English classes and farm experience
English classes and farm experience
English classes and farm experience

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Cloncannon Biofarm is located in the hills west of the Devils’ Bit mountains in Tipperary, in very beautiful surroundings. After a month of lessons in English, the volunteers join the Irish organic farm to help improve its operation; this is one of the answers to the question we can ask ourselves: why take a gap year in Ireland?

 

Discover how a farm works
Physical work
Improve your English
Gaining autonomy and taking initiative
Environmental awareness
In-depth knowledge of sustainable development

IN SHORT

Moneygall

From
 8  
to
 12  
weeks

Intermediate English

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Description of the program

So why take a gap year in Ireland on a biofarm? First of all to admire a rich biodiversity, following 4 weeks of English lessons: you will be able to see bees, also organic chickens raised in freedom, cows, pigs. You can also observe the cultivation of vegetables and red fruits. Everything, whether animals or plants, is organic at Biofarm.

In Cloncannon, making connections is very important: connecting with the landscape, geology, cultural history, natural history, farm animals and connecting with yourself first and foremost!

why do a gap year

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Participants first attend 4 weeks of lessons in English before joining the farm. They will thus be able to strengthen their language skills to live the most enriching immersive experience! So if you're wondering why take a gap year, improving your language skills can answer that first.

The farm they eventually join is active, often opening its doors to the public, and regularly organizes tours and educational activities for groups such as schools, seniors' groups, women's groups in the agriculture, farmers, groups of young people from leisure centres, etc.

The project welcomes participants throughout the year to support farm activities.

Volunteers will have the opportunity to get their hands dirty/get real hands-on experience while learning about organic farming and sustainable living.

Like all of our programs to take a gap year in the environment , this project in Ireland allows you to benefit from a professional experience while contributing to the preservation of nature.

 

 

Volunteer work

 

Volunteers work 5-7 hours a day on their project, 5 days a week. Why ? Taking a gap year within this project implies that participants are proactive, able to keep busy and show initiative. Working on a farm, they can expect to spend some time outdoors, in the fresh air, whether it's in the sun, rain or cold. (Appropriate clothing is therefore essential.) Some of the work is seasonal, the summer months the focus is on horticultural and gardening activities (mowing grass, weeding, growing and harvesting vegetables and fruits), while the summer months colder winters are generally related to general maintenance activities.

 

So why take a gap year in this biofarm in Ireland? In addition to contributing to the positive and lasting impact of the region, you benefit from real professional experience, and will be able to strengthen your English thanks to this immersion!

 

Work may include:

 

  • Animal care (feeding, cleaning, etc.)
  • Weed control
  • Planting
  • Harvest
  • Seedlings
  • Composting
  • General maintenance work
  • Assistance in the preparation of public events

So stop asking yourself why take a gap year, and go to Ireland for an experience that is both professionally and personally rewarding!

Host organization

Sean O'Farrell, a passionate farmer with a master's degree in biodiversity and conservation, runs the farm and organises its operations.
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He is committed to the principles of organic food production, and he strives to improve the natural habitats and biodiversity of the farm. He achieves these improvements by planting native trees, creating ponds, and managing hedges.

Strong points

Total immersion in Ireland
Discovery of a unique and organic farm
Training by an experienced mentor
International team

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