A nice volunteering opportunity in Costa Rica – We are animal lovers and natural world enthusiasts! Riding is a passion, but working, or simply being with all the animals that share our lives is what makes our lives worth living. We are still at the beginning of our efforts; we are planting better grass in our pastures and building stronger fences. Our horses live out in the pastures and usually graze, except during the driest months of the year, when we feed them alfalfa. They all go barefoot.
Next, we would like to start milking our cows and sheep to make some delicious cheese.
What type of host are you?
What are you looking for help with?
What’s the mission of your community?
We welcome people who share our vision and our love for animals and the natural world. We provide food and lodging in exchange for help in all the tasks that fill our days. These tasks include, and are not limited to, feeding and caring for all the animals that share our lives, as well as working out in the fields, helping in the kitchen and assisting us on tours. We require some experience with horses, at least at riding, and expect respectful manners as much as with the animals as with the people that we take on tours. Having some training experience in natural horsemanship would be a great plus! We are hardworking individuals and the work will be demanding at times, but I promise that it will also be rewarding.
How many volunteers could you host?
- A couple of volunteers
When would you need volunteers?
How many hours of help per day?
- 4-5 hours of help per day
How many days of help per week?
6 days per week – 1 day off
Are accommodation and food included?
Yes, we offer food and accommodation
What type of accommodation can you provide?
- Dormitory/shared rooms
As far as lodging, we put at your disposition our Casita (guest house) that can fit up to three people, with a queen-size bed in the bedroom and a sofa that opens into a twin bed. It has a fully equipped kitchen, where you can cook your own meals if you choose to, a bathroom and a shower, as well as a beautiful patio. It is located on our property, steps from the ocean.
Diet – nutrition information
Simple local food; rice, beans, vegetables, meat. If you are on a special diet you are welcome to cook for yourself, the guest house has a kitchen.
VISA – could you provide Visa support/info/invitation letters?
Yes, we can help with Visa/invitation letters
Learning from and with the animals/horses. Join us on tours.
English and Spanish. I also speak French, German and Hebrew
How to get to your site
Aeroplane and bus. We can also organize a pick up at the airport. Name of location: Guanacaste – Costa Rica
Is there internet access?
We are on Facebook and Instagram under Estero Tours
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I would like to introduce myself as I would like to apply as a volunteer in your riding club.
My name is Nikola B. from the Czech Republic and I’m 27 years old. I speak English and Spanish. My height is 160 cm and weight is around 53-54 kg.
I’d love to experience this opportunity because I love horses and even helping those who have experienced some trauma with bad people is not just a big challenge but also a mission, somehow.
I have been around horses since I was 9. By that time, we (my mum and I) had our first mare. She taught me a lot. And with her I also started my journey of Natural Horsemanship. Then I sort of “adopted” one problematic riding gelding in our stable as our mare was already old. I fell in love with him. He was not the nicest and the easiest to handle but we figured it out and he ended up to be a great friend to me. When our mare passed away mu mum bought him for me. By that time, we also bought a Thoroughbred foal who we have until now. She’s 13 years old and she’s the sweetest one. I’ve been working with her since she was a baby and it was so worth it. Due to the correct training she’s not just healthy and easy to ride but also secure and confident with herself.
When my gelding passed away almost three years ago my mum bought me a new horse. At that first moment I didn’t want to but then I said yes. Now I have a wonderful Barock Pinto gelding who is also very sweet and well behaved as I’ve been working with him through natural horsemanship methods. I gave him time to understand, grow up and just be able to express himself. Now it’s been more than a year since he’s broken and it’s getting better and better.
Meanwhile I also worked and broke one pony of my friend. Now he’s a riding pony for children and is very sweet and well-behaved.
So that’s all from my experience with my and other horses. I’d be very happy if you can consider my application. I’d love to spent for 2 to 4 weeks working in your club. The best time for me is March or April depend on the flight tickets prices and your capacity.
I believe I’m the perfect candidate because I have a lot of experience with horses but I’m still feeling humble. I still have a lot to learn because I believe when someone thinks he/she already knows everything about horses there’s always that one horse who proves he/she doesn’t.
I’m sensible and always try to find out why the horse reacts a certain way. I hate when people use them just for fun, extreme sport or as a money maker without giving them the things which every horse deserves – kindness, understanding, gratitude and the most importantly freedom.
Thank you for the consideration of my application and I’m looking forward to wear from you soon.
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Dear Nikola 😊
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