Participez à divers projets dans une ferme norvégienne
My family has a long tradition (more than 20 years) of having people of various ages and from many different countries around the world, staying here through different exchange and volunteer programs. Therefore we have a good experience in making the workers time with us as exciting and fun as possible. And we all speak fluently English.
Nowadays, our family lives by the land and the wood. We have a few horses, some sheep and goats, bunnies, hens, ducks, cats and a dog. Also do we rent out stables to several other horse owners.
The farm has a small workshop and cleaners, where local people can wash, clean and repair leather and thick fabrics (horse equipment, belts and so on).
Furthermore, there are two houses with apartments, and a small traditional cabin on the property. Several young professionals rent apartments on the farm, so they are part of our small “community”.
On the farm I run a small organization that tries to help young pupils that have problems with coping in school. By giving them the necessary attention, offering them a listening ear, learning and working together with them on all sorts of practical jobs on the farm, we try to show them all kind of opportunities they have in life. I have a diploma as a special educator, and I use methods of teaching that is a combination of theoretical and practical learning.
Aide avec les animaux,
Aide à la maison,
Aide à la ferme,
Entretien / Bricolage,
Cuisine / courses,
Baby-sitting / garde d’enfant,
February - June: Masonry and carpentry
For building new rooms and rebuilding the boxes in the stable we need somebody with experience in masonry and carpentry (concrete, rendering, carpentry, plumbing, etc.).
March – September: Seeding, planting, harvesting and picking berries
We start with sowing seeds for vegetables and herbs in the spring. They are planted out in the beginning of May. During the summer months these have to be taken care of (10-15 min weeding a day, keeps the ugly weeds away ;-). The vegetables are used during the summer months. We dry the herbs in August/September and then we sell them on a local market. Also during the summer the raspberry and blackcurrant have to be picked.
March – December: “Jack of all trades” (handyman)
For all sorts of jobs in and around house we need a handyman (male or female). Cutting grass (by tractor cutter and hand cutter), working on our “1.000-things to do-list”, doing small repairs are a few of the things we need help with.
April and May: Preparing wood for the winter
We need 'tough' ;-) men (male or female) that like to help us in preparing wood for the winter. This means moving trees (that were cut earlier in the year) to the farm, operating and feeding the sawing machine with wood, taking care that the firewood is filled in huge bags and storing these bags. It's hard and responsible work, but it's also very satisfying, outside in our beautiful nature. You will always work with 1 (sometimes 2) others.
*For the machines that are being used with this job, you will be given proper training in use and safety.
April and May: Hand feeding baby lambs
In spring we are surrogate parents for small lambs. They need to be hand fed several times during the day and night.
May – September: Helping with organizing activities for children, Café and B&B
Summer camps for children are being held in the last week of June and the second week of August. We need help in preparing and taking part in organizing the activities for the children (in the age of 9-13). If you have experience with working with children in this age, or if you are studying to be teacher or something similar, we invite you to be a part of this. We are also having open farm-days in May and August/September, where we invite kinder gardens and children from around. For the visitors there is a small café available where we are serving homemade traditional cakes and drinks.
June – August: Painting
In these lovely summer months when nature is really 'awakening' it's so nice to be outside and doing some outdoor jobs. This year it's time that the 'house for the older generation' is painted. So we are looking for persons that have red ;-) fingers and like to help us. The job isn't that hard but asks for some accuracy. Some experience with holding a paint brush would be helpful.
September and October: Cleaning out the forest
In the autumn months we need help in cleaning out our forest. Although summer is now quickly going to an end, it's still enjoyable to be busy outside, especially in the forest. Lots of colors, fresh air and maybe you spot a dear (or even better a moose). Very suitable job for nature lovers (male or female).
*For the machines that are being used with this job, you will be given proper training in use and safety.
If you are interested in one (or more) of these projects and are available (full or partly) in the indicated time frame, please send us a message which contains at least the following information:
• Short description of yourself.
• Which projects have your interest and what are your experiences with that kind of work.
• What is your availability (which time frame).
• Do you have experience with handling horses
• Do you have any references (if you still don't have any feedback)
* We prefer single travelers over couples or fellow travelers.
* We do not accommodate vegans.
* We prefer accommodating people that can handle horses.
Besides these specific projects there are some routine jobs which we all share the burden according to a daily schedule that we make together every week:
• Taking care of the animals (especially the horses) on the farm.
