Natural Horsemanship India

Natural Horsemanship Assistant

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As an natural horsemanship trainer assistant you will learn about the methods of natural horsemanship and apply them with our and others' horses.

Our volunteer programs offer the opportunity to learn about horses, their psychology and body language as well as the right way to work and communicate with them. The first part of the program will focus on teaching you the basics of natural horsemanship in theory and giving you the chance to implement it in practice with our horses who are all safe and trained. You will also observe us and how we work with untrained/rescued horses. Once you develop confidence and start to master the techniques you will also get the chance to work with other horses. Most of our methods are ground work but depending on the volunteer's abilities and confidence we will also go into riding. You will also learn about the day to day runnings of a polo & equestrian facility and goest relations. Depending on your riding level you will get the chance to ride, go for hacks in the beautiful surroundings and even learn polo or other equestrian sports. 

You will stay with us at our apartment during the program. You have your own room, attached bathroom and additional office/living room so that you can have plenty of privacy if required but also join us in the main living area whenever you wish. We have 4 rescued dogs as well as 3 rescued cats at home so you need to be comfortable with animals! They are very friendly and will give you plenty of purr/hug therapy! We live in a closed compound which is very safe with power and water back up (something quite necessary around here!)

The horse farm, which is also an equestrian riding centre complete with arena and polo pitch, is about 15 km drive from our home. Driving in India is a bit of a mission so you will be coming with us in the car. Taxis/Ubers are easily available if you need to go elsewhere. 

We run the program from October to March only as it is too hot in April-May-June and too wet (because of the monsoon) in Jul-Aug-Sept. 

Typical day

The day to day depends on how busy we are with guests and horse training but generally speaking you will wake up early morning to drive to the farm with us. There, we do some work with horses or ride, depending on the requirements. Depending on the work load, this can go on until mid-morning or lunch. After lunch is a rest period as we got up early. Mid-afternoon we go back to working with horses, do some more riding, possibly go for a hack or play some polo. We usually use the spare time to do some theory sessions on horse psychology. Evenings are free. 


On some days you will accompany us to see clients at stud farms or other equestrian centres as well as rescue centres where we work to rehabilitate the horses. 


There is a yoga centre at a short drive should you also want to do that. 

Details on Arrival

We operate on a rolling basis so you can start whenever it suits you (depending on our availabilities of course). We will pick you up from Delhi airport. 

Free-time activities

You can easily take the metro or move around in a taxi and discover all the sights in New Delhi. There all sorts of activities that you typically find in big cities such as yoga, parks etc. You can also take a day to go and visit the Taj Mahal. 

Swimming
Sightseeing
Shopping/Souvenirs
Museum/Opera
Riding
Yoga/Meditation

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)
Required Documents
CV and Cover letter
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
No prior horse knowledge or skills are required but you do need to be an animal lover. You also should not be scared of getting dirty as we are outdoors. We get up early in the morning (5am) to avoid the heat during the day.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 05:30 - 18:00

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
Natural Horsemanship India (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 Natural Horsemanship India

The fees include a pick up and drop off from New Delhi airport. It includes all your meals on the days you work (if you take a day off to go to town or do something else it's not covered). It includes the transport to and from the farm as well to the other places we may need to go. It also includes accommodation. You will also be given a local sim card with a one off recharge. Alcohol and restaurant outings are not included. 

Airport Pickup at Indira Gandhi International Airport

We live approx 30-45 min from Delhi International Airport. We'll wait for you at arrivals and bring you home, we'll also bring you back. If we are not free we will organise a driver with a name card to pick you up or drop you. 

Accommodation

You will stay in our guest room. You may need to share if there are other volunteers at the same time. You have your own attached bathroom and balcony but you will share the kitchen with us. 

Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages

We eat mostly vegetarian food at home so we can easily accommodate vegetarians (and of course we don't mind meat eaters). We are happy to try to accommodate other dietary requirements but may need your help to cook the food you need in that case. 

Alcohol, restaurants outings excluded. 

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.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) in Delhi. We assist you to find cheap flights to India.
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 India provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in India you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for India.
Costs (Prices in USD)
1 week (min. stay)
$400.00
2 weeks
$633.00
3 weeks
$917.00
4 weeks (max. stay)
$1,400.00
Average fees
$375.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in New Delhi/India between 1 week and 4 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Natural Horsemanship India 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 India.
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 Natural Horsemanship India during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
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