The project starts every 2 weeks.
2009 starting dates:
Jan 12, Jan 26, Feb 9, Feb 23, Mar 9, Mar 23, Apr 6, Apr 20, May 4, May 18, Jun 1, Jun 15,
Jun 29, Jul 13, Jul 27, Aug 10, Aug 24, Sep 7, Sep 21, Oct 5, Oct 19, Nov 2, Nov 16, Nov 30,
Dec 14, Dec 28.
2010 start dates:
Jan 11, Jan 25, Feb 8, Feb 22, Mar 8, Mar 22, Apr 5, Apr 19, May 3, May 17, May 31, Jun 14,
Jun 28, Jul 12, Jul 26, Aug 9, Aug 23, Sep 6, Sep 20, Oct 4, Oct 18, Nov 1, Nov 15, Nov 29,
Dec 13, Dec 27.
||Fee per week
||Fee per day
It is recommended that you stay for 4 weeks or longer.
Payments must be made in Rands. Pounds are for illustrative only and based on R14 /£1.
What is included in the fee?
- All meals
- All airport transfers to and from East London Airport (ELS)
- Excursions listed above
- Work experience at the rehabilitation centre
- 2 Day Wild Coast Horse Trail
- Full support and assistance from your co-ordinator throughout your stay in South Africa
What is excluded from the fee?
- Telephone, email and internet
- Flights, Visas, Medical and travel insurance
- Excess baggage
- Personal activities
- Soft drinks, spirits and wines
Volunteers will be accommodated at the Thornvalley Cottage which has TV, washing machine, stove, microwave and fridge. There is also a swimming pool, braai area and a tennis court.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included. Saturday is usually a South African braai "BBQ" and a few drinks and Sunday is usually a typical English Roast.
Volunteering work hours
Flexible, but summers will usually start at 6:30am with the mixing of feed for the horse. Check water troughs. Visually check the horses for any problems, lunging, exercise and schooling work. There are rides in the morning and afternoon but there is time during the day for relaxation.
Telecommunication and medical facilities
There is email facilities available and cell phone reception. A doctor is only 10km from the project.
Qualification and Skills
Minimum age of 18 years.
Love for horse and animals.
Loving the outdoors and have a sense of adventure.
This depends on your spending habits and additional tours and activities. South Africa is not an expensive destination. 20 pounds (R300) a week would cover more than the basics.
Immunization & Vaccination
This is a malaria free area. Volunteers can have rabies and anti-tetanus injections should they wish. It is best to contact your local physician before you leave your country.
Temperatures during the year:
Warm sunny summers and cold winters cold.
|Summer (Des, Jan and Feb):
||17 - 32 ˚ Celsius
|Autumn (Mar, April and May):
||13 - 30 ˚ Celsius
|Winter (June, July and Aug):
||10 - 26 ˚ Celsius
|Spring (Sep, Oct and Nov):
||13 - 30 ˚ Celsius
Bring some old clothing for working with the horse. A rain jacket and warm clothes for evenings
It can get very cold in the evenings during the African winter, so please bring a warm jacket and long trousers. Please be aware that your clothes are going to get dirty!
- Powerful flashlight
- Passport, Visas and Medical & Travel Insurance documents
- A willingness- to- learn- and- participate attitude
- A sleeping bag and pillow
- Natural-coloured/camouflage clothing and hat
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Thick socks
- Personal toiletries and towels
- Sunscreen lotion
- Insect repellent
- Malaria tablets (only if visiting a malaria-risk area)