Zimbabwe is a small landlocked country home to an abundance of spectacular wildlife and natural landforms making it a haven for nature enthusiasts and adventure junkies alike. Home to the majestic African plains, Zimbabwe offers a sanctuary for the big five – African lions, African elephants, Cape buffalo, African leopards and black/white rhinoceros. In addition to these stunning creatures, Zimbabwe boasts several world renowned landforms including the breath-taking Victoria Falls and Malindidzimu Hill (also known as the “World’s View) which provides epic 360 degree views of this beautiful and awe-inspiring country.
This unique internship provides the perfect opportunity for those who are passionate about horses and who want to learn to care for them in an ethical way to experience the thrill of riding a race horse in the beautiful surroundings of Zimbabwe. Not only will you have the opportunity to learn and develop your horse racing skills, you will also be trained on animal care, ethical treatment of animals and the daily running and maintenance of a large racing yard. As an intern you will have the perfect chance to get involved with horse racing under the supervision of an experienced and passionate trainer.
Learn to ride racing horses in an ethical way as you experience Zimbabwean culture and way of life
Learn to care for and understand horses under the guidance of experienced and passionate trainers
Practice ethical treatment of sport horses
Learn to run and maintain a racing yard
Must be over 18 years old
Must be physically fit
Must be a competent rider
Must provide video footage of your riding so the instructors can assess your suitability
Must have a skull cap and protective riding clothes
Must weigh less than 75kgs
Riding, feeding and grooming horses
Checking horses for injuries
Cleaning the stables
Assisting at racing events
Airport pick-up & transfer to project location
Home stay with the trainer
Before you go
Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on visas and equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
Accommodation Local oprientation and training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup
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What does the project do?
The project aims to help those who are passionate about horses to learn about the ethical care and treatment of sport horses whilst developing their racing skills as much as possible. Not only will you learn about horse racing, you will also learn what it is like to manage and maintain race tracks and care for the athletes living in the yard. This internship aims to prepare you for a future career in horse racing.
What will I be doing?
Your days will be varied as you work on a number of aspects that will contribute to your goal of becoming a competent jockey with knowledge of proper animal. You will undertake chores such as feeding, grooming and exercising of the race horses as well as caring for the racing yard and assisting safely at races.
Your days will be busy but worthwhile as you will see your confidence and skills grow rapidly and you develop a personal and intimate bond with each of the horses. This will make the whole experience thoroughly rewarding!
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What happens when I arrive?
You will be met at Harare Airport and a friendly representative will take you to your accommodation at the trainer’s house. Your first few days will be spent meeting the horses and staff and getting to know what your role will be at the yard and in the stables.
Where will I be staying?
You will be staying in a home-stay together with your fellow interns. The home-stay will be in a detached area of the trainer’s house that is equipped with laundry and internet.
What will I be eating?
All of your meals will be provided throughout the duration of your internship. However, if you wish to try the local food this can be arranged! On your days off you may be able to go out exploring and try some local delicacies. Corn and maize is a staple in Zimbabwe and is eaten frequently and used in many dishes. For the most part, the Zimbabwean cuisine has remained traditionally African. Some traditional dishes you might like to try include; Sadza (a stiff maize meal rolled into a ball and dipped into meat, sauce, gravy, sour milk, or stewed vegetables), Dovi (a peanut butter stew served with meat and vegetables) and Mapopo Candy (papaya cooked in and then dusted with sugar).
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There are several opportunities for sports and leisure activities around the project site. Within walking distance you’ll have access to a tennis court and several cycling, mountain biking and hiking trails. For a more urban experience, you can take a short drive to the city centre where you can find restaurants, shopping, museums, galleries and national historic sites.
If you’re feeling a little more adventurous why not get exploring and soak up the Zimbabwean culture and see the fantastic wildlife on the spectacular African plains! Some of the more popular sites include:
Victoria Falls – perfect for adrenaline junkies as this is home to numerous adventure activities such as bungee jumping, white water rafting and boogie boarding. Victoria Falls is just one sheer drop at 108m high along the Zambezi River and is a registered UNESCO world heritage site.
Matopos National Park –a very short drive away from Bulawayo, the park is famous for a large outcrop known as World’s View due to the vast and beautiful scenery that can be seen for miles. Matapos is also famous for its wildlife including a large population of black eagles, leopards and black/white rhinos. This makes Matopos National Park a must see park for nature lovers.
Antelope Park – This beautiful haven just 2 hours away from Bulawayo is an incredible opportunity to walk amongst some of the world’s most dangerous animals as you explore this spectacular 3000 acres of savannah.
Great Zimbabwe – This is an ancient city of ruins in the south eastern hills of Zimbabwe that in the late Iron Age was inhabited by the Shona people. At one point this World Heritage Site was believed to be home to around 18000 inhabitants and was the capital of the Great Kingdom of Zimbabwe which stretched all the way into modern day Botswana, Mozambique and South Africa.
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There is no obligation when making an application, and you do not need to pay anything at this point.