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Volunteer in a beautiful guest house in Scotland



House of Mark is a guest house, a luxurious retreat of original character set in the magical Glenesk Scotland. House of Mark also has a self-catering cottage and hostel accommodation.

We seek students or students who have recently completed their degree to apply for one month’s vocational work experience. This is an exciting and interesting opportunity.

Over 400 students have visited House of Mark who tell us they have loved being here, many return. We arrange reunions all over the world, students visit otherstudents from all over the world. There is a network of students on Facebook.


We usually have two to four students who stay for three to five weeks. We are situated in The Cairngorms National Park, in the heart of the Scottish Highlands. Our house is in a sleepy village and is very isolated offering very poor public transport.

Students work on Rotas normally starting at 09.00 and normally work four to six hours a day or as required we are guests driven.

The work required is very varied and you will have time to visit other parts of Scotland during your time here. The chores would consist mainly of helping with every aspect of running a guests’ house and maintain the guest satisfaction. Housekeeping is the main workload and we are quite fastidious in cleanliness. Apart from all the household chores, we have a dog who loves nothing more than being walked. So we hope you are an animal lover? We also have a large garden and gardening is always on the agenda. Help in this department is never refused.

You need to be fit and non-smoker and proactive with a good education and understand sufficient English to follow our requirements. In certain circumstances, we can assist students with travel costs.

Whilst working mobile phones cannot be used.  There is free use of the Internet at other times. The Internet is not suitable for download large files or streaming. the download speeds are not great.

We skype students to discuss the opportunities here and we prefer students to keep in contact prior to their visit. Initially, we require:

  • CV and details about you,
  • Full postal address,
  • A recent picture,
  • A contact number in case of emergency,
  • A scanned copy of your passport or identity card.

All emailed to We suggest you take out travel insurance.

In turn, we will put you into contact with past students and a WhatsApp group of students who will be here at the same time. We do not accept applications from smokers or students with special dietary requirements.

Ideally, we need to be aware of your medical details in case of any emergency.

There is a good relaxed atmosphere at House of Mark. We want the experience to be one you remember, students love being at House of Mark and we do our best for each of you to ensure you have a good time.


Languages spoken

English and Spanish.

We are well travelled couple and between us, we speak few languages (German, Cantonese, and Mandarin) and have an abundance of experience from traveling around the world.



We provide accommodation, food, toiletries, and towels.

What else …

Ideal for Walking, Climbing Photography and Nature enthusiasts. Plenty of castles and historic monuments to visit.

A little more information
  • Internet access
  • We have a dog, chickens and guinea fowls
  • We are not smokers

Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

How to work as a team, to be more organised and learn the benefits of time management.  Discover the regional history. Enjoy living in a small Highland Community. Appreciate good food and chat around the table. Home-made baking.


Volunteering hours expected

4 to 6 hours per day

How to get here

To get House of Mark usually, students arrive at Edinburgh, depending on the time of your arrival you can choose to stay in Edinburgh for the night. We suggest kickass hostel in Grassmarket. Booking flights early saves money, arriving mid-week can also save money.

To get to Kickass hostel take the Airlink 100 bus from Edinburgh airport (every ten minutes during the day and every thirty minutes at night, bus tickets cost approximately £5.30) from outside the airport terminal to Edinburgh Waverley. Then use Google maps and walk ten minutes to Kickass. You can book your accommodation online

To get to House of Mark take the train to Dundee (book your ticket in advance ) then follow Google maps to Dundee Seagate bus station. Catch the no. 21 or no. 21a to Edzell bus tickets also cost about £5.30. Catch the 12:55 bus, this bus arrives at Edzell at 14:38. Then get off the bus at the Panmure Arms the Hotel, then walk towards the Panmure Arms the Hotel and onto Edzell primary School, opposite the School you will find small 15 seater bus called “Glenesk Travel”, this bus will take you to Tarfside we will collect you there. Please confirm your journey progress; you can connect to Wi-Fi on the bus from Dundee. Note it take us 15 minutes to get to Tarfside and 45 minutes to get to Edzell.


Any questions

If you have any questions please email or contact us just right here.

Your hosts

Ian and Priscecil Burrill



House of Mark Glenesk

Angus DD9 7YZ

Scotland +44 1356 670311

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