Equine therapy volunteers participate in Bolivia’s Olympic Games
“The government didn’t know this kind of therapy was taking place here, so the Minister of Special Needs got in touch with our project partners and invited us to participate in the opening ceremony,” says Carmen Herbas, Country Director at Projects Abroad.
Volunteers and children took part in the event which featured participants of the Special Olympics. During the opening ceremony, Projects Abroad volunteers paraded with children involved in the Equine Therapy Project. “The aim was to demonstrate to the public that children can get better with the aid of horses,” says Carmen.
“I loved every second of my time at the event, in fact it was one of the highlights of my time in Bolivia,” says Trish Phillips, a volunteer on a career break from the United Kingdom. “I loved the social side of it; everyone being together, working together, the build-up, the excitement, the anticipation and it was obvious everyone was delighted to be a part of it. I just hope that the powers that be recognised how very important, beneficial and unique equine therapy is for the children.”
Read more about our Bolivian Equine Therapy Project here.