UPDATE April 2016
We are Valery and David with a homestead in the CAIRNGORMS NATIONAL PARK of Northern SCOTLAND. Here we look after visitors to an 8 bed hostel, a summer lightweight camping ground, and couples arriving at our 3 bespoke and rustic huts. Here too are Soay sheep with lambs, a pond full of waterfowl, a scatter of hens, flower and vegetable garden with salad growing polytunnel, plus Django the attentive spaniel. Joanna and JC, with their two young children, are our neighbours and they organise most things here now. In the last 16 years we have hosted nearly one hundred international Volunteer Helpers who help us greatly in everything we do.
While we have regular help from locals in the village we just love sharing experiences with you international volunteer folk particularly when we can learn something from you too. Have a look at our website, particularly its 'volunteering page' and if you can see yourself as a part of our busy and purposeful team then please do get in touch. When you have told us about yourself and what you are looking for in your time away we can skype together and talk things over to see whether we might suit one another.
Currently we would welcome a single or couple able to join us for between 2 and 4 months starting in October and able to give us around 25 hours a week over 5 days. You would have your own new build quirky hut or classic touring caravan with covered garden as accommodation, a generous contribution to your food costs, impromptu hospitality and a welcome at our house. Free bread, a share of the hens' eggs, free wifi, laundry, bike loan are also on offer together with a host of different experiences many of which may be new to you.
"Small is Beautiful". While giving everything we can to our guests we also have a lot of fun. Do come.
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Helping with Tourists
Help with Computers / internet
Homestead living and welcoming and looking after guests. Helping with woodstocks for fires and hot tub, laundry help, hut preparation for guests, help with sheep, hens & ducks, general maintenance, garden help etc.
Summer Helpers staying for one or two months live in a classic Castleton touring caravan. Winter/Summer Helpers staying for two to four months live in the new rustic eco Helper Hut - woodstove, gas cooking, double cabin bunk, composting toilet & indoor shower.
The northern Cairngorms area has many attractions:- mountain walks, climbs, rivers to paddle, bike trails, snowboarding, skiing, ski mountaineering and cross country, chilling out territory galore, traditional music and 90 minutes by bus from Inverness. Rail station to Edinburgh, Glasgow, London - 20 minutes. Plenty of events in summer & winter months and really interesting guests who choose this elemental way to spend their precious holiday time.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
All volunteering with us is a two way exercise. You help us and we hope to help you in developing your skills, understanding our culture and perhaps even in personal growth. You are welcome to join in alongside our two families, our team, neighbouring volunteers, our village and the National Park. We both guide you and maybe learn from you and encourage you to explore and participate wherever possible in the rich Scottish scene surrounding us. Explore by a bike we can lend you, on foot, by bus, on the steam railway, visit Highland Games, Motor Mania, drama, talks, music, festivals. Each time of the year has something going on. If you bring a musical instrument or can play our guitar or piano you will have an instant fan club. When we had clarsach and bag pipes being played here alongside our Bluthner piano we had a festival of our own. Superb
averaging 5 hours a day, 5 days a week
from the Cairngorms National Park, Scotland
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