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Briljant 4.7rating (27)

Natural Horsemanship and Farmwork on Eco Lodge

4 - 24 weken  ·  Leeftijd 18 - 50+

rating  Briljant 4.7  · 
  Geverifieerd door Volunteer World
  Goed Responsgraad


  • Expirience Natural Horsemanship living and training with isa and her freely living herd. Learn hands on during the training with one of our rescue, young or school horses.
  • Immerse yourself into the study of classical horsesmanhip to learn how to train and ride a horse in order for him to be strong and enabled to carry us. Mobilisation, lateral movements, seat lessons...
  • Gain insides of horse keeping from barefoot trimming, to health checks and tracking the progress of a rehabilitation horse. Learn how horses like to be kept and why. Take use of our huge libary too!
  • Hands on farm work on a tropical finca and support others by teaching English to locals and kids
  • Spanish Course included !

Vooral geschikt voor

Leeftijd 18+

Over het programma

Join our well rounded volunteer expirience at Finca Soley. Immerse into Nature, the study of Horses, and help with gardening and building. Includes a Spanish course.

The Finca Soley Volunteer Program is designed for natural horsemanship and classical riding interested people, who want to combine a unique, inspiring learning and working experience with a social journey in Costa Rica.

Surround yourself with the pure nature of our stunning Costa Rican mountain ...

Over het programma

The Finca Soley Volunteer Program is designed for natural horsemanship and classical riding interested people, who want to combine a unique, inspiring learning and working experience with a social journey in Costa Rica.

Surround yourself with the pure nature of our stunning Costa Rican mountain setting where a freely living herd of mixed horses from rescues to home bred, youngsters to shetlands is living in peace together. Learn how to communicate with horses using body language, psychology, energy and even more getting your ideas and intentions clear. With the study of Natural Horsemanship you will not only learn to understand horses but will also learn a lot about yourself

After connecting to your horses mind and earning his friendship you will learn how to proper train his body in order for your horse to be able to ride with you with pride and honor and withour harming himself. Within the study of Classical Horsemanship you learn about the horses anatomy, biomecanics and how to use flexion, mobalisation, lateral movements and your seat to improve his balance and strengh. You can witness how rescue horses can become happy, self confident and strong again. 

The first week of your stay you will mainly work with the horses on the ground. Please consider the longer you are able to stay the more you will be able to learn and develop. When you are an expirienced rider you can help us training the horses from the saddle. Beginners might also get a chance to ride, but will be more working on the ground with the horses, learn confidence and get the first contact with horses. This program is not only about riding but about growing an equal relationship towards an equine friend. Some of our horses are in rehabilitation and cannot be ridden at all in the moment. But putting time and the correct training in, we hope to rehab all of them. 

As a Finca Soley volunteer you will be able to set themes for your stay. Besides the horse work you can choose between farm work, social work or helping with building. Your first week at our farm you will meet your project horse and be fully immersed into our horse program. From the second week on you will have 2x per week lessons and can use your free time to keep practicing with your horse the learned things to develop. Your work tasks beside the horses depend on what themes you choose to work in. This can be farm work, mantainance, art work, building, sustainable projects like fermenting, harvesting, cheeses making etc. and/or teaching the local kids and adults. Within our weekly meeting will will discuss the week projects and you can assign to the jobs of your interest or into what is needed to be done. 

On the afternoons you have time off to practice with your project horse, take use of our horse libary, observe the horses in their pasture, take a tour, book extra Spanish lessons to your weekly course or just relax and chill on our peaceful mountain farm. 

Finca Soley is a family run project established in 2014. We love to put our hands on and have built all structures here. The farm counts with 3 houses, a 20x40m riding arena, a paradies paddock with shelter space for the animals, plenty of fruit trees, jungle, pastures and incredible views. Next to the horses our family remains of dogs, cats, chickens and cows. We try to keep our surroundings organic and natural and live a simple lifestyle in respect of nature and in harmony with the animals. 

