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Eco-Centre: help and learn about sustainability!

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Coordinator | Anton
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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:
Singles
Couples
Groups

Highlights

  • Immersion in an a dynamic Eco-Centre project in rural Ireland
  • Multicultural environment with a group of international volunteers
  • Highly experienced project mentor
  • Diversity of activities and multiple learning opportunities
  • Visit the wild west of Ireland with its natural wonders and vibrant Galway city during your free time

The Eco-Centre is a non-profit organisation focusing on ecology and sustainability. It is a residential venue for events such as workshops, courses, conferences and for individual/group retreats and holidays. The centre includes an organic vegetable and fruit gardens, a nature trail, a stone circle, a wildlife pond, two rush labyrinths, a chicken coop, an orchard and recently planted native woodland areas.  It is located in 50 acres of land which incorporates the main house with a cosy and warm atmosphere, two beautiful halls for group activities and accommodation blocks.

The centre’s mantra is reduce, reuse, recycle and its ethos is based on creating an environmentally sustainable activity having a minimal impact on the earth.

The Centre is a residential workshop centre. Guests are varied and include:-

  • Visiting tutors with groups of workshop participants
  • Visiting individuals both hostellers and Bed and Breakfast guests
  • Individuals attending our own Boghill organised events, tours, retreats and workshops including traditional Irish music
  • Community groups, school groups and local community workshops/events

Workshop activities are wide ranging usually linked to music and healing and include yoga, meditation, dancing, Tai Chi, djembi drumming, music workshops, singing, sweat lodges, retreats, parties, weddings, concerts, training sessions, meetings, conferences etc.

The Centre endeavours to create a community atmosphere and encourages and relies on volunteer throughout the year.  At any one time there may be up to 11 volunteers. Volunteers are expected to work together as a team. 

Other Centre facilities

  • There is a small pottery on site which uses its own clay that is dug up on the centre’s land.
  • Bike hire can be arranged locally.
  • Volunteers may have some opportunities to join in workshops (for visiting workshops a fee is required) and activities taking place at the centre and can make their own opportunities to play/learn music and join in informal sessions.
  • There is an extensive library of paperbacks in the living room and plenty of games, jigsaws and puzzles.
  • Free internet access is available for laptops. There is no computer available for use on site except the printing of boarding passes.
  • There are always English and Dutch speakers at Boghill.
  • Smoking is only allowed outside the buildings as everywhere else in Ireland
The volunteer work

Volunteer work at the Eco-Centre is varied and interesting. The project staff members describe themselves as a  “friendly bunch” and they endeavour to create a community atmosphere. They accommodate and cater for volunteers from all over the world. No experience is necessary just a willingness to learn and help. There is also a range of opportunities that volunteers can engage in as well as work – walking, nature study, music, pottery, self-development and loads of books, games and jigsaws.

There are around 10 volunteers staying at the project.  Volunteer work hours can be expected to average out at approximately 25 hours per week. This will often incorporate weekend work. Where possible the work will be matched to individual skills and abilities, however everyone will be expected to be flexible depending on the weather and the work required. At quiet times there is the opportunity to take days off for touring. Flexibility and negotiation on both sides is encouraged.

 Example of tasks

Work will be outdoors in the Centre grounds or kitchen garden and indoor jobs linked to catering for guests. There are more opportunities to do outside work in the spring and summer month with a strong emphasis on gardening in March, April and May.

Outside work may involve:                                                                                      

  • Gardening  - both heavy digging and light weeding                                                        
  • Planting – trees and vegetables                                                                                             
  • Composting                                                                                                                        
  • Land clearing                                                                                                                      
  • Ditch digging and clearing                                                                                             
  • Fencing                                                                                                                                                
  • Tending to chickens
  • Path laying
  • Stacking and preparing wood for the boiler
  • Building natural structures
  • Tidying and general ground maintenance

Inside work may involve:

  • Cooking 
  • Dishwashing
  • Cleaning
  • Maintenance
  • Recycling
  • Laundry


Objectives for Volunteers:

  • Develop awareness of environmental impacts and how to minimise these within the Centre complex
  • Become immersed in the ethos of reducing, recycling, reusing and repairing
  • Gain experience of working in an organic vegetable garden
  • Develop insights into vegetarian cooking through preparing vegetables for meals
  • Acquire the skills of eco household management through laundry duties, cleaning and room preparation
  • Experience a variety of activities associated with minimal impact site maintenance
  • Learn about the efficient operation and ethical practices of an ecotourist venue
  • Develop interpersonal skills through interacting with guests  and fellow workers.


