1. What is the main language being used around the stable? Are there opportunities to immerse me in Spanish?
I speak English and a little Spanish and my husband’s first language is Spanish.
If the scholarship program is running you may be helping with the Spanish speaking girls that come for the program.
There is very little English spoken in the neighborhood we live in.
2. Are there opportunities for me to socialize with nearby locals?
3. I understand that 3 meals are provided per day. Will, I also have access to a refrigerator and a kitchen to make my own snacks/meals if I’d like to?
Yes, meals are provided and are a group effort with volunteers and interns for preparation and cleanup. We expect you to make yourself at home? you have access to the kitchen and house all day. You are welcome to keep any special items in the fridge.
Things that are not in our usual grocery list you will need to buy yourself, although we do adjust our meals and diet according to who is here.
4. What kind of food is served at meals?
We can accommodate special dietary needs (e.g. vegan, gluten-free), please email us the details. You can come with us to do the shopping and help prepare the meals.
5. About how many hours of work per day do you expect from your work-study volunteers? Does the program run Monday through Sunday or is it only
5 days a week with the weekends or some other days being free?
Each morning, expect to spend around two hours distributing the feed and water and cleaning stalls and paddock. In the evening you will clean the stalls and feed the horses, which takes around 30? 40 mins. The horses do need care every day but days off can be arranged beforehand.
6. I understand that the work-studies are expected to help out with the horses throughout the day as they are needed. Is it possible to arrange the free time to go elsewhere? If possible, I’d like to get a clear understanding of what is expected of me at various times.
Yes, time off can be arranged, preferably after the morning horse chores are finished.
7. What is transportation like from the farm to the rest of Costa Rica?
Costa Rica has an excellent public transportation system. You can catch a bus from the farm to the local town of Puriscal.
8. If you only have 2 to 3 work-study people at a time, about how many house and garden volunteers do you have at a given time?
I take two house and garden volunteers at a time. Often there is not one scheduled
9. Do you use a specific method of natural horsemanship?
I use a lot of the Parelli curriculum but I began my journey with horses when I was 15 with Monty Robert?s philosophy. I have been influenced by many others in recent years including David Litchman and Parelli.
10. Can I work with the horses during my free time?
If your an intern you are encouraged to take a horse to the ring to practice as much as you can. The more hands-on time you have with them the more you will learn.
11. Do you have a suggested packing list you can send me?
A raincoat would be good if it?s rainy season.
Rubber boots, but you can also get them here.
Several pairs of long pants that are not too tight for riding.
A light long sleeve shirt for the sun.
Hat-cap for the sun.
A light sweater, it can get chilly at night.
For girls, a good sports bra for riding.
12. Does the $36/day cover all fees?
Yes, your room, food, and horse program are all covered.
You will not spend money while you are on the farm. When we go to town you may want to buy personal items. This will be the only time you will have the opportunity to spend any money.
13. Can I get an airport pick up?
Yes, the price is $70. late night hours$80 Please send your flight information.
14. Can I do my laundry?
Yes, you are free to use the washing machine and clothesline.
More questions and answers.
1) It’s the rainy season in Costa Rica, is it not the best time to visit? (As in, how different is the experience at your farm in July than in January for example. Is the intern schedule different, is the same amount of learning to be expected? I ask because I have contacted farm wherein the heat of the summer, they wouldn’t work with the horses too much, same for the middle of winter, so not the best time to be around!! And since I know nothing about Costa Rica, I thought I would ask!).
1. There is not much difference to the program except that we do our horse session in the mornings instead of the afternoons to avoid the chance of rain. There is also a lot of mud in the horse paddock this time of year but its much cooler and greener.
2) Intern housing: I saw pictures on the website, wanted to know if the intern shares a cabin with another intern or not.
2. There are two private rooms in the cabin, you would stay in one of them. The bathroom is shared with the other cabin room.
3) How many interns will be around? Is your farm a place to socialize with a lot of people, or it’s more solo style.
3. There are usually one to two other interns and my assistant. We are very serious about your learning experience.
4) Learning opportunity: if I remember right, I saw that there is one lesson per day? Who is giving the lesson, how long, do you get to play with horses after also, is it group lesson?? If you could talk to me a bit more about the lesson content, I’d love that. (Is it mostly groundwork, do you follow a specific curriculum (like the different Parelli levels?). I understand that interns have access to the library. Do you give lessons to people outside the farm that interns can audit?
If riding is part of the program, what’s your take on bareback riding? ( I love riding bareback, or with just a mat (what’s the real name for it??!!))
4. We use a lot of the Parelli method. We practice games for learning liberty on the ground and you will learn the concepts of riding bridleless. We use a lot of bareback riding in our lessons. We also work on upper-level finesse riding if the student is ready. The class is shared with the other interns.
5)What would you say is the most common thing intern mentioned that they loved about their experience at your place?
5. How far along they get with there natural horsemanship, and their relationships they develop with the horses.
6)Airport pickup. Is taking a cab a bad idea or busing?? When booking my ticket, I imagine I need to wait to confirm with you first about the time?
6. Most people take the bus up but we have an UBER guy we trust I can send you his number.
7)Oh, and I’m curious, if you could briefly describe why you are offering an internship, what is it that you love the most about it?
7. I have taught horsemanship my entire life. Starting my own program was always been my plan. I have been teaching here for 14 years it has been wonderful, I love to teach. My assistant monitors and teaches the barn work she will also teach a class sometimes so that I can get other things taken care of on the farm or have a rest day. You will have access to the horses any time you want to practice your groundwork. The more the better. My interns also like to walk the horses to the river for some horsey R&R
8). Bugs. Do I need a super intense bug spray (which I wouldn’t probably anyways!!), or can I bring my essential oil mix anti-bug spray
8. I use “Off Family” and its fine. The mosquitos are not bad. We have little black flies that bite a bit but nothing extreme.