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Horse Therapy Assistant

Take care of horses, assist in riding lessons, clean stables, organize events.

The project

The main objective of this center is to improve coordination and orientation skills. The center consists of 8 staff members who all have lots of experience working with physically or mentally disabled persons. Volunteers come from around the globe to be a part of this team. 

The center has a unique approach which is based on the powerful combination of equine therapy and the use of alpha waves. Alpha waves influence peoples emotional behaviour and the central nervous system. They can also release endorphins which produces happiness and calmness within the person, this means that patients are distracted from mental and physical pain as well as helping with social skills. 

When riding the patients alpha waves rise which result in an increase of physical and mental abilities. The centre also offers conventional therapies such as speech therapies to help the patients during there stay this is teamed with alternative therapies such as music therapy. 

The centre has a riding hall, a cafeteria, an administrative office, a volunteer house and a therapy house. The aim for this is to improve the patients lives who enter this centre either socially or mentally. The principle objectives are early learning for children up to six years, social integration, equality of opportunities, and rehabilitation for children, teenagers and adults are their principal objectives.


The work

On a typical working day volunteers are expected to take care of the horses by feeding them and cleaning the stables, they are also expected to help take part in riding lessons, while also help in other seminars offered and general work around the centre and inside the cafeteria. 

This project is very rewarding and appropriate for people with experience in physiotherapy so they will be able to support the therapists. Experience is very welcomed but is not a requirement as anyone who wants to can join the project. Volunteers should have some basic knowledge about horses and love working with children, if you are unfamiliar with horses you will be given a basic training course. 

Suitable for


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).
Language Skills
You need to speak Spanish (intermediate level)
Health Declaration
Criminal Background Check
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 - 17:00

Any questions? Just ask. We at South America Inside are happy to help you.

Free-time activities

In your spare time there are many different activities to do such as horse riding and a variety of sports. There are also many bars and restaurants to socialize in Quito which can be reached by public bus within approximately an hour.


Included Services

What's included?
Consultation of our experienced staff | Translation of documents | Placement in volunteer project | Orientation on arrival | Orientation kit | Local support | 24h-Emergency Number | Accommodation (dormitory) | Airport pick-up | Advice on travel insurance | Flight booking service (optional) | Certificate of participation | Application fee
Airport Pickup at Mariscal Sucre

Yes, you will be picked up from our service and taken to your destination. On arrivals after 6pm you have to pay the driver an additional 15 USD.


Volunteers will be living in a volunteer house which is on the centers land. The house is very basic but cozy with hammocks and cooking utensils provided. Usually dorms are boys and girls unless there is a room shortage where they may be mixed.

Dorm Room
Internet Access
Sorry, no 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.

No worries, Volunteer World supports you in raising funds, checking your visa regulations and travel insurance. We also assist you in finding the cheapest flights for your journey.
Costs (Prices in USD)
2 weeks (min. stay)
3 weeks
4 weeks
25 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees

You can volunteer at the project site in Quito /Ecuador between 2 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.
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.

Get ready to volunteer in Ecuador

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Visa Regulations
Depending on your nationality, you have to arrange your visa for Ecuador. Please check the visa regulations for Ecuador.
Travel Seasons
Find out the best time to volunteer in Ecuador and receive information on weather and climatic conditions.
Living Costs
Living costs vary with each destination. We give an overview of what you should plan as an estimated budget to volunteer in Ecuador.
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Ecuador.

What's next?

The nearest airport is Mariscal Sucre (UIO) in Quito. We assist you to find cheap flights to Ecuador.
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 Ecuador provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccine Checker
If you are intending to volunteer in Ecuador you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Ecuador.
What can you do in leisure-time in Ecuador while you are not working at your volunteer opportunity?
Quito, Pichincha Province, Quito , Ecuador

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