As a working student you will be part of our team and learn Natural Horsemanship, support us on our farm in all means and meet many new people. This is a great opportunity to expirience something new, do something for yourself, learn new things to take home and experience real Costa Rica, off the beaten tourist tracks. 

There is a wide range of activities you can get busy while working on our farm. After our weekly meeting Volunteers can choose their jobs from the following areas:

  • Care for horse herd: cleaning open stable, moving horses to fields, feeding, grooming, training, riding, teaching kids lessons
  • Care for other animals like: chickens, dogs, cats, cows etc.
  • General farm work: repairing fences, landscaping, gardening
  • Handcrafts & building: building wooden furniture; tire walls, new constructions, house building 
  • Art projects: Paint a wall on our pretty houses 
  • Teach English at primary school
  • Teach English to locals in a rural town

The farm is a place where people from all over the world meet and share their passion for horses and traveling. The team of Finca Soley loves to welcome guests and volunteers. We are a family run farm. 

You will be living on site in our spacious and newly volunteer house. Volunteers have a kitchen. Also there is a library with books and DVDs about horses, big living room, gardens with hammoks, organic gardens and fruit trees and loads of jungle mountains around.  We have good cellphone connection. To use the internet you can use a national SIM card for a small fee you have internet.

The farm is located on top of a small mountain within a 30min. walk you are in the peaceful town of Tucurrique with shops, sodas, cafes, bars and a soccer field. From here you can take a bus to Cartago o Turrialba. There are cheap taxis to take you around. 

 What we require

  • Minimum stay of 4 weeks
  • 5 hours work for 5 days a week (3 days farm work/or teaching the local kids and on 2 days you receive lerssons with the horses)
  • physically fit in order to do farm work 
  • The will to learn
  • A positive attitude !!!
  • Teamplayer
  • Love for animals and put your horses needs first
  • previous horse expirience is a plus but not a must: beginnners are welcome too!  

What we offer

  • shared room 
  • Natural Horsemanship lessons and learning bitless art of riding (classical riding), learning in a group and access to our big library of videos and books (2x per week lessons)
  • work with different horses 
  • weekly Spanish course included
  • hikes with the horses
  • Participate on tours (extra costs can occur) 
  • An unique way to combine your travels with learning Natural Horsemanship and improving the live of the people around you

Natural Horsemanship Student Program (Full Horse Program) 

If you want to only focus on the horses, please check out our other program. Also for those volunteers interested in a shorter commitment than 4 weeks, we also offer an more compacted version of this program on Volunteer World. Please search for our Natural Horsemanship + Classical Riding program in Costa Rica.

Dagelijkse activiteiten

The days depends if you have a horsey day or a farm/teaching day. 

Horse day (2x per week)

In the morning we head out to take care of the horses. Here we feed hay, muck out the paddock and groom the horses.

After breakfast we will start with the grooming, feeding, training or trails depends the ...

Dagelijkse activiteiten

The days depends if you have a horsey day or a farm/teaching day. 

Horse day (2x per week)

In the morning we head out to take care of the horses. Here we feed hay, muck out the paddock and groom the horses.

After breakfast we will start with the grooming, feeding, training or trails depends the day. 

After training we will be doing projects or work the land, depends what is needed.  

Farm/Teaching day (3x per week)

Duties around the farm: horse grooming, gardening, building, land cleaning etc. 

Prepare lessons you will be holding to the locals

Participate in social activities of our rural town

teach village kids

In the afternoons you have one day Spanish course and the rest of the days time to relax, train with your project horse or go on a tour!


Our peaceful farm is the perfect place to relax and observe our freely living herd, birds and with some luck a sloth. We have 5ha of primary rainforest with a trail that leads you to a tiny private stream of cristal clear water. Space to breath and reset. There is a fruit orchard with hammocks to ...


Our peaceful farm is the perfect place to relax and observe our freely living herd, birds and with some luck a sloth. We have 5ha of primary rainforest with a trail that leads you to a tiny private stream of cristal clear water. Space to breath and reset. There is a fruit orchard with hammocks to listen to the sound of birds, observe the butterflys finish the guayabas or the colibris drinking from the colorful flowers. On the mountains you find precios spots to bring your yoga mat and observe the sunset watching the horses grase. 

