Positions are Available Year Round


housekeeper & cook

This volunteer role entails helping in the following ways:

  • Cleaning rooms and bathrooms
  • Tidying up before and after guests arrive and depart
  • Basic decorating and some minor paintint
  • Keeping the house clean
  • Basic food preparation


Gardening at Kirkton House

gardener & groundskeeper

Someone with experience and interest in the following:

  • Weeding
  • Planting
  • Mowing
  • Clearing the ponds
  • Developing paths
  • Trimming trees and hedges etc
  • Use of strimmer and possible chainsaw work
  • Growing an herb garden and permaculture forest garden
  • Looking after chickens and other animals
DIY at Kirkton House

General DIY (Do-It-yourself)

Building and construction experience preferred but not essential. Electrical skills are a bonus.

  • Basic carpentry
  • Repairing windows and other aspects of the house
  • Putting up shelves and similar tasks
  • Sanding and installing a kitchen
  • Outdoor DIY including: building a wood shed and other general work

the exchange

We hope people visiting the House will make new friends and learn about the local culture. They will have a chance to improve their English as well as enjoy staying in a beautiful part of the world and getting time to visit the Scottish Highlands and North East Coast. There is good public transport and you can get around easily using a combination of local buses and trains which are within easy walking distance. You will have the chance to take part in any health & well being activities taking place at the house as well as learn about sustainable living, organic gardening and living toxic free. We are also happy to share our other interests such as mountain biking, dance, circus skills, music, foraging and art.

Expected contribution is five days of work for five hours a day. You receive two days off per week, usually on the weekends. We will require volunteers to house sit on occasions. If this is something that you would NOT want to do please let us know as we can sometimes work around this. 


accommodation and meals

Each position will include accommodation and meals. Meals are vegetarian consisting of a basic breakfast, lunch and evening meal. Accommodation will be in the annex of the main house. The bedrooms will have beds, sheets, electricity, heating and access to toilets. You will also have access to shared living room space and also to a communal kitchen. Breakfast and Lunch is on a do-it-yourself basis from the Annex Kitchen (once it is up and running / main kitchen until then) and it is expected that we would eat a larger meal together in the evening. All meals will be vegetarian - however we occasionally have some meat in the house and obviously the dogs are fed meat.



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