WE ARE FULL FOR Fall/Autumn/Winter 2013-14 AND ARE NOT TAKING ANY MORE VOLUNTEERS.
YOU MAY CONTACT US FOR Spring and Summer VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES, we are taking volunteers from May onwards 2014.
We live in a 127 year old school house in a beautiful, natural setting with hiking, biking, fishing, swimming, berry and mushroom gathering just outside our door. We are renovating this house to make it into an art, craft and culture center. We are 4 in the family with husband, wife and two daughters aged 7 and 3.
Type of help.
Help with Computers / internet,
Help in the house,
Help with Eco project,
Cooking / shopping,
Babysitting / child care,
We are looking for easy-going individuals, couples or families that have a great work ethic and attitude. We can train interested parties in the skills we need and in the winter we don't do much outdoor work so work is (mostly) indoors between November and February. We would love to have handy folks who know their way around a hammar, saw, ruler and spackle, but it is not necessary. There is always a lot to do here and the best thing our volunteers have is a willingness to do new things!
PLEASE READ: This year we have received a lot of volunteer requests. Please, if you write to us and we let you know we have space, then be considerate and let us know if you are going to cancel. Then we will give your place to some other traveler. Know your Workaway etiquette!
English, Swedish, French, some German and Spanish
Our volunteers can stay in their own apartment in the main house which has one large bedroom, large kitchen with all ammenities, separate bathroom and shower room and a bright living room. Heating in our large home is with wood so it is not always as warm as a modern home, but it is spacious, clean with large windows throughout.
What else ...
Great opportunity to live in nature among the flora and fauna. Beavers, foxes, owls, moose are our neighbors.
Some more information
Volunteering hours expected
We ask for 5 6-hour days for 2 off + help with meal prep/clean up.
Host ref number: 2519627344ce
Feedback left about host
by Nejc [16/09/2013]:
We were staying in Skolgården for 6 weeks and it was amazing! Living with Amy, Tomas, Frida, PJ and other volunteers was a great experience, which will always stay in our hearts as a special memory. Volunteering work was colorful and interesting - from grass cutting, baking, window repairing to building a greenhouse - we enjoy them all! Amy and more
by sara [16/09/2013]:
It was such an interesting and nice experience sharing the family life with Amy, Tomas and Frida + PJ! I felt really welcomed and everything went totally smooth. The period was really quiet and I had a lovely apartment just for me! The working time was really flexible, with a wide variety of different tasks. The family has a wonderful house, an more
by Angela [30/08/2013]:
It was my first workaway experience and definitely a fantastic one! Amy, Tomas, Frida and PJ are such lovely people to be with. They filled my two weeks' stay with fun and laughter. The house is only few steps away from the forest, river, hiking trails and berries-picking sites -- amazing opportunities to experience the Swedish countryside. They more
Thanks for the kind words Angela, please keep us posted on all the future excitement and research successes you'll be having. We just finished the last window in the upstairs kitchen this week! Thanks for all the great help. -Amy
by Julie [21/08/2013]:
I spend almost 2 weeks with Amy and Tomas and their children, it was my first workaway experience as all the workawayers I met. It was an amazing time full of laughs and hikes in the forest (wonderful Swedish summer nature). I was pleased to discover or to discover again traditional Swedish and Americans dish. The girls were really. We worked on more
Hi Julie, thanks for your great work, cooking, sense of humor and hard work. Really appreciate the feedback and wishing you well wherever you are now!
by Pauric [29/07/2013]:
I really hit the jackpot with my first workaway experience here at Skolgarden! I stayed for 9weeks and at the start, I was very nervous about the whole experience but literally the second I met Tomas and Amy I felt at ease! Such a beautiful house and family and they all taught em so much about the Swedish culture. Both Amy and Tomas are amazing more
Pauric, the river has been asking about you! Any Kerstin wonders about her 'eggman'. We expect a visit from you when you finally decide to move back to sweden, to the simpler life.
Anyone who is considering Pauric as a worker would be foolish to do anything but accept his help immediately: you won't be dissappointed!
