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Hostel Achill Island, Ireland

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Be a volunteer in a Historic Victorian Hostel & Bar on the the Wild Atlantic Way!

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What you offer


Hours per week
Help out and collaborate with your host only a few hours per week.
Kitchen Hand
Help prepare, finish and serve meals.
Help clean the kitchen, bedrooms, bathrooms and common areas.
Help with changing the bed linens and general housekeeping.
Help with check-ins, check-outs and guest assistance.
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What you get


Days off per week
Have some time off for yourself, go explore the city or rest for a while.
Team Dorm
You will have a bed in a shared room, which means you will share the same room with other people.
You are entitled to a free breakfast, every day of your stay.
You are entitled to a free lunch, every day of your stay.
You are entitled to a free dinner, every day of your stay.
Free Laundry
You can use our laundry room freely.
Use our equipped kitchen
Feel free to use our kitchen and make your own delicious food.
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The Experience

We're a tourist hostel, bar, restaurant and woodland faerie trail in a beautiful Victorian house located on Achill Island, Co. Mayo, on the Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland. Stunning location near beaches, lakes, and hills. The tasks mainly involves hostel cleaning, making beds, laundry, serving breakfast, kitchen help and gardening. Great pub on site where you will meet friendly locals as well as travellers from all over the world. Join us!

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  • Intermediate English
  • Over 20 years old
  • Only hosts solo volunteers (doesn’t accept couples or pairs)

What's not included

Flights, Travel Insurance, Internal Transportation and Visa

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Stay at least
3 weeks
Stay up to
12 weeks

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The Valley House is an amazing, peaceful, semi-secluded location in Achill. It is a stunning hostel with amazing hosts. I absolutely adored volunteering here and wish I could have stayed longer. Alice and Pat are accomodating, warm, and inviting. Though it is out of the way of the city and towns it is easy to transport yourself to local shops/restaurants on foot (2.5hrs) bike (1hr) or hitchhike. You feel safe to roam to the beach that is 15 min walk away and take a swim if youre brave enough to jump in. I will definitely be back again.




I spent an amazing time in the valley house! Alice and Pat are wonderful people! They were always attentive, friendly and open. if they had to do something specific they told me or I could ask Pat anything and he had no problem to explain. The work is very easy and life there very quiet. For being my first experience as a volunteer I felt very comfortable, cared for and at home. I highly recommend it and I will be back for sure!




It was my third volunteering, and not my best for sure. Wrong period of the year (not many people in the hostel), and another helper always on my back telling what to do or not, basically acting like the manager, while Pat, though he is a really nice man, was not here til 6 pm. We had quite a lot to do with really few fun in exchange, and moved from one room to another all the time depending on guests. I can't really figure out what was really expected from me and what was my colleague's desire and orders. I guess it's a really nice place to stay with nicer colleagues in the summertime.


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Working at The Valley House is a truly authentic rural Irish experience. For this reason I'd be lying if I said it didn't take a few days to get used to some of the idiosyncrasies of the place, but once I accepted these I had a great time. Work is hostel work mixed with manual tasks so there was plenty of variety. The bar is full of locals and the live music is spontaneous and authentic. The Guinness is superb! We received three decent meals a day - be prepared to eat late as the restaurant gets priority. It is remote so be prepared to hitch hike, bike or walk long distances to get around.




Very good experience!!! Achill is amazing and pat and Alice are beautiful person I racomand this experience!!!!


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