Farm Stay, Farm Work
Ytu Guazu, Caacupe
year round, start and end dates are flexible
Our Farm Stay in Paraguay takes place near the city of Caacupé in central Paraguay, about an hour's drive from the capital Asunción. Caacupé is the capital of the province of Cordillera and the next largest city to where you can get by bus easily. The farm, also called estancia, where our Farm Stay program takes place, is located in the evergreen Cordillera hills, one of Paraguay's most enchanting landscapes.
The farm owner is a native German. She emigrated to Paraguay in 1996 to realize the dream of a life in nature, with animals and without the hustle and bustle of a big city. She speaks German, English and Spanish.
The farm includes a tourism business: there are cosy guest rooms with a pool available for the guests. Riding excursions and various other activities, such as a visit to the famous Iguazu Waterfalls are part of the tourist program. Country life and pure adventure await you here!
At the estancia in Paraguay, (almost) everything is about horse: The farm is home to 30 horses, mostly typical South American criollos, but also mestizos, Lusitanos and Quarter Horses. These sure-footed and quiet South American horses are also very suitable for beginners after a short instruction for riding trips.
There is always a lot to do on a farm. Every day, there are different tasks that have to be completed to make sure the horses are taken care of, to maintain the estancia and to run the hospitality service.
Take this unique opportunity and get to know the life and work on a Paraguayan estancia. You can expect a pleasant working atmosphere, nice people and many opportunities to explore the stunning landscape in your free time or during excursions.
The following examples will give you a little insight into your job during your farm work in Paraguay:
- Caring for the horses
- Feeding the horses
- Moving/training the horses
- Cleaning the stables and saddles
- Preparing horse riding excursions with guests
- Guiding horse riding excursions with guests
- Feeding the other animals of the farm (dogs, cats, etc.)
- Helping in the kitchen
- Customer service
- Other tasks on the farm, on the premises or in the household
Note: The tasks may vary. They depend on factors such as number of volunteers, season, current needs of the project, as well as self-motivation. Not every volunteer may be fully involved in all these tasks.
Full immersion into a country and its culture is an important aspect of our Farm Stay programs in South America.
During your farm work in Paraguay you will therefore be accommodated in a guest room directly on the Estancia.
There is running water, electricity and internet around the clock. Your stay includes full board. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are prepared by the host family. Meals are taken alone or with other participants, if several are on site, or sometimes also with the farm owner. Assistance in kitchen work and service is desired.
Note: In Latin America, especially in remote areas where many of our volunteer projects take place, the cellular or internet connection is not always reliable and fast.
Ytu Guazu belongs to the municipality of Caacupé in central Paraguay, about 60 kilometers from the capital Asuncion. The Ytu Valley was originally populated by the Guaraní indigenous people and their ancient traditions and language are still very alive there. Today the valley is mainly inhabited by crofters and their families. The region gradually opened up to tourism and there are many beautiful fincas that receive guests.
The Cordillera de los Altos is one of the most beautiful areas of Paraguay and delights its visitors with lovely evergreen landscapes and numerous rivers with amazing waterfalls.
The capital of this region and at the same time the most populous city is Caacupé, which is also considered the "spiritual capital" of Paraguay, because here you can visit the basilica of the Virgin of Caacupé. More than 1.5 million believers go there during a pilgrimage each year in December.
Ytu Guazu has a subtropical climate. There are regular short rain showers every few days that provide for the evergreen vegetation. The average annual temperature is approx. 25 °C per day, but the temperatures are often also above 32 °C - so you should rather like hot weather.
Spanish at communication level. For optimal preparation for your farm work in Paraguay, we advise you to take a Spanish course before the program starts. This gives you the opportunity to slowly get used to the language, culture and mentality.
Pre-departure and in-country support
Before arrival, our experienced team will be at your disposal to assist you throughout the booking process and travel planning. With the booking confirmation you will receive our 24-hour emergency number, so that you can reach us 24/7 in case of emergency.
In addition to the assistance from our office, you will be supported by the owner of the ranch on site.
Costs & Services
Our Farm Work with Horses in Paraguay includes:
- Single/shared room on the farm
- Full board (served meals or groceries for self-catering)
- Professional English-speaking advice
- Translation of your application documents
- Farm Stay Placement in Paraguay
- English-speaking in-country support
- Handbook Paraguay
- Intercultural guideline
- 24/7 emergency number
- Information regarding suitable travel insurance
- Certificate of participation
Application fee: US$ 120
Program fee: US$ 375 (minimum stay 8 weeks)
Each additional week: US$ 15
Additionally, you can book:
Our tips (experience more + see more = save $$)
Is it difficult for you to decide between the many great projects? You want to see and experience as much as possible during your stay in Latin America? Then build your own itinerary - experience more & see more! Our program combination makes it possible!
All our stay abroad programs can be combined with each other: So, you can combine different volunteer projects in the same country or in different countries, or you mix Working Holiday with volunteer work or Farm Stay with Working Holiday ...and so on …
Your creativity knows no limits. The longer your stay abroad in Latin America, the greater the discount you get from South America Inside. Below you can see how much you can save:
Note: Language courses are excluded from this promotion. These discounts can not be combined with other promotions.
If you need assistance in putting together your personal experience abroad, then please contact us. Our experienced staff will help you to set up your tailor-made stay abroad.