Eine Voluntaerin steht auf einer Wiese in Florida und streichelt ein dunkelbraunes Wildpferd

Your trip at a glance

Highlights

  • 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

Locations

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Florida

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  • Included in the programme fee
    • Placement in the programme
    • Assistance with travel arrangements
    • Assistance with selecting travel insurance
    • Assistance with booking flights
    • Pre-departure information pack
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Volunteering with horses: Two mustangs in the USA playing around
Eine kleine Herde wilder Mustangs in den USA galoppiert ueber eine Wiese
A brown wild horse is standing in a paddock of a horse rescue centre in Florida
Volunteering in North America: A galloping brown mustang in the USA
Weideflaechen um die Unterkunft bieten viel Raum fuer Pferde und Menschen
Die Pferderanch, auf der die Freiwliiligen untergebracht sind, ist umgeben von weiten Wiesen und hohen Baeumen
Eine Freiwillige Helferin versorgt ein Pferd während sie unter einem Baum steht
Ein Freiwilliger lehnt sich auf einen Zaun vor einem Pferd
Die Stallungen bieten Raum fuer besprechungen und Unterricht
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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.

A wild horse is standing on the grounds of our mustang rescue project in Florida.

Arrival and orien­ta­tion in the United States

You will fly to Orlando International Airport in Florida, where you will take a shuttle service that takes you to a meeting point west of the airport. Here 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 the shuttle station. A shuttle service will take you back to Orlando International Airport.

A donkey is surrounded by volunteers and staff member of our mustang project in Florida.

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.

Der Schlafsaal bietet Raum für eine Vielzahl Freiwilliger

Accom­mo­da­tion as a volunteer in North America

You will be staying directly on the spacious fenced ranch grounds during your volunteer period. You will be living in a house which has a fully-equipped kitchen, a large dining area, a great living room, three shared bathrooms and three bedrooms that will be shared by up to four volunteers. Laundry facilities are available as well. Volunteers receive three meals per day.

A brown wild horse is standing in a paddock of a horse rescue centre in Florida

Leisure time during your stay abroad in the USA

You will usually be working six days per week; one day per week is free. You off-day is usually on Sunday or Monday. During your volunteer period you will become acquainted with the country and its people while working on the farm. The team on the farm will occasionally organise excursions to nearby tourist attractions if there is time on the weekends. Depending on your riding skills and the horses which are currently on the farm you may be able to go for a ride and enjoy the nearby natural surroundings of the ranch. Please keep in mind, though, that we can never promise a certain number of rides as it depends on your skills as well as the amount of work and condition of the horses. On your off day you can enjoy a lazy day at 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.

Learn what others say about their Natucate adventure.

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Review Volunteering USA Florida Mustang Rescue – Anna-Lena

“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.”

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Review Volunteering USA Florida Mustang Rescue – Lisa

“In the end the volunteers and the ranch-staff was even like a little family to each other.”

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Review Volunteering USA Florida Mustang Rescue – Annika

“...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!”

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    1. Florida

    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.

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Purpose of the volunteer project with horses

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. A horse farm 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 the animals. The aim is to pass rehabilitated horses onto a better environment where they can live without the risk of violence.

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