USA, Care for and Rehabilitate Abused Wild Mustangs in Florida

Company : Budget Volunteering
Activities: Animal Volunteer Projects / Conservation Volunteer Projects
Country: United States
Location : Florida USA
Duration: 1 week to 6 months
Approx Costs: 750 to 3000+ £ Pound (UK)

Assist in a Centre that rescues wild Mustang horses. The horses are nursed back to health and then trained with positive reinforcement and love. These traumatised horses must spend time with lots of different people! This is critical to enable them to be adopted into loving homes.

WORK DESCRIPTION 
Work at the Centre is all focused on helping the horses. Apart from the elements in the Example Weekly Itinerary below, you could also take part in  Vet visits and new rescue missions, should they arise during your project.

The work schedule is structured in two work shifts. One morning and one afternoon. Each work shift is about 2 hours. Breaks can be taken any time. Other than work, here will be activities such as riding and socializing with the horses.

This is an example of your weekly itinerary:

Day 1:

This day will change and this is only a very rough guide - your schedule will depend on what time your arrive
Pick up in Orlando City or at the airport.

You'll be taken to your accommodation and settled in, then have an Induction/Orientation into the ara and into the Project Centre. Diane will tell you about the problems wild mustangs face in the US, how most of the horses come to Centre, how she works with them, that some horses will always be wild, why they do not breed the horses, etc… Diane will also explain what your volunteer assignments will be.

1 pm – Lunch. 
2 pm – You'll be taken around the place to see the Centre, sanctuary horses and the surroundings. 
5 pm- Freshen up and start to make dinner. 
7 pm- Go to hotel

Day 2:

8 am - Pick up at your hotel and taken to the Centre, breakfast and orientation for the day. Here Diane and Mary-Alice will tell you what the schedule for today will be. I.e, what chores the morning and afternoon work shifts will include.

10 am - Half morning work shift. You'll will help with the most pressing chores of that morning. 
11 am - Go visit the sanctuary horses and help Noreen or Ellen with the feeding of these horses. 
12.30 pm – Lunch. From this day forwards, you'll take turns helping prepare lunch.
2 pm – Afternoon work shift. 
5 pm - Freshen up and start to make dinner. If you're not assigned to help with dinner on this day, you'll have leisure time. 
7 pm - Return to your hotel for the evening.

Day 3:

8 am - Pick up, breakfast and orientation of chores for work shifts and other activities of the day. 
10 am- Half morning work shift. 
11.30 am - Trail ride. Lunch will be prepared and brought along to eat. 
1.30 – Return from Trail Ride, care for the horses, freshen up and relax. 
3 pm – Afternoon work shift.
5 pm – Freshen up, make dinner.
7 pm - Return to your hotel for the evening.

Day 4:

8 am - Pick up, breakfast and orientation of chores for work shifts and other activities of the day.
10 am – Morning work shift 
Noon - Prepare lunch and bring lunch to eat with the sanctuary horses. Spend time walking with the sanctuary horses and feeding them. Noreen will supervise this and tell you about how she cares for these horses.
4 pm- Late afternoon work shift
5 pm- Freshen up, make dinner.
7 pm - Return to your hotel for the evening.

Day 5:
8 am - Pick up, breakfast and orientation of chores for work shifts and other activities of the day.
10 am – Morning work shift 
Noon - Lunch
1 pm - Afternoon trip. Examples of afternoon trips include: visit Homer and Kathleen or another adoption rescue team, go swimming (possibly with the horses) airboat ride ($32), nature walk with the dogs.
5 pm - Get back from the afternoon trip, feed horses, clean pens and make dinner. 
7 pm - Return to your hotel for the evening.

Day 6:
8 am - Pick up, breakfast and orientation of chores for work shifts and other activities of the day.
10 am – Half morning work shift
11.30 am – Horse massage 
1 pm - Lunch 
3 pm - Afternoon work shift 
4.30 pm – Stop for BBQ evening - lots of fun!
7 pm - Return to your hotel for the evening.

Day 7: 
This day will change according to whether it's your last day and you're leaving, or not. If your project is longer than 1 week, you'll work either 5 or 6 days a week, depending on what's required at the time you're there. You can use your days off to explore the region - remember, you're only 40 minutes away from ORLANDO!

9 am – Pick up and breakfast. (If this is your day of departure, bring your personal belongings to the Centre.) 
10 am - Horse Painting (You'll get a painting to take home with you!)
1 pm - Lunch – evaluation forms
2 pm - Head back to Orlando to catch your flight (again, this day will adapt to what time your flight leaves - or whether you're a longer-term volunteer, in which case, enjoy the day!)

WORKING TIMES
You'll work either 5 or 6 days a week, depending on what's required at the time you're there. You'll generally get one or two days off and you can use that time to explore.

Other activities that you can do will include Trail riding, socializing with the horses, BBQ's, kayaking, walking with sanctuary/wild horses, and more. 

Start Dates

All year round flexible start dates

Costs / Benefits

Costs vary depending on length of placement, but starts at £795 for one week if you are volunteering with someone else. You can participate for up to 6 months, subject to visa requirements.

Included is full support from the moment of booking and throughout your placement to your return home. There are support staff 24/7 in all our destinations worldwide and a 24 hour emergency international telephone line direct to the Head Office. All meals are provided, unless otherwise stated. Accommodation is provided (whether a rented house, a hotel/hostel, homestay, apartment or flat).

You’ll be met at the nearest airport on your arrival by our in-country manager who will take you to your accommodation and give you a full induction into the area. He/she will also be on call 24/7 and you’ll see them frequently.

Pre-departure you’ll receive comprehensive information about every aspect of your placement and necessary preparations, ranging from what to pack, to visa information, to what to do on your weekend travel in the country. Your safety, well being and happiness throughout your placement are our primary concerns and we will keep in touch with you throughout. International flights not included.

Requirements

Minimum age 17, you need basic to intermediate level of Spanish. All projects are open to all nationalities. No qualifications or previous experience are necessary, just a good dose of enthusiasm! Everyone is welcome on a BVOL programme, whether gap year, undergraduate, on a career break - or even retired! From 17 years old upwards, and all nationalities. This placement would suit anyone who wants to make a real difference.

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