Help a small family with bees, pigs, reptiles and more near Loughrea, Ireland



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 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks

  • Description


    We are a family of three: mum, dad and three year old toddler. We have a small farm, spread over two plots, 6 kilometers apart. We grow our own food, keep bees, pigs, chickens, a cow and some horses. Cats and dogs too, of course!
    In 2018 we started keeping reptiles; snakes, bearded dragons and geckos! We even have a family of happy rats!

    Life is busy juggling everything as I (mum) also have a part time job at a charity shop in the nearby town. While I'm gone, Dad tends to the (very active) toddler and farm so some jobs don't always get done!

    We have lots of practical hobbies such as crochet, and green woodwork, and we love to try new things. We are home educating our toddler so he gets involved in almost everything too!

    We want to make lots of improvements to our land and the management of our animals/crops and have decided we need some help. We're looking for someone who is happy to work hard, sometimes alone.

    We're a friendly and happy bunch so plan to have some fun too!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Babysitting and creative play
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    Animal Care

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • 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

    You can learn about the running of a small holding in Ireland including reptile and bee keeping, horsemanship, and growing your own food, improve your English, and stay 10 km from the only town in Ireland with a working moat!
    Between us we have many skills to teach you, including wood turning, knitting, construction and more!

  • Help


    Help is needed both on the farm and at our holding where we live. Gardening, landscaping and general tidy up and maintenance are on the to-do list. Daily tasks may include feeding and cleaning out the pigs, cow, and chickens and watering/weeding the tunnels and vegetable gardens.
    A lot of our land is quite rough and needs huge improvement. Fence building, wall repair, and filling the wood shed are top priorities this year.
    Other jobs may include helping with tree pruning and planting, clearing land for re-seeding, assisting with beekeeping, grass cutting, hedge cutting, raking and general improvements to our gardens, and painting and tiling.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    German: Beginner

  • Accommodation


    You will stay in our 'Shouse' which is a purpose-built steel shed on the farm (not the same land we live on). Enjoy your privacy and space in a kitchen with all mod-cons, the most glorious shower you've ever had, a large living space and two bedrooms!
    We built and then lived in the Shouse for a year before moving to our current home, and although it's agricultural, it's warm with a wood burning stove. Adding windows is on the list this year, as it currently only has sky-lights!
    You may help yourself to food from the tunnel and meat in the freezer and cook for yourself. If you're working over at our home you will be welcome to eat with us. We'll keep your cupboards stocked with the essentials and we'll ask you to give us a shopping list of what you need each week.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We're 10 km from the nearest town, Loughrea. Public transport is available from there. Galway is a must-see if you're interested in the city. And of course you must visit The Burren and the Cliffs of Moher while you're in Ireland.

    Locally, we have a great country pub, two shops and a fab equestrian and events centre which attracts lots of woofers and workawayers.

  • 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

    Maximum 5 hours a day, with two days off each week

Host ref number: 156736148445