Learn about bees in the Galtee Vee Valley, Ireland



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 Min stay requested: 1 month or more

  • Description


    We run a Honey Farm in Ireland. It is a friendly, positive and professionally run environment. Our establishment constists of approx 170 colonies of native Irish black honey bees and 100 mini mating colonies for the summer season. Our honey farm - in the Galtee Vee Valley - is based at the edge of a beautiful forest of about 1200 acres of mixed woodland, ideal for cycles and walks. Our hives are in some lovely rural areas around the valley.

    We are a really nice family, we have had a lot of people come to help us and learn from us over the years.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco Projects
    Art Projects

  • 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

    This is a unique opportunity to learn about Honey bees especially the Irish Black Honey Bee. Learn about the plants for bees in Ireland, beekeeping skills. Travellers will see a lot of the Irish countryside as we travel to our apiaries in the jeep. It is an Irish custom to pass on the knowledge of bees and beekeeping to those who seek it. And because I am a beekeeping instructor, I teach as we are working throughout the day. And I always encourage questions. I am also available to give an evening once a week/fortnight to teach our helpers on whatever aspect of beekeeping they wish to learn about. In the middle of the summer, many who stay for six weeks or more, have more experience and confidence with bees than someone who has kept bees on a small scale for a few years.

    Our immediate countryside is beautiful and is right beside nature, the hiking is great here in the summer time.

    It is a good opportunity for our helpers to travel and experience the culture of Ireland and all its beauty. We always encourage our helpers to take a few days break away at weekends to travel while here and visit as many places, attractions and areas of Ireland as possible. But they are also very welcome to hang around the mobile home at weekends, as we wish them to treat it as their home while they stay here. We can give lots of advice on where to go what to see.

    We bring helpers to the supermarket once a week. They do their weekly food shop and we pay for it. We do not cook meals for helpers, they cook their own meals but we do invite them in for a meal with us once a week/fortnight.

    We always want our helpers to be happy and comfortable staying with us. We have had some great workawayers this past year.

  • Help


    March/ April/May/June/July/August/September 2019 (6 weeks minimum stay)
    Two different areas help is required in

    Experience in handling bees would be an advantage but is not necessary, as we can train you as you are helping us. Applicants must be confident that they will not be afraid of bees as they will get stung from time to time. Ideal applicants must be positive and interested in the work. Willing to listen, concentrate and readily take instructions. Volunteers must be over 18 years.

    People must not be allergic to bee stings. if you do not know if you are allergic, you need to take a simple blood sample with your local doctor and have it sent away for analysis for bee sting allergy. Otherwise, ask your doctor to prescribe an Epi Pen.

    Volunteers are required to be in good health, strong and reasonably fit, as there is lifting involved.

    We are looking for someone who will help us with and is willing to learn some or all of the following beekeeping practices:
    Loading equipment and hive parts
    Hive examinations in the apiaries
    Detecting possible diseases
    Hive and apiary hygiene
    Record keeping
    Methods of queen rearing
    Methods of colony production
    Honey bee nutrition
    Marking queens; Packaging queens for delivery
    Possibly uncapping and extracting (depending on time of season)
    Possibly beeswax processing

    Experience in Woodwork or some sort of building could be useful but not necessary.

    We are looking for someone to help with some or all of these jobs
    Painting of our hives and stands
    We are looking for someone who would like to spend time painting up some of our stands and hives with bright colours.
    Painting timber outhouses/huts, decking
    Light help around the honey farm/ Honey House
    You do not have to be interested in beekeeping for this help

    Couples or single people are welcome for both areas of help

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Irish: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    We have a mobile home with an extension. (approx. 310 square metres / 584 square feet)It has three bedrooms - one large, one medium and one small. Large bedroom can hold a couple if required. The mobile home is large. It is not new but is clean, warm, cheerful and has everything in it that you would require. It is very warm and cosy in winter and people that stay are happy with it. My husband and two children lived in it for 5 years while building our own house. It has electric shower/bathroom, kitchen with all facilities, Internet, Wood pellet stove and central heating.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The Galtee Vee Valley is a picturesque rural region, with the Galtee Mountains at one side and the Knockmealdown Mountains on the other side. Both mountain ranges are very popular for hiking. Some nice sites to see.

    6km from the Dublin to Cork Motorway. 1hour from Cork City, 2 hours from Dublin City, 1 hour from Limerick City. So we have easy access via bus to many popular Irish regions.
    We can give drives to bus in local towns.- Mitchelstown and Cahir and lifts to the local pubs any evening.
    Internet. Three bicycles.

  • 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, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 738275519819