Myself and my partner Ali live in the Black Isle 5 miles from Inverness. We are very busy working on the family farm, running a caravan site and accommodation and looking after our two year old daughter, Anoushka. We really enjoy hosting volunteers and sharing our lives with people and really appreciate the extra help. We are close to Inverness so an ideal place for exploring and we are happy to help in anyway we can.
Babysitting / child care
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
I hope people will enjoy being thrown in to a busy family and being part of it. You will meet other young people. There are plenty of experiences depending on your interest including horse riding, kyaking, walking, socialising and visiting our estate near Ullapool on the west coast. We spend most of our time together and I like to include all people staying with us with everything we are doing. Its a brilliant chance to improve your English and there are lots of skills you can learn and build your confiedence doing.
Work is very dependant on time of year, weather and what is going on when you stay so as long as you re flexible you will be fine! We need help in the house with cooking, cleaning and decorating. Outside there is gardening work and general maintenance. If people are interested in the farm I am happy to include people in any work there. Help looking after my Two year old daughter is always appreciated so i can get on with things. Anoushka is also learning French (Ali is French but I don't speak it) so French time, as we call it, with her would be brilliant. Basically there is all sorts of things but it just depends on people's strengths and interests but you would need to be happy with cleaning, painting and sand pits!
Accommodation is a bed room in the house next to us. Everything is provided and we want you to be happy and comfortable. We eat all meals together and socialise together so although there are two houses we live our lives together.
We are based in a rural location on the shores of the Beauly Firth. It is a famous dolphin, wildlife and bird watching spot and we have kayaks you are welcome to borrow. Inverness is 5 miles away where there are all the usual shops, resteraunts pubs etc and bus and train links. We are 20 minutes from Loch Ness and plenty of tourist attractions. It is also the perfect base to explore the Highlands and head West. We are very flexible on time off and happy to help with lifts to buses if you don't have a car. We also have bikes you can borrow. We also have an Estate just outside Ullapool where my sister lives and a great spot for hill walking. Ullapool is a beautiful fishing village with lots going on. There is plenty to do and enjoy depending on what your interests are.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week