Volunteering – Internship

Ranch stay at Cortijo La Herradura

“Staying at Cortijo la Herradura for the past month and a half has truly been an incredible experience. Overall, my time here has been filled with so much happiness, learning, excitement, and peacefulness. I have been able to spend many wonderful hours with the animals here, all of whom have a special place in my heart (especially my favorite cat Campeon!). My time with the horse Cleopatra has been one of much patience and education yet also adventure and connection. I have also enjoyed the cooking and baking aspects of my time here and being able to help Rebeca in her culinary aspirations. Not only have I added new foods to my recipe book but also I have gained firsthand experience on the behind the scenes of a kitchen. The ecological influences on the functioning of Cortijo la Herradura have also taught me much on how to incorporate sustainable practices into my own life. Finally, and most importantly, the people here have truly enriched my experience. I have been able to interact and form relationships with local people, all of whom have treated me with so much respect and kindness. Most touching for me was how Margo and Rebeca have accepted me into their family – my experience here unquestionably would not be the same without them. Their openness, generosity, and groundedness is admirable and unlike most people in the world, and it has truly been an honor to have had this time with them and their animals in my life. I will forever be thankful for and be thinking of my Uruguayan family”. Cici USA, June and July 2022

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