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Finca Soley Volunteer

longer term stays & hands on expirience

In a nutshell

Accomodation & Meals included
Immerse into the study of Natural Horsemanship
Learn to ride in balance
Support local community and kids
Improve your Spanish
Farmhand and produce food
Building 
Art Projects 
Time off for tours 

Arrival Sunday - Departure Saturday
Ideal Program for longer term stays during sabbatical or gap year 


 

Feel the flow...

To enjoy a great variety of activities and immerse in all aspects of the Finca Soley programs choose our "Finca Soley" volunteer position. Activities are spread over the horse, farm and social programs.

The first week you receive a full instruction within our horse learning program. The following weeks you will be 2 days joining  the horse volunteer team and the other 3 days you join a variety of activties like: teach English to the local kids, help the farm & building volunteer team and help with the sustaible projects around our farm. This program includes a basic Spanish course. If you wish more Spanish you can upgrade your course. The other afternoons you have time to relax, take a tour or practice with your project horse by yourself. 

Minimum stay is 4 weeks for this program 

 

You have time to explore the area or take a trip to the beach. Please see our Tours & Activities section to see the nature, culture and other tour options that are available. 

Includes

Prices

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Supper, Water (from the tap) , home made Juice, fresh milk, Tea, Coffee. Volunteers help with the food preperation.

  • Accommodation in our selfbuilt Volunteer House, with private bathroom  & awesome community spaces

  • Lessons in Natural Horsemanship and Classical Horsemanship 

  • Community life on a sustainable farm with horses, cows, chickens, dogs and cats. 

  • Be more sustainable: make bread, make cheese and yogurt, organic gardening, jams and more

  • Social Engagement in the community: give back to the locals by teaching English or offering your skills  

  • minimum stay 4 week: 2200$ US

  • week 5 till 6: 470$ per week

  • week 7 - 12: 400$ per week

  • week 12 - 24: 350$ per week

  • Prices for accomdation on the farm, host family prices can varied

  • Airport Pickups can be arranged for 110$ per transfer

  • Private Room Option: +25$ per night

  • Semi private Option: +12,50$ per night

Spanish Course Options:

  • Basic: included

  • Upgrade to Standard: 80$ per week (9 lessons)

  • 1 lesson equals 40 mins of learning

All prices include 13% vat. 

Example Day 

6am - 8 am: mucking the barn, feeding and grooming of horses

8 am: Breakfast

9 am - 12am: depends the day: Equine activities, or farm activities or community support activities, also depends on what you like to get involved in

12pm: Lunch & Siesta

2 pm: Afternoon Activities  depending on your choice. Like: Spanish course, time to relax, walk to our rural village, take a tour

6:30 pm: Dinner and Social time 

 

Saturday & Sunday are off to explore the area and relax. 

Activites you can get involved in

Horse Sessions

  •         hoof care,

  •         equine massages,

  •         Natural Horsemanship training,  

  •         lunging,

  •         classical training,

  •         liberty training,

  •         hike with horses,

  •         seat lesson,

  •         Riding with finest aids, using your energy, breath and  focus

Sustainable Farm Work 

  • organic gardening

  • milking the family cow

  • cheese making

  • bread baking

  • jam making

  • recycle projects

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Social Engagement

Get involved in the small town of Tucurrique and teach English to the locals. You can teach at the local school, small groups of adults or help out with the English courses that are offered in Tucurrique.

 

You can also help with kids riding lessons. 

Animal Rescue

Help the stray dogs that came to Finca Soley and offer them a bath, take the dogs on a walk or teach them some tricks so they have a better chance of being adopted. 

The dogs are mainly sponsored by volunteers, if you feel like supporting one of the dogs please contact us. 

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Spanish Courses

  • Spanish courses offer a free placement exam to determine the person's level.

  •  Copies are also included for practice exercises.

  •  A certificate of participation and recognition of the level approved is offered according to the classes taken (the student must request it).

  • Spanish classes are taught by a professional in teaching.

  • The courses that are taught meet the standards for learning and teaching a foreign language according to the Common European Framework and the American Framework for Communication, jointly developing the 4 essential skills (speaking, listening, writing and reading).

Culture Exchange

Latin dance classes, costa rican cooking class or tandem partner to practice Spanish. We like to encourage our volunteers to get involved in the local community.  

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Accomodation

You can be accomodated on the farm or within a guestfamily in Tucurrique.

If you like to stay at a guest family, please ask for prices and availabilty. 

Casa India

casa india

Casa India is an octagon building with 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. Each room has an individual entrance. 2 bedrooms have a built in loft to provide extra space and privacy, sharing one of the rooms with a loft is a great semi private option and you will feel very comfortable here. All showers have hot water. There is a washing machine that can be used. Casa India has a big kitchen living area to be shared by the 3 rooms. Here you find our horse library and DVD area.

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retreat house in the jungle
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Requirements: 

  • Some horse expirience are a great plus here! 

  • Positive Attitude!!!

  • Animal lover

  • Physical fit 

  • Teamspirit & kind personality

  • respectful attitude 

  • Ability to adapt to a new environment and the acceptance of another culture. Things are different here and we are the guests.

We have spent a week in Finca Soley as volunteers, being responsible for simple jobs around the property. One day we visited also a local English school. It was a nice experience and good time with teachers and students. The school has few courses for children, teenagers and adults. According to teachers, they are really waiting for volunteers with new teaching methods and ideas. If you have some, it will be a good place for you ;)

Pawel, 2020

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