Organic gardening and a bit of house painting

The Exchange

I own a tiny old cottage with a huge wild garden on top of a south-facing hill at the end of a road which needs some more maintenance than I can provide. I would like to grow more vegetables than I do right now. I also would like to restore the sheds to create some more accommodation. I am an archaeologist and tour guide, semi-retired, and I will show you the beautiful area. Accommodation in expedition tent or in winter in my living room

What you offer

25 hours of help per week

Painting & Decorating: Help to maintain the appearance inside and outside the building.

Handyman: Help with a wide range of repairs.

Gardening: Help to grow and cultivate plants.

What you get

2 days off per week

Private Room: Have a private room to chill and relax just by yourself.

Tent: A billion stars over your head and a comfy tent to sleep in.

Cook your own meal: Feel free to prepare your own meal here

Free Laundry: There's a special place where all the clothes get cleaned for free.

Free Tours: Don’t miss a thing! Get free tours and explore.

Free Hiking Tours: Keep your feet moving! Get free hiking tours and exercise yourself.

Pick Up: No worries! Get a free ride to get to our place.


Beginner English or Beginner German

Over 18 years old

What's not included

Flights, Travel Insurance, Internal Transportation and Visa

Program Details

You will help me for circa 20-25 hours per week, doing gardening and a bit of house painting etc. You have the living room with a sofa bed for sleeping or a large Vango Stealth 300 tent in summer. I will provide transport to town and the food for breakfast, dinner and lunch snacks. You only need your own pocket money. We will take turns cooking.

Activities & Shift

The activities depend a bit on the weather. In good weather we will do gardening and possibly paint the house from outside while in bad weather we do a bit of painting inside, tidy and repair the shed and the attic. It is not hard work. I will bring you to the sea and into town and show you the area: I am an archaeologist and trained tour guide, but have semi-retired by now. We will work for a maximum of 4-5 hours the day and you will be 2 days off. On Saturdays I have a market stall in Sligo town with my jewellery. You are very welcome to come with me and to explore the town then. I go swimming most evenings in a private gym and pool and you are welcome to come with me: a two week membership costs only 30€.


No smoking in the house. No drinking in the house either: I used to drink too much and don't want alcohol in the house but you are welcome to drink when we go out or have a can or two in your tent in summer. Basically I don't really mind if you have the occasional glass or two but I don't want drunken people around. I have cats and you better don't have a cat allergy. I have only one bathroom in my small house. No loud music please, especially at night. I have unlimited WiFi until April but afterwards you will have to use my phone on 4G to send messages etc and/ or use WiFi in a pub or cafe in town. You can use the washing machine. You have to seperate all rubbish because there is no bin collection and I recycle as much as I can. There is a bus station 2 km from my house but I will bring you at least every second day to Sligo town or another town. There is no nightlife in my quiet area