An interview with volunteer Katrina Hemming
Katrina Hemming, 19, from Norfolk, UK
Tell us a bit about yourself.
Coming from a countryside town where most people hardly ever even left the county, I’ve always known that I wanted to travel and to do something worthwhile with my life. After completing A levels and working in a retail position for 10 months, not knowing what I wanted to do with my future, I decided enough was enough and left my life in England to volunteer at the Rescue Centre full-time.
I’d seen the advertisement on a jobs abroad website and, having experience with horses during my childhood, I moved to Spain in August 2011 to live in at the Centre and donate my time.
How did you find out about the Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre?
I was looking on a jobs abroad website when I came across the advertisement for an opportunity to live in at the Rescue Centre in Spain in return for helping with daily duties. I’d had experience with horses during my childhood so researched the Easy Horse Care website and emailed an enquiry to Rod and Sue, then I moved to Spain in August 2011 not really knowing what to expect, and it’s the best decision I’ve made.
Describe what you do as a volunteer.
Living in at the Centre means that I volunteer full-time, starting with the breakfast feeds and finishing with bringing the horses in at night. The time in between involves everything from feeding, grooming, turning out, exercising the horses, and general yard duties. I’ve even turned my hand to writing articles for the newspapers!
We also do a lot of working with the public to generate the much needed funds to keep the Centre running, which means helping with the Open Days on Wednesdays and Sundays and even organising fundraising events such as bag-packing in local supermarkets.
Volunteering at the Rescue Centre is so varied and none of the days are the same which is what makes it so interesting!
Would you recommend volunteering at the Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre? If so, why?
I would recommend volunteering at Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre to absolutely anyone who wants to make a difference and is willing to put in the effort to do so. It’s not all about the yard duties, but also about getting the name out there and raising awareness of the amazing things that happen at the Centre, so all skills are valuable and any amount of time that a potential volunteer can donate will make a difference to us and to the cause.
I have learnt so much since I’ve been here and have been inspired beyond belief; we just need more dedicated people to help us to successfully progress as a developing charity.