Housekeeping, Cooking and Some Child-Minding in Galway, Ireland

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  • Description

    Description

    We would PREFER if our workaways were OVER 25, and stay a minimum of 4 weeks but preferably longer. We have had more success in the overall happiness when someone stays longer. We also have a preference for those who have lived away from home. We also value reliability. Please do not apply unless you have FULLY READ our profile and have experience in cooking and general house work. We have a preference for people with references as you will be around our children.

    We are very grateful to this workaway group. We have had so much help over the last few years and so very many positive experiences. We can't travel ourselves at the moment, but we learn so much about other countries, cultures, food, life experiences and other interesting things from our guest helpers.

    At present we are looking for someone who can cook, knows their way around keeping a house clean and tidy and can, ONLY SOMETIMES mind a 5 year old and a 3 year old. After some time, WHEN/IF the boys are comfortable with a new person, I would like someone who can get down on the floor with the boys at times, to engage them in the things they like - such as books, dinosaurs, making puzzles etc - their interests will likely change though with age. I like for them to get outside as much as possible - even if it rains, though sometimes painting or play dough is a better option! I would like someone to use their initiative with this, as well as with all things in the house!

    We live in a lovely area of Galway, 15 mins by bus to the centre. We have a large green area a few minutes walk away, called Cappagh Park, and Barna Woods is beautiful for a nature walk. We are also between two coastal areas, Salthill; a very well known area of Galway, and Silver Strand in Barna, so there is access to nice beach walks or walking/jogging the Salthill Prom - this is a stretch of 3km and overlooks Galway Bay.
    Galway is well known for it's multicultural aspects and there is always something to do or go to here, unfortunately not for parents of small children though!! There are many festivals or mini festivals. A quick google search would give you some idea! We are on the bus route, but many that have stayed with us in the past have cycled as we have a bike available for use - this is faster but the weather in Ireland is unpredictable, but we cycle anyway:)

    Our family is Mark and Nikki (aka Dad and Mama), Maebh (16), Art (5) and Cuan(3)

    I am presently a stay at home mom after finishing up further education in accounting and previously worked in a street theatre company here in Galway.
    My husband and I both have B.A.s in Media and Irish(he), Geography(me). He is also qualified as an interior designer, a skill he brings to the family business in which he works - a paint shop in Galway.
    Mark is just finished studying a Masters in Primary Education and is working between different schools as a substitute or on occasion works in his old job in the what was his father's paint shop. Maebh is in her Leaving Certificate cycle in school, with the final State Examinations in June 2020.
    I am presently attending college 3 nights per week which is really the reason we feel we still need some help.I have had a variety of extra courses which have led to an eclectic collection on my CV! - Yoga Teacher, Massage Therapist, TEFL and Special Needs Assistant!!

    We have been to many European destinations, but my favourite travel experience is when I stayed for 6 months in India with Maebh (daughter). 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.

    Maebh (pronounced May-v) deserves mention as she has quiet a lot going on too - she does gymnastics, ballet, circus skills - and is an accomplished stilt walker, aerial trapeze acrobat and has been on National media for her unicycle abilities. She also plays fiddle and attends an Irish Speaking Secondary School. She's at school of course for 5 days per week, so she's not in the house for 4 of those days until 4pm and then she has to do homework for school for about 4 hours. We don't see her much on Wednesday because of her extracurricular activities. (Her extracurriculars have been curtailed this year because of her exams)
    Art - well, he's a 5yr old that is becoming very independent and really 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 when you're young!!!
    Cuan is now our bundle of 3 year old energy and tantrums! He has joined in the mess making. He had a rocky start with reflux/cow's milk protein intolerance - he's improving but now suffers with significant eczema. 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 can be noise! Lots!

    That's the summary of our family. It's very busy and we don't have family around, hence we feel someone kind, capable and RELIABLE would suit being here. We really think working on your own initiative is very important too. 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.

    Work is Monday- Friday mornings. 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 good bus route(within minutes) and we have a bicycle for use. The park (Cappagh Park) is 5 min walk form the house with running, football, sports centre. There is a public swimming pool in Salthill.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Babysitting / child care
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help in the house
    Teaching

  • 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. Galway is the city of culture for 2020 and a great place to stay. 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.

  • Help

    Help

    Housework, cooking, childminding. Using own initiative is important:) Experience with children would be useful, as would experience in the other areas, or just a good amount of common sense! We have a workaway routine and we feel it really helps us all know what needs to be done.
    If anyone has French, Science, Maths - there may be times when we need someone with these skills.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Irish, Portuguese and French.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Own Bedroom in a 4 bedroom Semi-Detatched House in a Quiet Cul-de-Sac.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are between two coastal areas, Salthill; a very well known area of Galway, and Silver Strand in Barna, so there is access to nice beach walks or walking/jogging the Salthill Prom as everyone does - this can stretch to a good 3km and overlooks Galway Bay.
    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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    One

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    Hours expected

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

Art deciding he's a big baby
Santa's little helper
Cúan and Jiyoun
Jiyoun and Cúan
Family day out, a rare picture with all of us!!
Maebh enjoying the delicious food
Jiyoun made some lovely food
Maebh on stilts walking through Galway for St Patrick's Day Parade
Art helping around the house!!
Maebh and Art in Salthill 2015













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