The Dutch horse riding championships – ‘Ermelo’
Description: The royal Dutch Hippique Sport Federation (in Dutch: KNHS), situated in Ermelo, is with over 180.000 members on of the largest sports federations of the Netherlands. Eight disciplines of the horse riding sport are combined; dressage, jumping, eventing, endurance, carriage driving, voltige and reining. The KNHS looks after the interests of everyone who is active in the equestrian sport from recreational to the international level.
Type of Work: the project will take place during the Equestrian Championship ‘Hippiade’ 2017 that is organised at the beginning of September. The volunteers will help out with the construction of the different competition courses and fields. They will assist by logistic and organisational activities during the event. At the project location, especially during this Championships, there will be a lot of beautiful horses present. However, the work does not include working directly with the animals. They are taken care of by their owners and grooms.
Study Theme: During the 2017 international volunteering projects SIW aims to encourage a discussion focussing on climate and sustainability between the participants and the local community. Participants can choose one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals for 2030 (source: 2030 Agenda UN) that is most relevant to their project. After a group discussion participants are invited to find a creative way, such as a play/performance, song, poetry or art out of recycling materials, to promote the targets that are part of the chosen SDG and how people can contribute to reaching them.
Accommodation: Volunteers stay at the KNHS centre in a dormitory with beds. There are no sheets so volunteers should bring their own sleeping bag. There’s a small apartment on the grounds of KNHS that serves as the communal space for the group volunteers. There’s also a kitchen inside of this apartment for the volunteers. They will prepare their own meals and eat together.
Requirements: • Sleeping bag • High top sneakers • Rain is spread throughout the year, so bring warm clothes, a raincoat and a swimming suit
Approximate Location: Ermelo, province of Gelderland
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