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WHRC

Mustang Rescue Companion

by WHRC

As a volunteer with us, you get to participate in every day horse care and barn maintenance as well as real hands on care of rescued and abused horses.

Volunteers are crucial to our rescue center – providing much needed help and allowing us to properly care for our rescued Mustangs.
WHRC could not exist without our volunteers. By visiting WHRC, you are taking an active part in our rescue work and a critical stand against abuse and mistreatment of wild horses. You will help ensure a dignified life for our horses and help sustain America’s wild heritage – the Mustang.

What can you expect?

Everyone can volunteer at WHRC – regardless of physical abilities, there is always something to do. If you sign up to volunteer we expect you to work and participate in all activities, however if there is any physical aspects that makes you not able to participate in everything we can adjust your tasks. As a volunteer you will help with daily chores such as mucking stalls, daily maintenance of the horses and infrastructural improvements to stables. You will also assist in real hands on rehabilitation work with wild horses. The majority of our horses come from abusive environments and when they first arrive they are often genuinely afraid of people. As a volunteer you will play a critical part in helping these horses understand that not all people are bad.

Weekly Volunteer Program

As a volunteer with us you will get real hands on experience with our mustangs – both wild and tame! Our volunteers help with every day barn maintenance, horse care and exercise, capital improvements, and helping to socialize wild horses. You will see professional horse trainers in action and immerse yourself in our rescue work. We also go for trail rides and you will get to see the fantastic Florida landscape by horseback. We also take our volunteers to the beach, to the local wildlife rescue center, and kayaking. A big part of volunteer work with us is socializing with rescued and wild/semi-wild mustangs. Are you familiar with the plight of the American mustang at all? It's a very sad story!

Our rescue work with wild horses is drastically different than work with domestic horses so please keep an open mind! You can expect to do some riding during your stay however, as we are a rescue and rehabilitation center the focus is not on riding. We do not allow volunteers to go offsite individually with the horses for insurance and safety reasons.  All trail rides are done in groups with our staff members. 

There will be activities scheduled such as beach trips, kayaking, etc for the volunteers and if you wish, you can arrange transportation to Orlando for activities on your free days.  We are in a remote area so there is no public transport easily available. We split the volunteers up over the weekend on the chores, 1/2 does chores on Saturday, the other 1/2 does chores on Sunday, that way each group has a day off.

All volunteers rotate house chores (cleaning, cooking) and we have a volunteer already assigned for the first half of the year to manage housekeeping (bed laundry) and new volunteer orientation.

What to bring

  • Water bottle
  • Hat
  • Sun screen
  • Wear comfortable clothes. If you plan to participate in the trail ride, we recommend you wear long sleeves and full length pants.
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Don’t forget your camera!

Suitable for

Singles
Couples

Typical day

A typical day starts between 7.30 and 8.30 depending on the season. During the summer when the weather is really hot we start earlier and have more breaks. In the morning you will be part of morning chores which includes cleaning the horses pens, cleaning for our dogs, chickens and pigs. We also feed and hay all animals. After this you will have the opportunity to take care of you assigned project horse. At this time you will brush, medicate, walk and spend time with your project horse according to his or hers special needs. Over time you can have more than one project horse or even a dog, chicken or pig if you would like. We have lunch break normally between 1-3 hours starting at noon. The lenght of the break depends on the season and the weather.

After lunch we do different activities throughout the week. We try to work with the horses (this will be Diane, who owns the center, or the more experienced volunteers training the horses and you will get the chance to learn and also participate the more experienced you get). One day a week we take you for a trail ride, this will be either off site or in our neighborhood. We also have one day where we do a project like clearing, repairing fencing or other maintenance tasks. We do house cleaning one day a week where all the volunteers clean the whole house together. Of course we do some outings too where we will take you to a restaurant, shopping mall, airboating, dog Beach or the regular beach etc.

How much you get to do of this depends on the length of your stay. the longer you stay the more you get to do!

A day at the center includes hard work, we are a rescue center and does everything ourselves as its expensive to hire staff. Our schedule have a tendency to change due to our many animals, the weather and other factors. It is important that you keep an open mind and are flexible to changes and have a happy attitude! Then you will love working with us at the center! 

Details on Arrival

We ask that your flights go in and out between 11 am and 9 pm with arrival and departures on Mondays. Orlando International (MCO) is just an hours' drive from the center. We pick up and drop off week-long volunteers at Orlando International Airport or in Orlando City. 
If flights are not able to be booked for Mondays, we ask that you donate an additional $50 to cover the off schedule transportation costs incurred.

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 English (fluently)
Required Documents
Please contact us by clicking the blue "Message us" button so that we can send you the documents you need to fill out.
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Volunteers have to be fluent in comprehending and speaking English. This is a safety matter as it is crucial for them to understand instructions at the center.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 07:30 - 13:00

Any questions? Just ask. We at WHRC are happy to help you.

Free-time activities

At your own cost you can visit Kennedy space center, Disney World, universal, go to the movie, shopping mall etc. There is plenty of Things to do in our area. However you can not go by any public transportation and will have to catch a ride with someone at the center. Usually our volunteers get together at plan something so we can drive everybody at a time. Just know that we have to make sure we have time to take you back and forth to what it is that you want to do in order for you to be able to do it. We try to get you do everything you want but we also have to fit it into our busy schedule.

Swimming
Museum/Opera
Riding

Included Services

What's included?

The fees include accommodation, food and airport-pickup.

Airport Pickup at Orlando International

We pick you up and drop you off from Orlando International (MCO) or Orlando City. 

Accommodation

You will stay in room of 4 people to a room. It is a bunk bed set up and you will have closet space for your clothes. The kitchen is shared as well as the bathrooms. There is a living room with a television and several movies, a porch with a swimming pool that you can use on your free time. 

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages
We serve breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. We bring you to the store for you to buy snacks or other food you want apart from what we provide. Dinners and eating out at restaurants is always optional but will be at your own cost.
Gluten, lactose, vegetarian, vegan or other food allergies is not a problem!
  • You make your own breakfast but we provide everything from bread, ham, cheese, coffee, tea, juice, fruit, cereals, oats, yoghurt etc.
  • Lunch is lighter, we eat leftovers, sandwiches, salad, wraps and things like that
  • Dinner is a cooked hot meal with different alternatives such as pasta, meat, chicken, rice, potatoes, salad, soup, vegetarian alternatives etc.  
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.

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)
$1,600.00
3 weeks
$2,400.00
4 weeks
$3,200.00
5 weeks
$4,000.00
6 weeks
$4,800.00
7 weeks
$5,600.00
12 weeks (max. stay)
$9,600.00
Average fees
$800.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Mims, Florida/United States of America between 2 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. WHRC 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 WHRC during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Airport
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