- well- it's the Highlands of Scotland in the middle of mountains overlooking the valley of the river Spey. I run a farm breeding Highland Cattle with accommodation.
I need help with these and with future ideas my mini-enterprises such as a possible Language School.
Most of the folk who come to help on the farm improve their English and often their TOEIC score- so I thought I would expand the farm operation to include this. I've qualified as a teacher - but need help with market research, publicity and general enterprise development.
So this is important but of course it's coupled with all the usual farm and maintenance jobs and a good healthy lifestyle in a beautiful place.
.but of course in the end it's all about our exchange as people; so all the different projects take place in a social environment that encourages ideas about living, a creative and artistic approach to the world, and a supportive attitude to each other's issues and aspirations!
My favourite recreation is mountain walks - set off from the farm and just ask yourself 'How Long?- 40 minutes, 2 hours, 4 hours, 8,10? You probably won't see another human being in that time -just heather and hills, grouse and deer, old tracks and stone walls, sky, space and distances.
This year I aim to survey the hills around the farm for parapente opportunities- so I can hike-and-fly.
I run the farm myself breeding pedigree Highland Cattle to a high standard; and providing sympathetic accommodation in the Bunkhouse.
There are other options too for helping out -
Fixing fences - good for building strength!
Tending pastures to bring on good grass and reduce weeds..you'll develop a great tennis backhand slashing thistles!
Traditional Post and Beam Carpentry - now this I do know something about! (I'm a joiner/furniture-maker to trade).
General maintenance of buildings inside and out - (mostly depending on the weather!).
Help with guests: - that is, all the various and exciting visitors who come to stay in the bunkhouse.
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Helping with Tourists
Help with Computers / internet
I don't specify what or how much - what's the point? -- you are volunteers after all. I look for people who want to help - and try to find work that helps you as well as me.
This year I am keen to find help with this new Language School as well, but frankly most of the work relates to the accommodation and outdoor maintenance...er..or indoor if it's raining ! If you can use tools so much the better..but we can all learn, hey?
English French a little German
Self contained studio flat with kitchen and shower-room. Comfortable for a couple. Wi-fi.
If that is occupied..twin room in Roundhouse.
This is a great area for recreation in the Cairngorms National Park - but outdoors - not urban.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
I love sharing with travellers from around the world: we eat together so end up discussing everything from French presidential candidates (Go Lasalle!) to Catalonian/Spanish politics, to best Scottish comedies. In terms of tasks we try to find work that I need doing that also suits you to learn --so you might get allocated something specific like: limewash maintenance, carpentry, pasture management, fencing ..ie. something that you can make your own,, and see results to take pride in!
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week