Terms of Volunteering

Breakhouse volunteers with a kids group in for respite care

  • Accommodation is provided in the respite houses. Volunteers share bedroom with one other volunteer.
  • Bathrooms are shared.
  • There is a living/TV room, available to all volunteers.
  • Kitchen. Volunteers make their own meals and shop for their own food. Money is provided for food.
  • Oratory. There is a small oratory in the house, which may be accessed by all volunteers.
  • Volunteers have responsibility for keeping these rooms clean.


  • Three meals a day.
  • Money provided for food.
  • Volunteers must shop and cook own meals.


  • Each volunteer must open a bank account in Ireland, into which a weekly allowance of sixty-five euro is paid.


  • Training is provided at intervals throughout the volunteers stay in the house.
  • All volunteers must attend training sessions in:- Health and Safety;

    – Manual Handling;

    – Fire Safety;

    – Food Hygiene.

  • – Child Protection Training

Supervision and support:

  • Each volunteer is assigned a supervisor, and weekly meetings take place between supervisor and volunteer.
  • For volunteers on a three-month contract, there is a trial period of one month. For volunteers on a twelve-month contract there is a trial period of 3 months. At the end of the trial period, there is a review before any further commitment is given.
  • CASA have a policy on supervision and support, which can be made available to volunteer on request on arrival.
  • Potential volunteers will usually be required to attend a trial break.


  • In twelve months the volunteer gets 30 days holidays.10 days at Christmas and 4 weeks during the year split into 2-week segments. Holidays are set by the respite house.

Useful Information

Passport/visas: European Union citizens do not require a visa, but you do need your passport. If you are a citizen of the United States or Canada, you don’t need a visa for the first 90 days of your stay in Ireland. For information on visa requirements, you should contact the Irish Embassy in your own country. We will give you a letter stating you have a volunteer position.

Transport: Both our houses are situated 30minutes from city centre by bus. Good bus and rail service to city centre.

Location: Both houses are situated in North County Dublin. Malahide and Swords. Malahide is on the Coast. Both are busy towns. The houses are in residential neighbourhoods.

» Roles of Volunteers

If you are interested in applying for a position as a volunteer, please complete the applicationForm

– Download Volunteer Application form

If you have any questions please submit them via email: anna@casabreakhouses.ie