Internships Farmwork in Argentina

Your internship on a horse ranch in South America

Internship in Patagonia

Become an active member of a horse ranch in Argentina, in the midst of the breathtaking Andes, and experience an adventure you will never forget. Surrounded by pure nature you will get to know a self-sufficient lifestyle and acquire valuable skills in horse riding and handling, agriculture of fruits and vegetables as well as daily ranch work. Since the ranch regularly hosts guests you will also develop relevant qualities demanded for good guest service. Experienced service staff will support and share their knowledge with you. Travel to South America with NATUCATE and spend eight weeks in Argentina’s unique wilderness.

The ranch with its visitor’s lodge is a spectacular place in the unique landscape of Patagonia. You will have the chance to experience the life on a farm and to develop a feeling of unlimited freedom. Living and working in a community, far away from civilization, will merge challenges, fun and personal benefit. Widen your horizon and get ready for a unique off-the-grid-adventure in the Patagonian Andes.

    Services Our Services

    Included

    • Placement in the internship
    • All meals during the internship
    • Assistance with travel arrangements
    • Excursions
    • Assistance with selecting travel insurance
    • Certificate
    • Assistance with booking flights
    • English speaking support by long-term experienced staff
    • Pre-departure information pack
    • 24/7 support throughout the project
    • Accommodation during the internship

    Not included

    • Flights
    • Transport
    • Travel insurance
    • Personal expenses and optional excursions
    • Visa fees

    Argentina

    Start DateDurationCostNATUCATE-ID I.ARG-001
    8 Weeks 3.200 €

    The prices stated in euros are approximate values. Due to sharp fluctuations in the exchange rate of the Dollar, all prices will be calculated at the time of enquiry.

    Requirements

    Requirements

    Participants must be at least 18 years old and have certain knowledge of English to understand the working instructions. You should be in good physical condition since working on the ranch and horse-riding can be very exhausting, especially at high temperatures. Therefore we need a medical certificate as well as a certificate of vaccination from you. Stamina and flexibility is a must, as the working hours can diverge. If you are interested in agricultural approaches and motivated to work on an interdisciplinary ranch in a beautiful environment, this internship is going to be a personal benefit for you.

    Details Intern abroad in Argentina

    Your off-grid-adventure

    Your Internship in Argentina

    You will fly to Argentina’s capital Buenos Aires. From there you will travel by bus or by plane to Neuquen Province. A driver from the ranch will pick you up (surcharge $65-$85) and bring you to the village Buta Mallin, from where you will make a three-hour horse-ride to the horse ranch.

    Interns participate in all aspects of daily life on the ranch – helping with the horses, milking the cows, cooking and cleaning, digging in the garden, and chopping firewood. Due to frequent ranch visitors you will also learn to appropriately welcome guests and provide a pleasant stay by assisting in guest service activities from time to time.

    The ranch team does not operate on a fixed schedule; workdays fluctuate with the comings and goings of guest groups and the various happenings around the ranch. The team works long days, but follows the tradition of the siesta, often breaking for several hours during the hottest part of the day. Ranch activities sometimes dictate that you’ll begin your work in the very early morning, or work beyond nightfall. You’ll often put in a long string of workdays and then get several days off. Other times you may have a period of relatively less work. Care is taken to ensure that everyone is getting the time off they need. Your host will make sure that everyone has opportunities to get out on horseback rides, and occasionally mountain pack trips.


    Course topics

    The ranch is a great place to learn a wide variety of country living skills and gain solid ranch experience. During the two months participants learn:

    • Horse skills: Horses are a central part of daily life at the ranch. Learn to catch, groom and saddle a horse, with specific instruction for a variety of different types of Argentine saddles. Interns are taught safe practices for handling and riding a horse as well as things to look out for when guiding others. Interns assist in catching and saddling horses for the guests, guiding trail rides, performing round-ups of the herd, and packing groups into the ranch from the end of the road. Horse work at the ranch presents a host of unique riding opportunities and challenges; your supervisors will stress the importance of risk management, good judgment and leadership skills throughout.
    • Mule packing: Most of what is brought into the ranch comes in on the backs of mules. Interns learn to saddle the mules, adjust the rigging, prepare and sling the loads, and throw a hitch to secure the loads for travel. You’ll be taught how to manage a string of mules on the trail, how to keep an eye on the balance of the loads, the wellbeing of the stock, and the safety of the riders. Through this work, interns learn a variety of knots and rope handling skills.
    • Gardening: Interns learn the fundamentals of growing food by spending time working in the garden.
    • Cooking: Interns join the chef once a week in the lodge kitchen to learn about cooking delicious, healthy, farm-to-table meals.
    • Miscellaneous: Milking the cow and dairy processing, butchering, bread baking, forging, tree harvesting and lumber milling, ranch chores, community living

    Accommodation

    Your Accommodation

    The ranch is a remote, 100,000-acre guest lodge and working cattle ranch nestled in the foothills of the Patagonian Andes. It is a vast expanse of land, stretching across leagues of high steppes, river valleys, golden grasslands, and jagged cliffs into the heart of the Argentine cordillera. Staff housing is communal – most rooms are bunkhouse style, with a shared kitchen and bathroom. The buildings are rustic but comfortable. Couples can get a private room, but will still share a bathroom. Hot water for showers is heated in wood-fired hot water heaters. For a shower, wood must be gathered and chopped and a fire started – it takes about 45 minutes to get a full tank of hot water. There is power supplied by small hydroelectric turbines. Small loads like lights, laptops, and speakers work fine, but the system doesn’t support higher draw items like hair dryers. There is a washing machine available at the staff house.

    There are several kitchens in the staff/intern housing area. Each is rustic but functional. They do have propane stoves. Propane is a challenge to bring in so the team tries to reduce the use of it by cooking over fires and wood stoves as much as possible. There is no refrigeration on the ranch.

     

    A cook will prepare meals for the stuff. For this purpose he will use mostly local products from the ranch such as fruits, vegetables from the farmland, milk products and fresh meat.

    There is satellite Internet at the lodge, albeit notoriously slow and with limited bandwidth. There is a computer available in the office for staff and intern use during specific windows of time each day. Do not plan to download/upload large documents, including photos and videos onto Facebook/Instagram/Email, or stream anything (video Skype, YouTube videos, etc.) – this type of use slows the connection to the point of being barely useable. Please save these types of activities for town trips where there are stronger connections. The Internet is used as a tool rather than as recreation while at the ranch.

     

    Everybody interested in internships abroad should be able to adjust to entirely unfamiliar standards of living in their future host country. Therefore, we would like to point out the importance of being flexible and adaptable regarding the accommodation and sanitary facilities provided by the project. Those are very basic and – depending on the project – cannot be compared to European standards. The equipment and furnishings are limited to a minimum; air conditioning is not available. Depending on your host country occasional power blackouts or water outages are quite common. Please contact us if you have further questions about your accommodation. We are pleased to provide you with comprehensive information since we would like you to feel entirely prepared for your time abroad.


    Leisure Time

    Leisure Time

    Usually all participants get one day off per week. Meanwhile they can follow their hobbies and individual activities. During their time on the ranch they will have several opportunities to make a horse-ride in the Patagonian Andes and get to know the breathtaking landscape of Argentina.

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