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We are a charity organisation that manages the only settlement on the Island of Rum in the Inner Hebrides, Scotland. We are a small community of 30 people who live and work here all year round, we are fully community based.
Nestled in the bay of Loch Scresort off the western coast of Scotland its the ideal place to get away from it all and spend sometime away from civilisation and find yourself part of our community here on Rum. The island consists of 97% Nature Reserve with the other land the village of Kinloch. You will have plenty of time to explore of wild island and winter can truly be a spectacular time to visit.
We are responsible for the upkeep of the village and the buildings within. Whilst on island you will be managed by myself. My name is Alex and I have been a resident here for 2 years and a member of the board for over 1 year. I can honestly say this place is magical and a small piece of heaven off the west coast of Scotland.
We have had 7 volunteers so far in November and are continuing to host until December. We will then close for December and reopen for mid January.
DIY and building projects
Rum is a special place. An island full of natural life whether that be our seabird colonies, marine life or resident eagles upon the hills. As our volunteer you will feel part of our community, making friends, learning skills from our residents and making contacts along the way. Rum is the kind of place that has a life affirming ability and we will do all we can to boost your experience whilst on island. Many opportunities could arise from being here and many doors could be opened moving forward. You will learn what it takes to live in a small community and how to be part of a small island community.
This host is a registered charity in the UK and is looking for help with their charity project.
If you are at all familiar with island life, any skills could be needed! We are very open to all types of skills so please do contact us if you have something you could offer that may help our small community that may not be on our profile.
Work currently left to complete is listed below:
Sanding and varnishing furniture and floors
Clearing vegetation around the village
Clearing bridges of leaf mulch
Power wash and oil decking
Painting and Decorating Village Hall/touch ups around the village
School Polytunnel Clearance
Visitor Centre Improvements
Tasks are not inclusive to these but this is the most updated list of the work still left to complete.
This host offers a language exchange
I am currently a 4 months in to learning German and would happily teach English
Our volunteers will have the bunkhouse privately hired or a minimum a private room for themselves. Our bunkhouse is a newly renovated building with 20 beds (5 private rooms), a living room, 2 kitchens and wonderful hot showers after a day hiking the hills. A food allowance will be provided for use at our local shop and this can be arranged prior to arrival.
To get to Rum, you must take a ferry from Mallaig. The winter timetable has now been announced and boats leave Mallaig Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturday over winter. You will have time to explore Rum and the other Small Isles. We have not set any working hours in yet as we will work this around yourselves but the balance is going to be very manageable with hopefully 4 or 5 hour days with a couple days off a week but this can all be adapted to fit the individual upon enquiry. Living as part of our community we would expect you to respect all islanders and treat others how you want to be treated. Noise must be kept to a minimum late at night and lights should be kept to a minimum where possible to help the seabird colonies find their way home and help boost our Dark Sky application!
Rum is totally explorable by foot. We are 7 miles x 8 miles and the walks can be truly breathtaking. Its been known for visitors to find their own private beach, be the only people up our cliffs and to truly find solitude amongst nature. I am happy to show you local experiences and things to do that would make your trip very memorable
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Cars are not allowed on the Island unless a permit is issued. We have space for 1 car if needed however the island is walkable and the roads are not good so most cars would not be beneficial here. We recommend getting public transport to Mallaig or leaving the car in Mallaig Car Park
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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