Eco-Centre: help and learn about sustainability

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Immersion in an a dynamic Eco-Centre project in rural Ireland
Multicultural environment with a group of international volunteers
Highly experienced staff members
Diversity of activities and multiple learning opportunities
Visit the wild west of Ireland with its natural wonders during your free time
Support a non-profit Eco-Centre within a team of international volunteers and immerse yourself in the magical West of Ireland. A unique way to experience Ireland! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

The Eco-Centre is a non-profit organisation and registered charity focusing on ecology and sustainability. It located in a rural area surrounded by green hills and near a large lake in a beautiful region in the North West of the country. The aim of the centre is to provide training and education, information and demonstration of organic gardening, growing and sustainable living. The centre provides courses on various topics such as gardening, food production, healthy cooking and renewable energy. The centre also welcomes educational tours for schools, community groups, and garden clubs.The centre includes:

-        kitchen gardens and polytunnels of various sizes with vegetables and flowers

-        A compost display area, showing different methods of composting and recycling.

-        An orchard with 50 varieties of apples suited to the Irish climate and a soft fruit area, testing hardy varieties.

-        A native woodland 

-        A play area for children of visiting families

-        A café and an Eco-shop selling organic seeds, tools, books, herb plants, seasonal vegetables and a range of organic food

The volunteer work

There are around 3 to 10 volunteers at the project who support a team of nearly 20 staff members (not all full-time).  Volunteer work hours can be expected to average out at approximately 5 to 7 hours per day, 5 days a week. Volunteers get two days off per week, not necessarily the weekends.  

During the first week, volunteers will be introduced to the different aspects of the project and the different types of volunteer work available. Where possible the work will then be matched to individual preferences, skills and abilities, however everyone will be expected to be flexible and adapt to the project’s needs.

Placements will normally be of a minimum of 4 weeks and a maximum of 6 months.

Example of tasks:

- Gardening/vegetable growing

- Administration assistance

- Maintenance work

- Help in the shop and café

- Assist with organisation of educational activities

Typical day

Subject to change:

8.30 Breakfast

9.30 Volunteer work starts (hours are flexible)

13.00 Lunch break

14.00 Volunteer work continues

16.30 Volunteer ends

Free time with other international volunteers (walks, games, chat, reading etc.)


Free-time activities

Volunteers have two days off per week (not necessarily on weekends). During their free time, volunteers can discover the Wild West of Ireland, the Wild Atlantic Way.
Volunteers may also have the opportunity to attend some courses run at the center free of charge! (subject to availability)
Water Sports


In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Criminal Background Check
Required Documents
CV, motivation letter, medical certificate and participants need a valid passport (that will stay valid for the duration of their stay) criminal background check
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Volunteers are required to be adaptable, flexible people. The must be over 18 when the project starts. They will join a group of volunteers comprised of people from different backgrounds, countries and cultures. They need to be able to partake in teamwork, maturity and responsibility are very important. Volunteers should enjoy physical outdoor work and rural living, and be prepared for challenging weather conditions. Volunteers must have at least an intermediate level of spoken English.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 09:30 - 16:30

What's Included

Services by CTL Ireland
Airport pickup, accommodation and food & drink are included in the fees.
Airport Pickup at Cork Airport
Pick up is included for participants arriving in Cork airport. Participants arriving in another airport will be provided with all necessary information and will be picked up on arrival in Cork city.

Volunteers are living in small houses located within 15 km from the project, some houses are walking distance while other can be reached cycling or by car. Houses have 2 to 4 bedrooms, kitchen, shared bathroom and living room. Bed linen are provided, volunteers should bring their own towels. Wi-fi is accessible at the project but not in the accommodation. Generally volunteers access the internet through the mobile network with their mobile phone. The accommodation will be shared with other volunteers or with students attending the long-term courses from the Centre.  Volunteers often have their own bedrooms, but should be prepared to share their bedroom with another volunteer if required. Volunteers generally get lifts (by car) to and from the projects from either staff member or students that have a car. Volunteers may chose to walk or cycle to the project if this is possible. 

Bedroom (Single) Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages
Participants make their own food shopping, the cost is covered by the project to cover modest spending. Volunteers cook their own food at the accommodation, they sometimes eat the food served in the project (café). 
Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Cork Airport (ORK) in Cork. We assist you to find cheap flights to Ireland.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Ireland provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Ireland you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Ireland.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

2021 Arrival Dates:

January 11th

February 1st

March 1st

April 12th 

May 10th 

June 7th

June 21st

July 5th   

July 19th

August 2nd 

September 6th

October 4th 

November 8th

Arrival in Cork airport:

Participants are picked up by a driver who will be waiting with a sign displaying the participants’ name. Participants are transferred to a hostel, located in Cork city centre.

Arrival at different airport

Volunteers who arrived at a different airport (Dublin, Shannon, Kerry, Waterford) need to make their own way to Cork. It is very easy to join Cork city from Dublin airport as there are buses from just outside the arrival terminal in Dublin that go directly to Cork city centre. Detailed information on transfers to Cork will be provided by CTL Ireland.

First day and Overnight in Cork city 

Volunteers stay at a pre-booked hostel for their first night in Cork city. The hostel is located in the city centre, a very short walk from all the shops and attractions of the city. After checking in, participants have some free time to rest and to discover Cork city. A welcome dinner is generally organised on the first night.

Second Day: Orientation

On the morning of their second day, participants will take part in a comprehensive orientation workshop which lasts 3 to 4 hours followed by a walking tour. 

Third day: Transfer to Host Community

Participants are transferred to their project by public transportation (bus or train)

Please note: The information on arrival and orientation is subject to change as we might modify the programme to follow public health guidelines.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
4 - 24 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
8 weeks
10 weeks
12 weeks
14 weeks
16 weeks
20 weeks
24 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$315 /week

The organization charges its fees in EUR. The price table in USD is subject to currency fluctuation. CTL Ireland will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with CTL Ireland during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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