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I spent two weeks volunteering on a remote farm in Scotland. Here's what I found

24 October 2019 4:55 PM
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Alexander Matthews relays his unique holiday experience on the outskirts of the United Kingdom.

Freelance writer Alexander Matthews spent a fortnight working on a secluded farm in Scotland in exchange for food and lodging.

He travelled to the Ardlussa Estate on the Isle of Jura, Scotland after signing up for the volunteering gig on a UK website.

Matthews explains that Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms connects volunteers with opportunities to work on British farms in exchange for board and lodging.

He wrote about his travel experience in a Business Day piece titled, Holiday of ditches, dirty nails and rotting seaweed.

Matthews relays how he spent six hours of each day engaged in intense labour and what he discovered.

I had accommodation in this beautiful old farmhouse.

Alexander Matthews, Freelance writer

Claire and Andy Fletcher are the farming couple. Claire was a fantastic cook. I was very well fed!

Alexander Matthews, Freelance writer

Claire also runs an artisanal gin distillery.

Alexander Matthews, Freelance writer

It was quite gruelling at times... but there was a bit of downtime on weekends too.

Alexander Matthews, Freelance writer

It was cost-effective.

Alexander Matthews, Freelance writer

It felt like a very authentic, genuine experience. A way of immersing oneself into a way of life that one doesn't necessarily have if you're on a g beach resort.

Alexander Matthews, Freelance writer

I felt reinvigorated [after the two weeks].

Alexander Matthews, Freelance writer

There's something restorative about being outside for hours at a time, even if you are working quite hard.

Alexander Matthews, Freelance writer

Listen to him share his interesting experience with John Maytham:


24 October 2019 4:55 PM
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