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Volunteers needed in rural Ireland

Country: Ireland

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Workaway Host rating
8
Last Activity
25/10/2014

Description

We have just accepted a volunteer to help us for the rest of Oct and we close for winter on 01 Nov.

We would accept one other helper, male or female, to help with maintenance/gardening, grass-cutting, tree-pruning, etc. from now until 01 Nov.

If you are available to volunteer for work in the Hostel/B&B (preferably 3 months) in 2015 ... from mid-March approx (we re-open on 1st April ... because any fool can open any other day!!) until 01 Nov, we would be glad to hear from you.


GENERAL INFORMATION.
We have a Tourist Hostel/B&B/Retreat Centre on the northwest coast of Donegal which is close to five beautiful beaches, the Horn Head sea-cliffs, Ards Forest Park, Muckish and Errigal mountains, Glenveigh National Park and Tory Island.

Our 2 hectare (5 acre) property, a pre-Celtic site, is located alongside a main bus-route and two miles (3km) from the nearest village. We are right beside New Lake Nature Reserve, with sea views over the Atlantic to Tory Island.

There are small shops and some pubs with traditional music in the nearby villages of Dunfanaghy (3km) and Falcarragh (8km) . Letterkenny, the nearest town, is 45 mins away by car or bus,

The property and the buildings are renowned for their tranquility, warm hospitality, recycling policy, organic garden, meditation sanctuaries and the sound of the Mill stream by day and the crashing of waves on the beach by night. We have no TVs or Radios here for entertainment. We don't need them!

The hostel/B&B work includes looking after our guests, ... answering the telephone, helping/making and putting out breakfasts, cleaning bathrooms/common rooms/kitchen, etc. The season develops slowly from Mar to June, gets busy during Jul-Aug and starts getting quiet again thereafter. We close for winter from about 01 Nov to 01 Apr.

The hours of work depend on the amount of guests staying but usually, the housework will be in the morning... (1-3 hours, cleaning the building after the guests leave). If there is little or no work in the hostel we work in the garden weeding, cutting grass, looking after the flowers, chickens, etc. After that, or if you really need a break, you can go exploring the wonderful landscape, beaches, forest park, etc..

The evening work requires one person to be on call... answering the telephone or receiving, briefing and booking guests into the accommodation. Everybody has a day off every week to go for a longer trip.

If you like the countryside you will love it here. We need somebody who is friendly, reliable and not afraid of work. It is important that you have some English, (to make bookings, answer the phone and have a chat with our guests).

We give free accommodation to our volunteers, in a little annex to the Mill House and €50 per week towards your food. We provide free Internet and WIFI so bring your Laptop if you wish.

Many, many thanks to all you wonderful helpers/workers/volunteers who came to stay with us down through the years! You helped us through difficult times and brightened up our lives.

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask.

Best wishes and looking forward to hearing from you.

Brendan.

Area

Ulster

Type of help

Other,
Helping with Tourists,
General Maintenance,
Gardening

Help

The hours of work depend on the amount of guests staying but usually, the hard work will be in the morning... (1-2 hours, cleaning the rooms after the guests leave) and helping setting out the breakfast in the morning. If there is no work in the house we work in the garden ... weeding, landscaping, cutting grass, looking after the flowers, chickens, etc.

The evening work (1600-2200) requires one person to be on call... answering the telephone or receiving, briefing and booking guests into the accommodation. Everybody (except me) has a day off every week to go for a trip or just rest on the property.

If you like the countryside you will love it here. We need somebody who is friendly, reliable and not afraid of work. It is important that you have some English, (to make bookings, answer the phone and have a chat with our guests).

We give free accommodation to our volunteers in a little annex to the Mill House and 50 per week towards your food. We provide free Internet and WIFI so bring your Laptop if you wish.

Languages spoken

English, Irish, Lithuanian, Russian

Accommodation

Little private annex to the Mill House (ensuite bedroom) where helpers share accommodation. We now have a new annex to the Campers Kitchen where some volunteers may stay.

Some more information

Internet access
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers

Photos

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Host ref number: 17957294954a

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