Argyll and Bute
All Year: Yes
Host ID: 7025
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Last Updated: July 1, 2020
We have decided to postpone opening to Work exchange until 17th October. This is because when we first open it won't be possible for any Work Exchange to be fully part of the community for the first 2 weeks, because the first two weeks you would have to be in isolation according to current rules in Scotland. Also, the number of people we will be able to host will be very reduced to allow these first two weeks of isolation. If you are looking to volunteer with us after this date feel free to get in contact, but be aware that any date that is organised may be subject to change depending to circumstances.
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 and many chickens. Alongside that we are running a guest programme called Love in Action, and we offer retreats. Please read more on www.erraid.com.
We have space from Saturday 17th October 2020.
You will support us with:
The cookshifts involves preparing food for 10-25 people and be the main cook. You would decide what meal to make with the ingredients we have. If we have a big group then you would get help with cutting vegetables and washing up. The lunch shift is from 10am to 12.30 and involves making a soup, and preparing a tea break. Dinner shift from 2pm to 6pm, full meal. You would be doing 1 shift a day or every other day.
Cleaning of the cottages...
Weeding, harvesting and preserving, digging, ...
Splitting wood with a hydraulic splitter, making kindling with an axe
Feeding the chickens
Painting and decorating, fixing, ...
We offer good food and lodging in a very traditional cottage right next to the ocean with a wood burning stove and a spacious composting loo. There is a shower and very basic kitchen with the only sink in the cottage in the kitchen, and no WiFi in the cottage. You are welcome to use our communal kitchen and the WiFi in the communal areas. You may share the cottage with other volunteers, and we mix genders in the cottage, but will have your own room. One of the rooms in the cottage has a small skylight. Please let us know if that would be a problem. We provide meals on all days except Wednesdays and Sundays. For those days you`ll be able to help yourself to left-overs or cook your own meals, with all food provided.
You would be working alongside residents and guests, who all have different working rhythms. In a typical week, you will be expected to work roughly 5 to 6 hours a day for 5 days a week with Sunday and Wednesdays as your days off. Your daily work time will be following the morning meeting from around 10am to 12.30pm, and from 2pm till 5pm, with tea breaks in the mornings and the afternoons. Cookshifts finishes at 6pm when dinner is served. The animal rota to feed the chickens consists of 3 days shifts, this could include Sundays and Wednesdays. Saturday, after the first weekend, you will join in with all residents in cleaning our communal areas and then continue work in the afternoon.
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.
Please contact by sending a message through HelpX or e-mail. Tell us a bit more about yourself and what skills you are offering. We strongly prefer arrivals and departures 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. Maximum stay is 3 months, always depending on the needs of the community.
Thank you for taking the time to read our profile. We`re looking forward to hearing from you!