FOTA HOUSE, ARBORETUM & GARDENS WELCOMES FIRST VOLUNTEER TOURIST
If you are planning a visit to Cork, Ireland this year perhaps you would like to do some Volunteer Tourism? Last summer we were delighted to welcome our first ever volunteer tourist!
Lisa Waechter, a teacher from Germany, joined Fota’s volunteer programme as part of her holiday in Ireland. Lisa contacted us; “on your website I read that you are looking for volunteers to get involved in your projects. I spent a few months in Ireland during my studies so I have grown to love the country and the people and during my stay I would like to get involved in a working project!”
The Irish Heritage Trust runs a comprehensive volunteer programme across its properties, including Fota House, Arboretum and Gardens (Co. Cork) and Strokestown Park and Famine Museum (Co. Roscommon).
“We are very proud of our volunteering programme here at Fota” said Victoria Tammadge, General Manager at Fota House, Arboretum & Gardens. “Our aim is to create opportunities for everyone to get involved with their heritage in any way that they choose and volunteering is a great way for us to offer meaningful ways for people to participate with heritage” she added.
We believe this increased individual and community participation at special places brings them to life and helps protect and preserve them for future generations. Our team of passionate and enthusiastic volunteers help us do so much more at Fota.
Lisa enjoyed three days of volunteering in August, which included assisting a children’s group to pot plants in Fota’s beautifully restored Victorian Frameyard Garden and learn about propagation. She also was able to learn a skill at the volunteer led photography course. “I really enjoyed the benefits of volunteering while giving something back to the Fota community”, continued Lisa.
We look forward to welcoming many more Volunteer Tourists in 2017!
For further information on Volunteer Tourism contact:
Fota House, Arboretum & Gardens
T:+353 21 481 5543