Relive the days of old as a Cowboy (or girl) in beautiful Guyana!!! Milk the cows in the morning, lasso the small ones to separate them from mother so she can go graze, brand the year olds, castrate the unlucky ones, round up the cows on horseback and employing your bullwhip cracking skills to bring in the herd!
This is why:
The volunteer experience
The Ranch is located on the border of Brazil in the south savannah of Guyana. It is a 50 square miles (32000acres) family owned and ran cattle ranch. The family runs the ranch with a small number of vaqueros (cowboys), rounding up the cattle, branding the newborns, taking them to market 2/3 days ride away when required and taking care of all the daily needs of running a very remote ranch. The ranch consists of the main family house, a number of barracons (outbuildings) where the stores are kept and vaqueros live, a couple of guest cabins (where you will be staying) and the likes of old style corals and miles and miles of fencing creating a large paddock around the ranch base. It is situated 100m away from a beautiful fresh water creek where nearly every day people go to bathe, fish and have fun at the end of a hot and sweaty day on the savannahs. The cattle industry is a tough one in the Rupununi savannahs. Cattle are not allowed to be taken to the coast for sale because of Government restrictions and there is no market available in nearby Brazil, again because of restrictions laid down by the Brazilian authorities. This means the only market is in the local town of Lethem, which is small and which all the ranches of the savannahs try to sell to – limiting their ability to charge a decent price for their beef. This means everything on the ranch has to be self help and cash is in very short supply, so basic maintenance and the possibility of creating new business opportunities are difficult. This is a direct threat to the hundreds of years of traditional ranch life in the south savannahs of the Rupununi. By helping out on their ranch and getting a great experience you help the family and the ranch to keep continuing there centuries old family business and their way of life.
Task & Duties
Milk the cows in the morning, lasso the small ones to separate them from mother so she can go graze, brand the year olds, castrate the unlucky ones, round up the cows on horseback and employing your bullwhip cracking skills to bring in the herd!
During your stay at the ranch they will teach you everything you need to know about being a cowboy or vaquero as
they are called here on a ranch in the savannahs of Guyana. It will help if you’ve ridden a little before, but the way the cowboys do it, is a little different to English technique, so if you’ve never ridden before, you will still be fine.
Each day there will be chance to have a go at some of the following: