Help us give a top class homestead, hostel, eco huts & camping welcome in the Cairngorms National Park, SCOTLAND UK.

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  • Description

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    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.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    General Maintenance
    Farming
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Helping with Tourists
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Help

    Help

    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.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English Spanish

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    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.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    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.

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    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

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    Volunteering hours expected

    averaging 5 hours a day, 5 days a week


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from the Cairngorms National Park, Scotland

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the campers' shelter all cleaned up for today's arrivals
the hostel's 'sitooterie' ( folk sit out under it!) hosts family & group gatherings with BBQ or just a beer & a blether.
this quirky and rustic hut makes for a warm, comfortable and spacious home for longer term volunteer helpers
Volunteer Helpers' quirky hut and classic caravan hospitality to the rest of the team
guests morning view to the Cairngorms from the Woodman's Hut
young goldeneye on the pond
here we are in a clearing on the edge of the Caledonian pine forest but one mile from the village centre
Host ref number: 976313492393

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