ARGENTINA: Unforgettable Polo Sports Experience Near Buenos Aires!

Company : Travellers Worldwide
Activity: Animal Volunteer Projects
Country: Argentina
Location : Near Buenos Aires, Argentina
Duration: 1 week to 3 months
Approx Costs: 1000 to 3000+ £ Pound (UK)

A unique opportunity to learn how to play Polo and work with polo horses in an elite and exclusive Club located on a picturesque ranch just outside Buenos Aires.

PROGRAMME OVERVIEW

Lessons are held at a very elite and exclusive Polo club, which is on an amazing picturesque Ranch, 60km from Buenos Aires. The club was established in 1995 and there are lots of other facilities at the club as well as Polo, such as a swimming pool and tennis courts. You'll work alongside gauchos exercising the horses and mucking out in the mornings, followed by Polo lessons at the Club, then you'll have 2 chukkas in the afternoons to practice what you learnt earlier in the day.

You'll have Polo lessons in the mornings, five times a week, and 2 Chukka’s (matches) in the afternoons, six times a week. You'll be taught everyday by professional Polo players and you'll have theoretical and practical lessons. The horses are specially selected and properly kept, assuring enjoyable chukkas! Internal tournaments are periodically organized for volunteers with Argentinean Polo members of the club. You'll spend your mornings working alongside with gauchos (horse keepers) exercising the horses and helping out with general stable work. You will be responsible for one horse.

You'll then be driven to the Polo Club for a Polo lessons (stick and bailing, rules, general principles, etc.) and will come back for lunch. After a traditional siesta, when you will be able to swim, play tennis, cycle, use internet, learn Spanish or relax, you'll be taken back to the Polo Club where you'll will have 2 chukka’s to practice what you've learnt.

Lessons are held every day (including Saturday & Sunday, when you'll have plenty of opportunities to share matches with professional players). Mondays are free days to go to the city (Buenos Aires) or relax. You'll be able to get lifts into Buenos Aires as and when house owner or one of his 6 sons and daughters if one of them is travelling to the city.

A typical day would consist of:

  • 9.00 am: Breakfast
  • 10.30 am: Polo Lesson
  • 1.30 pm: Lunch followed by free afternoon or siesta
  • 4.00 pm: Tea
  • 4.30 pm: Polo matches (2 per afternoon)
  • 9.00 pm: Dinner.


OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES YOU CAN DO WHILE ON THIS PROJECT:
Add to your travel experience in Argentina by doing some additional exciting activities - you never know, you could develop a passion for Latin American dance, or learn a new skill!

Tango Courses:
That most flamboyant and exciting of Latin American rhythms. Includes a weekly Milonga (Tango party) – great fun!

Salsa Courses:
Salsa music is a synthesis of European and African musical influences that was born in Cuba. You’ll learn from a Cuban teacher who will tailor lessons to suit your level, even totally beginners.

Spanish Language Courses:
You can take a few hours of private lessons a week at the same time as doing your project. You'll be amazed at how much it will add to your enjoyment during your stay.

Photography Courses:
6 hours per week of photography lessons in colourful Buenos Aires where there is a host of subjects you can capture with your camera.

This project can also be combined with any of our other projects in Argentina, or you could even do a second project in a different region of the country, thus doubling your adventure and enjoyment!


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

ACCOMMODATION
The polo club located only a 40 minute drive from downtown Buenos Aires, in the county of Pilar, known as the World's Polo Capital due to the large number of polo fields that surround Pilar City (as many as 300).
Your accommodation is based on site on a beautiful Ranch. It is arranged on a double-based room, all with private bathrooms, on a basis of full boarding (4 meals included), providing a family environment. Rooms are cleaned daily and laundry is available for free.

LOCATION:
Pilar is a city in the province of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and has a population of more than 226,000 inhabitants. It is about 60 Kilometres north of Buenos Aires (see map, right) and offers a number of social and cultural activities for both adults and children. Along with the beauty of its plazas, parks and horseback rides along the ranches. We can also arrange your flight dates to give you additional time at the end of your project for travelling around and sightseeing - this is a fascinating and wondrous country!

Start Dates

This project is available all year round, except for the months of May and June. It is also closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
You can choose your start and finish dates.

Costs / Benefits

Costs vary depending on length of placement, but starts at £1,095 for one week. You can participate for up to one year, 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 too.
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 18. No previous experience on Polo is needed but you should be a good rider. Knowledge of Spanish is not needed, but would be helpful. All projects are open to all nationalities.

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