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