Volunteering at Slí na Bandé

By: Newtownmountkennedy  05/12/2011

Volunteering at Slí na Bandé :

Throughout the years, Slí na Bandé has been home to hundreds of international and local volunteers.  Douglas and Marlene deeply value the individual contributions of their volunteers; these works are a significant part of what gives the fabric of Slí na Bandé such a unique character.  Douglas and Marlene’s relationships with their workers are an essential and interesting part of their lives, and each volunteer is treated as a member of the family.

Volunteers are asked to work six hours per day, six days a week, on special projects that appeal to them,  in addition to helping the family maintain a tidy living space. There is many different kind of volunteers jobs in Slí na Bandé:

  • Feeding the animals (2 pigs, 1 pony, 1 donkey, 3 dogs, 14 chickens, 5 ducks)
  • Weeding
  • Gardening
  • Cleaning the pony & donkey’s stable
  • Picking up the manure to use in the garden as a fertilizer
  • Picking up vegetables
  • Looking after the compost
  • Looking after the recycling
  • Cooking for the groups & looking after the guests (occasionally)
  • Watering the plants
  • Chopping timber
  • Painting
  • Building / Woodwork
  • And more temporary projects…

We especially look for people with permaculture knowledge, who would be interested in working in our garden for a long term.

The wwoofers, summer 2010

Guillaume, French wwoofer

David, Belgiun wwoofer

Antoine, French wwoofer

Shawn, American wwoofer, and Josh

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Vision - Slí na Bandé

Slí na Bandé originated in the minds of Marlene and Douglas in the 1970?s, when Marlene wrote her thesis on the ‘Report of the Club of Rome’ which was one of the first computer aided reports which highlighted the potential destruction of the planet and the depletion of our natural resources.