Sarah from Brechin shares her experience of volunteering at Crianlarich Youth Hostel as part of the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award Programme...

My aim was to complete the residential section of the Gold Duke of Edinburgh award with 4 nights away and 5 days volunteering. I was recommended Crianlarich Youth Hostel by my friend who had recently completed her residential section during the summer months at Crianlarich.

The youth hostel is set in a beautiful place and it was lovely to stay surrounded by mountains.

My day volunteering started at 10am and I carried out different tasks. Inside I did some cleaning and hoovering, learned how to make up bed packs and also helped the manager with the Green Tourism initiative by recording the energy ratings, wattage /make of all the electrical equipment throughout the youth hostel.

Outside I helped to clear moss from the fire clearway path at the front of the youth hostel and also clear a drainage channel at the back of the cycle shed.

I enjoyed my stay here because the staff were all so lovely and welcoming and I was able to be independent. I would highly recommend to anyone thinking about volunteering with SYHA Hostelling Scotland for their Duke of Edinburgh award as it is a great experience.


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Scotland's best known network of youth hostels in stunning city & rural locations. As a not-for-profit organisation, we encourage guests to join Hostelling Scotland. Members enjoy a range of exclusive benefits including dual membership of Hostelling International, providing access to more than 4,000 youth hostels in over 90 countries worldwide. Membership and guest overnight income supports our charitable youth programmes.

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