Farm Stay, Farm Work
San Jacinto, 70 km away from the capital, Montevideo
flexible start and end dates, year-round
This beautiful farm in inland Uruguay is a family business run by Roberto, Margo, Rebeca and Gabriela. The idea came from her great passion for horses and country life itself. For a few years now, the farm has functioned as a holiday home for horse lovers and riders for national and international tourists. Guests come as day visitors or can stay in one of the guest rooms for one or more nights.
In addition to the owner families, about 15horses, dogs, cats, chickens, geese, a pig, a sheep and a cow, as well as other farm animals find a lovely home here (the number of animals can change). Particularly noteworthy is the pleasant rest and beautiful surroundings. The pulse of time beats a little slower here. On horseback you can almost feel like a real gaucho.
The 17-hectare private property gives you the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful countryside, immerse yourself in the local culture, improve your Spanish and learn about horses. A nearby lake invites you to rest and relax.
The farm offer farm holidays, horseback riding excursions and special activities for day visitors taking a countryside getaway.
This farm stay program is unique if you want to get involved in the Uruguayan country life, like to be surrounded by lots of animals and are not afraid of physical work. You should be open to other people and cultures, because on the farm you will have contact with locals and foreigners.
A farm like that is a lot of work. The volunteers mainly work outdoors in the good, fresh country air. There are tasks in different areas that are planned and divided up on a weekly basis. The many animals have to be taken care of, the horses have to be moved and trained, the vegetable garden needs attention and you can also help out in the kitchen.
Take this unique opportunity and get to know life and work on a Uruguayan farm. You can expect a pleasant working atmosphere, nice people and many opportunities to explore the impressive landscape in your free time or on excursions.
The following tasks give you an insight into possible activities during your farm work in Uruguay:
- Caring for the horses
- Feeding the horses
- Train and exercise horses
- Cleaning of horse stables and saddles
- Prepare horse rides with guests
- Guide horse rides with guests (for volunteers with very good riding skills)
- Caring for other animals on the farm (e.g. cats, dogs, rabbits, chickens, etc.)
- Help in the kitchen
- Guest Relations
- Repair of fences or similar, maintenance work
- Gardening, e.g. in the organic vegetable garden
- Other farm, field, or household chores
*Farm Stays with horses are among our most demanded programs. These farms prefer participants who have previous knowledge of working with horses, and who are experienced riders. Although we try hard, we cannot guarantee placements on a horse-related farm without any previous experience working with horses.
An important aspect of our Farm Stay programs in South America is full integration. During your farm work in Uruguay you will be accommodated in one of the 2 guest rooms directly on the farm. Each of the two guest rooms has 2 beds, so there is space for a maximum of 4 volunteers in total.
The farm has running water, electricity and internet. The farm is run as sustainably and environmentally friendly as possible, which is why we ask that natural resources (water, electricity, etc.) be used consciously.
There is a small shop about 500 meters from the farm where volunteers can buy groceries for breakfast and dinner. Lunch is included in the program. About once a week, the volunteers can go to the nearest town to do larger shopping if necessary.
The farm is beautifully situated about 70 km north of Montevideo, the state capital of Uruguay. It is about 100 km to the popular seaside resort of Punta del Este, while Atlantida on the Atlantic is only 30 km away. The nearest town, 15 minutes away, is called San Jacinto and has about 7,0000 inhabitants.
This area is used intensively for agriculture. The main crops are grain, wine, vegetables and fruit, and there are also large farms that specialize in animal husbandry.
In recent decades, tourism in this area has grown in importance, driven by residents from the capital looking for rest and relaxation.
Communication level Spanish is recommended so that you can fully engage in your Farm Stay project. On the Farm there are also English-speaking staff.
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 in case of emergency on 7 days a week around the clock.
In addition to the support from our office, you will be supported by our local partner organisation.
Costs & Services
Farm Stay in Uruguay includes:
- Single or shared room on the farm
- Professional English-speaking advice
- Translation of your application documents
- Farm Work Placement
- English-speaking in-country support
- Handbook Uruguay
- Intercultural guideline
- 24/7 emergency number
- Information about suitable travel insurance
- Certificate of participation
Application fee: US$ 150
Program fee: US$ 625 (minimum stay 2 weeks)
Each additional week: US$ 200
Additionally, you can book:
Our tips (experience more + see more = save $$)
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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 …
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Note: Language courses are excluded from this promotion. These discounts can not be combined with other promotions.
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