We are a family of 3 our son is 12 years old. We live on a smallholding in SW Scotland with a pig and sheep. In the house we also have two cats and dog. We enjoy going to the beach, boating, and the outdoor life. The area is very rural and friendly, great for cycling and walking. We would like our son to experience different cultures and hear first hand about the wider world. We are about 1km from the beach and sea and nearest village. We are very rural so there is little to no night life, no restaurants, shops and only 1 pub! We have lots of nature, peace and tranquility though!
We have a lot of upkeep around the property, painting during wet days, the garden needs some work to get rid of the weeds, we also have wood that needs to be moved and stacked. We also enjoy our surroundings using the boat and swimming on nice days- even on wet days. We will be happy to show you the area when we are out and about. We normally have a trip to Stranraer or Dumfries once a week.
The help is not hard but it is important that you are able to do it alone sometimes, we normally set a task in the morning and you are free in the afternoons but need a bit of flexibility.
We would be happy to arrange and pay for a day trip to Northern Ireland if you are with us for over 3 weeks. :)
We need to have a police check from your own country prior to you arriving as we have to gain approval to accept you, this is not our rule, or a reflection on you but a council obligation that we have to do as we have foster children staying sometimes.
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
We would love to introduce you to the smallholding way of life, experience rural Scottish life, and gain experience with animals and gardening. We will provide 3 meals a day and introduce you to the occasional Scottish dish. You will be able to take day trips around the area which is steeped in history. We make sure you feel part of the family and treat you as such, your English will improve and you may even gain some new Scottish dialect! We would be happy to arrange and pay for a day trip to Northern Ireland on the ferry if you are with us for over 3 weeks.
Volunteers can help with general maintenance of the smallholding feeding, fencing, tractor maintenance and hay making in late summer. We also have a large garden so grass cutting , cutting back, weeding and some digging. We need to do some regular maintenance in the house so general diy painting etc. We have had a few tree's blow over so need to have them cleared, chopped and stacked. We also have a lot of wood that needs cut, split and stacked. We would love someone who was handy with mechanics, we have older tractors that need attention, but enthusiastic helpers are also needed.
Static Caravan (with double bedroom, single room and lounge area) accommodation. Washing facilities/toilet in the house which is only about 10m away. Also a quirky sailing cruiser! It is a Westerly 22 and can be used as accommodation (on land)! It has electric, sleeping berth sitting area and a bit of fun.
We are in SW Scotland approx 2 hours from Glasgow and 3 1/2 hours from Edinburgh. We have bikes available and are happy to take a volunteer out for days to see the area and share the water sports activities. We are close to Whithorn where there is an archaeological dig and Wigtown which is famous for its book shops. We have a local bus route close by and national buses in Newton Stewart. It is possible to go to (Belfast) Northern Ireland for the day from Cairnryan to see the Titanic experience or the Giants Causeway. We would be happy to arrange and pay for a day trip to Northern Ireland if you are with us for over 3 weeks. We are flexible on picking you up from a local town, Newton Stewart, Stranraer or even Dumfries if that is necessary.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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