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Hi! I’m Keith. I live in a small town in NW Ireland where I used to run a B&B and publish a community tourism magazine. Recently, I started a new project in a nearby town in Northern Ireland. It’s a residential community facility that focuses on peacebuilding and education. It’s not a commercial business, but a “not-for-profit” that needs lots of volunteers!
The project has lots that need doing and I’m sure we can accommodate you and your interests. We have site work, painting and cleaning etc as well as some possible writing, researching and office work [social media, fund-raising etc]. Get in touch and we will do our best to accommodate for you.
Since 2012, hundreds of volunteers from many countries have helped our projects. We are very grateful for their help and friendship. Many have become our good friends and the reviews show most had an excellent time. Some people come for two weeks; most come for two or three months and some stay a year or come back for a second, third or even fourth visit! We do prefer if people can come for at least a month, even more.
We typically have between 10-15 volunteers/workaways with us at any one time - with varying ages, nationalities and levels of English proficiency. We're a great place to come to if you'd like to improve your English and often have a mix of beginners, intermediate as well as fluent and native speakers.
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
You will get a good experience of Irish culture, history, politics, nature, arts and community interests. I will help you improve your English. I also attend a local church, and you can come, if you like.
You can provide you with a Certificate in Voluntary Service for your CV, so potential employers distinguish you from other applicants!
There is usually a multicultural presence in the group with people from all over the world volunteering with us.
On your days off discover Ireland. Volunteers often go together to places. I can help you plan trips; Galway, Derry, Belfast and UNESCO world-heritage site, The Giants' Causeway, Slieve League cliffs – Europe’s highest sea cliffs, all make excellent trips. Although this is currently difficult with covid restrictions, the group do try to get out and explore new places as much as possible on the weekends.
We do ask all new volunteers to take a short, online Food Hygiene course when they arrive at the cost of just £5. It's a recognised qualification and is at a large discount. We ask everyone to do this as we share the kitchen and want to maintain good health and safety standards :)
Contact me today if you would like to volunteer with us!
The community centre needs a small team of volunteers to help repair, clean, paint, tidy, cook and help with some admin as well as a carpenter & plasterer. Volunteers normally help 4 days a week. The hours can vary. If we are busy one day, you can take time off another day. If you have something special you need to do, we will do our best to work with that.
Our priorities change, so you need to be the sort of person who can cope with change! In the years I have managed volunteers, those who have the best time are positive, friendly and open. They help together, help each other, and know-how to enjoy themselves.
We are always looking for general volunteers so please get in touch. However, we will prioritise those who match the following roles:
Short term (0-3 months)
- Maintenance: Preference for people with carpentry experience. However, we have plenty of other projects such as painting to do for those that are less experienced in this area.
- Housekeeping/Cleaning: We have large premises and lots of volunteers around so there is always something to do in this department!
- General help: As a non-profit with two large premises and lots of upcoming projects there is always something to do, and we are happy for you to try your hands at something new or show us your expertise in areas that you're comfortable with.
Long term (3 Months+)
- Fundraisers: We would love any experienced non-profit/charity fundraisers to come and join us, building a fundraising strategy, applying to trusts and building and maintaining relationships.
- Researchers: Any academics or experts to aid in and/or conduct their own research that relates to peace studies or the conflict in Northern Ireland.
- Site Manger: An experienced maintenance person to help oversee site maintenance.
The timescales above are just guides and preferences. If you like the sound of our profile, please don't hesitate to get in touch.
This host offers a language exchange
This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
You can contact them directly for more information.
We currently live and work on tasks in the very large premises that we are restoring. One of the floors used to be a hostel and at the moment each Workawayer has their own room. However, this is subject to change and sharing a room is a possibility, depending on the number of volunteers/workaways that are here.
We have meals together and, if you are asked to cook, we welcome you to try a recipe from your country. You help with washing up and keeping the place tidy. At weekends you usually provide for your own meals.
Ireland is a beautiful green country but can be wet [at times] - wait a minute, it's dry ... nope, it's raining! Because you may do some outdoor tasks, please be sure to bring
1. Suitable clothing & footwear (That you don't mind getting dirty!)
2. A warm waterproof jacket
3. We recommend bringing underlayers/thermal clothing as we head into the winter.
4. Your own laptop, especially if you plan to help with office-based tasks.
We know that volunteers want to experience Irish culture and see the country, so we encourage you to travel on your days off to explore Ireland. Galway, Donegal, Belfast and UNESCO world heritage site, The Giants' Causeway, Slieve League cliffs - the highest sea cliffs in Europe, all make excellent trips for your free days, either at the weekend or during the week. I have plenty of experience with tourism and can help you plan your trips.
There is a good bus service to Dublin, Belfast and Londonderry. Belfast airport is 1 ½ hours and Dublin airport 2 hours away.
Also, feel free to contact us if you have any questions about visas/right to volunteer in the UK or Ireland.
Looking forward to hearing from you soon.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
This host has indicated that they love having digital nomads stay.
This host can provide space for campervans.
More than two
Approx 25 hours per week over 4 days. Monday to Thursday.
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