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