DIY Tasks and Gardening in Galway, Ireland

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 Min stay requested: at least 1 month



  • Description


    ***This is NOT an au pairing position*** as the children don't enjoy being minded by strangers!
    ********We CAN'T take more than one person at a time*************
    We would PREFER if our workaways were OVER 23. We also have a preference for those who have lived away from home. We really appreciate energetic people here who can work using their own initiative.
    NB*****Please do not apply unless you have FULLY READ our profile.
    We eat a wide variety of foods and we need our helper to be open to all kinds of food - though we have no issue with vegetarian as we eat this way 80-90% of the time. But, we use EVERY vegetable and fussy eaters aren't welcome because it makes sharing meals too difficult! We are not vegan.

    From May 2023 to October 2023: we are looking for someone who can be a 'handyman' and general maintenance inside the house in- Moycullen. The house we now live in is looking onto a lake. The land around it needs work, as does the house itself, such things as sanding, painting and putting up shelves, electrical works like sockets and light switches, gardening -weeding, pruning, planting, removing dead wood - knowledge of chainsaw useful.
    Splitting logs for the wood store and piling to dry.

    Galway is well known for it's multicultural aspects and there is always something to do or go to. There are many festivals or mini festivals. A quick google search would give you some idea!

    We are on the Connemara bus route, but many that have stayed with us in the past have cycled as we have a bike available for use. The buses are less frequent than our previous house - so this house is more for people who like nature and being independent. The bus routes are Bus Eireann 419 and CityLink 923

    Our family is Mark and Nikki (aka Dad and Mama), Maebh (21), Art (9)and Cuan (8). Maebh doesn't stay with us these days as she is away in university.

    I am presently a stay at home homeschooling mom after finishing up further education in accounting and previously worked in a street theatre company here in Galway. I continue my education with nighttime childcare and horticultural related courses.
    My husband and I both have B.A.s in Media and Irish(he), Geography(me).
    Mark finished studying a Masters in Primary Education and is working between different schools as a substitute teacher.
    I have had a variety of extra courses which have led to an eclectic collection on my CV! - Yoga Teacher, Massage Therapist, Horticulture, Accounting, TEFL and Special Needs Assistant!!

    We have been to many European destinations, but my favourite travel experience is when I stayed for 7 months in India with Maebh. I went back twice after, but to stay in an ashram and to do training in yoga and massage styles. I know my husband's favourite 'travel' experience was his time spent living in Brazil. He worked as a TEFL teacher.

    Art - well, he's a 9yr old that is friendly but he finds all transitions difficult so there can be noisy situations when this happen, emotional disregulation!

    Cuan is a bundle of energy! He ejoys being creative; also known as making a mess !!! He had a difficult start with reflux/cow's milk protein intolerance - he's improving but now suffers with significant eczema and allergies. He takes a while to warm to new people. I'm happy with this as I see it's important to be discerning in who you're friendly with!!!

    We have a beautiful Siberian cat - her name is Nova. We have a young Doodle pup; Rogue.

    We have been so grateful for most of the workaway people we've had - a few have truly been exceptional, beyond our expectations and so gladly received. The boys make quite the racket, and are very boisterous with each other - so as is typical in families with children close in age -there is noise! LOTS!

    That's the summary of our family. It's very busy and we don't have family around, hence we feel someone capable and RELIABLE would suit being here. We really think working on your own initiative is very important too.
    I also need assistance as the children take up most of my time, and because I have had fibromyalgia since 2007.
    We hope you will find our host listing interesting enough to ask more questions about. Happy to reply as best we can. Sometimes if we don't answer straight away it's down to children taking our time, but we'll do our best.

    Help is Monday- Friday 9-3 with lunch break around 1/1.30.(but we are flexible enough)
    We try to accommodate giving days off in a row so that people can travel further away - often people think it must not take long to get around Ireland but road networks and transport mean this isn't necessarily true.
    We can also guide you to attending conversational English language exchange and morning classes in Galway town.
    We are on a bus route and we have a bicycle for use.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Practicing English - we will try our best to speak as much as possible - but sometimes this might be in the mornings and evenings when time is more available.
    Enjoying Galway. There is a high student population in Galway which adds to the vibrancy of the city.
    Galway is a fun, vibrant town known for its arts and music scene, especially in July with the Film Festival and renowned Galway Arts Festival and Halloween for the Macnas parade. Also a feature is the Galway Market which runs every Saturday and Sunday.
    Travelling around on the days off. Numerous beautiful beaches are nearby (Silver Strand, Salthill, Barna), as well as the beautiful Burren, Cliffs of Moher, Aran Islands, and stunning, Irish-speaking Connemara. Also an abundance of lakes, including the one at te back of our house -Ballyquirke Lough.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help


    May - September: Shelving, building bits and bobs, electrical, chopping wood, gardening - pruning and planting and weeding. Using own initiative is important or just a good amount of common sense!
    We would love someone who can use a chainsaw, general knowledge of tools usage

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Irish: Fluent
    Portuguese: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Own Bedroom in a 4 bedroom Detatched House in the countryside.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are beside a lake and near coastal areas in Connemara and Salthill.
    Galway is well known for it's multicultural aspects and there is always something to do or go to here. There are many festivals or mini festivals. A quick google search would give you some idea!

  • 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 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week, minimum stay 4-6 weeks but preferably longer.

Host ref number: 944136548418

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