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Waterford
All Year: Yes
Area (ha):
Persons: 2
Category: Backpacker Hostel
Host ID: 31808
Country: Ireland

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Last Updated: November 18, 2019

**We pretty much have our team sorted for the rest of 2019 (we only have a gap of around a 10 days up until 22nd December but will probably just leave that gap there).
We also are looking for Helpers for January / February / March 2020**

We are a hostel and guesthouse in Waterford city in the sunny south-east of Ireland and we are looking for volunteers to stay for 1 month starting at various times over the next 4 months.
Waterford is the oldest city in Ireland (1100 years old) - it`s an hour and three quarters from both Cork and Dublin and well served by rail and buses. The city itself has lots of festivals and plenty to see and do. Nearby there are some of Ireland`s nicest beaches and surf spots at Tramore and Dunmore East.

The property is currently in operation, as a hostel and guesthouse - we need help with all aspects of the property - cleaning, changing beds, laundry, reception etc. etc. etc. and very importantly, talking and socialising with the guests. Sometimes we also need help with basic maintenance (painting and decorating etc.) particularly in the winter, or with covering night shifts. Other than that a big part of the placement is to look after the guests and be sociable with them (invite them to play cards if you`re playing, or out to the pub if you`re going out). We want guests (and of course helpers) to find our hostel a friendly place and to have a great experience in Waterford and having friendly helpers is a really important part of that. Otherwise we do expect volunteers to look after areas when they`re in them (so if there are dirty dishes in the kitchen or a bin needs to be emptied we expect volunteers to look after those issues). This part of the job probably only takes 5 minutes a day but is really critical as we need all areas to be nice and clean and looking well for the guests.
We also require all volunteers to speak English (you don`t need perfect English but we don`t like guests feeling excluded from conversations so require helpers to attempt to speak English at all times).

In return, you will get a bed and basic breakfast (toast, cereal etc) every day, - we provide ingredients for dinner every day (as long as someone wants to cook) and have communal meals with staff and guests, with the cooking being rotated among the helpers - there`s no hassle if you can`t cook but we would like if you could help in some way (cleaning / chopping veg etc). Beds are in a shared room with other staff (staff room is mixed occasionally).

Otherwise, we will do whatever we can to make your trip to Waterford as enjoyable as possible. The dynamic of the place is always changing depending on the guests and helpers we have in. It`s an enjoyable opportunity for someone looking to see the South East of Ireland and help with what we hope will be a fun, sociable place for you to be. You`ll definitely learn something - apart from improving your English volunteers have fun and hang out together and tend to learn lots from each other - how to cook weird dishes from each others countries, how to play guitar, how to draw, paint, etc etc etc.

If you would like to apply, please let us know when you think you would like to come, and also if you have any specific skills that might be useful - we`re keeping an open mind.

We generally ask for between 3 and 6 weeks from helpers.
The help is 4 hours a day, 5 days per week (some weeks we may need you to work an extra day but you`ll get the extra day off the next week if that happens - at the end of the month everyone has their first and last days free as well as eight others).
Just to be aware that if we offer a place we will hold it for 4 days before offering it on to someone else (if the place is for the upcoming month we can only hold it for 2 days before finding someone else). We also require a copy of all helpers flight confirmation at least a month before arrival if they`re coming from another country. You will need either an Irish work visa or EU passport to volunteer in Ireland so please don't apply unless you already have this in place. Finally we prefer helpers who are travelling solo (we don't take couples but occasionally take pairs of friends).

