Volunteering & Internships
-- All About Hands on Learning --
Join the Team
We are excited that you are interested in our project. Finca Soley is a place for you to develop, learn and explore new things. Here you will find a natural horsemanship & classical art of bitless riding trainings facility, a Spanish language school, a wood workshop and loads of fruit trees and veggi gardens. We are welcoming people who like to get involved into our daily farm life and are interested in making new experiences and exploring new ways of life. In addition, you can learn new skills like Natural Horsemanship or woodwork, improve your foreign languages or even learn a new one.
To join us as a Working Stundent you are expected to support our horses and farm with 5 hours work for 5 days per week. This work hours will split into approx. 2 hours help with the horses and 3 hours help with the farm.
For this position we can only expect riders with solid horse expirience and basic knowledge in Natural Horsemanship. You will get a project horse and lessons in Natural Horsemanship.
Additional you learn to trim hooves, care for horses in a herd, training the horses everything on the farm and have access to our libery. You will be accomodated in a shared room in Casa India.
Horse supply support: 250$ per week.
Minimum stay: 4 weeks.
As an intern you will be fully focusing on the horses and the study of Natural Horsemanship and the classical art of riding. 5 Lessons per week, 2 trail rides, 1 theory class and full access to our libary and DVD´s.
You can help with the care of the horses for 2 hours per day: grooming, brushing and feeding.
You have time to observe the herd, read a book or take Spanish lessons in the afternoon.
This program suits for beginners as well as for advanced riders.
You will be accomodated in a shared or private room in Casa India.
Costs are at 510$ per week. Minimum stay 1 week.
Hands on working in our veggi gardens, fruit tree care, animal care, fences, building projects, art projects....there is so much to do and we are exited to welcome people who like to get their hands dirty, like to do physical, manual work and enjoy the community lifestyle at Finca Soley.
There are 2 options:
Skilled gardener or carpentary person! You are a handyman and know how to work the land and gardens? You can stay minimum 3 months? YES we offer you free stay and basic food in exchange of 5 hours per 6 days.
You are not a skilled gardener or carpentary? You can stay minimum 2 weeks? YES with a small financial support to the farm of 100$ per week plus 5 hours help and learning you receive, local and simple food and a bed in a shared room.
Places are limited!
For more info please send us an Email:
on the trail
join the gardener team
learn and play
get your horse to love the jump
Its all about energy!
Lets run and play
learn to communicate
I stayed at the Finca Soley during six months as a working
student and it was a wonderful experience. The farm is situated in
the stunning tropical rain forest and the area is so beautiful and peaceful. Isa and Milton are very kind and hospitable so I felt at home right away. The farm is a wonderful place to enjoy the costa rican nature: you can go for walks or trailrides, take a bath in the river or just wander through the botanical garden where the horses often run freely. I got to know many great people and there is
a family atmosphere.
A big part of the life at the Finca Soley are – of course – the horses. They have a really natural life there, living together in a herd and having huge areas to graze and play. They get lots of love and care and are all very friendly. I learned so much about natural horsemanship: Isa is a great teacher and the lessons were really interesting and fun. We were going on wonderful trailrides in the mountains, taking baths with the horses in the river and playing with them a lot.
The work I did at the farm was really varied. so it always stayed
interesting and fun. As a working student you do not only learn
natural horsemanship and horsecare, there is lots different things you
can get to know.
There are lots of nice things to do and explore in the area like rafting,
cayaking, hiking in the rain forest...
I spent a fantastic time at the Finca Soley and I can't wait to come back one day!
Thank's a lot to Isa and Milton and all of the other people and animals who made this time so special!
Wish you all the best,