Hippotherapy – 'Helenow' Rehabilitation, Education and Welfare Centre (POL-4)

Type: Youth, Disabled, Children, Animals - Country: Poland

Brief description and main aims

“Helenow” is a complex of institutions dedicated to education, treatment and welfare of children and youth with neurological disorders and dysfunctions. It is one of the oldest institutions providing support to children and youth with special needs. Its patients come from Warsaw and other towns and cities from the whole country.

Main Activities

“Helenow” centre consists of several public and autonomous institutions for example the hippotherapy centre, special education and treatment centre.

Volunteer tasks

The volunteer works mostly at
Hippotherapy Centre (children and youths, animals)
  • hippotherapy is the use of horse riding as a therapeutic or rehabilitative treatment for kids with special needs and in a boarding school. Volunteers will support therapists and assistants  to and conducting hippotherapy activities (cleaning horses, saddling horses, longing during the activities, helping therapists in running exercises, dressing and undressing children)
You can see the video of volunteers’ work in hippotherapy 
Special Education and Treatment Centre (children and youth, education)
  • help with homework and self-study activities for the pupils of the boarding school, help with self-care activities and transporting the pupils on the area of the dormitory and the Centre.
For long term volunteers there is also an opportunity to work in art therapy classes. Here, volunteers have a chance to interact mostly with teenagers who finished or are about to finish their school education.

Volunteer requirements / Skills

Volunteers should be:

  • able to communicate in English,
  • motivated to work as a volunteer (no paid work nor studies are allowed during your project) and willing to learn,
  • volunteers should not be afraid of animals and be willing to work with them. The sessions are all year round so be prepared to work outside also in winter.
  • reliable and diligent,
  • independent and ready to have own ideas and initiative,
  • friendly and willing to get to know and work with people of all ages,
  • open-minded and open to different cultures and lifestyles,
  • ready to dialogue and cooperation in case of conflict situations, any talents and hobbies such as playing instruments, painting, dancing, cooking etc. will be helpful.


“Helenow” is located in the green suburbs of Warsaw, which are mostly residential area but with good access to shops, supermarkets and local cafes. It is well connected with the city centre and the journey lasts about 45 min. 


This project is offered as both, long and short term. 

Hosting Situation (Board and Lodging)

The volunteer will stay in a shared room in a flat on the premises, lunches will be provided in the canteen on working days, and a food allowance for other meals and weekends wil be given to the volunteer.

More Information

Facebook page of the centre https://goo.gl/1ixgKQ

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