• Volunteer

    Join the team for an adventure of a lifetime.

During our summer months of December through April, we have a limited number of work-trade positions available for people with applicable skill-sets. We have a four-month minimum stay for volunteers, starting on December 1 through the end of March. If you are interested in any of the positions listed, and feel that you would be a good fit, please fill out the application below. We begin reviewing applications for these positions in April for the following season starting December 1.

Ranquilco is an out-of-time place, wonderfully remote, and the work offerings reflect the time-honored gaucho and ranching values. We aim to make the experience as healthy and rewarding as possible for all parties. Everyone participates in all aspects of community living - helping with the horses, milking the cow, cooking and cleaning, and chopping firewood. We do not operate on a fixed schedule; workdays fluctuate with the comings and goings of guest groups and the various happenings around the ranch. We do work long days, but follow the tradition of the siesta, often breaking for several hours during the hottest part of the day. Ranch activities sometimes dictate that we begin our work in the very early morning, or work beyond nightfall. Flexibility, motivation, and stamina are a must. We make sure the work is balanced by time off to rest, ride, and explore.

Volunteers are housed in a rustic bunkhouse in a shared room, with a shared kitchen and bath. Meals are prepared and shared communally. A laundry machine is available at the volunteer house. We have a very slow satellite internet system set up in the office. There are no phones at the estancia. We encourage people to use the internet as little as possible during their stay - it is a gift to be away from omnipresent connectivity.

We expect our volunteers to contribute with a positive and proactive attitude, to embrace the rare opportunity to experience life apart from modern conveniences, and to respect every individual in our diverse, multi-cultural community.

Horse riding guides (FILLED for 2019-20 season):

Horses are a daily part of life at Ranquilco. Applicants must have solid experience with horses, preferably with a background in guiding inexperienced riders. Outdoor leadership experience is a big plus.

Horse trainer (FILLED for 2019-20 season):

We are looking for a skilled horse trainer to start 4 colts and continue work on a group of 3 year olds. These horses are a criollo-quarterhorse mix. Must have solid experience and provide references.

Builders (FILLED for 2019-20 season):

We have a few spaces open for skilled builders. Ranquilco is a fun and challenging place to work. We mill all of our own lumber onsite and work with many of the local materials which lend themselves to natural design and creativity. Must have construction experience.

Cooks (FILLED for the 2019-20 season):

If you have experience cooking for groups and like the idea of cooking over an open fire using freshly harvested produce and meat from the ranch, as well as staples from town, give us a shout!

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All clients and volunteers must present proof of travel insurance with horse riding coverage before they will be allowed to ride at Ranquilco.

Family members of volunteers and interns are invited to visit Ranquilco at a discounted rate. Please inquire with T.A. at [email protected].