What will I do on this project?
There’s lots to do on this equine therapy work experience placement in Argentina. Your tasks will be varied and interesting. Duties will include:
- Work with riders and horses during equine therapy sessions
- Care for the horses on a daily basis
- Learn more about the theory behind this therapy
Work with riders and horses during equine therapy sessions
Assisting in the therapy sessions is your main role on this placement. You’ll help the patients to get dressed in their riding gear, which includes helmets and riding vests. Depending on the physical ability of your patient, you will either ride on the horse with them or alternate between walking alongside them and leading the horse.
With many of the patients, you’ll need to help them stay focused during these sessions so that they don’t become anxious or distracted. This can be done through making conversation, singing, setting up obstacle courses, or playing musical instruments, for example.
You’ll only actively assist in these sessions after the first three or four days, once the supervisor is confident that you are ready to cope with the work.
Care for the horses on a daily basis
The dedicated therapy horses also need attention and care each day. You’ll help to look after them by feeding them, grooming them, and keeping their coats and hooves clean. You’ll also need to muck out the stalls and clean the outside area where the horses stand during the day.
Before classes, you’ll need to warm up the horses by taking them on a ten minute ride, and ensure that they are saddled up and ready for their riders in the arena.
Learn more about the theory behind this therapy
This project also gives you the opportunity to learn more about the theoretical and practical aspects of equine therapy. You may attend classes which teach you about the theory and how to apply it when working with patients.
The owner of the centre will also take you through everything you need to know about working with the horses in this context. You’ll be taught how to ensure the therapy sessions remain playful for the children, so that they can achieve their therapy goals while still having fun.
Where in Argentina will I work?
You will be based at an equine therapy centre situated around 40 minutes from the city Córdoba. The centre caters for both adults and children who have a range of physical and mental conditions.
Córdoba is located in the centre of Argentina, and is the second biggest city after the capital Buenos Aires. It has good public transport links, both local and long-distance, which makes it convenient for you to travel.
Córdoba is famous for its stunning architectural monuments dating back to the Spanish colonial period. It also has plenty to offer tourists. If you enjoy nature, you can take advantage of the many hiking trails, national parks, and ancient ruins. For culture fans, check out the local museums, art galleries and historical landmarks.
Measuring our impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
Leisure activities and free time
Argentina is a vibrant South American country bursting with colour and rich heritage. Along with contributing to worthwhile projects, a trip with us to Argentina means you can explore this fascinating country.
Enjoying a coffee at the Plaza de San Martin, with its street performers and iconic statue of General Jose de San Martin, is the perfect way to spend an evening. It’s located in Cordoba, where our projects are based, so you don’t have to travel far for this experience.
For thrill seekers, you can take a weekend trip to La Cumbre where you can go paragliding off lofty cliffs. The surrounding nature is breathtaking and a horse ride around nature trails here is well worth it.
There are also enriching cultural experiences, like the Evita Fine Arts Museum or the Teatro del Libertador General San Martin. You can also learn more about the country’s history at local museums.
There will likely be other volunteers in Argentina with you. So you can choose to explore solo, or with a group of volunteers from different projects.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
Find out more about safety and backup.
This placement is fully researched, safety audited, and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.
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