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All Year: June/July/August
Area (ha): 60
Persons: 10
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 40828
Country: France

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Last Updated: August 3, 2015

We are a small, family-run equestrian centre set in rural France.

Each summer we run an eco-friendly, organic-based summer camp for horse-mad children.

Volunteers need to have experience with horses as work includes assisting in riding lessons, tacking up and other horse-based activities.

Immerse yourself in a horse-filled, multi-cultural, bilingual French/ English experience!

We have around 30 horses, 20 of which we use for camp. We also have 2 dogs, lots of chickens and doves, 2 peacocks, 2 ducks, 1 goose, 5 pigs and a cat.

The camp activities include English style riding in the arena, Cross country, Gymkhanas, Trail rides, Vaulting (gymnastics on horses), Carriage driving, Dance, Scouts, Horse Theory, Archery and Blindfolded Woodland Trails.

Last year we ran a very successful summer camp with the help of 3 lovely volunteers! We cater for up to 30 children at camp. The children are 90% English speaking - and 10% French aged between 5-15. As a family we speak a mixture of French, English and Spanish. This placement is a great opportunity for anyone who wants to broaden their language skills as there is plenty of opportunity to speak all 3 languages and meet other volunteers from all around the world.

Our house is a lovely Farm Cottage set amidst green fields full of our horses. In a morning you can look out of the window and watch the sun rise over horses cantering in the field - magical!

We want this place to be a memorable experience for all our children and volunteers every summer and therefore try to keep it as fun and upbeat as we can - whilst also maintaining an extremely high level of safety.

Whilst camp is running, we run a tight schedule, otherwise things start to slip and the children don't get to their activities on time, etc. Every adult on camp will have their own time-table and this ensures camp runs smoothly. This may sound a bit full-on, but without the time-table, activities over-run and camp becomes very chaotic!

Whilst camp isn't running, volunteer work is a lot more laid-back and volunteers are able to ride in their spare time!

We always invite volunteers to come along with us to swim with the horses in the lake, go on trail rides, go to local parties, go to the firework display on Bastille day, go to the annual festival of Confolens, and any other fun things we might be getting up to whilst they stay with us.

There are plenty of opportunities to befriend the locals, who are always extremely friendly to our volunteers and offer to take them out places and go to parties etc. There are lots of pretty towns and villages nearby which are accessible by car. We are pretty flexible, and when arranged in advance, can drop volunteers off in nearby towns to explore for the day etc. We are very rural and public transport is non-existent!

We do have bikes which volunteers are more than welcome to use to get them round and about! We have miles and miles of walks for the keen hikers! It really is a beautiful part of France.

If you love the country side and you love animals, this really is a fantastic place!

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