A trained horse can aid the recovery of children with disabilities, as it enables the child to focus on movement, spatial orientation, posture, language and muscle control. Children who have come from the streets or who have suffered from drug addictions form close emotional bonds with the horses allowing them slowly to take on a new focus and more responsibilities before re-entering into society.
Your role as a volunteer will involve the day-to-day care of the horses as well as helping the children learn to ride. For many of the new children joining the centre it will be the first time they come in contact with a horse and time is often spent familiarising the children with each of the horses before therapy begins. You will also attend classes to learn the theory behind equine therapy in order to apply it when working with the patients.
An intermediate level of Spanish is required for this placement to ensure that you can interact fully with the local staff. You will receive guidance not only from the Projects Abroad staff, but also from your supervisor at the centre.