Thanks!

reviews (55)
Helper: Camilla Perna Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Italy Date: September 1, 2019
Thank you Magda,Ciaran,Kristjan,Mario and Camilla for letting me live this wo... view complete review

Helper: Camilla Perna Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Italy Date: September 1, 2019
Portree Hostel is the perfect place to meet new people from all over the wor... view complete review

Helper: Danny Leeuwerke Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Netherlands Date: August 12, 2019
I spend 4 weeks here and I had a blast! All the members of the staff are supe... view complete review

Helper: Jason Troisfontaine Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Belgium Date: March 19, 2019
I spent 4 weeks in the Portree, and as a first experience as a helper, I coul... view complete review

Helper: Tom Lamasse Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: March 4, 2019
I spent 5 weeks in Portree hostel and it was an amazing experience. The sta... view complete review

Helper: Olive Woo Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Korea, South Date: March 3, 2019
This hostel is amazing. It was my first experience I got through helpx, and I... view complete review

Helper: Sara Bellacicco Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Italy Date: February 25, 2019
I'm so sorry for the late review and it doesn't mean I've forgotten this plac... view complete review

Helper: Philly and Hazel Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Hong Kong Date: February 17, 2019
Sorry for the late review. Words can't describe how much we miss everyone an... view complete review

Helper: Kennis and Tom Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Hong Kong Date: February 6, 2019
Portree is such a wonderful hostel! We have been here for 3 weeks and everyth... view complete review

Helper: Arthur Henrion Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: January 15, 2019
Had a great time here, the hostel is really great and the city is ok. You wil... view complete review

Helper: Manon Artigau Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: January 12, 2019
I stayed 5 weeks here in April-May. It was my first experience with HelpX. I... view complete review

Helper: Milenko Karan Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Croatia (Hrvatska) Date: January 10, 2019
I've spent 7 weeks here and had an amazing time. It's very close to the city ... view complete review

Helper: Kinga Skowronek Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Poland Date: January 6, 2019
Good place to meet fantastic people and explore South-East of Ireland. :) ... view complete review

Helper: Camille Hasbroucq Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: January 6, 2019
Hey everyone! It was my first experience as a helper and it was amazing !... view complete review

Helper: Sandra Perales Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Spain Date: December 26, 2018
My experience as a helper here was really rewarding: you learn a lot about di... view complete review

Helper: Claudia Fabrega Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Chile Date: December 26, 2018
This was my second hostel with helpx for one month and leaves a lot to say, r... view complete review

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Helper: Michele andrea Binetti Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Italy Date: December 25, 2018
this is been my first experience as a helper and i couldn't have asked for an... view complete review

Helper: Félix Mijon Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: December 14, 2018
Hi I pass few weeks in this hostel and I want to leave a review on my experie... view complete review

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Helper: Maëlle Lehy Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: November 30, 2018
I stayed here for almost 4 weeks and it was a very good experience! You can f... view complete review

Helper: Raphaëlle Le Gall Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: November 13, 2018
This was my first experience as volunteer, and I think I couldn't wish a best... view complete review

Helper: Giorgio D'Alessandro Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Italy Date: October 1, 2018
It was my second experience through helpx, and until now was the best. The at... view complete review

Helper: Manon Artigau Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: September 3, 2018
I stayed 5 weeks here in April-May. It was my first experience with HelpX. I... view complete review

Helper: Matteo Codenotti Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Italy Date: June 21, 2018
I volunteered for a month in this hostel, all the month of April, was my firs... view complete review

Helper: Belinda Drefs Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: June 3, 2018
There are not enough Stars on HelpX for this place! It is just a paradise! ... view complete review

Helper: Diana Seithe Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: March 10, 2018
I stayed at the portree guesthouse for about a month and so far I haven’t fou... view complete review

Helper: Thomas Ribault Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: February 5, 2018
An amazing month. Soooo good ambiance, the work is variated and not to hard (... view complete review

Helper: Laura Garcia-Almonacid Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Spain Date: January 5, 2018
This is a wonderful place! I have spent one of the most beautiful experiences... view complete review

Helper: Ludovico Levantino Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Italy Date: January 4, 2018
I had a great time here, Ciaran managed to create an extremely interesting en... view complete review

