South of Vilanculos town lies this rescue center for horses. On this project you will as a volunteer help with the center’s horses and customers (the center organizes horse safaris) whilst you learn about Mozambique’s fascinating culture. Experience everything this beautiful area with with clear blue water and white beaches, has to offer while helping with the daily life of the farm, a must-have for all horse and travel lovers!
Mocambique Horse Rescue Centre
Your role as a volunteer
As a volunteer on this project, you will not do any heavy physical tasks as the center has a team of full-time stable attendants, you will work with the center’s horses and guests. Your chores vary from day to day, but you can expect to:
- Join in and help at the out rides with the guests, (some of these rides takes place on the neighbor island of Benguerra).
- Help guests before and after their lessons.
- Help training the horses and keep them in shape.
- Set up tables and help prepare breakfast, lunch or dinner.
- Accompany staff from the center going shopping.
- Make soaps.
- Speak English with the students in the teacher program at the local university.
On this project you get to ride a lot and the center has set a weight limit of 85 kg, for the horses’ well-being.
The project’s mission
The purpose of the project is to take care of the center’s horses and to teach horse and riding skills. The majority of the center’s horses were saved from farms around Zimbabwe when the political conflicts at the beginning of the 2000 century raged and every horse has its unique history.
Our local partner in Mozambique have received volunteers for many years and they see all volunteers as part of their family. Therefore, Volunteer Travels can offer you a well-organized and safe experience as a volunteer. It is a guaranteed meaningful stay, both for you as a volunteer and for the local people.
How do I book my trip?
You can book your trip with Volunteer Travels by calling us on (+46) 08-23 93 00 or by booking through our website www.volunteertravels.com by clicking on “Book a trip”. You can also email us on [email protected] Once you have signed up an invoice with the registration fee of £200 will be sent, the registration fee will be deducted from your final invoice. When you have paid the registration fee you are formally registered. You will then receive preparatory information from us in good time before departure.
Your everyday life
You will be met at the airport by our partner who will take you to the project and make sure you feel welcomed.
Accommodation and food
The property where the volunteers stay is within walking distance of the stables and only a short drive from the town of Vilanculos. You stay in a shared room with other volunteers, a private room can be arranged with an additional cost and upon availability. At the accommodation there are toilets and showers with hot water. Just a minute away the resort is located, the resort has a swimming pool, restaurant & bar, as well as closeness to the ocean, all for the volunteers to enjoy. As a volunteer you are provided with 3 meals a day, these meals are traditionally English. There is also a laundry service that you as a volunteer can use free of charge.
Wi-Fi is available around the accommodation’s bar and at the stables, the internet connection is very good but can be a little slower than the standard you are used to at home.
When you are not working can you explore the surroundings on your own. A short drive from the property is the town of Vilanculos, where you will find internet cafes, ATMs, supermarkets, restaurants, bars and much more. Otherwise you can just relax, enjoy the pool or stroll in the beautiful surroundings.
If you want to be a little more active, there are opportunities to do canoeing, scuba diving, “Dhow gliding” or windsurfing.
Mozambique is an incredibly beautiful country and there are lots of things to do. When you’re done as a volunteer, you can visit the neighboring islands, dive, go to the main land or why not stay a few extra nights as a guest at the horse safari?
About the country you volunteer in
In Mozambique the old Africa meets the new, In the cities, old colonial villas are glimpsed beyond white walls, while newly built high-rises testify to a rapidly growing economy. After many years of civil war, the country has now stabilized, and businesses flourishes again. On the many local markets can you find fabrics, artworks and beautiful wooden sculptures from all over southern Africa. Mozambique offers a fantastic nature with many national parks and long White pristine beaches.
Mozambique’s weather is varied and consists of dry and rainy periods. Between December and March is the rainy season, the humidity is high but the rain and humidity vary slightly depending on where in the country you are. April and May are generally drier and between June and October is the dry season, then the weather is tropical with almost no rain. November is the most unpredictable month as it is lying between the dry and rainy season.
You are responsible for ensuring that your insurance covers sickness, injury and theft while you work as a volunteer. Volunteer Travel sells a travel insurance called “living abroad” that is valid when you volunteer. You can buy it as a supplement to your home insurance or for your entire volunteering period. However, a liability insurance is included in the price of the trip. A liability insurance applies to times when you, as a private individual, are required to pay damages for inadvertently injuring someone or someone else’s property.
You need a visa to enter Mozambique. You should apply for a tourist visa. When booking you will receive an invitation letter from us, which you will send to the embassy. For information on how to apply for a visa, go to the embassy’s Website.
When you book your trip, you will receive a flight suggestion for a ticket via email. If you are interested in the proposal, you will answer and announce your interest. Your final destination is Vilanculos airport. You should book your ticket so that you arrive on the day the project starts, i.e. a Monday. If you want to go home right after the end of the project, book your return trip to Monday after the number of weeks you have chosen to work as a volunteer. Make sure that the arrival and return dates on the ticket are correct. If you arrive at other times, you will have to pay any other costs related to this yourself.
For all questions about vaccinations, contact a vaccination centre in Sweden. They knows what vaccinations are necessary in Mozambique. Circumstances can change rapidly, but it is always up to you to decide which vaccine to take. Hepatitis A and B are recommended for all trips abroad and you should also take malaria prophylaxis.