Dec 15, 2021

RDA Singapore: Volunteer (Equine-Assisted Therapy)

  • Emily Tan Yi Lyn
  • Singapore
Volunteering/Community Service/Social Entreprenuership Skill Building Other


RDA provides equine-assistant therapy for disabled Singaporeans. At RDA Singapore, we welcome volunteers both as groups and individuals, and we are always looking for new volunteers to help with our horse-riding therapy sessions for those with disabilities. No horse experience is needed for sidewalkers as training will be provided. We offer on the job training throughout the year as well as regular training programmes every quarter.

We are always looking for hard-working, passionate, and energetic people to volunteer at the therapy sessions, barn work, and fundraising to keep our free therapeutic horse riding program serving our beneficiaries each day.

As a side-walker, you will be an integral part of the weekly progress of the riders, providing physical assistance and emotional encouragement. During therapy sessions, you will walk beside the horse while supporting (both physically and mentally!) and interacting with the rider and facilitate therapy activities. As such, you need to be comfortable working with a person with disabilities and being around horses.

Helping out in fundraising is important too, in order to keep our free therapeutic horse riding program serving our beneficiaries each day free. Events include Race Day, Charity Carnival, Road shows and more!
Volunteer roles include but are not limited to:

  • Assisting in the therapy sessions as a side walker, horse leader or coordinator
  • Helping out with barn work like stable maintenance which include; clearing & mark up a stable for our therapy horses, scrubbing out horse resting mat & corridor, grounds keeping and so on (Typically for one-time group volunteering)
  • Fundraising, marketing, events, photography, administrative work, videography, and the list really goes on!

Type of Opportunity

Extracurricular Activity

Application Deadline


Age Range


Minimum Technical Skill Needed

• ALL volunteers start off as sidewalkers first regardless of experience. Subsequently, volunteers interested in leading horses will be asked to join leader training when recommended by instructors.
• No horse experience is needed as training will be provided.
• Volunteers should be comfortable around people with disabilities.

Time Commitment

Preference will be given to volunteers who are able to commit at least 1 riding therapy term (once a week on the same day/session for 10 consecutive weeks. This ensures that the same volunteers will follow through the therapy progress with the same child who rides with us for a 10-week term.

Application Process Includes

Interested applicants below 21 years old will require parental consent.