Relive the days of old as a Cowboy (or girl) in beautiful Guyana!!! Times are changing for the Vaquero’s (Cowboys) of the Savannas’ and they need your help! Due to government policies they are no longer to sell their cattle outside of the Savannas’ leaving them with no income and now they are on the brink of abounding their centuries old lifestyle.
This is why:
The volunteer experience
This great experience will take you to the golden Savannas’ of Guyana a magnificent place where Vaquero’s with its horses and cattle have lived in co-existence with the local wildlife for many centuries. It was here once even Frank James (Jesse James older brother) use to gallop through the vast planes. However times are changing for the Vaquero’s (cowboys) of the Savannas’ and they need your help! Due to government policies they are no longer to sell their cattle outside of the Savannas’ leaving them with barely any income and now they are on the brink of abounding their centuries old lifestyle. Your help is needed to set up eco-tourism facilities for visitors so that the ranchers can make a living to sustain their ranch. Starting May 2011 the ranch will host an annual camp for school children (funded by the US Peace Corps). However as the ranch is in need of renovation as well as many facilities are missing a lot of work needs to get done. The main project for our volunteer will be building a Barracon (a longhouse building where the children/visitors will receive their meals and briefings) and a horse coral that have to be completed by May 2011 before the school kids arrive.
During the volunteer experience while on the ranch and in the savannas’ you will sleep in hammocks and share this great experience with local ranchers. We concentrate on things that work, not that look fancy. This is the real stuff! Are you ready for and adventure learn about exotic cultures and spot a variety of different wildlife while helping to preserve the way of the cowboy.
Task & Duties
The project starting April 11th will involve you to sustain the rancher’s way of life as they struggle in their existence since the government of Guyana does no longer allow them to sell their cattle’s meat along the coast while the Brazilian government does not allow the import of meat form Guyana. Only being able to sell their meat in the small town of Lethem near the Brazilian border in the west most ranchers struggle to keep their ranches going which have been in their family’s possession for hundreds of years. The main project for our volunteer will be building a Barracon (a longhouse building where the children/visitors will receive their meals and briefings) and a horse coral that have to be completed by May 2011 before the school kids arrive. The ranch currently has about 20 horses, all of whom are fed and bathed daily. Unfortunately the horse get real excited at feed time and the area around the ranch house is a bit of a mad house at feeding time. The ranch wants to build an old style, split wood coral to keep the horses in during feed time / when being saddled/bathed after a ride and so on. The coral would also provide individual feed troughs for each horse – which will cut down on the fight for food a lot! As a bonus and included in the costs the volunteers will be visiting the Rupununi Rodeo a great and awesome old school rodeo/cowboy festival. While volunteering and working together with the ranchers you have an opportunity to learn more about their amazing culture and way of life. During your stay you will have lot’s opportunities to view wildlife and you will get to learn some great ranching techniques dating from hundreds of years ago.