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Adaptive Riding Class Assistant

Sunday, December 1st, 2019 to Tuesday, June 30th, 2020 (MT)


Created ForASU Community Engagement Programs, Education Placements
Registration OpensNov 30, 2019 5:00am
Registration ClosesJan 16, 2020 5:00am or when space runs out.
Supervisor(s)Sav Shopay, Kerri Sorensen
FacultyASU Community Engagement Programs
Hiring ManagerSav Shopay
TimeframeFall, Spring, Summer
This internship is currently CLOSED and will not be accepting further applications.

Serve the special needs community via adaptive riding, or community gardening/green projects. Choose the position that best suits your interests and skill set.

Volunteers are essential to keep our program running and are the backbone to our center. Without our volunteers we would be unable to mount riders and provide them with lessons or therapy. Our AR instructors are focused on providing quality lessons for riding instruction. While their responsibility centers around engaging lessons and safety for all who are on property, it is important that our volunteers support our instructors. You will contribute to that support while learning and refining your leadership skills under the guidance of our Horses Help staff.

ADAPTIVE RIDING CLASS ASSISTANT (client ages: 4 years old - elderly)
This internship takes on more of a leadership role and requires a motivator and facilitator skill set. You will be involved in classes at least one evening per week. To gain the full experience, you will learn each role as a side walker and coach through participation in the classes. In addition to being in classes, you will be expected to act as the instructor's assistant on their designated night of classes. Within this, you will work in conjunction with the instructor to set up and prep the arena for classes, supervise that tack is put away and hung correctly, and initiate communication with client parents/guardians.

Times vary depending on Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters
*Mornings *Afternoons *Evenings *Weekends
Hours typically available:
Monday through Friday- 9:00am-7:00pm
Saturday- 7:30am-12:30pm 
Sunday- Closed

The general community as well as the special-needs youth and adults, military (active, retired and family), and at-risk population (foster care youth, adopted youth, low-income, etc).

Horses Help, a premier accredited therapeutic riding center, provides recreational services to the special needs, at-risk youth, and military populations throughout the Phoenix valley.
Enables Horses Help to have a larger, longer lasting effect on the populations we serve.

CAPACITY:: 2 interns
No additional requirements
Interns will proceed through a New Volunteer Orientation and then a Level 1 (Sidewalker/coach) training. New Volunteer Orientation covers the Horses Help programs and discusses the various demographics we serve, while Level 1 teaches volunteers about how to assist in our adaptive riding classes alongside participants and the horses. Both are required.