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Join GoEco in the green hills of Ireland to lend a hand at a sustainable farm and its cafe! 

Program Highlights
  • Experience both rural and artsy, urban Ireland
  • Meaningful, hands-on volunteer work at a sustainable farm and farmer’s market
  • This farm aims to create techniques that are sustainable for the natural environment
  • Learn how to make fresh yogurt, care for farm animals and work in the organic vegetable garden
  • Explore Ireland’s lush green landscape during free time with fellow volunteers

Your schedule at a glance (Minimum three-week duration):

Arrival Day, Monday: Arrive at Cork Airport (ORK). The local field team will be waiting to pick you up and take you to a nearby hostel. Volunteers will have free time to greet each other and explore the city center following check-in. In the evening, the group will enjoy a traditional Irish night of dinner, music and dancing.

Day 1, Tuesday: Following breakfast, volunteers will be transferred from the hostel to the volunteer center for a full orientation. Following lunch, participants will embark on a two-hour city tour of Cork before transferring to the program site. 

Day 2, Wednesday: Volunteers will receive orientation at the program before beginning volunteer work.

Days 3, Thursday- last Friday of program: Volunteers will work five days per week, and have two days free that may or may not be on weekends. Volunteers will work at the farm for three days each week and lend a hand at the farm’s cafe in the city the other two days.

Departure Day: Volunteers can choose to depart on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday. 
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Location of the Project:  Cork, Ireland
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Project length:  Min 3 weeks - Max 6 months
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Arrival Airport:  Cork Airport (ORK)
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Volunteer Work:  Farming, cafe work
Age:  Min age 18
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Number of Volunteers:  Up to 10 international volunteers
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Important Note:  Please ensure that you are eligible for a visa to enter Ireland before registering for this project. Obtaining the proper visa is the sole responsibility of the volunteer.

What's Included

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Accommodations:  Shared rooms at project site
Food:  Three meals per day, excluding Arrival Day
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Airport Transfers:  Airport pickup is provided upon arrival
Orientation:  A full welcome orientation and a city tour are included on Day 1.
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Support:  Comprehensive and professional pre-departure travel guidance, 24/7 GoEco emergency hotline, experienced local field team.

What's not Included

Flights, visas (if required), lunch on Arrival Day, travel health insurance, personal expenses.
Ireland is a European island, located just west off the coast of England. Ireland’s tourism is growing, and the welcoming attitude from its inhabitants and their abundant hospitality play a large role in this. Ireland is also well-known for its lush, green landscape.

Cork is a historically-rich, cosmopolitan city in the south that locals often refer to as Ireland’s “real capital city.” Others refer to this city as the “foodie capital” of Ireland. Artsy cafes can be found on every block, along with bundles of young, friendly people. It is the second-largest city in the country and is a fantastic travel destination.
Volunteers on this program will be lending a hand at a sustainable farm just 45 minutes from the city of Cork that aims to create farming techniques that are sustainable for the natural environment. Volunteer tasks range from hands-on farming work and farm maintenance to selling fresh produce at a farmer’s market to preparing coffee at the farm’s cafe in the city. Volunteers will work three days at the farm and the farmer’s market and spend two days per week at the cafe in Cork. 

Some of your tasks may include:
  • Gardening
  • Feeding farm animals
  • Making yogurt
  • General farm maintenance
  • Selling produce at farmers markets
  • Assisting in the farm cafe (in the city)
  • Household chores
Interested in agriculture and coffee in particular? Check out our Sustainable Organic Coffee Farming program in Costa Rica!
Internet
Internet:  WiFi is available at the volunteer house, but the connection is not always reliable
Laundry
Laundry:  There is a washing machine available for use at the volunteer house
Accommodations
Accommodations:  Volunteers will stay in a hostel the night of Arrival Day, in a shared, mixed-gender room with 3-7 other people. Volunteers will be in shared, same-gender rooms of 2-4 people at an on-site volunteer house.
Food:  There is a communal kitchen and volunteers are responsible for preparing their own meals. Food ingredients (many from the farm!) are provided by the project for three meals daily. Shopping is done once a week for commodities that cannot be provided by the farm.
Please take note of this program’s minimum requirements:
  • Minimum age of 18
  • Police clearance
  • Intermediate level of English
  • Mature, flexible and adaptable personality
  • Eligibility to obtain a visa to enter Ireland
The city of Cork is filled with touristy things to see- from a butter museum to various art galleries and countless historical structures. As for things to do, Cork is seaside city, so you can enjoy a night-time kayak adventure or even go whale watching, depending on the season.

Some of the country’s most well-known destinations are easily accessible, and around three hours away. Highlights include the sea cliffs of Moher, the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin, the wildflowers of the Burren and more! The local field team can assist volunteers in planning fun things to do and see.
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