We are a very small family based in a beautiful location, among croftland, on the east coast of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides about 10 miles from Stornoway.
The house is slowly being renovated and we have just under an acre of land which is slowly being developed to increase food production and productive woodland. A poly tunnel has just been installed.
We would like volunteers (would also consider a small family) to help with a mix of things depending on preferences, but main requirements are painting, joinery work and ground clearance and path installation (quite heavy work). We have several chickens and a re-homed cat also. Help for 2022 is very much outside labor on paths and hardstanding but there also may be painting and sanding inside the house too. Confidence with power tools, basic woodwork or other DIY skills would also be very handy. Medium to long term stays preferred (3 weeks plus).
You will have lots of opportunity to enjoy everything the Hebrides can offer including the amazing landscape, wildlife (eagles, whales & dolphins) surfing, climbing, biking, learning Gaelic and the beautiful beaches.
We can provide a large double room in a large house with WiFi etc. Volunteers will have their own large fridge/ freezer and shared kitchen, and almost exclusive use of their own bathroom.
The house is in a sparsely populated village, but it is VERY isolated in the sense that there are no shops or any facilities nearby, however we are 5 minutes walk to the beach with seals, and paddle boarding, kayaking and fishing opportunities are also within walking distance as well as some amazing surf and climbing further afield. I would recommend that volunteers bring their own transport to fully explore the island as public transport here can be very limited, and it is very difficult to reach some of the most beautiful places on the island without one.
Our home set up is extremely busy, and we cannot directly supervise volunteers. Helpful, preferably more mature volunteers who can manage their own time and help on their own initiative are welcome.
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Babysitting and creative play
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Ideal for a quiet, remote getaway for outdoor lovers (wildlife, surfing, kayaking, climbing, walking) opportunities to learn Gaelic in town and one member of family educated in Gaelic.
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
A mix of the following depending on preferences, priority is on outside path work for 2022:
General help in house (cleaning cooking, painting, sanding, entertaining a child);
Gardening, ground clearance, cutting grass, tree cutting;
Building work (pathways);
Looking after chickens and cat.
At the moment there are a number of tasks that would benefit form having someone with good woodworking skills.
Freedom to create outdoor art projects with wood,shells (or anything else!)
This host offers a language exchange
This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
You can contact them directly for more information.
Accommodation: large double bedroom with own bathroom (not en-suite).
Food: happy to discuss what might work best for specific volunteers. We have had volunteers provide most of their own food and we have also provided every meal for volunteers. There is a separate fridge freezer for your own use if needed. We enjoy swapping recipes and rota cooking.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
I work from home myself and have extra office space and desk. There is a good internet connection.
Layby adjacent to house available or on driveway for hook up.
17.5 hours a week