Spectacular scenery and great relaxed atmosphere

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The Exchange

We are a small independent hostel in the stunning Loch Ness region of the Scottish Highlands. We have 45 beds, a great bar with over 50 Scottish beers, and a really friendly atmosphere. We LOVE having volunteers come and work with us, and being part of our hostel family for a few weeks or months, and our online reviews demonstrate just how important the team is to our reputation. But they all seem to love being here too, so we're thrilled!


Title

30 hours of help per week

Bartending: Make and serve drinks and help maintain the beverages inventory.

Cleaning: Help clean the kitchen, bedrooms, bathrooms and common areas.

Reception: Help with check-ins, check-outs and guest assistance.


What you get

2 days off per week

Team Dorm: You will have a bed in a shared room, which means you will share the same room with other people.

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

Discounts on Drinks: Get discounts for drinks and beverages from our bar.

Free Laundry: You can use our laundry room freely.

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

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

Certificate: Get a certificate of completion after you finish your experience.


Requirements

Accepts solo applications and also couples and pairs


What's not included

Flights, Travel Insurance, Internal Transportation and Visa


Program Details

To give you an idea of what you'd be doing if you come to join us, our team works hard but also really enjoys living and working here. (In fact, they keep leaving and then coming back again!) They work a 30-hour week, split into 5 shifts a week. Some of the shifts are busy and hard work, others are more relaxed. But they're all fun - if our volunteers are enjoying themselves the guests will too.
Volunteers live on-site in a 4-bed staff dorm at the back of the property, they have their own staff kitchen, and they can do their laundry in the main washing machine and dryer. We provide breakfast and also a kitty which covers most food costs for the week; the staff all take it in turns to cook meals for one another.
Volunteers tell us that their favourite things about staying at our hostel are:
1. The amazing scenery
2. The relaxed pace of village life
3. The great team atmosphere


Activities & Shift

Generally the duties are divided into four: 1. cleaning and housekeeping, 2. reception duties, and answering guest queries, 3. working the bar, and 4. long-term property upkeep (e.g. decorating, updating the staff board and local information, etc.).
In their time off we encourage the staff to get out and about, to go and explore the stunning Highlands and really make the most of their time here. But this is their home, so if they choose just to chill with a book that's also fine with us! Days are long in Scotland so there's plenty of time to explore!
Shifts usually involve a couple of hours of cleaning in the morning for all of us, then we have someone covering breakfast, one or two people covering reception in the afternoon, and then another one or two people taking over for an evening shift. The bar is also open in the evening and someone will help us to man that.


Rules

Volunteers are only asked to remember that by committing to come and be part of our team, we are relying on you to give us your best self, to help us to give our guests a really positive experience. If you're a negative person, or if you don't want to work hard to be part of something great, then this isn't the right place for you.