- 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 new 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.
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 2019 we aim to build a hammockry --yes a place for cheap overnights for people walking by - built using traditional post-and-beam carpentry techniques. Neat hey?:-)
I run the farm myself breeding pedigree Highland Cattle to a high standard; and providing sympathetic accommodation in the Crofthouse and the little Hairy Cow Studio;-)
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!
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
Help with Computers / internet
I love sharing with travellers from around the world: we eat together so end up discussing everything from French food production, 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!
This year, 2018. I'm particularly interested in people who wanted a long stay..and even look after the place when I'm away....making it their own, kind of...maybe rehearsing a lifestyle...?
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.
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? Always keen for improvements in marketing &c. as well..especially re: the language teaching
English French a little German
Self contained 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
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week