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by Gina [10/07/2013]:
We had such a great time at Baggå Skola! We stayed there for 2 weeks and wish we could have stayed longer. Amy, Tomas, Frida, and PJ are truly lovely hosts. There were a few other volunteers with us as well, so there was a lot of activity and plenty to do during our free time. And if you don't know what to do with your free time, Amy and Tomas more
by Judith [26/03/2013]:
From the very first moment that I arrived at Baggå skola I felt in good hands. Amy and Tomas are wondeful hosts and I was impressed how attentive they were to us workawayers among all their daily duties. It was great to be a part of this energetic family for a while. I was also taken along to many trips and got a deep insight in Swedish life. One more
Judith comes with a lot of great travel and life experience under her belt and was an easy addition to our home. She is detail oriented, flexible, hardworking and self-sufficient. Her education in architecture was a great bonus to us and her globe trotting past meant that she could easily adjust to living with others in harmony. Her fascination more
Cyril has been a welcome worker into our busy and often chaotic home. He is calm, open and friendly with a variety of tasks including some construction, mosaic, carpentry, cleaning and a range of other jobs. He always approaches his work with a positive attitude which is really appreciated here. He works well in groups as well as solo and finds more
by Cyril [26/04/2013]:
It was my first « workaway experience » and I stayed with Amy, Tomas, Frida and of course lovely PJ for a month and a half…and it has been such a great experience!!... From the first day I arrived to the last one, they felt me so comfortable with all the family… The house is situated in a beautiful area in nature close to a river, I've had a more
Hannah worked with us during two occasions, totalling a little over 2 weeks. She excelled in cleaning, organizing, cooking and her social skills and smile helped a lot. On the second occassion she and another worker helped me in our cafe during a very busy music festival. They were willing to work the long hours that it took and were very more
by Esther [18/06/2012]:
I stayed with Amy, Tomas, Frida and little PJ for 2 weeks. I felt very welcomed and really apprechiated their open doors and caring attitude towards me. Eventhough I only stayed there for a short time I'm very happy to have met this family and learned a lot about several things, I learned how to make bread, got inspired by their art work stuff all more
by Jacob [26/10/2012]:
Sorry it has taken so long to leave feedback! Amy and Thomas were wonderful hosts, and our month in Sweden was a great experience! This was our first time doing Workaway and we were not disappointed. Amy and Thomas live a wonderful life and it was great to be able to get a glimpse of their lives. Working in the cafe, learning how to bake bread, more
Orietta is welcome back to our home anytime, and We hope she comes! Let's be clear about Orietta, she is not 20 years old. She is not in a gap year, youth without any work, travel or life experience.
Instead here is finally a volunteer closer to my age who has life and work experience, is flexible with duties, completely open and mature, more
by orietta [18/10/2012]:
This was my first experience as workaway last july and I was so lucky to meet such unique family.
They live the true life in a fantastic natural enviroment where a lot of people just dream to be.
They all were nice, kind, available for a good speach and I felt as at home.
The work was very diversified and I could choose the work more close to my more
by didac [17/08/2012]:
it was the first time that I used workaway and I have a very good memory of those dias.Amy and Tomas are very nice people and their daughters are adorables.I learned skills of gardening The landscape is beautiful and the experience was very positiva.100% recomended
thanks for all your hard work Didac, our beans are strong and healthy because of your efforts! Best of luck on the slopes this winter.
by Emily [10/02/2012]:
Amy, Tomas and the girls were very welcoming. I stayed with them for 3 weeks in January and was the only workaway there at the time. I had a lot of time to myself which suited me well but Amy and Tomas made every effort to include me in their plans such as movie nights, the open mic night and fun in the snow. I was given a very cozy room with a more
Thanks Emily, looks like you've been having a great adventure out there!
by Eva [19/12/2011]:
In November I workawayed here with the lovely resident family! It was one of my best volunteering experiences. The setting was amazing, and so was the house, and so were the hosts! And I was very happy to be able to be creative and do some painting, basically all over the place. I had a great time up there and would recommend it to anyone! Thank more
by host [20/08/2012]:
Eva has left permanent marks on our home and our hearts, in a good way, we hope she'll be back again someday!
