Join our Equine Therapy internship in Argentina and gain insight into this unique therapeutic practice. It’s a wonderful option for those of you who enjoy working with both people and horses. You’ll assist with horse riding lessons for adults and children who have different physical and mental conditions.
Equine therapy has been shown to have a positive impact on patients. Not only do they have the chance to improve their mobility, confidence, and self-esteem, but the riders also have fun while doing it. Your role is to support these patients, interacting with them and ensuring they feel safe during their lessons.
During your time abroad, you’ll live with a host family. This is an excellent way to learn about the local way of life and immerse yourself in the local culture. You’ll have the chance to explore this interesting, vibrant country, and improve your Spanish skills while you’re at it.
Children aged 3-14 must be accompanied by at least one adult paying full price
We offer discounts for families and groups of friends travelling together. Call us on 01 571 5080 for more info.
When you apply you only pay €295, which comes off the total price.
Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 01 571 5080 to see if we can offer a discount.
Completely flexible dates
Anyone aged over 16 can join
You need to speak intermediate Spanish.
What's included in the price?
Food (three meals a day)
Travel and medical insurance
Airport pick-up and drop-off
Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival
Transport to and from your work placement
In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff
Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team
Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources
A supervisor/mentor at your work placement
Training and workshops from our experienced local staff
Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns
Access to our local office with internet connection
Certification of project completion
Access to our alumni services and discounts
Visa support and advice
Fundraising support, including your own personalised fundraising website
Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor
Personalised MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination
A free cultural awareness course
Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch
Support to help you complete registration or internship documents, if applicable
What's not included?
Visa costs (where applicable)
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.
I was so surprised at how much the horses could help with so many disabilities. The calming affect they had on everyone who rode them was inexplicable. (...) The children counted down the days until they got to ride again and you could see the difference it made for them.
Equine Therapy Internship in Argentina
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