This is a voluntary, non-profit organization which provides free riding instruction and other activities associated with riding for people with disabilities.
The Cape Town branch operating from its leased premises in the beautiful Constantia Valley since 1983. This location draws from a large community of volunteers who live in the surrounding suburbs. For the children who come to ride here the location is perfect as many come from previously disadvantaged backgrounds and the safety and beauty of the surroundings provides further benefit to their well-being. We have 15 working horses all of which were carefully selected. The work is hard and it is imperative that the horse has a good temperament. They are directed through specialized training exercises on a regular basis and their health and fitness is vital to the success of the therapy. Our riders have a special relationship with their individual horse and for many it is the first unaffected relationship they have experienced.
Obviously, the horses also need care and grooming, and for their stables and surrounding areas to be kept clean. PLEASE NOTE: Caring for horses is physically strenuous! Volunteers must be ready to work hard! Working hours are Monday to Friday from 08h00 to 12h30 and 14h00 to 18h00
Volunteers need to lift children properly(to avoid back strain)
Not a good environment for those suffering from allergies and asthma. All personnel are to assume that anyone at the centre could be HIV positive. Precautions are to be taken when handling blood in the event of an accident.
Start date every Monday except during South African School Holidays
South African School Holidays 2019, project closed:
15 March - 2 April 2019
14 June - 9 July 2019
20 September - 1 October 2019
6 December - 2 January 2020
South African School Holidays 2020, project closed
23 March - 1 April 2020
15 June - 8 July 2020
21 September - 30 September 2020
7 December - 13 January 2021
- CAPE TOWN ORIENTATION: 3 nights accommodation, orientation that covers everything the volunteers need to know about staying in South Africa (from
social skills to transport and safety), two meals per day, bus trip into town, lunch (on the Friday), walking tour of the city, a train ride back to there
accommodation and day trip (on the Saturday).
- Transfer to project
- All paperwork, placement and liaising with Volunteer Project
- Appointed Supervisor for duration of program
- Food budget for meals
- Donation per month to the Volunteer Project, to assist in their funding.
- A South African sim card that works on a pay-as-you-go top up system
- Monthly socials for volunteers to get together and meet other volunteers (cost depends on social)
- Certificate & Report on Volunteer`s Program should this be required for studies or other purposes
- FREE 2 Hour Surf Lesson
- Medical Insurance which must include work, emergency evacuation. Please make sure you understand how your medical insurance works in South Africa
as we will not be unable to pay for any doctors accounts or the like in lieu of being refunded by the medical scheme
- Weekend excursions
- Local Transport
- Towels and toiletries
- Accommodation if Volunteer arrives before start date
- Transport to Accommodation if Volunteer arrives before start date
- There are bicycles available to get to local shops (approx 15 minute cycle).
- Private taxi`s can be hired to town if volunteers wish to go out in the evenings (approx R300 per trip - return, to volunteer`s account).
- If over 24yrs one can hire a car – highly advisable if the volunteer has high social needs.
In the event that volunteers are not `same sex`, one volunteer will be placed with a host family. And, depending on the on the distance of the host family to the project, an extra cost may be involved for transport to and from the project.
Food is self catering – the accommodation is kitted out with all the necessary facilities, and a food budget will be given to the volunteers weekly.