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Equine Therapy Supporter

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Support a unique form of therapy that involves horses. Help bring the joy of horseback riding to people with disabilities.

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 volunteers to enjoy, such as different shopping malls with both international and national chains. There are also many mountain ranges where you can go hiking or do other outdoor sports. Even the Pacific Coast is very easy to reach in a day-trip.

Swimming
Concert/Music
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
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

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
50+

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

Travel Consultation| Translation of application documents | Organization of your volunteer program in Chile | Delivery of necessary documents for visa application (if required) | Individual attention from your contact person in Chile | Informative manual about your stay in Chile | Santiago City Guide (130 pages) | Informative welcome talk with the staff in our office | Escort by a Chile Inside staff member on your first day | 24/7 emergency phone number | Certificate of Participation from South America Inside

Airport Pickup at Arturo Merino Benitez Airport

Your airport pick-up is part of the program fee.

Accommodation

The set-up fee for your accommodation in Santiago de Chile is included in the program fee. However, the weekly/monthly rental has to be paid directly on site to the landlord (approx. 80 USD/week).

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. 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)
$505.00
8 weeks
$550.00
12 weeks
$595.00
20 weeks
$685.00
25 weeks (max. stay)
$730.00
Average fees
$78.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Santiago de Chile/Chile between 4 weeks and 25 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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