Horse Therapy Program in Quito, Ecuador

Hippotherapy (horses) and canotherapy (dogs) are recongnized worldwide as an effective method for physical, mental and emotional rehabilitation. The goal-oriented program develops the patient's balance, coordination, orientation and rhythm, while giving them a sense of achievement and an emotional connection with the animal a they are working with.

Volunteers help care for the horses, as well as working with patients during therapy sessions. Tasks include; feeding the horses, preparing them for each therapy session, general tasks during the therapy and cleaning the horses afterwards. During the afternoons they can also be part of the therapies with dogs if they wish.

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What to Expect?

Volunteers staying in Quito can choose to stay with a carefully vetted family, who have experience of hosting foreign volunteers. This is a fabulous opportunity to practise one’s Spanish and becoming deeply immersed in Ecuadorian culture. The volunteer project will be no further than a manageable bus ride away. Home stays includes three meals a day. Volunteers with special dietary requirements and/or food allergies are asked to inform the organisation in advance to ensure their needs are met.

In Quito only, it is possible for volunteers to live in a private apartment or hostel, although this will be more expensive, but may suit a volunteer couple. The accommodation details for projects elsewhere in Ecuador are described under their respective Project Descriptions.

With its reputation for superb exotic fruits, unsurpassed fish and seafood, and not least the numerous varieties of Andean potatoes, Ecuador offers the taste buds a veritable feast. Among the traditional dishes that volunteers might want to try whilst in Ecuador are: Seco de Pollo, Menestra and Ecuadorian Churrasco - a plate consisting of roast meat, a fried egg, chips and fried plantain - or even the great delicacy, guinea pig. For savoury main courses, the hot sauce aji is often used. Easily and very cheaply available from bakers’ shops are such filling snacks as empanadas (hot pastry pockets containing meat or cheese), llapingachos (potato and cheese pancakes) and tempting sweet pastries.

  • Program ID: # 2262
  • duration:
    2 Weeks to 1 Month
    1 to 3 Months
    More than 3 Months
  • location:
    0° 7' 54.6096" S, 78° 30' 29.8836" W
  • Fitness level:
    Light Impact
    Moderately Fit
    Very Fit
  • Closest Airport:
    Quito, Ecuador (UIO)
  • Costs From:
    $500 to $1000
    $1000 to $1500
    $1500 to $3000
  • Program Type:
    Environmental & Wildlife Programs
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