Aras is a friendly place and when you volunteer with us you really become part of the family. We had one lady for example who came here for a month and stayed over 3 months. We all cried when she left - for us it was like losing a daughter.
Volunteers are treated as part of the family. We take them around to show them the sights. We tell them about the history of Donegal, they get to meet the cat, the talking parrot, the little Chihuahua.. its like a home from home. Yes we work, but even that is fun. As an example, our vacuum's brand is a Henry, so we don't vacuum, we take Henry for a walk. Making work fun.
Aras is quite lovely however the hosts are very opinionated and make situations very uncomfortable with both their temper over small issues and expressing conservative/ racist beliefs. The room is shared with Worldpackers, bathroom is communal: fine, but the lack of privacy can be irritating as the hosts barge in without knocking and often question about whereabouts on our free time. If you spend long durations in your room you’re asked if you’re depressed.
Work is supposed to finish in the beginning of the day and is easy, however you may be asked to do tasks during free time.
3 days ago
Staying and working in Glencolumbkille was quite the learning experience. The landscape and locals were lovely. Though the BnB is quite remote, you’ll surely enjoy the scenery on your walks or bus trips there. It is important to note that the hosts do have conservative opinions regarding race & religion, the LGBT community and others appearances/weight. their information guide does state that you will receive 2 days off, however it is only 1. the daily work can be completed in 3-4 hours. I’m thankful for this experience regardless.
3 days ago
Aras Bnb es un lugar fantástico para llevar a cabo esta experiencia de voluntariado. Leon y Gulian son una pareja increíble, nos han hecho sentir como en casa y les hemos cogido mucho cariño. Compartimos muchos momentos juntos, Gulian hace unos pasteles buenísimos! Es sin duda el mejor lugar para desconectar y disfrutar de la plena naturaleza. Sin duda repetiríamos está experiencia, en el mismo lugar!
23 days ago
Aras was my first experience with worldpackers and I absolutely loved it there!
I've been there for six weeks, but it felt like much less, because work didn't feel like work and, most importantly, because of Leon, Gillian and Minky of course!
From the first second, they made you feel welcome. We shared a lot of laughs and spent beautiful evenings in the kitchen eating cake.
I have so many things to say, but the review can't be longer than 600 characters. Nevermind, words can't express how grateful I am that they made my experience so enjoyable!
Thanks Leon and Gillian! Wish you the best!
8 months ago
Aras is a lovely place. As soon as you get there you feel welcomed and as a part of the hostel. If you want to travel, to see the nature of Ireland and simultaneously want to get to learn a lot of new people, Aras is the perfect place. Gillian and Leon are always very bright and always have a good laugh with the guests and the workers. Both of them are very caring and really love the area and love to show you where the best places to go are. I've been there with a friend and in our 6 weeks we enjoyed the area and had tons of laughs over a piece of cake. Both really make it a unique stay!
8 months ago