Natural Horsemanship Assistant

Travel to Costa Rica! Learn Natural Horsemanship, get Spanish lessons and give back to the locals at the same time! Make your travel meaningful!

The Working Student Programme is designed for natural horsemanship interested people, who want to combine an unique, inspiring learning and working experience with an unforgettable time in Costa Rica.

As a working student you will be part of our team and learn Natural Horsemanship as well as Spanish and meet many new people from around the world. This is a great opportunity to learn new things to take home and experience real Costa Rica. On top the Working Student Program has founded a charity project to teach local kids a new way of understanding horses. We also teach english in the local school. 

There is a wide range of activities you can get busy while working on our farm. After our weekly meeting Volunteers can choose their jobs from the following areas:

  • care for horse herd: cleaning open stable, moving horses to fields, feeding, grooming, training, riding, teaching lessons, trail rides
  • care for other animals like: chickens, dogs, cats, monkey etc.
  • general farm work: repairing fences, landscaping, gardening
  • handcrafts: building wooden furniture on demand 
  • house care and food preparation 
  • get involved in our Bed and Breakfast
  • teaching english at the local school  

The farm is operated a german-nicaraguan family that loves the pura vida lifestyle. Isa is a professional Natural Horsemanship trainer, working and riding horses all her live and beeing very fortune to make her passion her live and study together with great horseman like Silke Vallentin and Kerri April. Milton has grown up on a horse farm in Nicaraguas deep jungle. He is an absolut handyman and knows how to build from scatch petty much everthing from furniture to houses using bamboo and wood. 

You will be living on site in a shared apartment. Volunteers have their own kittchen and prepare their food together. Also their is a libary, study room, big living rooms, jungle terrace with hammoks, big botanical gardens, greenhouse, pool, and loads of jungle mountains around. The farm is located on the edge of a small village called Atirro, where there is a little shop and soda. From here you can take a bus to Turrialba. 

 What we require

  • Minimum stay of 4 weeks
  • 5 hours work for 5 days a week
  • the will to learn
  • a positive attitude
  • teamplayer
  • love for animals

What we offer

  • room and board
  • Natural Horsemanship lessons, learning in a group and access to our big libery of videos and books
  • Spanish course: once per week 4 hours (an extra course is available) 
  • participation on trail rides
  • participate on tours and get discounts if there are entry fees 
  • an unique way to combine your travels with learning Natural Horsemanship

Short Term Stay (Natural Horsemanship Holiday)

For those volunteers interested in a shorter commitment than 4 weeks, we also offer an holiday version of this program on Volunteer World. Please search for our Natural Horsemanship Holiday program in Costa Rica.

Suitable for

Wheel Chairs

Typical day

After a full hearty breakfast in the morning we will had to the barn to feed and groom the horses. Then we start with the training where you recieve a group session natural horsemanship wih your project horse. After lunchbreak we will eather head out on a trail, learn more in a theory lesson or discover Costa Ricas culture at one of the various tours that are offered (like kayak, sugar mill, coffeetour, river swim, jungle tour etc.) 

We enjoy a healthy dinner together with local fruits and veggies. 

Program Requirements

Minimum Age
18 years
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Other Skills
basic english, horses, riding, generell farmwork
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday

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Free-time activities

swim with horses in the river, pool, libary, loads of educational material on Natural Horsemanship, local markets, visit handcraft sugar factory, white water rafting, kayak tour, beach trips, waterfalls, local events etc.

Water Sports


What's included?
accomandation, food, Natural Horsemanship lessons, spanish course, airport pick up, trail rides, tours (not entry fees), project work, organisation, help by flight search, certifications, donation for kids project and horse welfare project
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.
Airport Pickup

pick up at Juan Santamaria airport in San Jose


shares apartment with bathroom, big living rooms, volunteer kittchen, pool, terrace with hammocks, gardens, study room

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

Volunteers get provided with breakfast, lunch and dinner prepared by themselves. We eat local and mainly vegetarian but also enjoy some imported goodies like peanut butter. Special diets are welcome.

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
4 weeks (min. stay)
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
10 weeks
12 weeks
24 weeks (max. stay)

You can volunteer at the project site in Atirro, Turrialba/Costa Rica between 4 weeks and 24 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Aventura Doma Natural will tell you your final price during your application process.
Average Fees
Deposit (15%)
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Aventura Doma Natural during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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200 metros sud del beneficio grano de oro, Atirro, Turrialba, Costa Rica