Help needed on eco building project in beautiful setting in Donegal, West of Ireland



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This listing is a Last minute host. They have let us know that they are looking for help immediately as well as at other times of the year.

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    We are a married couple with twin 4 year old girls living on a beautiful hillside with 2 lakes - great for swimming, kayaking, and hiking - in Co. Donegal, near Donegal Town. We need help with an eco project, so if this is of interest to you please contact us.

    We are finishing building a large and unique eco-friendly building which is a reciprocal-roofed roundhouse with straw bale walls and an earth/grass roof. This is a communal building for glamping guests and has a kitchen, dining & living areas, loos and showers. We are under pressure to have it finished by the summer so we can open our new glamping business with yurt accommodation.

    We need help with finishing the build - painting and cleaning mainly and also need help erecting 3 yurts and building wooden platforms and walkways. Anyone with carpentry experience is particularly welcome!

    Other work available; general maintenance, chopping firewood, gardening, light cleaning as well as some outdoor landscaping.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco project

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Travellers can sample what a simple rural lifestyle is like in the beautiful West of Ireland. You can also learn about traditional and eco methods of building. There is also opportunity to meet other like-minded travellers from other parts of the world, as we usually host more than one volunteer at a time.

    Everyone works and eats together midweek. At weekends, as we have two very young children, we try to have family-time, so travellers are free to hang out together and enjoy the land here or go exploring beautiful Donegal or further. As we live on-site we're always here if you need us however.

  • Help


    We live in the wild and beautiful countryside of Donegal on the Wild Atlantic Way, overlooking two lakes, wildflower meadows and hills with views of Donegal Bay. We are setting up a new glamping business with yurt accommodation to open later this year.

    We are finishing building our eco lodge. We now need help assembling 3 yurts. Anyone who has some experience doing this or has any carpentry/building experience are particularly welcome although it's not necessary!

    Other work; general maintenance, chopping wood, strimming, clearing paths, cleaning, feeding animals and help with our vegetable garden.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, French & Spanish

  • Accommodation


    We can offer travellers accommodation in caravans or in an old stone cottage which has a wood burning stove . The caravans have gas heating. They are both small and very basic!

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are 15 minutes from Donegal town on the North West coast of Ireland. It is an area of great natural beauty. 10 minutes from Rossnowlagh Beach - good for surfing. Great for hiking & cycling. There are lots of adventure sports in the area. We are on the Wild Atlantic Way - halfway between Ballyshannon and Donegal town. Both of which have regular buses to Dublin/Airport. There is also a great pub 5km away which has live music and a shop attached. The nearest village is 5km - it has a pub, a small shop and a post office.

    We would also like to remind non-EU volunteers that they may need a work or working-holiday visa to do Workaway in Ireland - if you do not have this type of visa and you are only entitled to come to Ireland on holiday then you are not allowed to do voluntary work in Ireland.

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    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Our first yurt goes up!
Enjoying a sunny summer outdoor lunch with everyone!
Communal kitchen and hang-out space for Workawayers
Restored cottage - part of which is now a Workaway kitchen, small mezzanine bedroom and hang-out space.
Luis having a swim on 31 March - brave man! Brrr...
Isabel, wet, muddy and happy!
Laerke and Kristian clearing the ruined cottage
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