Help needed in an Icelandic riding school trekking and dog home boarding centre, United Kingdom


United Kingdom

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 Min stay requested: 1 month or more

  • Description


    We have the only Icelandic Horse Riding School and Trekking Centre in the UK. We are a family run business who also do Dog Home Boarding. We have a small farm in Shetland which is a small island halfway between Scotland and Norway. We speak English and are technically Scottish although locals from Shetland prefer to think of themselves as Scandinavian. Our Riding School and Tourist Trekking season starts at the beginning of April and runs through to the middle of October , this is the period of time when I would be looking for help.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Farmstay help
    Help around the house
    Animal Care
    Language practice

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    If you are a rider who has not experienced the wonderful Icelandic Horse then you are in for a real treat, I will warn you though, they are very addictive!
    If you are not a rider then lessons can be provided during your time here.
    Shetland is a unique and fantastic place with rugged coastline and amazing views around every corner.
    It will be required that you can speak some English but if your English is not the greatest then the best way to learn is to be immersed in the language.
    Shetland has a very low crime rate so it is somewhere that you will feed safe and secure.

  • Host offers payment in line with the minimum wage

    Host offers payment in line with the minimum wage

    This host offers accommodation and payment.

    Host has indicated that they will pay at least the minimum hourly wage of their country for each hour worked and that accommodation will also be provided. They are asking for help with a business or business activity. Contact the host directly via the site messenger for more information and details about the wage provided. Any arrangements should be agreed in advance with your host.

  • Help


    I need someone who is friendly and reliable to catch up, groom, and tack up the horses. I would need you to be prepared to help out with chores around the croft, in the house and with the dogs.
    This will involve work in the fields keeping down on the weeds, poo picking, helping to spread fertiliser etc.
    Work around the house would be general housekeeping, cleaning up the garden of dog mess.
    Hosing out stables and maintenance around the yard.
    Cleaning tack, keeping feed stores clean, harrowing riding arena.
    You will be responsible for making sure that the horses always have water and that they are checked on daily.
    It will also require you to have contact with travellers from all over the world who have come to experience a wonderful holiday so a sunny friendly disposition is essential.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Accommodation is a little basic but comfortable, we have a caravan set up outside the house.
    If you own your own horse there is a possibility that you could bring it with you for the time that you are here.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We have a regular bus service and we are 20 minutes away from the main town of Lerwick. Shetland has lots to offer if you are a Nature and animal lover with seals, orcas, otters, literally hundreds of Shetland ponies, puffins, and much much more.
    The social life in Shetland is great also with lots of festivals and events during the summer months.
    We also have the "Simmer Dim" where it does not get dark between the months of June and August so the days are long and the nights are short.
    We do rides on the beach at night which is an amazing experience.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 6 days a week

Host ref number: 249177523273