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Winter 2017
End of the year

We have recently welcomed our last group of students for 2017. These French student are here until the end of November, so there is still time for them to improve their English skills and get some hands-on work experience. There are three groups of students from Danish schools finishing their placements during early November and they have had a great time with their Irish families.

Soon, we will start to receive applications for spring placements, which is a great time to come to a farm. During spring (February until April) students get involved with calving, lambing and even foaling. New born animals are arriving at farms every day and it is a great opportunity for a student to be involved in the process, learn about the care of new born animals, pregnant animals, changing feeding programmes, the change in grassland management, and lots of veterinary aspects.

Call +353 (0)57 86 43 195 to find out more or drop an email to info@equipeoplework

We look forward to hearing from you.

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Equipeople Team

Caroline Lane

Caroline was born and grew up in a large, old house near Kilcock, surrounded by horses, dogs and cats. carolinelane.jpgShe went the usual Pony Club and hunting route into a career with horses. In 1980 she did her BHSAI exams in England and a couple of years later went back to complete the BHSII qualification. The following ten years consisted mainly of instructing and grooming international three day event horses. In 1990, she got sense and started to go into the business side of the equine sector and set out to learn as much as she could about marketing. This led to her working as Marketing Manager for a large leisure company and then for a major riding centre. In 1994, she married Stan and a year later set up Equipeople. In 1997, she and Stan had a son, Logan who is the apple of his parents eye.

Mandy Humphries

mandy_photo.jpgMandy’s job is to look after student placements on the farm-, agro-home- and tourism programmes. Hers is the voice at the end of the line for our students and hosts and one of the friendly faces they could expect to see for their visit. Having worked in Barclay's Bank for over 20 years, some of those in the complaints department, she is well equipped to help new arrivals get around any little ‘settling in’ issues. Mandy came to Ireland in 2007 from Essex in England bringing with her a cat, a dog, and two teenage sons and having ‘finally’ recovered from the journey is happily settled near our Portarlington Office. Since then Mandy has developed a passion for coloured horses and has bred her own out of her mare. When she manages to grab a minute to herself she likes to immerse herself in the pages of a good science fiction or fantasy novel coupled with the essential cup of good strong coffee.

Heather Darker

heather2.jpgHeather studied Languages & Marketing, European Studies and Cultural Event Management. She worked her college summers in France, learning French and has au paired three times – twice in France and once in the US. She grew up on a dairy farm, married a part-time sheep farmer who is also a full time garden landscaper. She passionately believes that Ireland is a great place to visit and experience. She also enjoys running a part-time Airbnb guesthouse and loves to welcome different nationalities to Ireland. Heather has two teenage daughters who are already travelling abroad to learn new languages themselves.
She loves to travel and often borrows her own parent’s very nice camper-van to hit the open road… In reality she never likes to spend more than one night in the one spot because there’s always more to see and not enough time to see it all….

Valerie Mahe

Valerie is our resident French speaker. She came to Ireland from Paris many moons ago with barely a word of English and is now fluent. So Valerie knows exactly how hard the language barrier can be. She works part time in our office but talks to all the short-term student every week. Valerie has a three sons, and understands the demands of teenagers this day and age.

Contact Equipeople if you wish to talk to one of the team