Equine Therapy Program

Split - Croatia

Only $780 per week!

A program for those who would like to provide a helping hand to disadvantaged in an interesting way through hypotherapy.

This program provides you with ample opportunities to bring some rays of happiness to the disadvantaged. You shall work with the NGO team and other local participants who are passionate about their work. Your role will be to assist in maintaining the riding area and stables, prepare for the therapy and guide the children when possible.

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Program Description

The local NGO with whom we’re working focuses on hypotherapy – a therapeutic method in which the horse is used for the rehabilitation, integration, physical, psychological, emotional and social development of a person. They have about 10 horses and a large area where they ride horses with the disadvantaged from all over Dalmatia. The NGO has a lot of staff and local participants helping in their activities. The project is located in Trogir which is about 20 km away from Split.

You can assist in maintaining the riding area, prepare for the therapy i.e. saddling up horses, scrubbing them down and anything that involves the work at the ranch, including cleaning and maintaining the stables, feeding the animals, etc. Older participants can also assist in holding the children while riding. In the winter period, you will be working every day, maintaining the field, training and riding horses to stay in shape, and cleaning the ranch environment. In essence, this will be one of the most exciting and unforgettable experience you have ever had!

Aims & Objectives

This program is aimed at assisting the local staff at the NGO in providing horse therapy to the disadvantaged.

Schedule

Monday to Friday

  • 8:00 – Breakfast
  • 9:00 – Work Begins. Daily activities include preparing horses, saddling horses, riding them to keep in shape, cleaning the ranch and the field
  • 10:00 – Therapy starts
  • 12:00- 13:00  – Lunch Break
  • 13:00- 16:00 – Ranch Work, assisting the therapy, riding horses, finishing up work with the local staff and preparing for the next day.

   Note:   This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Minimum age:

Maximum age:

Minimum English level: Basic

CRB required: On Signup

Passport copy required: On Signup

Resume copy required: On Signup

Required qualification: None

Additional Requirements

Participants below 18 require parental consent and participants above 65 require medical clearance to take part in the project.

Additional Equipment

It’s a good idea to bring some old clothes and boots as the job involves work at the ranch.

Location

The second-largest city of Croatia and the largest city of the region of Dalmatia. It is on the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea. Among other historic sites, the Diocletian's Palace, built for the Roman emperor in 305 CE is situated here. The city was founded as the Greek colony of Aspálathos in the 3rd or 2nd century BC. Around 650 CE it became a well inhabited city with all amenities. Later, Split became a Byzantine city, to later gradually drift into the sphere of the Republic of Venice and the Kingdom of Croatia, with the Byzantines retaining this city for themselves.

Split has many Museums of repute, telling the varied history of the city and the country as a whole. With the presence of a live and throbbing music scene and a center for sports, Split does not fail to present the visitor with many things to see and do.

The location of your accommodation will be closer to the locations where your programs will be operated. You will also have access to basic facilities within a few kilometers so that you can buy the things you want for your stay while you are staying at this accommodation.

About the Accommodation

You will be sharing your room with other participants on single gender basis.

Food Arrangements

The meals will include a mix of western and local food.

Facilities

Local restaurants, ATMs, mini marts, and medical facilities are available within 5km radius.

Activities & Events

No scheduled activities outside the program.

Sights & Surroundings

  • Peristyle Square
  • Statue of Grgur Ninski
  • Poljud Stadium
  • Split National Theatre
  • The Archaeological Museum
  • The Museum of Croatian Archaeological Monuments
  • The Split City Museum
  • The Gallery of Fine Arts

Transportation

From this location we do not provide free transport to other locations.

Quick Facts

Name: Republic Of Croatia

Population: 4,190,700 (2016 estimate)

Capital: Zagreb

Language: Croatian

Currency: Kuna (HRK)

Time zone: CET (UTC+1)

Country Information

Croatia which is located in central and south east Europe is a sovereign state with a diverse climate. It was inhabited by the 6th century AD and currently the tourism industry plays a major role in bringing in the income mostly during the summer which has Croatia being ranked the 18th most popular travel destination in the world. The many islands which are part of the country are blessed with a luscious vegetation with low mountains and highlands with forests. The largest islands that belong to Croatia are Cres and Krk each consisting of an area approximately around 400 square miles. While the country is mostly known for its beautiful beaches, the islands also consists of beautiful rivers such as Sava, Drava, Kupa and Danube, the second largest river of Europe. And in addition to these, Croatia owns a number of multiple deep caves and breathtakingly beautiful lakes which are mostly turquoise to mint green or blue, making them most travelers famous destinations.

Climate

The Croatian climate according to the Köppen climate classification, is described as moderately warm and rainy with an average temperature of about −3 °C in the month of January and 18 °C in the month of July. While the Adriatic coast is considered the warmed parts of Croatia, Lika and Gorski Kotar are considered the coldest areas with snowy forested climates.

Culture

The culture of Croatia is mainly influenced by its geographical location as the representation of four different cultural influences can be seen. There is a mix of both western culture as well as the eastern. But it was in the 19th century that Croatia experienced its most flourishing years related to arts and culture as a result of the Illyrian movement. Croatia can boast about seven sites that managed to be listed under the UNESCO world heritage list in addition to owning ten of world’s intangible cultural masterpieces of UNESCO as Croatia possesses an intangible culture.

Transportation

By Plane

With around nine airports Croatia is well connected by air. The national carrier Croatia Airlines offers many domestic and international flights to and from the variou airports in the country. With the presence of many budget airlines operating, air travel is now the more preferred form of travel. Many international airlines also operate to various destination in Croatia.

By bus

A very inexpensive mode of transportation in Croatia is taking the bus to travel to the destinations. There are normal busses that will take you to almost all the small villages in addition to the express buses with comfortable facilities to travel in between cities. The facility of buying the bus tickets online is also available for some intercity buses where you can reserve a seat for yourself for the journey. And there is a bus station in the main cities from where all the intercity bus departure to the destination happens.

By Taxi

Taxi services which are metered are also available in Croatia. Yet the transportation though taxi may be more expensive especially along the coast.

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