Bona Fides Association and Associazione InCo – Interculturalità & Comunicazione are looking for one volunteer (citizen or resident of Poland, aged 18-30 yo) for an European Solidarity Corps placement at an association and stable offering an alternative method of approaching horse riding in Piemonte region of Italy! 

Place: Biella (Piemonte), Italy
Duration 11-12 months
Mobility: From January/February 2024 to January 2025

Hosting Organisation – Oasi di Scacco & Hope Association

For over ten years the Oasi di Scacco & Hope Association has been offering an alternative method of approaching horse riding. In the province of Biella, in Mongrando, there is the Scacco and Hope Oasis, a project by Coretta Spalla (International Centered Riding® Instructor) and Fabio Ronchetti, who since 2006 have given life to their dream: that of living in close contact with the horses. The Scacco & Hope Oasis is not just a stable: everything was born from the arrival of Scacco, a horse donated with the aim of putting him to rest after long years spent in the stables. Since then, an experiment was born that involved many other horses, which arrived here over the years and were recovered from situations of abandonment, mistreatment and slaughter. The objective, in addition to recovery, is to try to establish a different relationship with the horse, considering each specimen for its own uniqueness.

About the city

Biella is a city and comune (municipality) in the Piedmont region of Northern Italy, in the capital of the province of the same name, with a population of 44,324. It is located approximately 80 kilometers (50 miles) northeast of Turin and about the same distance west-northwest of Milan. It is located in the foothills of the Alps, in the Bo mountain range near Mount Mucrone and the Camino. A region rich in springs and lakes fed by glaciers, the heart of the Biellese Alps is watered by various mountain streams, the river Elvo in the west. of the town, the Oropa river, and Cervo to the east. Nearby natural and notable tourist attractions include the Zegna Viewpoint, Bielmonte Ski Resort, Burcina Nature Reserve and the steppes south of the city. Oropa Sanctuary is a place of religious pilgrimages. In 2003, Oropa Sacred Mountain Oropa Sanctuary became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Biella is an important wool processing and textile centre. There is a small airport in the nearby commune of Cerrione.

Activities – Volunteers have the opportunity to learn all aspects of running a stable

– Taking care of the stalls and horse area

– Daily cleaning and care of the horses

– Feeding and feeding management

– Learning the basics of training techniques used by us

– Learning to ride according to the method used in our stable

Practical arrangements

The volunteers will get free accommodation for the whole duration of your voluntary service. 
The volunteers will live in single/double room, with private bathroom and common kitchen.
The volunteers receive a food allowance.
Pocket money, according to the ESC guide standards in Italy are 180 euro per month (6 euro per day). 


To apply please forward your CV and a motivation letter (in English) to: and with a title: ‘ESC in Biella, Italy’.

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