by Mikklos [21/09/2011]:
I spent half a month here and it was an awesome experience. Thomas and Amy were really great people and made me feel at home right from the beginning and I got to take part in some truly unique experiences like the charcoal making. The work was varied and there was always something to do whatever your particular skillset and the house is located more
Mikklos left a great impression here that will last for some time. Our doors are awesome and his red lentil curry is famous (but still need the recipe, Mikklos). He was a great independant worker towards the end of our season and willing to try new jobs with enthusiasm and interest. We are grateful for all his hard work and his easy-going more
by Baptiste [25/08/2011]:
I spent 2 weeks here with Tomas, Amy, Frida, PJ and Amy's niece. I had a really good time. They are great persons and I felt at home with them. I did a lot of gardening and and some painting, and it was a pleasure to work for them and make their house better. They totally fit the philosophy of this website which is about meeting people more than more
Baptiste was a hard worker and a good sport when it came to the new jobs we offered him (he was also flexible with some our meals that didn't turn out so good as well!). Come spring we now have a great vegetable patch ready thanks to his efforts and we are very thankful for the headstart. Good luck and safe travels Baptiste!
by Emily [28/07/2011]:
From he moment I set foot in Tomas & Amy's home, I felt comfortable. My month in Sweden was spent laughing, learning, and enjoying the beautiful outdoors. The house is stunning, and often filled with the scent of fresh bread straight from the oven. Tomas & Amy proved to be terrific hosts, and their two beautiful daughters ensured there was never a more
Emily was a great addition to the family. She jumped right in to a variety of tasks (childcare, hard labor, administrative, etc) all with the same enthusiasm and great smile. She got us much closer to being able to start our business by giving me time to focus on my work and by designing our website! We'll take her back anytime. Good luck with more
by Josh [15/07/2011]:
I had a really great time here. It was a very positive environment, a great working experience and alot fun. They have a beautiful home in a very beautiful area of Sweden. If you like hiking or swimming, then you wont be disapointed. I would defnately love to go back someday.
by host [18/08/2011]:
Without Josh, we would be without a lot of great, solid craftmanship in our home and we'd be without a beautiful wood fence that keeps our children safe. Josh has so many skills to offer: he is a skilled student of carpentry, a great artist and a mean cook (with wild mushroom omletes). We are grateful for his hard work and easy going attitude. more
by Laura [01/07/2011]:
I had an absolutely wonderful time in Sweden with Amy, Tomas and family. They were wonderful hosts providing a fun environment for work. It was great to get an insight into the arts project and how they would like it to develop in the future, and they were always supportive and encouraging about the range of work that was contributed. Beautiful more
Laura was a joy to have in our home. She was great at working with somewhat monotonous projects and excellent with any sort of creative projects. She left behind her mark and we're grateful! Thanks Laura!
by Clarissa [26/06/2011]:
I truly had a great time there! My work was highly appreciated and I was very well fed! ;)
Thanks for the beauty of your home and family, the wonderful taste's of Sweden, and the inspiration.
I saw the beaver for a second! (there is a river next to the house!)
But I will have to come back for a Moose viewing....
Clarissa was one of our best volunteers who became a good friend in the process. She is extremely helpful, innovative and energetic. She works great alone or with groups and loves the challenges of our (sometimes) chaotic environment.
Clarissa also has extensive real life work experience and excells with physically demanding projects, but more
by David [22/03/2011]:
I am just back from Sweden and want to go back!!
I been to Stockholm and Amy and Tomas´s and definitely enjoyed my stay with them more! They are excellent hosts as they really let you choose the work that suits you best and that you feel most comfortable to do or challenges you or whatever...as you want!
I can merely try to add things because I more
David was willing to do a large range of projects, from building a bar for our cafe to fixing our toaster with his experience from his engineering background. We couldn't have asked for a better volunteer, plus anyone who comes in the colder months automatically gets additional points. We're rooting for you David!
by host [17/02/2011]:
Tim was a great worker, conscientious, a self starter, and pleasant to be around. He was very courteous and responsible in our home and he quickly adjusted to our family and became an important part of it in no time. We whole-heartedly can recommend Tim for any work position as he has an excellent work ethic and is very personable, friendly and more
by Tim [15/01/2011]:
So…here we go.
This was the first time I did a workaway project and I’m very glad I’d chose this place to go to. Tomas and Amy are very good hosts who make you feel at home. I had a great time with them and with their lovely children, Frida and Pj. We had lots of fun and very good conversations, I really felt like a part of the more
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