Come and help in the beautiful Galway countryside!
I am close to a small village called Abbeyknockmoy, about 10 miles north of Athenry and 20km from Galway City. I have two beautiful dogs who are active and love a good walk, though they're strong so you would have to be too! I work from home some days doing research work, and then in Galway 3 days a week where I am a therapist. It is those three days (Tuesday-Thursday) per week when I mostly need help to dogsit and dog walk. This is mostly about being around, playing and keeping them company.
I am also selling my house so I need to keep it clean and tidy as much as possible - this is hard with two dogs who are allowed everywhere so you'd need to clean too!
The house is spacious so, as well as your bedroom, you can relax with a book or guitar in a room I call the 'library' or come and enjoy the cosy lounge and open fireplace. I also have musical instruments and karaoke for you if you play or sing :-)
You would need to be an animal lover, vegetarian (i am vegan and that's preferred), non smoker (that includes electronic cigarettes), happy with a quiet country life for a while! I am happy to give you lifts into Galway or down to the local bus stop if I'm not going into town. You can visit the local farm(s) if you are interested.
I provide lots of fruits and vegetables, pasta, rice, salads, snacks, etc. Let me know what you like and I will buy it in. I tend to leave people to cook for themselves, and to share a meal on the odd occasion we're around for dinner at the same time! I actually don't like cooking much but I like to learn new recipes.
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
The Galway countryside is beautiful, calm and peaceful. I have two dogs, but there are lots of animals to see nearby and the local farmers will allow you to get to know the farm and the cows. I am also happy to help with English and I speak Spanish, Portuguese and French.
Welcoming help with dog minding, dog walking, cleaning, tidying and potentially some painting or gardening if you like being outside.
Private room, bathroom with bath/shower
During your time off, you can go to the local pub about 1.5 miles away (or 4 miles the other way), walk in the woods or fields, visit Athenry town or go into Galway city (20km) on the bus (12 euro return) where there are many things to see and do. There are restaurants in Tuam and Athenry. The area is generally rural and quiet so it's great if you want a break from the city!
Please do not apply if you are a smoker (even outside/casual/e-cigs), or if you do not like animals! It is essential that you are a dog lover as my dogs are allowed everywhere in the house, including the kitchen.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week