Hello there. My name is Myrthe (35) and my family have been hosting volunteers since I was a little girl. I've also been a volunteer and I have did exchanges with hosts in Spain and France myself. I live in west cork next door to my parents, who spend a few months a year in Spain. During this time, I'm always looking for someone to give me a hand with things like gardening, cleaning, cooking, maintenance, dog walking, cat cuddling and DIY type of projects like building a shelter for wood, cutting wood, fixing things in the house etc.
I work mostly from home and I have a dog and a cat. I go swimming in the sea a few early mornings a week and you are welcome to join me (yes I even swim in the winter!). I also go for regular walks /hikes and the odd kayak around the bay - welcome to join me!
I work part time in front of the computer doing marketing, social media management and general business management for Yoga teachers. I also help small businesses get set up with an online presence. When I'm not doing that, I work as a massage therapist.
Your accommodation would be a bedroom in the house. We have Wifi but generally not great phone reception. We are around 13 km from the main town so we are not suburban! If you come with your own transport that's great. But I do have a bicycle (though not an excellent one) that you can use.
Questions.. don't hesitate to connect.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
My family have been hosting volunteers for over 30 years. You can expect fun conversation, but also space to do your own thing. You can experience to absolute bliss of sea swimming in the Irish sea... any season.
I live in the countryside with a great walk at my doorstep. There are many attractions in west cork and it really is a stunning place to live you are able to adapt to the ever changing weather!
I have been giving and teaching massage for 17 years. So if you want to learn a bit about it - I'll be happy to teach you!
We have a large library of holistic health that you are free to read. We also have books in Dutch :)
I need help with getting the garden under control - everything is growing and going wild!!! :D
Also need help with clean up around the place and building a lean-to against our shed for wood. So I would really appreciate someone who knows a it about hammer, nail and wood!
You need to be ok with dogs. I have a beautiful rescue dog but he can be a bit nervous of new or unsure people - so if you are nervous of dogs.. it won't be a great match!
Bedroom in the main house or Campervan.
Good place for those who like outdoors / nature and / or walking. We are on the famous 'Sheepshead way' and 'St Finbarr Pilgrims Path' walk ways.
In our local town there are great pubs and places to eat as well as Bantry house and gardens, escape rooms and a cinema. You can take a trip to whiddy Island or the renowned Garnish Islands in Glenngarriff. Glenngarriff is a nature reserve with beautiful native woodlands.
The wild atlantic way is beautiful and rugged and the views of the bay on a clear day is beautiful.
If you are someone who needs have a bit of a suburban life - close to shops etc.. then this is not the space for you. We are enveloped in nature in wild west cork.
I go into town most mornings (for my early morning swim at 6:30am) and you are welcome to join me. There is a bicycle you can use. But your own transport is always handy. But I have plenty of neighbors so you could always probably find a lift!
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week - Never more, often less!