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Aventura Doma Natural

Natural Horsemanship Holiday

Turrialba, Costa Rica

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

As a holiday student you will be part of our team and learn Natural Horsemanship as well as enjoy tours and trails 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 Holiday Student Program has founded a charity project to support locals in training their horses as well as takin on rescues. We also teach english in the local school. 

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

  • natural horsemanship training (5 sessions per week!
  • trail rides
  • tours and activities in the region
  • local festivities 

The farm is operated by 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 1 weeks
  • the will to learn
  • a positive attitude
  • teamplayer
  • love for animals

What we offer

  • semi private room in our bnb and and full 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 on demand) 
  • trail rides
  • tours
  • an unique way to combine your travels with learning Natural Horsemanship

Long Term Stay (Natural Horsemanship Assistant)

For those volunteers interested in a longer commitment and even more fulfilling experience, we also offer an extended version of this program on Volunteer World. Please search for our Natural Horsemanship Assistant program in Costa Rica.

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. 

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
Swimming
Hiking
Riding
Yoga/Meditation

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 16 years old on the program start date. Of course, there is an exception for children that are accompanied by their parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Families
Groups

Any questions? Just ask. We at Aventura Doma Natural are happy to help you.

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Services by Aventura Doma Natural

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

Airport Pickup at Juan Santamaria International Airport

Pick up at Juan Santamaria airport in San Jose

Accommodation

Stay in comfi bnb, big living rooms, volunteer kittchen, pool, terrace with hammocks, gardens, study room

Bedroom (Single) Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages

You 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
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) in San Jose. We assist you to find cheap flights to Costa Rica.
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 Costa Rica provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Costa Rica you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Costa Rica.
Costs (Prices in USD)
1 week (min. stay)
$950.00
2 weeks
$1,575.00
3 weeks (max. stay)
$2,200.00
Average fees
$842.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Turrialba/Costa Rica between 1 week and 3 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Aventura Doma Natural will let you know about the final price during your application process.
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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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