What a Volunteer can expect

  • An opportunity to gain experience of working in an Ecotourism venue with a strong environmental policy.
  • A bed within the complex. We cannot guarantee that it will always be the same bed in the same place.  Full board. At times when there is a cook employed, meals will be prepared, otherwise Volunteers will cater for themselves – there is a wide range of vegetarian ingredients in the kitchen and garden.
  • An induction to the Centre, its practices, its eco policies and activities and its health and safety requirements.
  • To join in some of the activities taking place, when opportunities present themselves and work schedule allows. There are more opportunities in the summer months.
  • An opportunity to experience life in County Clare and explore the surrounding region and local culture.
  • In summer  - an experience of working within a team in a busy ecotourism business.
  • In winter a quiet and homely place for contemplation, recuperation or personal development with flurries of activity at weekends.
  • Time and space to enjoy the tranquillity of the estate and the biodiversity it presents.

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Typical day

8.30 Breakfast

9.30 Volunteer work starts (hours are flexible), activities may include:

  • Gardening (planting, weeding etc.)
  • Land clearing
  • Compost making
  • Fencing
  • Tending to chickens
  • Inside work: cooking, cleaning, maintenance

13.00 Lunch with other volunteers

14.00 Volunteer work continues

16.30 Volunteer ends

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

Dinner

Details on Arrival

2019 Arrival dates

  • May 13
  • June 10
  • July 1 
  • July 22
  • September 9
  • October 7
  • November 11

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 and the friendly and vibrant city of Galway. 
Water Sports
Sightseeing
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Hiking
Sports
Yoga/
Meditation

Program Requirements

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
Required Documents
CV, motivation letter, medical certificate and 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 workers and volunteers comprised of people from different backgrounds, countries and cultures. Everyone involved in the project live as a community. One of the main goals of the project is to become aware and open to different ways of living and thinking. Volunteers need to be able to partake in teamwork, but personal motivation, maturity and responsibility are also im
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 09:30 - 16:30

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Before your journey

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On-site services

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.
Accommodation

Volunteers will be provided with a hostel bed and bedding. Usually you will be expected to share your room with other volunteers. Sometimes during off peak seasons volunteers will be able to have their privacy, however this may involve switching rooms every so often.

Your bedding and towels will be provided as well as your full board.

Much of the work may be outside so it is essential that volunteers bring outdoor clothing and boots. The centre can provide volunteers with rubber boots and working gloves where necessary and have a number of overalls.

 

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages
The Centre operates a vegetarian kitchen providing meals whenever there are paying guests staying – usually at weekends and full weeks over the summer months. When the kitchen is catering for guests you will be expected to help with some vegetable preparation and washing up depending on your skills and interests and meals will be made for you. At other times volunteer are expected to cater for themselves either on a work-share or help themselves basis using whatever ingredients are available in the kitchen and garden. Cooking and eating together is encouraged whenever possible. So volunteers should bring some recipes!
Internet Access
Good 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.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Ireland you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Ireland.
Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$ 1,695
5 weeks
$ 1,795
6 weeks
$ 1,955
7 weeks
$ 2,065
8 weeks
$ 2,195
10 weeks
$ 2,435
12 weeks
$ 2,655
14 weeks
$ 2,895
16 weeks
$ 3,115
20 weeks
$ 3,495
24 weeks (max. stay)
$ 4,035
Average fees
$ 296 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in Ennis/Ireland between 4 weeks and 24 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. CTL Ireland will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Ireland.
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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