Below is a full description of us, our home, our ponies and a description of what volunteers can expect in 2021.
Update - 19 December 2020 - the Scottish Government have today announced that they're putting preventative measures in place effective from 26 December for at least three weeks in response to the rapidly increasing number of cases of the new variant of COVID. The situation is volatile and travel between Scotland and the rest of the UK is banned unless for essential purposes. The SG will announce next week what they intend to do regarding international travel. At this moment in time we don't feel we will be able to accept volunteers until the situation stabilises again. However for those who may be interested in coming to us later in the year when allowed the description below will provide you with information on what you can expect. Thank you for your understanding at this difficult time for all of us.
The ever present threat of COVID-19 and the restrictions in place mean that we've had to re-think our approach to workaway. Instead of welcoming a steady stream of volunteers during the year for stays of up to one month at a time we've decided that it would be best for both you and us if we offer longer term stays only, ideally 2-3 months. You must not be displaying any signs of COVID-19 prior to arrival and in order to safeguard both you, us and our neighbours in the community you will need to self-isolate for up to 14 days at the start of your stay. We will provide food for you during this time and a large, comfortable room to stay in. You will have access to outside space for exercise too.
If you would like to spend time in a remote Scottish Glen helping us to look after our Shetland ponies, dogs and hens, meeting our friends and neighbours whilst observing physical distancing and immersing yourself in a friendly small community please read on. As a result of COVID many of our social activities in the glen have stopped and as there is no public transport nearby you will largely be based at our home. We will of course take you with us on regular grocery shopping trips and others to collect feed for the ponies. When time and weather permits we will also take you around the local area to see some of the beautiful scenery. Below is a general description of our home, life and what volunteers can expect.
We moved to Scotland in 2008 with our herd of 35 Shetland ponies to convert an old steading into our family home. I'm glad to say that it's now completed! We have 48 acres of land and a small number of farm buildings. We stopped breeding ponies ten years ago and our numbers have reduced with time to 20 ponies many of whom are now golden oldies. These together with our three hens and two dogs; a German Schnauzer dog called Rebus (6years old) and a young Patterdale x Lakeland Terrier called Loki make up our menagerie. Although we live on a farm, we are not farmers and this isn't a business. The ponies are purely a very expensive hobby! Mark enjoys watching rugby and cricket, playing an occasional game of golf and watching multiple murder mysteries. I work full time and currently in line with lots of people I am working from home. Much of our time is taken up with looking after our Shetland ponies and the land on which they are kept. Although we are fairly remote there are other homes within sight and everyone is very friendly and welcoming. We have two bicycles for visitors to use and can pick up from Aberdeen airport or railway and bus stations at Inverurie or Insch.
Breakfast and lunch is self service - the fridge and cupboards are well stocked. Mark usually cooks for all of us in the evening although we are always happy for Workawayers to cook an evening meal or two for us all while they are with us if they'd like to do so. Sharing food experiences are one of the best things about Workaway! We aren't smokers ourselves and don't allow smoking in the house. Workawayers are very welcome to consume their own alcohol while staying with us but we don't supply it ourselves.
When we have workawayers with us and if COVID allows we make a point of taking them out as often as we can to show them the local area. Recent trips have been to some of the small towns and villages on Royal Deeside such as Ballater and Braemar and up to the Moray Coast to Nairn and the beautiful little coastal village of Findhorn. Lots of beautiful white sandy beaches to walk on and pub lunches too. Again subject to COVID restrictions, we often have friends over for a drink and kitchen pot luck suppers in the winter and the workawayers we've had with us so far have enjoyed joining in, meeting our friends and learning about our way of life in a small community.
Unfortunately the description below applies to pre COVID so many of the activities shown in brackets aren't available at the time of writing this. Hopefully as the vaccination programme is rolled out across Scotland and the infection rates drop some of these will be able to re-start.
(Although we are in a small Glen there's a lot going on here with excellent bands from all over the world playing in the local hall. The volunteers who've stayed with us have enjoyed attending these and also learning how to do some of the Scottish ceilidh dances! There's a local walking group who meet regularly and take their packed lunches and head off into the hills for 3 - 4 hours and this has proved popular with workawayers. We also have an excellent 'pop-up' cafe one Saturday per month and they serve the most wonderful cakes! September is a good month to visit us as there is a big art exhibition in our local hall which runs for 12 days and is very popular especially the teas! There is a small local group of enamellers who meet in the village hall on a fortnightly basis. It's a great hobby and we'd be happy for you to join us and learn a new skill. Some of our Workway visitors have participated and had a lot of fun.)
Experience with Workaway visitors has proved it's better to set out the house rules in advance, few though they are e.g. we all muck in to do the washing up after meals (although this is limited as we have a dishwasher), general cleaning around the house as required and hoovering. We ask that volunteers keep their bedrooms clean and tidy during their stay and clean them when they leave. Volunteers working days are usually Monday - Friday with weekends off. Other than that we're fairly laid back.
All volunteers must ensure that they have the correct visa's for entry into and stays in the UK especially taking into account BREXIT.
Compañía para ancianos
Proyectos de construcción y bricolaje
Cuidado de animales
Ayuda en una granja
Cocinar para toda la familia
En este proyecto podría haber niños. Para obtener más información, consulta nuestras directrices y consejos aquí.
We treat all workawayers like members of our family and they are welcome to join in with anything we are doing. We always try to take them on trips in the local area and introduce them to our friends. if COVID restrictions allow. We will show them how to look after our Shetland ponies and introduce them to the stunning Scottish landscape we live in. They will get the use of a comfortable bedroom with en-suite bathroom and the other rooms within our home.
Recent volunteers have been getting out and about in the local area using our bikes and have accompanied us on several outings - it's great getting to know them and learning about their own life styles, homes and the countries they've visited.
If you come to stay with us we will show you how we look after our ponies and hens and introduce you to the tasks related to the stables and the land on which the ponies graze. Tasks are repetitive, that is the nature of animal ownership and we have to check the ponies daily and take water to them once a day. Three of them come in at night so each day we have to muck out stables, fill water buckets and haynets, turn the ponies out in the morning and bring them in late in the afternoon. We'll teach you all about looking after them while you're here in return for help from you with these tasks. We'll all be undertaking these daily tasks. Our dogs also have a couple of short walks a day and most volunteers like to come with us.
Although we live on a farm, we are not farmers and this isn't a business. The ponies are purely a hobby
Large ensuite bedrooms in a warm comfy steading conversion.
We are in a very rural scenic Scottish Glen with no public transport available. The area is ideal for anyone who likes hill walking or mountain biking as the hills start at the end of our drive. If you have a car we are close to the Lecht Ski Slopes which is very popular with skiers and snow boarders in the winter months. This is a very beautiful part of the Cairngorms National Park and all of our Workaway visitors to date have enjoyed themselves both in the area and getting to know our friends.
Acceso a Internet
Acceso a Internet limitado
Puede alojar familias
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Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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