days off, including beach and activity trips; visiting cities including Malaga and Sevilla; or special out of hours horse rides or camping trips. 

Transport: You can hire a car from Malaga, or there is a bus leaving every week day morning from Atajate to Ronda, and returning at midday. From Ronda there are regular buses to all major cities and many smaller villages. It may also be possible to hire a driver locally as a taxi service.

Water Sports
Swimming
Concert/
Music
Sightseeing
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Climbing
Hiking
Museum/
Opera
Sports
Riding
Yoga/
Meditation

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 14 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level) or Spanish (basic level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
You are not required to have previous experience with gardening, farm work, or horses, but you will need a hard working attitude.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday

What's Included

Services by Time and Space Equine Education Sanctuary

We ask for an average of 25 hours per week work and a donation which will be set fee in euros upon arrival after deposit, to avoid fluctuation in interest rates and therefor may vary slightly to the what is displayed on Volunteer World as the calculations are in dollars. The weekly rate reduces the longer you book for.

This will cover your accommodation, food and provide a donation to the project which is used for tools and equipment, feeding and caring for animals, maintenance and improvements of the horse's living conditions plus insurance and program support etc. 

We have a space for a long term volunteer, please get in touch if you may be interested in this position.

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.

Accommodation

Visitors, volunteers and students normally sleep in the village hostel. We rent an apartment for volunteers to share with a kitchen and living room and an open fire in the winter months. There sleeps one or two people per room.

Towels and linen is provided. There are shared washer machine facilities close by, but you must provide your own detergent which can be bought locally.

There is internet access in the local bar.



Guest Family Hotel Bedroom (Single) Bedroom (Double) Camping
Food & Beverages

Healthy vegetarian/vegan food for three meals per day is provided for students to prepare their own meals. Cooking can be done in the apartment or in the outdoor kitchen with the horses, where we often eat lunch together when the weather is nice. We are usually back in the village for the evening meal, but this is also flexible in warmer months. We often invite each other to eat together to get a taste of international cuisines! There are also bars to eat at and this is at your own expense.

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.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Malaga Airport (AGP) in Malaga. 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

The program is available all year round any start date, and any number of days, but please be prepared for weather! We can advise on suitable clothing closer to the time.

You would arrange your own transport to Atajate and there are reliable buses and trains which can bring you from the airport in Malaga. We are happy to help you plan this and we will send more information after booking. 

If you are looking at flights now, please note if you are planning on using public transport, it is better to book your arrival flight for the morning or early afternoon, as public transport options are limited or non existent later in the day, and your return flight should not be earlier than 12pm to allow for time to arrive in the airport. Other options would be to stay in Malaga a night, hire a car, or to arrange a taxi service if your flights are out of public transport times. I can send timetables after booking, and it is actually very easy.

Buses are under 20€, a taxi company charges 130€, and we have people locally who would collect for 90€.

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
1 - 50 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
$ 465
2 weeks
$ 930
3 weeks
$ 1,119
4 weeks
$ 1,492
8 weeks
$ 2,600
16 weeks
$ 3,680
50 weeks (max. stay)
$ 11,500
Average fees
$ 348 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Time and Space Equine Education Sanctuary 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 Time and Space Equine Education Sanctuary during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Sustainable Sanctuary

Learning from nature to implement techniques, creating an interesting and diverse landscape that is functionable and stimulating for human and horse.

$348/week

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