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Help with our animals in Connemara wild west coast of Ireland

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  2024 

 Min stay requested: at least 1 month

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  • Description

    Description

    My house is almost 200 years old, in rural area on wild west coast, 60 km from Galway, approx 20 km to Clifden.
    I am looking for someone or a couple (preferably) to help me with milking a few goats by hand and cleaning their house daily. I also have a few sheep at different times over the year. The work varies depending on the season; For 4-5 months, from late autumn- over winter- early spring, feeding is an important part of the routine; mainly with hay. And of course cleaning up after them!
    Help with the veg garden - a small polytunnel and outside space. At different times this means preparing the ground, sowing, weeding, watering etc etc and of course harvesting :-)).
    The veg garden is at the front and back of my house with one or two goats sometimes here also but the animals (goats mainly and sometimes a pony or two)are all on land away from the house (2-4km), so cycling is the main mode of transport. I also have land about 50km away which we travel to by jeep about twice weekly during winter for feeding a few sheep and horses.
    Ideally I am looking for someone who is competent with horses. I have 1 riding horse ( currently in-foal) and 1 little pony ("Welsh" type - in training for pulling a sulky/ gig). The riding horse has jumping and eventing potential so although she is extremely well mannered she is quite energetic. I have bred them from foals. They have been schooled and trained at home by myself and my daughter mainly using natural horsemanship, for example using the Perelli games...
    If you don't mind to spend certain time out of society in nice nature, if you are able to deal with animals, you are welcome. If you have experience in riding horses, it would be perfect. I have been doing Workaway for about eight years and over the early years it was usually one person only but for the last couple of years I have found that having a couple (boyfriend/girlfriend) has been a great success, mainly from the point of view of company for eachother.
    From my experience the duration of one month is best. You see it is our experience that under two weeks is too short because by the time somebody is up to speed with everything and settled in happily, before we know it they are leaving and we have to do the same all over again with somebody new.
    If over the age of 25 and holding a full driving license, this can be very useful.
    Ours is a private homestead and we only produce for your own consumption and none of the help asked is related to produce for sale.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

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

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    It is nice when we get into a routine and together we can do some interesting things perhaps over weekends.. We have had several people who came for one month and ended up staying for 2 and 3 months and that has always been brilliant for both sides I think.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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  • Help

    Help

    You will help Tom or be alone, most of the time outside. Help with milking goats by hand and cleaning their house daily. Ideally I am looking for someone who is competent with horses, we have 1 riding horse ( currently in-foal) and 1 little pony ("Welsh" type - in training for pulling a sulky/ gig). The riding horse has jumping and eventing potential so although she is extremely well mannered she is quiet energetic. I have bred them from foals. To date myself and my daughter have done all their training. Both of us are also very interested in natural horsemanship and have done some of this work with them all (Perelli games)..
    For the last couple of years I have some sheep, they live outside really but required feeding sometimes.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Beginner

    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.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    your own room upstairs in my house with adjoining washroom ( hand basin, bath and toilet). There is a double bed room for couples and there is also a single bed room. There is an electric shower available to you also.
    We cook together and share meals together almost all of the time in the kitchen/living room.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    You are pretty well guaranteed to be able to do several trips with us by car in the Connemara area. Oftentimes there will be some music concert or theatrical play that you can attend with us.
    We have several good bicycles too which you can avail of for cycling adventures.
    Hill walking and hiking is on my doorstep everywhere.

  • 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

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    This host has said they are willing to accept those travelling with a pet.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 986628157148

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