Volunteer Abroad USA: Florida Mustang Protection
Travel to the southeast of the USA and become active in animal welfare!
As a volunteer in this project, you will help to protect mustangs which have been freed from abusive situations. Because some of the animals will be passed on, the facility trains them in addition to caring for the horses and providing a ranch.
Volunteers, at least being 18 years old, become involved with day-to-day tasks at the "Wild Horse Rescue Center", doing some of them independently, and learn a lot about how to interact with mustangs and train the animals.
The facility also provides seminars and training sessions about the proper way to handle mustangs.
- Live and work on a horse ranch in West Florida
- Dedicate yourself to protecting fascinating mustangs
- Learn how to handle and train the animals
- Be part of an international volunteer team
- Discover America’s sunny southeast
Volunteering with horses in Florida
As a volunteer you take part in an exciting project which dedicates itself to the protection and rehabilitation of mustangs. On a beautiful ranch west of Orlando the horses are rescued from abuse and find refuge.
Arrival and orientation in the United States
You will fly to Orlando International Airport in Florida, where you will be picked up by an employee and taken to the ranch – your accommodation and workplace. On the last day of the project, you will be taken back to Orlando International Airport.
Volunteer activities during the mustang project
The horses which are brought to the centre are often in a very bad state when they arrive, physically as well as mentally. On the ranch they are cared for, tamed and trained in professional surroundings and in compliance with horse management standards, so that at least some of the animals can find a new forever-home.
To ensure the sustainability of the project, the ranch offers training courses and seminars all about horses and their care. As a volunteer, you take part in this exciting project, which is devoted to protecting and rehabilitating these animals. You support the daily animal and ranch care, learning about how wild horses are tamed and trained. You actively contribute to animal welfare and familiarize yourself with essential tasks.
Accommodation as a volunteer in North America
During your time as a volunteer, you will live directly on the spacious grounds of the ranch, where the majority of your tasks will also take place. The ranch covers 42 acres. It has a huge two-story barn with eight horse stalls, a tack room, and a bathroom on the ground level. There are large fenced pastures, with a lot of gorgeous oak trees that give protection from the sun and rain, where the horses can roam freely. Near the barn is the Coffee Cafe, which is stocked with snacks and beverages for volunteers and guests.
The volunteer accommodation has been completely renewed in 2022. You will either stay in a beautiful, newly renovated bungalow or in one of our charming new cabins. Everything is built and furnished in "western cowboy" style and makes life on a horse ranch seem very authentic! Three meals a day are provided for the volunteers, which are generally vegetarian/pescetarian. The bungalow has a full kitchen, a dining room, a tv/media room, a laundry room, a bathroom with shower, a single bedroom, a double bedroom, and an outside porch that overlooks the property.
The single and double cabins also have a front deck overlooking the property. The cabins share a lovely detached bathroom/shower house. Volunteers staying in the cabins have full access to the bungalow kitchen, dining room, TV and media room and laundry room. You will be responsible for keeping your personal area, bathroom, and common cooking areas clean.
Leisure time during your stay abroad in the USA
Typically, you work six days a week; one day a week is free. Your day off is usually Sunday or Monday. The team at the farm occasionally organises trips to nearby tourist attractions if there is time on the weekends. If the workload allows, and depending on your riding skills and the condition of the horses, you may be able to join a trail ride and enjoy the nearby nature of the ranch. However, trail rides cannot be promised. On your day off, you can spend a lazy day by the pool, relax with a good book or play games with the other volunteers. The farm is located in a very rural area, so it is not possible to visit the nearby town without a rental car.
Arrival in Orlando
Your stay in the mustang project: A typical volunteer day
Last day in the horse project and departure
FAQ – Learn more about this trip
“I really recommend this programme. Natucate cared for me very well. I felt very comfortable and was sure I’m in good hands. I spent two unforgettable months in Florida.”
“In the end the volunteers and the ranch-staff was even like a little family to each other.”
“...but who shares my love of animals (and is not afraid of big dogs), would like to spend some time in the US, work at a volunteer project and get to know a bunch of amazing people along the way: This is your project!”
Florida is a state in the southeast of the United States of America. The "Sunshine State" of the USA has a tropical to subtropical climate that has formed a landscape of unique flora and fauna with over 300 sunny days a year.
White sandy beaches, vibrant metropolises, fascinating natural landscapes and endless leisure activities attract countless visitors year after year to the 27th state of the USA. Kayaking in the Florida Keys, a Miami city trip or an exploration tour through the Everglades – the possibilities to discover Florida are limitless.
Purpose of the volunteer project with horses: The Wild Horse Rescue Center
Like no other animal, the mustang is seen as the epitome of the American way of life: free, wild and independent. Sadly, this concept is only partially true nowadays. Apart from the roughly 40,000 mustangs still living in the wild, there are at least equally as many living in captivity on private ranches. All in all, the mustang population is estimated at around 70,000 individuals.
Many of the animals which are held privately are not being kept appropriately. They are frequently exploited and mishandled. The horse farm from the "Wild Horse Rescue Center" in Florida on the eastern coast of the USA takes in wild horses which have been physically and mentally abused. The farm cares for them and rehabilitates them in a comprehensive training programme.
In order to do this, the farm requires people who have experience working with horses and a love for animals. The aim is to pass rehabilitated horses into a better environment where they can live without the risk of violence.
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