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Horse Rescue & Caretaker

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Grab this amazing opportunity to volunteer with horses at a rescue center near the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Alberta.

Grab this amazing opportunity to volunteer with horses at a rescue center near the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Alberta. This rescue center is currently home to more than 170 horses, most of which were rescued from the Slaughter House.

The project needs dedicated and committed volunteers to help with the many tasks and activities at the center. Although the 40-acre farm currently focuses more specifically on horses, you can also enjoy the firsthand experience of working with a variety of livestock including pigs, llamas, goats, ducks, chickens and much more. As a volunteer, you would be tasked with preparation of feed and feeding of horses and other animals and maintenance and repairs to assisting the vet and cleaning the paddocks. The work can be physically demanding and the animals at the farm will be your number one priority.  Care and give love to horses that have suffered abuse and neglect in the past and experience the wonderful surroundings of the farm.

This is Why!
  • Work hands on with horses in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.
  • Live at the project, expand your English skills and be part of a team dedicated to the welfare of animals.
  • Great opportunity to expand your knowledge on horses.
  • Experience the beauty of rural Canada.
The volunteer project is in Alberta at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. With its proximity to the Rocky Mountains, this area gives volunteers great opportunities for adventures. There are parks, trails and a variety of recreation facilities for you to enjoy.

This experience gives participants the chance to become involved with family activities of a horse ranch. Candidates can use all facilities of the farm, i.e. riding their horses, driving the tractor etc. The program is not only about the horses; it is a cultural exchange program where candidates get a real inside of Canadian culture, mentality etc. The family takes candidates along when they visit neighbors, when they do their grocery shopping or when they go to events like rodeos, community festivals.  Daily chores: Feeding and watering the animals cleaning of kennels & stables. Grooming during the spring and summer, walks during the spring and summer, maintenance of the stables (straw, fixing houses, cleaning up). There are additional daily duties which change with the seasons. Wood must be put on the fire first thing in the morning and last thing at night during the colder months.

Requirements:
  • Required to commit to a minimum of 8 weeks
  • Must have experience in horse handling and care. No animal allergies as well.
  • Must be comfortable with heavy lifting and doing manual labour
  • NO SMOKING is allowed on the property.
  • Strong work ethics are required: reliable, responsible, polite, self-sufficient, eager, honest, good sense of humor, dependable, physically and mentally fit.
  • Age: 18+
  • Extreme Weather (heat & cold), dirt and living in a remote area must be something you can handle.
  • A love for animals and some general experience of caring for an animal is a must and Patient and comfortable around mammals and birds
  • Must read and agree to abide by guidelines and ethics of the project
  • Good communication skills and the ability to work independently and good knowledge of the English
  • A valid driver’s license would be an asset, but is not required

Typical day

Volunteers play a vital role in achieving the project’s goal of caring and giving the much-needed love to horses and other animals that have suffered abuse and neglect in the past. As a volunteer, you will at times get your hands dirty. Please remember that the animals are your number one priority while you are at the project. There is always something to do at the rescue center. If you are uncertain of what to do, you can ask an experienced volunteer and the volunteer task list. Your responsibilities will vary on a day to day basis and you may be involved in:

  • Food preparation and Feeding of horses and other livestock
  • Checking physical condition of the horses
  • Rehabilitation horse
  • Grooming
  • Vet/Farrier Assistance
  • Filling Feed bins and Loading/unloading hay or feed
  • Fence repair and Cleaning paddocks (manure pick up).
For more information about your typical day please message us.

Details on Arrival

There are no specific start/arrival dates for this project, however, we recommend that you arrive on a Monday.

Free-time activities

The area  gives volunteers great opportunities for adventures during their days off. They can go climbing the rocky mountains, or explore the parks and trails while enjoying sightseeing on the rural Canada. Also during the winter volunteers can go skiing. However, leisure activities are at the volunteers expense.

Water Sports
Swimming
Sightseeing
Climbing
Hiking
Riding
Winter Sports

Program 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 (intermediate level)
Health Declaration
required
Required Documents
CV, Resume, Letter of Motivation and Two pics and Signed Policies and Liability form
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 - 17:00

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

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All program fees are charged directly by Fronteering Travel.

Before your journey

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Fronteering Travel (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.
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On-site services

Services by Fronteering Travel
  • Accommodation: Accommodation will be in the guest house at the farm.
  • Transportation to get groceries is provided.
  • Airport Pickup: You will be picked up from either Calgary or Edmonton Airport.
  • Mail-holding service: You can use FRONTEERINGS office as a reliable address to have your mail delivered.
  • Ongoing service and 24/7 Emergency Contact
Not included:
  • Meals Not included. You are responsible for your own meals. 
Airport Pickup at Calgary International Airport

You will arrive in beautiful Calgary or Edmonton where you will be met at the airport by a member of the project.

Accommodation

You will stay in the guest home which includes one bedroom, kitchen, living/dining area. The accommodation is rustic and clean with standard house furniture and accessories in it. 

Things to bring from home: Please prepare yourself for all kinds of weather. Bring gloves, sturdy footwear is a must (preferably waterproof), and clothes you don't mind getting dirty (as all the animals will love to brush up against you and say hello!). There is a volunteer clubhouse on site with washroom, kitchen facilities and a library. You can bring books and magazines you would like to share/donate. While at the project, you will need to bring your own food and drinks (bring adequate water and stay hydrated!), as breaks throughout the day are important.

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 Calgary International Airport (YYC) in Calgary. We assist you to find cheap flights to Canada.
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 Canada provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Canada you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Canada.
Costs (Prices in USD)
8 weeks (min. stay)
$995.00
9 weeks
$1,045.00
10 weeks
$1,095.00
11 weeks
$1,145.00
12 weeks (max. stay)
$1,195.00
Average fees
$112.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Sundre/Canada between 8 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Fronteering Travel 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 Canada.
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 must be made up to 30 days before to the volunteer program starts. This payment is also securely handled by PayPal or credit card.
  Americas Northern America Canada  Sundre, 31123 Range Rd 60

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