Be an extra pair of hands in our family home and with our little ones near Cork, Ireland



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  • Description


    We are a busy but (generally!) happy family of four - mum, Maria, and dad, Brian, with two girls - Maeve, aged 8, and Maia who turned 5 in September. We also have a cat called Cracker!

    We live in a spacious house in the countryside, 30 mins by car or bus from the vibrant Cork City. We are primarily looking for help with childcare and housework, for the helper to act as an extra pair of hands around the house and to integrate with and feel part of our family. We have an opening for FEMALE helpers who can stay for a minimum of two months (ideally three months or more) as it's disruptive for the children when new workawayers arrive or when people they have grown fond of leave.
    We are happy to facilitate the workawayer's social, cultural and sight-seeing trips as much as possible during their stay with us but we also encourage volunteers to use their time off and weekends to do their own thing and explore Cork and Ireland in general.
    Workaway helpers will have their own bedroom, bathroom and living area in our home during their stay with us.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    Language practice

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Workawayers will gain an insight into Irish family life living with us! They will also have the opportunity to see a lot of Cork and the surrounding area. Maria has been a journalist for 15 years and now works in PR, so she meets a lot of interesting people and has a lot of information / stories to share. She often says she thinks she should have worked in tourism, as she loves going on trips and showing workawyers around!

  • Help


    We are looking for a female volunteer to help care for a fun 8 year old girl and her 5 year old sister, mostly in the afternoons. The girls are in school until almost 2pm and 3pm each day so workawayers have plenty of free time to study, exercise or just have time out in the mornings and evenings. Maria and Brian both work mostly from home so there is always someone around.
    Experience with and interest in children and a willingness to help out around the house is important for us. Volunteers will also have plenty of free time to travel at weekends and will also have the opportunity to go on occasional trips and outings with the family.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Beginner
    French: Beginner
    Irish: Beginner

  • Accommodation


    Good sized bedroom with access to your own private bathroom and living/sitting room.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We live in an area known as the Lee Valley, 30 mins from Cork City. Our home is located in tranquil countryside (great for walks) close to two small country villages, not far from the River Lee where there is access to boating, walking and fishing activities.
    We are only 15 mins from both the towns of Macroom and Ballincollig, which we regularly visit for shopping, and of course Cork City, which is known as the 'city of festivals', where there is always something happening, whatever your interests! We live close to the bus route to Cork City and Macroom but we're also happy to transport helpers to their destination when possible. However it is important for Workawayers to be as independent as possible during their stay with us.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    Hours are flexible (max 25 hours/week)

Maeve swinging over the stream by our nearby waterfall...
First day back to school for Maeve. Happy to be home again!
Always prepared for the Irish rain!
Sisterly love!
On holiday in Girona, Spain.
Pyjama playtime!
Sunrise through the trees in our garden
Our house

Host ref number: 115686177977