ROLE: The role of a horse volunteer at Mozambique Horse Safari is to assist with the care, welfare and preparation of our horses and ponies. We want this to be a great experience for all those involved and it is important that when volunteers come here, they are doing so to do a job. It is important to remember why you have come to volunteer and it is important to us that you work with the horses and keep focused. Below is a brief explanation of what we expect from you, the volunteer. 

RESPONSIBILITY: We expect all volunteers to act in a responsible manner at all times and to listen to the instructions of senior volunteers and staff. When dealing with large animals it is important that everyone involved remains alert to the dangers and keeps within the guidelines laid down during induction. We also expect the volunteers to operate with a reasonable degree of initiative and common sense at all times.

PUNCTUALITY: When dealing with the welfare of animals there are certain tasks that must be done at certain times. When it is your turn be ready to leave for feeding at 6am. Failure to do this not only holds up staff and other volunteers but has a knock on effect throughout the day.

INTEREST: We do not demand any specific level of experience from our volunteers but they must have a love of horses. We do expect that those with little or no relevant experience make an effort to learn the lessons that we are teaching them to the best of their ability. Those with experience are also expected to work to the best of their ability and assist those around. 

CONSIDERATION: All volunteers are expected to treat everyone and everything they come into contact with consideration and respect. Obviously this applies to staff, each other and the horses but also the local community. Please remember that for entire duration of your trip you are an envoy for our project.

DRUGS AND ALCOHOL: We are well aware that everyone likes to have a good time and will happily join in with out volunteers for an enjoyable drink after work is over for the day. On the other hand we will not accept regular drunkenness and operate a zero tolerance policy on drug use. Hangovers are not encouraged while you are working and it can be dangerous if you are not fully alert working with horses. Keep hectic partying to your days off.

PAPER WORK: All volunteers are responsible for their own travel costs, travel insurance (which is compulsory and must cover medical emergency and evacuation), Visas and any necessary inoculations. We also require that you sign an indemnity form which must be received with your booking.

TEAM SPIRIT: This program is a small family run operation and can only work with co-operation between all those involved. We are a team and we expect volunteers to be a part of that for both their benefit and ours. On a final note this is Africa, and for everyone to get the most from this project a good sense of humour is vital!

PLEASE NOTE: These requirements are in place to ensure the safety and comfort of everyone involved. In the unlikely event that a volunteer decides to flout these requirements they will be asked to leave the project. Mozambique Horse Safari reserves the right to terminate any volunteer’s trip who they believe is detrimental to the project.

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