• Preparing dinner (since we mostly eat together, everybody helps in turn).
• Some help in keeping the place (areas/rooms that everybody uses) clean.
* The most important thing for us – because there usually will be more ww-ers around here – is that you are a social person, a team player. Somebody that can do things individually if he has to, but also realizes he is part of a group of people that is spending time together. It’s a big plus if you play an instrument – and bring it :-)
• A small (one room) traditional cabin with sharing shower and toilet with the family. It is a very quiet and cozy cabin with a 'green' roof and it lays just a few meters from the main house. Perfect for nature lovers.
• A separated room in the 'house for the older generation'. There are 3 brand new rooms available on the ground floor, with a shared bathroom and toilet. A kitchen is also in there which is mainly used as B&B facility and for the pupils. The apartment on the first floor is rented out.
In all cases you are sharing household with the family.
* Because rooms are sometimes for short periods used for B&B, it depends on the situation what possibilities are available.
We also have a mountain farm. It is one of five mountain farms situated in the same area, within the borders of "Langsua" National park at the entrance to Jotunheimen, 970 m.a.o. Spåtind is the highest mountain in the area, 1414 m.a.o Together with the community, a museum and the owners and keepers of the mountain farms, we are planning to start a new project, to protect the nature, and restore the old buildings in the area.
We enjoy both Norwegian food traditions, as well are we curious to learn more about foreign food traditions that new workers bring to our home. Vegetarian food is something that we also have learned much about throughout the years.
If you are interested, I have built up a broad network from various jobs and can be helpful with providing you the information you need in order to try to get paid work. In the past I’ve also been enjoying volunteering as a refugee guide for a woman from Eritrea.
Nombre d'heures d'aide bénévole attendues
In return for board and lodging we expect 25 hours per week (approx. 5 hours a day). We like to look at it in a flexible way, so if you want to make more hours one day and less the other, that's an option. Please keep in mind that this should be a win-win
Feedback left about host
The other Workawayers says “Nate was easy to work with, positive all the time and was conscientious to others. He had a good attention to detail, was systematic, and creative.”
The first look, she could be mistaken for a city girl, but when she started the work, she did it in a
Jesse was a creative and social worker. We really enjoyed his company. He had good carpeting and other practical skills. Floor building and different maintaining jobs were easily solved. He had creative ideas, and started with building a “hobbit-hole”, which will be a big asset during our children camp this summer. He
The farm is a wonderful place to learn and try new skills, and Anne Helene is very open to ideas
-localization: 5 out 5 matryoshka (really near Follebu, 10 min walking, and aroundhalf hour bicycling from Lillehammer
-integration with the locals: 5 out 5 shashkas (despite the typicaly shiness of norwegien people, Anne Helenne family will put a lot of effort in showing you around and culture
Sometimes we could experience, maybe because of the the different culture and backgrounds, that we
The first thing that comes to my mind when I am writing his feedback is that he was constantly smiling and being positive. He brought a lot of happiness to our house with his laughter and guitar playing and singing. He even said he liked painting, because
I am thankful from the bottom of my heart to Anne, Thea, Konstanse, the animals and everyone else. This place helped me develop in a lot of different ways, even though I stayed here for only 5 weeks.
I was in a shock for a week since I've got here because of the nature, the weather and the nice people
If you're interested in honing your existing skills or learning new ones, both the place and the host will offer you plenty of opportunity to do so.
Living with the family was a great experience as everyone is easy going, friendly and generous ! I really enjoyed working there and helping out with a lot of different tasks. I had fun taking care of the two goats ! ;-)
And there is always Thea to entertain you and the
From the first day I felt as a member of the family. Anne Helene put an effort to treat everyone fair and make visitors feel at ease. You can work on your own project, spending your working time the way that
There is a lot of work to be done in and around the farm. Always something going on. But the work is never stressful or dull. Doing jobs
She taught us her skills with the horses. She is disciplined, and works very hard. Picks up new skills fast, and is showing a lot of joy when she is learning something new.
In my case Anne Helene and her boyfriend Tommy helped me track down the history of my Norwegian ancestors. I am very greatful for this.
There is always a lot of different things to do at the farm and for the organization. If you are not experienced
Ana has the most contagious laughter, and is always in a good mood. The other workawayers also enjoyed her company. She is a hard worker, and picked upp new skills every day although the tasks given
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