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Durban
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 750
Persons: 1
Category: Non Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 50091
Country: South Africa

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Last Updated: October 20, 2016

************************Update 20 Oct 2016******************************
We currently have space for 1 week to 1 month for the following dates: Between 1 November 2016 to 4 March 2017. And 31 March 2017 to 30 April 2017.

Please also note the change of food/meal arrangement due to unexpected economic changes.
We will provide you with a main meal for lunch (this is the main meal of the day, normally hearty meat & vegetables) around about 2 or 3pm. Vegetarians will be catered for with vegetables, however any specialty foods you require, will be at your expense. Please do not be fussy, as we do not cater for specialized diets.
But breakfast and supper you buy and prepare yourself in the volunteer kitchen and most lunches are shared with the family. Helping with cleaning up after all meals is expected (there will be a dishes/kitchen duty roster) and you are responsible for cleaning up your own accommodation. We will make sure you get to the shops to replenish your supplies.

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About Us-
Established in 1995
We are a small, family run business with 18 horses, 3 dogs, 3 cats, and 3 humans - Terrence, Karin and their daughter (26yrs) Amelia who own and run the place.

Situated in the most unexpected of places, a wild zone, in the heart of Durban South. Only 25 minutes drive from the city center, and ten minutes from the beach.

Every weekend we have visitors, local and international joining us for our world famous Horse Riding on the beach. And during the holiday season (December & January, June & July), we ride almost daily.
We are not like a normal horse riding establishments, as there are no stables, riding arenas, lunge rings, etc. We use natural horsemanship as much as possible. We bring the horses in daily to feed and check on their healthcare.

Please consider carefully if you are a good fit for our farm. While we are happy to train volunteers on what needs to be done we need volunteers to exercise some common sense and caution. You need to be conscientious - always be sure doors and gates are closed and secured behind you.
We are not only looking for people who work with horses, but handymen are also welcome.

Horse Riding – when possible (when we have space, when you are available, etc) we will invite you to join us on our rides. If you have plenty of experience with, and are safe around horses, we may well invite you to help with training our green horses and with guiding trails. If you have experience with horses and we let you work with the horses, you will have to be willing to work with them OUR way.

Area – Durban is known as South Africa’s playground. With lots of activities to do in Durban itself, to long days of soaking up sun on the beach, or enjoy visiting one of our many wildlife and game parks within a couple of hour’s drive.
Loads of outdoor activities, from day hiking, to enjoying the local sports scene. Being close to the City, there is plenty of shopping opportunities, the cinemas are nearby, as are a few lovely malls.
There are plenty of museums and cultural tours into the local areas, if thats the sort of thing you like to do.



Preferably we would like volunteers to stay 1-2 months at a time.

*****Duties*****
Helping with feeding horses and grooming horses. Help with projects around the farm, and basic maintenance. We’ll arrange for one day completely off a week. Depending on the situation, some days may be half days only. If you have Horse Riding experience, we will also ask for a little extra help with training and guiding.

We have realized that you need to know that although there will be plenty of horse interaction and riding (especially in busy tourism season), this opportunity is not only horse riding, nor does it focus mainly on horses. There is plenty of other work also. Such as fixing fences, building cabins, making gardens, cutting trails.

Depending on your abilities and skills, sometimes it will be harder physical work, sometimes it will be light work. But don't worry, all of this is work that Karin and Amelia are even willing to do, so if you are not afraid of a bit of work, you should manage it just fine.

Handymen are welcome.

****Accommodation****
A 2 bed cabin in the forest, shared with another (same sex) volunteer.
We do live a rustic, simple sort of life. The bathroom is a private shower cubicle out in the garden, and the toilet is short walk down the garden path.

****Food****
We will provide you with a main meal for lunch (this is the main meal of the day, normally hearty meat & vegetables) around about 2 or 3pm. Vegetarians will be catered for with vegetables, however any specialty foods you require, will be at your expense. Please do not be fussy, as we do not cater for specialized diets.
But breakfast and supper you buy and prepare yourself in the volunteer kitchen and most lunches are shared with the family. Helping with cleaning up after all meals is expected (there will be a dishes/kitchen duty roster) and you are responsible for cleaning up your own accommodation. We will make sure you get to the shops to replenish your supplies.

****Internet****
Internet access in South Africa is generally quite expensive, therefore we do not give unlimited wifi access to our volunteers. We will be able to assist you to keep in contact (whatsapp or facebook messenger, but NOT skype) with your family the first week or so, thereafter you will need to buy your own data from the shops. We will be happy to show you how to access the data and navigate the complicated mobile networks of South Africa once you have bought your data from the shops. Our internet is capped internet, and if left unchecked it gets used up on social media, then we cannot reply to clients, which is what keeps a roof over our heads and food on the table. Therefore unfortunately we really cannot give wifi access to volunteers.


*****Extra Info****
When we go out to do supply shopping, you are welcome to head out with us, or ask us to pick up things you need.

We are a religiously minded family, and do go out to worship on a regular basis, you are welcomed to join us.

We absolutely will not tolerate smoking or drugs. If you want a beer or glass of wine occasionally, thats ok. But this is NOT a night life kind of place, and drunkenness will not be permitted here.

Transport - The nearest Metrorail station is 2km away, we would normally be happy to drop you off. We are not exactly in a public transit area, so it would be best if you are willing to call an UBER, hire a car, or be willing to wait to catch a lift with us when we are going out anyway.

************ Should you wish to join us*********
If you arrange that you join us, please understand we will ask for the following information to be emailed to us before you arrive.
Asking for these details is not a matter of whether we trust you or not. By already accepting you as a volunteer and already arranging the dates you will be here, we trust you! This is about being able to help you should something go wrong (flights may get delayed, you might get sick, your bags might go missing, etc.), if we do not have access to knowing what flight or bus you are on, or to contact your family or travel insurance if you have gotten injured or sick then we wont be able to help you like we want to:
• Flight Itineraries (both in and out of South Africa)
• If you will be doing another Volunteer post while in South Africa, your transportation itinerary between us and your other hosts.
• A copy of your travel insurance (you have to have travel insurance, please this is very important. One of our volunteers got his passport wet and damaged and this was a very complicated process to fix)
• A copy of your passport (just in case it gets damaged/lost and you need us to print out a copy in a hurry) - this is optional
• Email addresses and Phone Numbers of you parents, siblings, or nearest relatives. (Next of Kin)

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