Help us on the farm in awesome mountains!

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The experience

Hi there - my name is Roy and I’ve enjoyed hosting volunteers for nearly ten years now, it’s been great: they have been part of my family. You can get to know my beautiful Highland Cattle, help with fencing and maintenance, look after my guests and their accommodation. You will learn outdoor skills such as fencing, machinery operating, cattle management and also tool-use, construction skills and maintenance, and hospitality skills for visitors.


What you offer

24 hours of help per week

Animal Care: Help look after and take care of animals.

Handyman: Help with a wide range of repairs or building.

Farming: Plant crops, sow seeds and help in outside tasks.


What you get

2 days off per week

Private Room: You will have a bed in a private room. In other words, a room just for you.

Tent: You will sleep in a tent at a camping site.

Breakfast: You are entitled to a free breakfast, every day of your stay.

Lunch: You are entitled to a free lunch, every day of your stay.

Dinner: You are entitled to a free dinner, every day of your stay.

Free Laundry: You can use our laundry room freely.

Bikes at your disposal: You can use our bikes any time you want.

Pick Up: We will pick you up when you arrive, and take you to our property.

Language lessons: Take free language classes at our place.

Use our equipped kitchen: Feel free to use our kitchen and make your own delicious food.


Requirements

Intermediate English

Over 22 years old

Accepts solo applications and also couples and pairs


What's not included

Flights, Travel Insurance, Internal Transportation and Visa


Program Details

I offer full accommodation in my own home, complete with all meals -a really good diet with juicy meat and lots of vegetables- (vegetarian is fine, therefore). We share the cooking in rotation and waste as little food as possible.


Activities & Shift

Cattle round is a fixed point in the morning..you can help here. You might help introduce visitors to animals. The afternoon might see you preparing for incoming guests. Then there's all the hands on farmwork like slashing weeds (no sprays) an fixing fences before you might head off for a bike ride (supplied) or hike. Shifts don’t work for me- it’s flexible, every day is different and every task is done by agreement. We all help each other.


Rules

Only two rules and one guiding principle.
1. We eat the evening meal together: otherwise, where’s the sense of community?
2. We have a meeting at 9 am 5 days a week to review previous tasks and set roles for the new day.
The guiding principle of sharing our time is ‘Social Intelligence’. This means that we judge our actions in the understanding of their impact on those we share with: for good or bad- rather than the effect on our own singular welfare.