Mozambique Horse Riding Internship

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Mozambique Horse Riding Internship

from £1,350
Duration: from 2 weeks to 12 weeks
Countries: Mozambique
The perfect working holiday in one of the world’s best beach riding areas. Ride along white, sandy beaches and stunning coastal trails next to the clear turquoise seas of the Indian Ocean.

Mozambique Horse Riding Internship

There’s no better way to experience Africa than on the back of a horse. This working holiday programme enables volunteers to care for horses in Mozambique’s finest beach riding destination.

Volunteers on this horse riding project will work alongside the programme's permanent staff and help with the care, welfare and preparation of the 70+ resident horses and ponies. You will accompany lodge clients on beach, island and coastal rides and be the programme's ambassador during these rides. Volunteers are responsible for the general wellbeing of all the horses and will exercise them daily as well as feed, groom and assist with health checks.

You will also get the opportunity to assist in the riding school, where visitors of all ages from around the world learn new horsemanship skills, as well as take advantage of Mozambique's stunning riding trails. Volunteers are responsible for the general health and wellbeing of all the horses and will exercise them daily.

What sort of things will I be doing?

No two days in Africa are ever the same, but as a horse riding volunteer on this programme, you may get involved with some or all of the following activities:

Equine husbandry and general horse care

- Volunteers are responsible for the daily care of the project's 70 horses. Help catch the horses in the mornings, prepare food, feed, groom the horses and carry out health checks
- Learn about equine care specific to the horses on the project
- Maintain and clean tack
- Assist in any medical treatment of the horses, e.g. tick spraying, hoof checks, wound dressing

Horse safaris and work in the riding school

Volunteers will be given a short riding assessment upon arrival. Experienced riders will be asked to help with riding lessons, or to accompany guides and clients on beach and coastal trail rides. If you need to refresh your riding, you can join lessons in the riding school and improve your skills!

- Help with the daily running of the riding school and out ride programme
- Take clients on horse safaris on one of the many amazing trails and beach rides
- Work with horses who need extra exercise, rehabilitation or training
- Spend time with beautiful horses in an amazing location

Community engagement

Volunteers will have the opportunity to explore the local area and get involved with local community projects.

- Learn about the local culture, history and language
- Visit the local school in the nearby fishing village
- Help in conversational English with high school and college students
- Learn to make soap from local natural ingredients which are then sold by the local communities

You will acquire a wealth of knowledge about equine management, riding skills and life in one of Africa's outposts. Deep bonds are formed between volunteers and their horses, and many volunteers return time and time again for this life changing experience.

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Price details:

from £1,350

Programme highlights

- Spend time riding and caring for beautiful horses in an amazing location
- Participate in a wide range of activities from horse management and general care to health checks, riding lessons and beach rides
- Live in a beautiful lodge, right on the beach, with views overlooking the Indian Ocean
- Form close bonds with amazing rescued horses and ponies, dedicated staff and volunteers from around the world
- Learn about the local Mozambican culture, history and language

What's included

- Programme fee - financing which goes back into the programme; this includes funding for equipment, supplies, vehicles and foodstuffs
- Transfers to and from Vilanculos Airport on the scheduled date and time
- Full board and lodging for the duration of your programme including laundry (exc. alcoholic and fizzy drinks)
- All programme-related transport and equipment required to do your work
- 24 hour support and guidance from the volunteer programme staff

Do I need experience?

We welcome volunteers with a passion for horses and the ability to communicate well in English. Volunteers must be well-mannered, confident, sociable and able to use their own initiative. Volunteers must also be prepared and happy to engage with other guests at the lodge and be an ambassador for the riding programme.

How old do I need to be?

We accept volunteers aged over 19; those who are 18 will be considered upon application.

Do I need a visa?

Most nationalities can get a 30-day single entry tourist visa upon arrival into Mozambique. However, please check with your local Mozambican embassy BEFORE you travel!

What will the weather be like?

Almost all of Mozambique falls within the tropics so Mozambique features a mostly tropical climate. Along the coast Mozambique has a warm, tropical climate - evenings are rarely cold, except for a few nights in June and July, and the rainfall isn’t too high. In summer, temperatures can soar and the humidity levels rise.

When can I come?

There are flexible start dates throughout the year excluding December.

About Conservation Travel Africa

Conservation Travel Africa was established to help restore Africa’s wilderness areas, working with existing organisations and conservationists to achieve long term goals through conservation, education and wildlife research. These projects need volunteers to support their work and we pride ourselves on providing meaningful and responsible volunteer programmes which are beneficial, necessary and, most of all, fun!

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