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Finca Soley Volunteer

horse intern

In a nutshell

Accomodation & Meals included on a discounted price for longer stays

Work 5 hours per day for 5 days per week around the horses and barn in exchange of participation in lessons, workshops and equine activites. 

4 days per week lesson or workshops

1 day per week spa day for horses

weekends off to discover the country

Optional: Spanish Course 


 

Feel the flow...

As a Finca Soley horse intern you will be fully involved into the daily activites around the horses, farmanimlas, kittchen and guest interactions. This internship is for individuals who consider to take a professional career around animals or specially horses or who are reall interested in horses. You should love to be around animals and care for them. Mucking out, taken care of feeding and water and giving a hand when needed will be expected as well as helping in the training, grooming and care. You can learn a lot about; herd behavior, horse and animal keeping, training, barefood trimming etc. You will be joining in the offered courses or help to train the horses depending on what is happening on the farm. 

You should love horses!!! Have a positive attitude!!! And be physically fit in order to perform physical work. 

I am excited to welcome you into my intern team and share my love and passion for horses with you.

Volunteers need to help with dishes and sometimes heat up their meals. 

Please bring a: I can do it attitude (= 

Includes

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

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

  • Lessons in Natural Horsemanship and Classical Horsemanship in exchange for your work

  • 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  

Example Day 

6am:                 mucking the barn, feeding, fill up water & hay and grooming of horses

8 am:                Breakfast

9.15 am:           depends the day: Equine activities depending lesson plan - 1 day per week we shower all horses

11:30am:          prepare horses for lunch break 

12pm:              Lunch & Siesta

3 pm:               2 afternoons per week we do project work and take care of tack, tidy up or take care of dogs etc. 

4.30 pm:          evening care of horses

6:00 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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Requirements: 

  • Previous horse expirience is a plus

  • desire to work in the animal field like vet. students or have a great interest in horses, animals

  • 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.

Reviews

Dana Trautman, Austria

Although I spent only two weeks in this program, there was never a dull moment! The hard work and chores paid off with the wonderful horsemanship lessons by Isa each day, who was an amazing instructor. The staff and other guests/volunteers were kind and easy to make friends with; I never felt lonely at Finca Soley. I recommend this program to anyone interested in horses and anyone who loves the outdoors, different cultures, and forming strong friendships

Hallie, 2024

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