Eco-Centre: help and work towards sustainability

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Immersion in an a dynamic Eco-Centre project in rural Ireland
Living within a group of international volunteers
Highly experienced staff members
Diversity of activities and 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:
Leeftijd 18+

CTL collaborates with two Eco-Centre located in the West of Ireland


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 7 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.

Example of tasks:

- Gardening/vegetable growing

- Maintenance work

- Help in the shop and café

- Administration assistance

- Assist with organisation of educational activities

Volunteers should be prepared to carry out tasks that might be repetitive, tedious and monotonous.

Placements will normally be of a minimum of 8 weeks and a maximum of 20 weeks

Accommodation and meals

Volunteers are living in small houses located within 2-10km from the project. 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 might have their own bedrooms, but should be prepared to share their bedroom with another volunteer if required. Volunteers generally cycle to the project or get lifts (by car) to and from the projects from either staff member or students that have a car. Participants make their own food shopping. They receive a small stipend that covers modest spending and also the cost the electricity (light and heating). Volunteers cook their own food at the accommodation, they sometimes eat the food served in the project (café). Please note that the Organic Centre is located very close to the boarder with Northen Ireland (2.5km) and some of the accomodation for volunteers are located the other side of the border, in Northen Ireland.


This 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 2 halls for workshop, accommodation (small dormitories, vegetarian kitchen and dinging area, large and cosy living room), an organic vegetable and fruit gardens, a nature trail, 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 

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.

Guests are varied and include:

Visiting tutors with groups of workshop participants

Visiting individuals both hostellers and Bed and Breakfast guests

Individuals attending the centre's own 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. 

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.

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 


Land clearing 

Ditch digging and clearing


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 (vegetable preparation)

Dish washing





Accommodation and meals

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.

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!

Dagelijkse activiteiten

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.)



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 (this is subject to availability).


Om deel te nemen aan het programma dien je tenminste 18 jaar oud te zijn op de startdatum van het programma. Er kunnen uitzonderingen gemaakt worden indien je een bewijs van toestemming kan aantonen van uw wettelijke voogd(en) of samen met je ouders deelneemt.
Je dient over volgende taalkennis te beschikken Engels (gemiddeld niveau)
Bewijs van goed gedrag en zeden
Vereiste documenten
CV, motivation letter, medical certificate en participants need a valid passport (that will stay valid for the duration of their stay) criminal background check
Geen beperkingen. Helpende handen van over de hele wereld zijn welkom.
Andere vaardigheden
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.
Uw helpende hand wordt verwacht op dinsdag, woensdag, donderdag, vrijdag en zaterdag van 09:30 - 16:30

Diensten ingesloten

Diensten door CTL Ireland

Cost Includes:

  • Pick up on arrival
  • 1st night in hostel shared accommodation in Cork city
  • Orientation day with CTL Ireland staff
  • Transfer to project
  • Accommodation at project
  • Food (in first Eco Centre: small stipend from project to cover cost of simple food and energy)
  • Ongoing support from project mentor
  • Assistance and back up support from CTL Ireland staff
  • 24/7 emergency support
Return transfer not included.

Afhaal aan de luchthaven op 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.

The accommodation depends on which Eco Centre the volunteer will be placed. In the first Eco-Centre, volunteers live in a shared house located a few km form the centre. In the second Eco Centre, volunteers live on site. See above for more details.

Slaapzaal Slaapkamer (Enkel) Slaapkamer (Dubbel)
Eten & Drank

In the first Eco-Centre participants make their own food shopping and cook for themselves (cost of basic food is covered by project), in the second Eco Centre, food is bought by the project and there is a communal kitchen for staff and volunteers. See above for more details

Internet toegang
Beperkte toegang op de project site
Wat is er NIET inbegrepen?
Visum, vluchten, reisverzekering en vaccinaties zijn NIET inbegrepen in de programmakosten.
Vlucht tickets
De dichtste luchthaven is Cork Airport (ORK) in Cork. We assisteren u met het vinden van goedkope vluchten naar Ierland.
Naar het buitenland reizen is een avontuur en het is best om goed voorbereid te zijn. Plots ziek worden of gewond raken, annulaties of diefstal - een reisverzekering voor Ierland biedt zekerheid en is een meerwaarde.
Als je de intentie hebt om als vrijwilliger aan de slag te gaan in Ierland dien je eerst medisch advies in te winnen alvorens je eropuit trekt. Kijk de benodigde vaccinaties na voor Ierland.

Data & Kosten


Gegevens over jouw aankomst

2023 Start dates

January 9th

February 13th

March 6th

April 3rd  

May 8th  

May 29th

June 12th

July 3rd    

July 17th

July 31st

September 4th

October 2nd

November 6th

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. mrt. apr. mei jun. jul. aug. sep. okt. nov. dec.
6 - 20 weken


Kosten: Prijs in USD
6 weken (min. verblijf)
7 weken
8 weken
9 weken
10 weken
11 weken
12 weken
13 weken
14 weken
15 weken
16 weken
17 weken
18 weken
19 weken
20 weken (max. verblijf)
Gemiddelde kosten
$253 /week

De organisatie rekent haar tarieven in EUR. De prijstabel in USD is onderhevig aan valutaschommelingen. CTL Ireland zal je op de hoogte houden over de finale kostprijs gedurende uw aanmeldprocedure.
Waarborg (15%)
De waarborg dient om je plek als vrijwilliger te verzekeren. Betalingen worden door PayPal behandeld, onze betrouwbare betalingsprovider. Indien je niet over een PayPal account beschikt, kan je ook met een credit kaart betalen.
Finale betaling (85%)
Uw finale betaling zal worden goedgekeurd door CTL Ireland gedurende de aanmeld procedure. Veel voorkomende oplossingen zijn een banktransfer of contante betaling op de projectsite.

Waarom Volunteer World

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Hoge ethische standaarden & transparantie in de sociale impact
Wijzig jouw reservatie zonder extra meerkost
Garantie op terugbetaling
We betalen je kosten terug als CTL Ireland jouw reis annuleert
Ondersteuning & tussenkomst
Wij steunen je, wat er ook gebeurt, je kan altijd contact opnemen met ons
Onze diensten zijn gratis!
Alle programmakosten worden rechtstreeks gefactureerd door CTL Ireland

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Eco-Centre: help and work towards sustainability

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