Farm Portaferry, United Kingdom

5.0
(28 reviews)28

Get immersed in nature in Northern Ireland! :)

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15 travelers learned about sustainability working with this host
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12 travelers felt they returned from this experience with a greater environmental consciousness
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What you offer

25h

Hours per week
Help out and collaborate with your host only a few hours per week.
Animal Care
Help look after and take care of animals.
Building & Repairing
Help with a wide range of repairs or building.
Farming
Plant crops, sow seeds and help in outside tasks.
Gardening
Help grow plants and cultivate gardens
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What you get

2

Days off per week
Have some time off for yourself, go explore the city or rest for a while.
Private Room
You will have a bed in a private room. In other words, a room just for you.
Tent
You will sleep in a tent at a camping site.
Breakfast
You are entitled to a free breakfast, every day of your stay.
Lunch
You are entitled to a free lunch, every day of your stay.
Dinner
You are entitled to a free dinner, every day of your stay.
Fast Internet Access
High-speed internet for you to work remotely
Dedicated Workspace
Specific space for you to work remotely
Free Laundry
You can use our laundry room freely.
Permaculture Course
Take part in our Permaculture course for free.
Bikes at your disposal
You can use our bikes any time you want.
Pick Up
We will pick you up when you arrive, and take you to our property.
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Availability

Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Stay at least
1 week
Stay up to
4 weeks

The Experience

Learn how to run a permaculture / natural farm, chopping down the jungle now and then, gathering and processing food, looking after the chickens, ducks, dog and cat, odd repair and natural building projects around the house, yurt and shed, making seed balls and any other projects you might come up with! We would be glad to have your help :)

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Requirements

  • Intermediate English
  • Over 19 years old
  • Welcomes solo volunteers, couples, and partners of volunteers

What's not included

Flights, Travel Insurance, Internal Transportation and Visa

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28 Reviews

5.0

Host & Team

5.0

Hours & Tasks

4.5

Farm

4.5

Learning & Fun

4.5

How this experience will transform you

  • 15 Learning about sustainability
  • 12 Developing environmental awareness
  • 11 Get in touch with nature
  • 9 Meeting locals
  • 8 Immersing in the local culture
  • 6 Practicing English

This host contributes to Sustainable Development Goals

  • 5 12. Responsible consumption and production
  • 5 15. Life on land
  • 4 13. Climate action

Brazil

5

Staying at Heiko's was a blast! He and Susan were awesome hosts, always up for a chat. Despite the weather, hanging out with them was a highlight. And Finn, their playful dog, was a joy to be around—always ready to play fetch! Heiko's cooking was top-notch, and daily beach or park walks with him and Finn were energizing and relaxing. The house wasn't clean and this the only thing I would change. And using a compost toilet might be a problem for some people, but it's all part of the eco-friendly vibe Heiko's got going. Keep an open mind, and you'll have a great time!

3 months ago

Canada

5

Heiko and Susan and both lovely people who will make sure you are very comfortable! The accommodation is comfortable and the work is very light and flexible! I truly have nothing but positive things to say about this experience and would recommend for anyone looking to relax and learn new things!

4 months ago

China

5

Heiko and Susan are both generous and warm hearted, besides providing a nice room to sleep and variety of good food to fill you up(many of them are fresh from the gardens!), they also care your feeling and daily life. You could learn a lot if you are interested in permaculture, ecovillage, foraging, even cooking, music or anything as Heiko is knowledgeable and full of life experience. The works are neither difficult nor heavy, the schedule is flexible, most of the time I work on my own and at my own pace. I feel very trusted. It would absolut be an unforgettable experience in my life.

9 months ago

United States

5

Heiko and Susan were absolutely fantastic! Easy to talk to, learn from, and they have such an incredible outlook on life. The work was fair, and I felt like I got learn so much about the culture, the country, permaculture, and the world around us. I felt so honored to get to spend time and learn from Heiko - he's full of stories, knowledge, an extravagant and diverse music knowledge, and great cooking. I can't wait for the day I get to go back to see them both, see Finn and Ted, and see the progress made in the eco village.

about 1 year ago

Poland

4

The farm is a place, where you can learn about sustainability and nature. Heiko has an impressive knowledge about edible wild plants which later he uses in the kitchen too, creating delicious dinner! The stories I heard and experiences I had here made me realise some things about myself and the world. Although weather was usually miserable there, I had fun indoors, reading books from Heiko's library and playing with Finn and Tedd. The things which I did not like were worse than expected living conditions and the fact, that lunch was not provided, while it's stated differently in description.

12 months ago


Heiko replied

Lunch IS provided, it's only that you help yourself to anything that is available and we had plenty of food in the house and garden, which you used plenty of. We are not in the habit of 2 or 3 cooked meals a day. As I said at the outset, you become part of the family with everything that entails. Living conditions are simple to live lightly on the planet and I would have appreciated you using the compost toilet. We are also not wealthy and it costs us a lot of money to host.

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