We are a family of three living in a beautiful part of Munster, Ireland. That is, myself, Grace & my two sons aged 15 years & 11 years. We have a 1.5 acre property set in the rich agricultural countryside of Co. Limerick. We are 10 minutes drive from a main line train station.
I haven't hosted volunteers before, but "Workaway" has been recommended to me by friends, who have had great experiences.
We are a friendly, active & fun loving family. Our interests include: sport - all kinds, especially rugby & boxing in which the boys are involved; yoga; going to the sea, (only 2 hours away); food & wholefood cooking - I am pescetarian, (mainly vegetarian & some fish), the boys are omnivores, so I can cater for all diets; hill walking; computer games & programming; Scouting - I am a Cub Scout leader in our local group; & people & life in general.
I work part time as a nurse & "double time" as a mother. I once had a productive vegetable garden but due to family & work commitments over the last few years I have not had enough time to keep it up. With some help I am hoping to re-establish my garden & start growing some food again.
Help in the house
I am looking for help with clearing & digging out my old vegetable garden, cutting grass & hedges & weeding. I do not use any pesticides or chemicals, so there is a lot of hand weeding to do. I need my wood shed to be tidied up for the winter. I also need the windows cleaned & re-varnished. If the weather is bad & not suitable for outside work, I have indoor painting work to do. If willing, we would also love some language practice with a French speaker - perhaps for limited periods during your day.
I expect you work to work for 5 hours per day, from 09:00am, from Monday to Friday. The weekends are your own which you are welcome to spend with us, or to take the time to tour Ireland. Arrangements can be flexible.
Ideally I would like someone for 3 weeks, from September, 5th-27th.
If you are not happy with your work or conditions & you wish to leave, I would appreciate if you could give me at least 5 days notice. Similarly, if I feel that you are not suitable as a volunteer, I will give you 5 days notice to leave.
You will have your own bedroom & bathroom. I can take a single person or a couple. Our home is a renovated farmhouse & is comfortable & spacious. There is free WiFi, but please bring your own device. I will do your laundry for you - but if you prefer to do your own, that's fine. (No tumble dryer)
I will provide you with home cooked healthy breakfast, lunch & dinner each day. I can cater for vegetarians & non-vegetarians. I am interested in macrobiotics & would love to share this interest with any volunteers who have experience.
We live within 30 minutes drive of the Galtee mountains & the beautiful Glen of Aherlow which is very popular for walking & climbing. We are also close to the Ballyhoura Mountains with has renowned mountain-bike trails. I would be happy to drive you if you wish. Within the general area there is also pony trekking centers, golf clubs, horse racing tracks & more. We are located approximately 30 minutes drive from Limerick City & 15 minutes drive from Tipperary town & there is a regular bus service. Limerick Junction train station is only 10 mins drive away, which is on the main Cork-Dublin rail line. - Dublin is 1.5 hours by rail. Nearby, (less than 1 hours drive), tourist attractions include the Rock of Cashel, Cahir Castle and St. John's Castle, Limerick.
We live among a lively rural community & there is usually some local events going on, such as, music entertainment, food fairs or sport. My friend runs a yoga studio, which is within walking distance of our home & evening classes will be starting in September. The roads around our home are quiet & great for walking or cycling - we have bicycles that you can borrow. It is light up until 21:00 in September & so it is nice to get out in the evening.
You are also welcome to accompany me on trips to town or join in with any of our activities in the evening.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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