Venezuela Horse Riding

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1. In Brief

Offering the most varied and striking terrain of almost any South American country, come to gorgeous Venezuela to see the Andes shrouded in snow, the tantalising Caribbean beaches where jungle cascades down to the shore, the indescribable depths of the endless Amazon rainforest, and the eerie beauty of Gran Sabana with its unique flat topped mountains. Experience Latin American fiesta spirit as you dance the night away in one of Venezuela's traditional live music bars, sample outstanding fresh fish as you watch the Caribbean sunset, spot river dolphins, caimans, or even big cats near the Rio Orinoco – all this and more awaits you in this irresistible destination!

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • See some of the most striking terrain in South America
  • Bring joy & laughter to the children you work with
  • Make lifelong friends

FAST FACTS

Location Santa Elena, Venezuela
Activities Caring for & feeding the horses
Maintenance work
Looking after the equipment
Therapeutic work with the children
Transport Independent travel to project site
Accommodation Shared accommodation

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Food
Accommodation
Local orientation
Project training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

PADI DIVE TRAINING

On the Frontier Marine Conservation Group Projects, we will train you to PADI Advanced Open Water before you begin undertaking important biological surveys. Depending on how long you spend on the project, you may also have the option to take further courses up to Divemaster!

Please see the "Dates and Costs" tab for dive qualification prices or ask your volunteer advisor for more information.

Find out more about PADI qualifications.

2. The project

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

Anyone with an interest in horses or children will particularly enjoy this project as you will be working with horses to provide therapy for children with special needs. You do not need any prior experience as training will be given by the staff horse therapist.

Daily duties will include the care and feeding of the horses and maintenance of the paddock, arena and field shelter as well as looking after the saddlery and equipment. You will be assisting with the children's therapeutic riding lessons as a side walker or even a horse leader, and keeping records of their progress.

3. What to expect

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

You'll fly into Caracas and travel 22 hours southeast to the project site in Santa Elena using local bus services and following the clear and simple instructions provided. You will be met at the bus station in Santa Elena and shown to your accommodation in the project village. For a small extra cost, we may be able to organise for a representative to meet you at Caracas airport, escort you to the bus station and put you on the right bus.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

You will be living in shared accommodation within the purpose built project village. Part of your time will be spent maintaining the shared house and the village and tasks will be shared amongst all volunteers.

You will have a shared bedroom and bathroom with access to kitchen facilities. Single rooms are also available at an additional charge.

Within the village there are gardens, wading pool, hammock terrace, craft wood workshop and a field for games of football and frisbee. There are also fire-pits which volunteers gather round for social evenings under the starlit South American skies.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

Snacks and refreshments are provided and you will share the cooking of three meals a day with your fellow volunteers.

Venezuela's cuisine is quite unique and there is nothing else quite like it in the world. Venezuelan food and drink tends to be highly regional. Many of the dishes in Venezuela are based on French, Italian, and Spanish recipes, but have evolved over the years to become uniquely Venezuelan.

Fresh fish and shellfish make up many coastal recipes. Tubers such as potatoes and yucca are quite common in the highlands. Corn, rice and pasta are found everywhere. Many tropical fruits and vegetables make up dishes from Amazon regions. Spices such as cumin are often used as well.

Pabellon is the delicious national dish of Venezuela and consists of rice, black beans and banana covered in stewed and shredded meat. If you fancy a snack, then try an arepa. These are made of corn flour, water, and salt and often fried or baked. They can be topped with a number of ingredients such as chicken, ham, cheese, or jam.

4. The reviews

thank you thank you thank you  | 6 Apr 2012
Spending so much time with the Horses and everyone here has been truly magical, not to mention th...

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A tearful horsey goodbye  | 24 Aug 2010
I was just down to say goodbye to the horses and my eyes got a bit watery and I think they will b...

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6. Extras

ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

There is a huge variety of things to do in Venezuela, all of which can be booked with local providers, helping to support the local economy. Why not try mountain trekking or rock climbing in the Sierra Nevada de Mérida, ride the world's longest and highest cable car (teleférico), which runs 12.6 km (7.9 miles) from Mérida to the top of Pico Espejo, providing easy access to starting points for mountain treks.

Parque Nacional Mochima on the north east coast offers excellent snorkelling and diving with dozens of offshore islands and islets, some – like the popular Isla de Plata – surrounded by coral reefs. The Cueva del Guácharo is the most spectacular of Venezuela's many cave systems where you can hear the eerie screeching of thousands of Guácharos (Oilbirds), a type of nocturnal bird that inhabits the subterranean dwelling. There are hundreds of exotic bird species such as hummingbirds, herons, Tanagers, Toucanets and Curassows at the Parque Nacional Henri Pittier on the central northern coast.

If you enjoy beach life, swimming and delicious, fresh seafood then pop over to Isla de Margarita, Venezuela's largest Caribbean isle with 168 km (104 miles) of beaches. With so much to do and see, you can be sure that you will never be bored in Venezuela!

7. Dates and Costs

COSTS

4 weeks US$2,345

Extra weeks US$645

DEPARTURE DATES

Monthly, please arrive on the first Monday; contact us for other start dates

PLEASE CHECK AVAILABILITY WHEN APPLYING FOR THIS POPULAR PROJECT!

DURATION

Your time on the project will be for a minimum of 1 month, up to a maximum of 6 months

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Equipment advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt

In-country

  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Local orientation
  • Project training
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Caracas (CCS)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

8. How to apply

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.


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