Light renovation and gardening help on our small farm with lovable lively dogs in Goleen, Ireland



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    Workawayers...A little about us......
    We live in a very old farmhouse, which is under continuing renovation,so we have some unplastered walls, dust and things that are not in the right places yet!
    We have a small farm,with beef cows, a pig ,some chickens and ducks,as well as 2 dogs and 4 cats.
    We try to grow seasonal vegetables ,and most meals are cooked from scratch wherever possible.We like fresh meat and fresh vegetables and try to avoid junk food. We are also almost diary free.
    We live 3 miles from the nearest village, and are only 1 mile from a beautiful safe sandy beach .
    We are easy going and quite laid back (most of the time !!)but things can get hectic,and depending on the weather, we could also be working in the rain!! this is avoided of course if at all possible! but after a busy day,we prefer quiet evenings at home, with a roaring fire, and a dog to cuddle .
    We are renovating our farmhouse very slowly and also hope to have some good vegetable crops in the garden in 2020 maybe your skills can help us reach our goals? It is a simple life,with no TV ,but we do have Netflix and lots of DVD's!! And plenty of hot fresh tea!
    There is a comfortable single bed in the spare room, which is a small cosy room, that doubles up as a sewing room.
    Someone with good English and common sense would be preferred , and a genuine interest in farming,animals and gardening would also be useful.As would broad shoulders and a good sense of humour!!
    Volunteers help in all aspects of the day to day running of the farm, the daily chores i.e.. feeding animals, mucking out daily ,washing feed/water containers,maybe some light housework, and weeding/gardening...other farm related jobs could be.. helping with fencing, picking stones,moving cattle, planting trees, chopping logs, or painting.
    The working day is longer than we would like, also again depending on the weather and the task , but you will be given time off for yourself and time to explore the area. We will also include you in visits to a local market,nearby towns, and friends farms as well as take you to see the sights when time, transport and weather allows.
    ....So... If you think you can help with this and contribute to the running of the farm ,and garden and be part of the 'family' for your stay, and you don't mind sharing the sofa with the dogs and cats...then why not drop us a line and lets see where your journey will take you. You are guaranteed to get dirty, wet,and tired and maybe all three in the same day, but the rewards in seeing jobs done, and happy animals and birds makes it all worth while.
    Thanks for reading this. we look forward to hearing from you, and welcoming you into our way of 'life'.
    Boots,coats and gloves can be provided in most cases , as well as spare case you are travelling light!!!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Many volunteers have learnt to cook, and garden,we try to teach what we know about our animals and birds, and also we have shared our local knowledge and we have also helped improve language skills.

  • Help


    Volunteers could be asked to help with a variety of tasks, from gardening,painting, helping with farm chores, gathering wood for fire, and if necessary a little light housework .Good English and common sense would be an advantage.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    We have a room in the main house, there are two beds in this room, so it would be shared if two volunteers were here at the same time. The bathroom is shared by everyone.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    we live 3 miles from a village, we like to live a quiet life where possible, we tend not to go out in the evenings, but we do have internet/Netflix/skype. We also include volunteers in trips to local towns , markets , neighbours farms and trips out where possible.

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

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    Hours expected

    5 hours/day, 5 days/week maximum

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