Helper: Anton Tornberg Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Sweden Date: December 19, 2017
I had a wonderful time here, spent almost five weeks there and I had such a g... view complete review

Helper: Katie Pickering Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: New Zealand Date: December 17, 2017
Hey Crew! I was here in August and loved my first experience in Ireland. He... view complete review

Helper: Lukas Inama Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Italy Date: December 2, 2017
If you choose to be a helper here, I'm sure you'll have a great time! Either... view complete review

Helper: Michele Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Italy Date: December 1, 2017
I spent a month with Ciran and the other helpers. Waterford is a very prett... view complete review

Helper: Maria julia De Marco Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Argentina Date: June 25, 2017
BIG THUMB UP FOR THIS GUEST HOUSE, THE OWNER, THE PEOPLE Who WORKS PERMANENT ... view complete review

Helper: Gavin Feetham Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: May 19, 2017
Couldn't have asked for a better place to stay. Ciaran is brilliant and ma... view complete review

Helper: Marie G. Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: April 5, 2017
It was my first experience like a volunteer in a hostel and it was very nice ... view complete review

Helper: Cintia and Estefanía Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Spain Date: March 27, 2017
Hi everyone! We stayed here over a month. This hostel can be one of the best ... view complete review

Helper: Camille Morier Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: May 28, 2016
Wow, it was just my AMAZING! It is the place to be! Thank you Ciaran to gave ... view complete review

Helper: Michael Fogarty Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Ireland Date: March 4, 2016
This was my first experience as a helper and I can only hope that my future a... view complete review

Helper: David Cardila Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Spain Date: February 12, 2016
I spent a really nice time here! The people was so nice and Ciaran is a very ... view complete review

Helper: Adrien LAUNAY Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: January 24, 2016
I stayed more than one month here and it was my best experience. The job is n... view complete review

Helper: Amanda Burghart Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: December 22, 2015
I stayed here for 2 weeks in July of this year. I met some really amazing hel... view complete review

Helper: Maxime noirot Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: May 17, 2015
Soooo sad to have just left here after one amazing month with nice people, I ... view complete review

Helper: Fraser Beattie Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: May 14, 2015
I was lucky enough to have this place as my first helping experience. It was ... view complete review

Helper: Joseba ibarmia Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Spain Date: April 18, 2015
It was my first experience like helper and it has been amazing! Work is rea... view complete review

Helper: Cecilia fattori Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Italy Date: April 18, 2015
I stayed here for 1 month and it was my first experience like Helper. I had... view complete review

Helper: Javier Mendoza Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Spain Date: March 28, 2015
Glad to help Ciaran for a month here, good experience and good memories from ... view complete review

Helper: Anna-Liisa Rieppola Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Finland Date: March 22, 2015
I had an incredible February in this place with the best people - I wish I co... view complete review

Helper: Meoule marie Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: March 3, 2015
i spent one month here and it was great !! it s a very warm place everyone is... view complete review

Helper: Simone Ghiani Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Italy Date: February 25, 2015
I been here for 1 month...this experience has done enjoy myself!! :). The Hos... view complete review

Helper: Matthew Zaslan Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: February 13, 2015
I just finished up 4 weeks here and it was overall a very good experience. Li... view complete review

Helper: Veronica Noble Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Spain Date: December 1, 2014
I recomend here 100%. I spent there one month and was amazing,the work is ... view complete review

Helper: Luka Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: December 1, 2014
If you have the chance you should definitely spend some time in Portrees. I ... view complete review

Helper: Evangeline and Paige Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: October 28, 2014
We stayed here for two weeks. The work was light and easy! The owner is a com... view complete review

Helper: Michael Noland Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: October 10, 2014
Ciaran and this place were a blast. It's a guesthouse/B&B upstairs and a back... view complete review

Helper: Adam Kruk Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: October 6, 2014
Ciaran is a champ, and this place is a blast! I stayed here for two weeks, re... view complete review

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