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Farm & Horse Work in the Pantanal Brazil



We are located in one of the most beautiful geographic regions of the Pantanal - the largest wetland area of the world, with incredible nature and wildlife.
The ranch is where we host volunteers and it is located 7km from the lodge. At the ranch we take care of the goats, sheep and cows and train our young horses. Your daily tasks at the […]

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Dates of program:
Year round

Duration of program:
2 months minimum

Age requirement:
Adults of both sexes 18+

Volunteers receive free accommodation and meals. Both Accommodation and meals are simple and rustic (no air conditioner, hot shower or laundry).

Other information:
We live surrounded by nature and share our living space with various wildlife and birds such as parrots.


Wish I was still there!
"Just spent over 3 months working at both Pousada and Fazenda Xaraes. Pousada now in separate ownership so review re Fazenda only where I spent approx 6wks. My Brazilian Portuguese is still poor. Learn the words for animals, tools, directions in particular, my guidebook had a "Pantaneiro cowboy" section which was helpful. Got up at 4.00 to milk cows, you need long rubber boots for this. Rode Lusitano horses all of which were excellent but you need to be a competent rider especially in water & woods and for rounding up/sorting cattle. Leather boots best, they wear a jodphur style as laces get caught in thorns. Chaps or 1/2 chaps useful to protect legs. Long sleeved cotton shirts best for mosquito protection + plenty of repellent. I found fleece lined neoprene useful for wet weather as often cold as well. If you are happy with beef, rice & beans as a staple diet you will have no problems, there is some variation, I took dried fruit and protein biscuits for snacking when on longer trips out. The 2 resident cowboys are brilliant, incredibly skilful, both have good sense of humour and appreciate the help volunteers provide. I have amazing photos but didn't take camera when working as mine is not waterproof & there is a risk you may end up in the water, so I also wrote a daily journal. My horses were never actually swimming - in dry season - but water up to my own knees regularly. It helps if you are physically fit for lifting, carrying, fencing tasks. Take everything you might need medically, I had basic first aid kit+extra tubigrip, plasters, allergy tablets, painkillers, antiseptic cream, anaesthetic cream for insect bites etc. Don't expect a social life or social media but you will be in a place few people will ever get the chance to experience, surrounded by fantastic scenery and wildlife, particularly birds. If the shower gets fixed I would say 5*. I plan to return in the future."- Judy Cole

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