For more active afternoons and/or weekends book a tour with a local guide. Hike up the waterfalls, learn about Coffee, take a Chocolate tour, visit a local farmers market or hike up a vulcano. Also both costsides can be visited. We offer to swap a day if you stay longer and like to take a long weekend to chill on the beach. 



Minimum leeftijd: 18 jaar

Om deel te nemen aan het programma dien je tenminste 18 jaar oud te zijn op de startdatum van het programma. Er kunnen uitzonderingen gemaakt worden indien je een bewijs van toestemming kan aantonen van uw wettelijke voogd(en) of samen met je ouders deelneemt.


Je dient over volgende taalkennis te beschikken Engels (basis niveau)

Vereiste documenten

sign up sheet


Geen beperkingen. Helpende handen van over de hele wereld zijn welkom.

Andere vaardigheden

Helpful skills are previous horse expirience, even though you can also arrive as an beginner. Expirienced riders will have more chances to ride then beginners. positive attitude. the will to put the horses need above yours. team spirit and a kind attitude.


Uw helpende hand wordt verwacht op maandag, dinsdag, woensdag, donderdag en vrijdag van 06:00 - 12:00

Diensten ingesloten

Diensten ingesloten

Diensten door Finca Soley

The first week you will join our full horse program so you have a full introduction week. After that you are in the mix program. 

  • Accomandation in our cofortable newly built Volunteerhouse, 
  • 3 vegetarien meals per day (volunteers are rquired to help in the kittchen)
  • Airport pick up
  • Daily interaction with horses
  • Access to our huge libary of horse books and dvds
  • Natural Horsemanship course, 
  • Lessons in Classical Horsemanship, 
  • Project Work, 
  • Organisation, 
  • Certification, 
  • donation for horse welfare project
  • help by planning your trip
  • help with organisation of week end tours

Arrival day counts as the first day in the project.

Afhaal aan de luchthaven op Juan Santamaria International Airport

Pick up at Juan Santamaria airport in San Jose

the drop off is not included, but can be arranged at an extra cost


Stay in our beautiful and spacious Volunteerhouse - Casa India. 

Each room counts with a private entrance, has space for up to 4 people and each bed has a high quality matrace. All rooms have a delux bathroom privatly used with hot water showers and some with bathtub. We offer private, semi private and couple options on an aditional cost. The Volunteer House has a huge kitchen, dining and living area were volunteers prepare their meals, share evenings and travel stories. 

Infront of the house there is a fire place to spend nights around the barn fire playing guitarre and making stick bread. 

On the farm we have many fruit trees, egg hens and some vegies to harvest. 

We keep 5 ha of rainforest on our homestead with a private trail that leads you to our tiny stream with purest water.

Eten & Drank

local ingredients to prepare 3 meals per day

Internet toegang

Makkelijke toegang op de project site

Wat is er NIET inbegrepen?

Wat is er NIET inbegrepen?

Vlucht tickets

De dichtste luchthaven is Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) in San Jose. We assisteren u met het vinden van goedkope vluchten naar Costa Rica. VIND GOEDKOPE VLUCHTEN


Naar het buitenland reizen is een avontuur en het is best om goed voorbereid te zijn. Plots ziek worden of gewond raken, annulaties of diefstal - een reisverzekering voor Costa Rica biedt zekerheid en is een meerwaarde. KRIJG EEN OFFERTE


Als je de intentie hebt om als vrijwilliger aan de slag te gaan in Costa Rica dien je eerst medisch advies in te winnen alvorens je eropuit trekt. Kijk de benodigde vaccinaties na voor Costa Rica. VACCINATIE CHECKER

Gegevens over jouw aankomst

 Arrival Sunday. 

jan. feb. mrt. apr. mei. jun. jul. aug. sep. okt. nov. dec.


