Looking for daily help with animals and around my house in Donegal, Ireland

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 Min stay requested: at least 1 month



  • Description


    Looking for help taking care of my horses and dogs. Horses are out to grass but need in sometimes and dogs need walked. Read my profile for the type of help I am looking for thanks.
    A female vegetarian or vegan is preferred as I’m vegetarian.
    Horses are big, dangerous and experience is preferred.
    If you like the country, love silly little very loud dogs, (terrier and dachshund mix) that bark a lot, you could be a good fit and should love it here. The 3 dogs are high energy and need lots of attention and walking. They bark a lot and while this is annoying I also adore them so that’s how it is here. I can’t figure out how to keep them barking as helpers walk up the hall I think they are just saying hello hello! It drives us all a bit crazy sometimes but we just laugh and pet them and try to find a solution with kindness. The horses are in and out weather depending, you’ll be checking water, looking at them, turn out or bring in, and , grooming them etc is part of your chores here.
    I don't have riding school type horses for beginners, but if you are a good experienced rider you can help work 2 of them. I would love someone who could teach me dressage from the ground and teach my horses lateral work. My young 2 year old horse needs handling at the moment and I need help with him teaching him ground work and manners. I have 6 in total. If you know dressage you can ride the 9 year old Kitkat. I’d love to learn dressage groundwork, help me if you know some please. Nike can be ridden lightly but only for experienced riders. She was an endurance mare is 20 and need to watch her for laminitis. There is a lovely riding school nearby gives lessons for €30 if you want to take some.
    My days off are Tuesdays and weekends those are my 3 free days to play with my horses, take dogs to the beach, explore, garden, play guitar, rest. I’d love someone to help me with my guitar, or help learn some Portuguese, Spanish or French. I’m not a good student though. You’ll need to nag me sometimes to practice.
    It takes a week to get used to the horses and dogs so someone who wants to stay at least a month is best.
    I often take mini holidays, and I am more comfortable with hosting someone happy with that. I seek someone independent, used to looking after a home, cooking, turns lights off when they leave a room etc. Oil is expensive wear a hat, and dress warm. Bring work clothes please.
    My dogs are a big part of living in my home so if dogs annoy you please don’t apply.
    I work as a chiropractor Monday Wednesday Friday 11-7 and Thursdays 2-8. If you need free chiropractic care just ask me! I don’t like to push it on people but love to help so don’t be shy, just ask! I settled here from America in 1996 so I am a bit Irish too!
    To get to me fly into Dublin or Belfast or City of Derry airport. Please don’t fly into Donegal Airport it’s in the middle of nowhere with no buses. Buses from Dublin Belfast or City of Derry take you to Letterkenny or Derry then get a bus to Newtowncunningham where I live and will collect you.
    I live 2 miles from the Newtown Cunningham bus stop and will collect you there on my days off or Letterkenny days I work there.
    County Donegal is lovely and scenic with beautiful beaches. Donegal is a beautiful county to explore, Glenveigh Castle and The Giant's Causeway, Bushmills, and loads of beaches are within an hour-2 hour bus ride from my home in Newtowncunningham. Derry is only a short drive and is a nice city to visit too. Belfast is a train ride from Derry, very scenic.
    Lots of my workaway helpers have done mini trips themselves to Belfast and Galway especially. If you would like to help me drop me a line.

    Thanks Victoria

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Language practice
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    I have 27 years working as a chiropractor and even more with horses. I did massage and physiotherapy qualifications as well. I adjust people and horses.

  • Help


    Help with animals, especially walking dogs and looking after horses. I need basic help with computer, sorting photos making files doing social media. There’s always painting, cleaning, whatever...you can choose what you want to help out with, I am open to suggestions. I've gotten so much in return from many workaways in the past I feel very lucky and open to suggestions. I find most are eager to help so if you have any ideas for improvement feel free to suggest. Horses can be dangerous, insurance is recommended. So far nobody has been seriously injured but riding is a high risk sport and if you do ride here it’s at your own risk. Im not a slave driver, I don't just do workaway to get free help. I love interacting with people from other countries and learning from them. I have hosted over 100 people from all over the world and love hearing their stories.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    Would like to learn a bit of French Portuguese or Spanish

  • Accommodation


    Nothing too fancy, but the country setting is beautiful. Your own bedroom with a double bed. Shared bathroom with other workawayers (if any around) The shower has bad power so it’s more like a bath than a shower. I don’t use a tumble dryer so drying clothes can be tricky in the rainy winter. Vegetarian only food provided. No meat in my home please. I tried letting meat eaters come but my kitchen stunk of dead animals so now I try to host mostly vegans or vegetarians. Relaxed home with plenty of doggie fun! Cold in the winter so dress warmly. This is Ireland raingear essential, wellingtons too. Work gloves. Hat.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Derry the walled city 15 minutes away. Beach 20 minutes. Glenveigh Castle and National Park 1 hour away. Giants Causeway 1 1/2 hour away. Doagh Island an hour away. Train from Derry to Belfast a nice overnight trip.
    My WiFi is slow and unpredictable so you may want to have data for your phone. I switched providers and it has improved.

  • 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

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    Free Wi-Fi in your bedroom

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    I’ve had 1 campervan couple stay, 1 single with her dog, and 1 family of 3 in a caravan I loved them all! I love adventure and have my own campervan.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 17858494754d

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