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Argyll and Bute
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 187
Persons: 3
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 7025
Country: Scotland

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Last Updated: January 19, 2018

The Erraid Community is a small island off the Isle of Mull (Inner Hebrides) and part of the Findhorn Foundation Community. As a spiritual land-based community we live and work together as custodians of the island and cottages that were built for the northern lighthouse board in the 1860s.

Our life is very practical whilst living with spiritual principles.
Our main role here as custodians of the island is to maintain the cottages and outbuildings. This involves: painting, carpentry, plumbing, electrical, maintaining the many sash windows, metal work, fencing and much more. Our second priority is keeping our aim of trying to live off the land as much as we can, we have organic gardens, two poly-tunnels, many chickens and will hopefully soon have our own dairy cow.

We are currently looking for work exchange to fill one of the following four roles:

*At present we are undertaking a lot of outdoor work including, pruning apple trees, planting trees, gathering and spreading seaweed and manure, digging trenches, mulching, landscaping, clearing of bracken/brambles etc. and are in need of some extra hands! Please let us know if you are interested in learning/helping out in these areas*

A) Maintenance - This role will be to help with maintaining the cottages in the aforementioned ways. This is our highest priority and we will always have room for those that wish to aid us in this area, especially those with skills and experience.

B) Cooking - We cater for groups of guests (up to 25, with a total of 10 residents). This role involves cooking either with or without assistance for at least one shift a day, i.e. lunch or dinner.

C) Being a tidal island, throughout most of the day the only way to get on and off is via boat. This role is for anyone that has experience in boating, ropes, moorings, boat repair/renovation, engine mechanics etc.

D) General help - This entails anything from helping in the gardens, chopping wood, helping out in either option A or B or one of the many other activities. This is a role that doesn't often need to be filled so we may not be able to accommodate a request of this kind.

We offer good food and lodging in a very traditional cottage with a wood burning stove, a spacious composting loo and you are right next to the ocean, all in exchange for about 30 hours per week of work. You may share the cottage with other volunteers, but will have your own room. Meals are mostly in the community dining room however some meals such as breakfasts and some lunches are in your cottage, with all food provided.

We work hard here but living on Erraid also enables many opportunities with a stunning landscape surrounding us. There are many beautiful hikes and if you want you can go fishing and swimming on one of our beautiful beaches.

Contact via email is preferable. Please send us a brief description of yourself, which role you feel best suited to and the date on which you would like to arrive (we strongly prefer arrivals to be on a Saturday to tie in with our existing rhythms). There will be a trial period of two weeks which gives both us and yourself time to see if it works out and if so, we can be very flexible.

Thank you for taking the time to read our profile, we're looking forward to hearing from you!

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