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Hello! We are a family of 68 living in the southern part of Estonia. There is me, Johanna(30) and Rain (35), our 3 kids (2, 4 and 6 years olds) and our 62 sleddogs and a St.Bernard dog. We also have some chickens, rabbits, goats and a cat named Hilda.
Our home is surrounded by a beautiful nature including lots of interesting trails, lakes and hills. There are 7 lakes very close to us. We also have the deepest lake and the highest point of Estonia both near to us.
Me and Rain both have been wanting a big family and we're trying to do everything together with our 3 loveballs - Ferdinand,Astra Elfriede and Eduard. So the person(s) who come(s) to us should be aware that the kids are most of the time around.
The other part of the familia are the dogs. We have 3 types of sleddogs: alaskan malamutes, alaskan huskies and siberian huskies. In the training season and winter time the dogs take most of our time as we also offer sleddog tours for tourists. So we need help from head to toe i.e. From Cleaning the poop to taking the guests to a tour. We also make our own equipment for the dogs so being familiar with a sewing machine helps as well. If not, it is not a rocket science :) but apart from all the work the dogs need you can get to know the wonderful spirit of sleddogs. You can work with true athlets and train the most craziest puppies on the most beautiful trails!
About our place: We moved to the place we can finally call home 2 years ago. So pretty much everything is under construction. Before moving here there was nothing - it was just a field. So apart from the dogcare we need help in building, building and more building. So it would be a nice opportunity for a couple (but not necesserely) to join us since we need help in everything from child care to taking care of the dogs and to building and cooking.
Since settling in, getting to know the kids, dogs and the daily routines take time, we're interested in people to stay for a longer time (min of 4 months) preferably for the season (okt-april).
The person(s) we are looking for are:
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*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ able to work outside with any weather and for many hours.
*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ are caring and loving with the kids as well as the dogs
*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ flexible since the work that needs to be done varies
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Previous experience with the dogs is not necessary. We will teach you and provide you all you need.
If you feel that this is something for you, write me and let us know about yourself and why are you interested in joining our family. In case of any questions you are also welcome to write me. To check if you have read it until the end if contacting us could you please write us the color of your eyes:)
NB! This is not a fun enterntainment or a possible way to spend a holiday! The work can be hard both physically and mentally because daily routines require focusing and consentration, sometimes problem solving and the dogs are very strong so you need to be physically fit.
NBNB! The days don't last 5h sharp. Sometimes we are together 10 or even 12 hours. But we chat and eat and take breaks and it is not all physical and work outside. And of course you can get days off whenever you feel like doing so.
Babysitting / child care
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
You will be part of our family. You can learn our traditions and of course estonian. The area we live in is very active and full of interesting people and places.
We go to woodlands and there's a good chance to meet wildlife.
You can learn the true spirit of a sleddog as well as how to take care of a 4legged athlete.
Things that need to be done daily:
Dogcare (water, food, poop), training the dogs and in wintertime taking the tourists out for a tour. Feeding the rabbits, chikens and goats. Also cooking and general maintenance and childcare.
But there is also socialising the pups, building/fixing, gardening, sewing
Since our own house is very small and not even completely finished yet the accomodation is in a small cabin by a private lake at our naber's place. You would need to share the cabin with some other volunteer if there is one.
About food then we try to eat together as much as possible.
Coming with your own pets is unfortunately not possible!
In our little town Rõuge there are many beautiful places to see. As well as a little store, pharmacy, hairdresser, a masseur, bakery, farmers market every friday.
In 14 km there is a bigger town Võru with all kinds of stores, a cinema, pubs, a spa etc. and every once in a while we go to bigger town Tartu and since we live close to the Latvian border we use to go to Latvia as well.
There is a good bus transportation almost everywhere in estonia so wondering around is not a problem in terms of a transport.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
5 hours a day, 5 days a week