4 weken (min. verblijf) 2.390€
5 weken 2.890€
6 weken 3.389€
7 weken 3.821€
8 weken 4.253€
12 weken 5.981€
24 weken (max. verblijf) 10.589€
Gemiddelde kosten 519€/week


519€ per week 4 - 24 weken Leeftijd 18 - 50+


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Finale betaling

Uw finale betaling zal worden goedgekeurd door Finca Soley gedurende de aanmeld procedure. Veel voorkomende oplossingen zijn een banktransfer of contante betaling op de projectsite.

Ontmoet je organisatie

Finca Soley

Briljant 4.7 rating (27 beoordelingen)

Agentschap - opgericht in 2014

Geverifieerd door Volunteer World

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Gesproken talen: Duits, Engels, Spaans

Over de organisatie

Here at Finca Soley we share our passion and love for horses and natural horsemanship. Come to enjoy, learn and develop.

Ontmoet je organisatie

Finca Soley is a horse project and volunteers are completly involved in everything. Our volunteers recieve natural horsemanship lessons and a spanisch course in order to activly help in the training of the horses and the teaching (weather in the school or riding lessons for kids).

Finca Soley is a very small project that really tries to change something here in the area but also for the horses that get in touch with people that have been with us. We will touch your idea about horses and horse training. Spread the word to create a better world for our beloved horses and the people around them.

Finca Soley is a beautiful Guestfarm in the mountain area of Cartago, Costa Rica's best kept secret. Enjoy seeing and hearing horses neighing outside my balcony doors, watching the volcano smoke early in the morning, cooking over a beautiful fire pit.


We use Natural Horsemanship to understand and comunicate with our horses and learn about their body and how to teach them to use it properly using the academic art of riding without the need of a bit. 

At Finca Soley you will:

  • learn the essential communication with horses on the ground
  • Start to understand what horses are telling you!
  • Learn to play with them in a understable Language
  • Become safe & smart around horses in the field and barn
  • Learn about your Horse’s unique character 
  • Learn to use psychology depending on horse-character 
  • Improve your drive & respect level

All you need to know about the Courses Finca Soley offers

  • We refine our Communication skills on the rope and in liberty.
  • We built a loving friendship & become creative with our games.
  • We improve our riding communication skills & test our relationship by starting to ride brideless
  • We built up our skills on the rope and start to work on our draw system 
  • We will apply what we have learnt on the ground into the saddle
  • Learn to ride using Breathing & Engery techniques
  • Learn about principles of Natural Horsemanship
  • Discussions about various horsemanships from different Nations

27 beoordelingen · rating4.7

I had a blast working there and meeting all these amazing people. The horses are very well behaved and you really get to learn alot from Isa and her horses. Everyone at the farm was so welcoming and open - you just can‘t feel not included. The work and training is nicely balanced and you have alot ...
I am thankful to have been able to stay as a volunteer at Finca Soley for 2 weeks this summer. The picturesque views from the pasture alone are enough to make this trip worth it, but the farm is home to 10 amazing horses that I was able to work with every day, and were truly the highlight of my ...
Isa and her family, the animals on the farm and the venue are amazing. You will find yourself literally in paradise and the daily view from the pasture is just stunning. Isa is requesting a lot from her volunteers, especially 100% commitment, punctuality, full focus on given tasks, personal ...
I spent a beautiful month that past so fast in Finca Soley. If you want learn more on horses or on natural horsemanship its the place to go. I did the horse student program and spent a lot of time taking care of the herd of 14 horses and poneys, observing them in there environment and how they act ...
Matthias Baumgartner rating4.2

2021 at Natural Horsemanship and Farmwork on Eco Lodge

I stayed on the Finca Soley with my girlfriend for one month. Before, I had no knowledge about horses. Now with the great lessons of Isa I have the basics to ride and work with horses in natural way. Also Julia enjoyed the work with all the animals (feed the dog, horse care). Actually she wanted to ...
At Finca Soley I had a very good time. The people and the horses were amazing. Everyone was so helpful. You can learn a lot about the right care and handling for different horses. And you can also learn more about yourself. Absolutely worth ...


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