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Internship on a Horse Ranch in Argentina – Farmwork in South America

Organisation: NATUCATE

Country: Argentina

Type: Agriculture & Forestry, Environment & Wildlife Conservation

Internship on a Horse Ranch in Argentina – Farmwork in South America

Your internship in Patagonia

As an intern you 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.nch 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. 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.
  • The other stuff: Milking the cow and dairy processing, butchering, bread baking, forging, tree harvesting and lumber milling, ranch chores, community living

Your accommodation

The ranch is a remote, 100,000-acre guest lodge and working cattle ranch nestled in the foothills of the Patagonian Andes. 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.

  • Age limit: minimum age 18 years
  • Start date: January 05, 2019
  • Duration: on request
  • Project location: Patagonia / Argentina
  • Accommodation: shared room with bunk beds and shared bathroom
  • Language requirements: English (a good level of school English is sufficient)
  • Suitable for: internship, sabbatical
  • Certification


on request


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

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