Fundación Onix  is a  non-profit organization
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Project Overview


-Project Name: Equine Therapy

-Project responsible: Onix Foundation

-Start Dates: Any Saturday or Sunday

-Airport pick-up/Taravella International Airport

-Minimum Duration: Two Weeks

-Full orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival

-In-country support and 24-hour back up from our team of full-time local staff

-A supervisor/mentor at your work placement

-Certification of project completion

-A free cultural awareness course

-Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns

-Accommodation: Host family with two meals a day (Breakfast & Dinner)

-Placement Location: Cordoba City

-Requirements: Anyone aged 18 or over can join/Intermediate Spanish/Only 3 places a month

-Project placement participant’s numbers: 4 volunteers per month

Equine Therapy project combines elements of both our Care work and Animal Care projects, and is open to volunteers taking a gap year, career break, or even a volunteer holiday. Volunteers do not need any specific experience to volunteer on this project; however an interest in horses and enthusiasm to work with vulnerable and disable children and adults is important.


On this project volunteer will be working with a non-profit organization that works individually with children from 1 year old, teenagers, young adults and adults that suffer from different pathologies.

This activity is carried out by professionals that dedicate their time and energy to the practice and education of equine-assisted therapy in its 3 modalities: hippo therapy, therapeutic horseback riding and adapted horse riding for people that have affections such as autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, or some other sensory impairment.


The main goal for this organization is to build a recreational space that allows integration and social interaction for people that have organic difficulties that affect their proper development.

Daily Routine

Usually volunteers have 4 to 8 hours shifts in the morning/afternoon.


Requirements and Usual Volunteer Tasks


  •  Over 18 years old

  •  High school degree

  •  Health insurance, accident and liability

  •  Commitment to the Host Organization, its rules and tasks

  •  Have skills to work with people with disabilities

  •  To be creative and have an affinity with disabled people

  •  To be motivated, patient, resourceful and willing to join in a wide range of activities

  •  To be a committed and responsible person willing to help

  •  To have skills to organize recreation events

  •  Enthusiastic spirit and lots of energy

  •  Students or health professionals are welcomed to help

  •  Intermediate Spanish level (B)


The project involves three elements; volunteers will help look after the horses - First:  Equine biology, nutrition, care, cleaning, brushing etc. Secondly, volunteers will actively participate in the classes, helping the children and adults learn to ride. Finally, the volunteer will receive daily contact with the patients and attend classes to learn the theory behind the therapy in order to apply it when working with the patients.


Volunteers role will therefore vary each day, offering a diverse range of experiences and work to become involved in. The effect of the therapy varies with each patient; however, by displaying enthusiasm and a passion for horses you can play a part in their enjoyment and help to create a positive experience for every participant. An intermediate level of Spanish is required for this placement to ensure that the volunteer can interact fully with the local staff.


What Is Equine Therapy?


Equine Therapy (also referred to as Horse Therapy, Equine-Assisted Therapy, and Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy) is a form of experiential therapy that involves interactions between patients and horses.


Equine Therapy involves activities (such as grooming, feeding, haltering and leading a horse) that are supervised by a mental health professional, often with the support of a horse professional.


Both during the activity and after the patient has finished working with the horse, the equine therapist can observe and interact with the patient in order to identify behavior patterns and process thoughts and emotions.


The goal of equine therapy is to help the patient develop needed skills and attributes, such as accountability, responsibility, self-confidence, problem-solving skills, and self-control.


Equine therapy also provides an innovative milieu in which the therapist and the patient can identify and address a range of emotional and behavioral challenges.


What are the Benefits of Equine Therapy?


Studies have indicated that equine therapy has been successful in helping patients show marked improvements in the following areas:


  • Assertiveness

  • Emotional awareness

  • Empathy

  • Stress tolerance

  • Flexibility

  • Impulse control

  • Problem-solving skills

  • Self-actualization

  • Independence

  • Self-regard

  • Social responsibility

  • Interpersonal relationships


Many of the benefits of equine therapy are likely due to the nature of the animals with which the patient and equine therapist are interacting. Horses are typically non-judgmental, have no preconceived expectations or motives, and are highly effective at mirroring attitudes and behaviors of the humans with whom they are working.


While working with horses under the guidance and supervision of an equine therapist, equine therapy patients have a unique and effective opportunity to note their tendency to engage in self-defeating and otherwise negative thoughts and actions. These realizations provide excellent bases for discussion and processing both during and after the equine therapy experience.


What Conditions/Disorders Does Equine Therapy Treat?


Equine therapy has been successfully integrated into treatment programs for adults and teens who are being treated for substance abuse, addiction, behavior disorders, mood disorders, eating disorders, learning differences, ADD/ADHD, autism, Asperger’s, grief/loss, trauma, sex addiction, compulsive gambling, bipolar, depression and related conditions.


Optional readings


Using Equine Therapy as Mental Health Treatment

Horses that heal: how equine therapy is helping people find peace of mind

The Therapeutic Value of Horses

What is Equine-Assisted Therapy?



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Contact:  Carlos Giavay Waiss JD

Head office: Calle Deán Funes 826 Of. 29 - CP: 5.000 - Córdoba,Argentina

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