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Area (ha): 45
Persons: 1/2
Category: Other
Host ID: 56548
Country: Scotland

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Last Updated: August 10, 2018


We are an animal charity in Aberdeenshire, about one hour away from Aberdeen in a rural area with limited, but reliable, public transport. A local bus can be arranged on your days off to pick you up to go to places (Aberdeen, Glasgow, Inverness, Edinburgh, the North Coast, the Scottish Highlands). We have a large pack of large dogs, two handfuls of cats who think they rule the place, one grumpy rabbit, some horses (not trained for riding), and a few dozen birds of prey (which you will not work with).

You will have to bring one (or more)of the following skills:
- gardening experience
- basic construction / building / carpentry(for building new bird pens and dog kennels)
- fencing (we need to take down some fences and put up some new ones)
- breaking in horses that have never been worked with

Because of disappointing experiences with people who only stay a short time (they have no motivation to actually help), we require a minimum stay of three weeks.

If you like cats and are reliable, you might be able to take over the care for the cats during your stay. And you MIGHT assist with the dogs, but as we have a long-term animal carer, we don`t necessarily need help with the animals and really can`t afford volunteers who don`t want to put the effort into doing the job right.

You need to be able to understand and speak English well enough to understand our instructions.

This is generally a place where people come to get away from it all, so you need to be comfortable with your own company in the evenings most of the time and know how to keep yourself entertained. If you like peace and quiet, this is a good place for you to read, write, think, take walks, etc. There`s also a pub within biking distance (or walking if you are up to it).

You will work five hours five days a week and have two days off. Sometimes you work fewer hours, then another day more. You need to be flexible. We can also let you work more one week, then you can save days off to take longer trips. We can also recommend places to go to and how to best plan your trips as we have travel experience ourselves.

Your accommodation will be in a large static caravan with three bedrooms, one kitchen (where you need to do your cooking), one living area, a shower and a toilet. Another living area is in a large Mongolian Yurt, where there also is internet access (reasonable speed considering the rural location).

Food will be provided, but nothing unusual or luxury. Vegans and vegetarians are very welcome!
You will need to do your own cooking, and if there are other volunteers who eat the same things like you, you might cook together or share responsibilities.

- be reliable
- be okay with getting dirty
- have NO ISSUES AT ALL with working with their hands
- be reasonably fit
- clean after themselves (e.g. bathroom and kitchen)
- be honest
- be respectful (we work with children, elderly people and people with special needs who sometimes visit - we can`t afford rude volunteers)

If you have read this far, thatís awesome. Most people donít even bother and send the same email to every host (and hosts can actually check this, do you think it make you attractive to us, when we see that volunteer XY sent the same message with exactly 725 characters to a variety of places?). We donít want an email that just says ďHey, do you have a space from date to date? I like your place.Ē Please tell us WHY you would like to come here and WHAT you can offer.

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