Joseph's Dream Equine Volunteer Program
Surround yourself with the healing and inspiring spirit of Joseph’s Dream Appaloosas in the silence of the African bush! Learn and sharpen your natural horsemanship skills, help raise foals, and assist with training and backing horses. Learn to truly live and train horses force free and with respect and experience the joy and freedom of this! Share this joy with the children of the community and create moments of healing and awareness.
You will be involved in the daily care of 40+ stud horses and their foals, our miniature horses and Alpacas and the rehabilitation of neglected equine rescues. Of course, you’ll have time to recharge, relax, get creative and just absorb the beauty of Namibia's stunning nature, free roaming wildlife and our gorgeous horse family.
During your stay with us, develop new skills, make new friends and work with a great team of people. The consistent core of our program comprises our friendly and talented horse workers from the ancient Namibian San tribe.
Learn to read and then communicate with horses in trust and joy with different methods like Liberty, Trust exercises, Clicker Training, Bodywork and more to truly connect force free!
Our brand-new Volunteer house located on the best viewpoint of the farm and overlooking all the paddocks, stables & our game waterhole, provides accomodation for you during your stay in one of the eight modern rooms with king-size bed and each room with private toilet and shower. Our limited number of maximum eight Equine Volunteers accommodated at a time in this community orientated house with big lounge, kitchen and stunning pool with view, ensures that the desired family character and atmosphere of your stay is kept alive.
(Please contact us privately if you would prefer to stay in one of our single chalets on your own while joining our volunteer program.)
The minimum stay for the Joseph’s Dream Equine Volunteer Program is two weeks and the maximum length of stay three months.
Logistic and Prices
If you are interested in joining us here at Joseph's Dream and make your real hands on own African Experience please drop us an email with some info about yourself, a little bit about your experience level with horses and your motivation why Joseph’s Dream is the place for you to be at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Helpful skills: Experience with horses (no must!) / people skills / experience with children / team spirit / kind spirit & a good heart ❤
If you are green with horses and come to learn yourself then what you need to be to apply is: An animal lover!
Prices for 2023: 700 Euro per week for stays total lengths of stay 2 weeks; 650 Euro per week for stays from 3 weeks to 3 months.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Supper, Water (fresh farm water from the tap) , Juice, Tea, Coffee
Accommodation in our brand new Volunteer House, with private bathroom & cleaning & basic laundry service (washed not ironed)
Training by our experienced Horse Trainer on side
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
What's not included:
Drinks (including bottled water)
Working/Activity hours: Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, from 08:00 - 10:00 & 14:00-17:00 / Training from 10:00-13:00. Every volunteer gets a private training session per day and is welcome to watch other volunteer lessons or interesting training sessions. Although we appreciate a helping hand with walking out horses on Saturday morning, in general weekends are off and there is also no training during the weekends. You can for example then book a day safari at the nearby Marula Conservation Park to see elephants, lions, rhino and co or a town trip to the capitol Windhoek.
Surround yourself with the healing and inspiring spirit of Joseph’s Dream Appaloosas, start your own African journey here and make a difference!
Please take note of our safety and behaviour rules that apply during your stay at Joseph's Dream. Thank you.
Modules that you will cover during your training program:
Module 1: Our Foundation of JD Horse Training / mindset / stage of mind / bodylanguage / the 3 training energies
Module 2: Our tools - develop feel / flagwork / groundmanners / be & become equal partners
Module 3: Liberty - tricks & challenges
Module 4: Bodywork & awareness / sharpen your eyes and senses
Module 5: 'Parking' & riding / seat training / riding from feel / riding in nature
Module 6: Reward-based-training / target training
Module 7: Biomechanics / healthy movement / balance / in-hand work / healthy working on the circle versus lunging
Module 8: Trusting techniques & mindful sharing / building confidence from true connection
Please note that we are not a holiday riding camp. Our program always starts from the ground and our focus lies on building the connection! Our different modules build up onto each other and you will later translate into the saddle what you have learned and developed together with your project horse on the ground. Our focus in our training program lies on liberty work and connection.
Every journey is individual and unique. We do expect an open mind from our volunteers to feel into their own journey, the training that is required for their project horse and to be open for the incredible unique experience that will be waiting for you and a truly personal journey! Please also note that this a breeding stud and there are horses at different ages and training levels that we have to accommodate in the daily training program.
Your daily chores always start with helping the JD grooms to walk the horses out and finishes in the afternoon with walking them in again. Around the training lessons & demos the daily chores vary from paddock cleaning, mini grooming, water trough cleaning, assisting veterinary tasks, feeding and other care taking. On Friday afternoons every volunteer assists with our equine assisted activities and creative classes for the kids from the nearby hostel at JD and if you are interested you can also volunteer to assist on other weekdays in the afternoons in the hostel itself (this is on offer but not obligatory).
Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions regarding our JD Volunteer Program: email@example.com
Artistic / Community Volunteer
We are giving the opportunity for a limited number of young, talented artists to stay at Joseph's Dream charged according to our Volunteer Rate.
You can spend as much time as you like in our inspiring setup to practise and sharpen your art skills inspired by our horses, the local wildlife and stunning nature and silence of the African bush.
All that is required from you is giving back to the children of Namibia and giving a limited amount of hours of art lessons to the kids from the local Hostel in the nearby community.
If you want to apply for being one of our Art / Community Volunteers please email us under firstname.lastname@example.org with a letter of motivation.
Surround yourself with the healing and inspiring spirit of Joseph’s Dream Appaloosas, start your own African art journey here, reach out and make a difference in the life of others!