I am an architect by education and I have some houses. All of them need maintenance and/or renovation. Now and then I have projects going on which is suitable for workawayers.
I have had volunteers staying with me from time to time since 2004. It has been a very good experience.
For the spring 2018 I will be working on my house in Oslo. The projects are a new bath-room inside and finishing off a few things on the outside wall of the house after making new foundations last year. The garden needs some work when the spring approaches. My goal is to re-open my B&B this summer. I have had a two-guestroom-B&B in my house for over 20 years.
A workawayer needs to have practical skills, not necessarily being an experienced builder, but experienced in practical work.
PS: I see that my rating drops when I don't answer fast enough. Sorry about that. I'll try to improve... :-)
Entretien / Bricolage
General about my staying here as a workawayer:
The work varies as projects move along. I have three properties where things need to be done. I have a house in Oslo where I have been running a B&B for over twenty years. I have an old farmhouse from 1820 in Tolga, 70 km south of Trondheim, where I rent out three apartments. It is in good shape, but there will always be many things to be done. And I have a summer-house in Surnadal which is a total renovation-project. So here will always be a need for some helping hands.
So far volunteers have participated in tearing down building parts, building up masonry walls, putting on new roofing on an outhouse, building scaffolding, deck, repair siding, painting walls, putting in a window in an old wall etc. Some of the volunteers have also creatively taken initiative to small projects of their own, like building a box for firewood, a box for organic waist, building an outdoor shower, sewing a hammock, making a pot-and-pan rack for the kitchen made of an old bike-wheel, etc.
Volunteers should be fairly practically skilled. Experience in construction is not necessary, but having done some practical work before is necessary.
Norwegian, English, some Spanish
In Oslo: A single room in the 'B&B', or a yurt in the garden.
In Tolga: Modern apartment with proper facitilies.
In Surnadal: A guest room in the old house. We have a wonderful and extremely simple out-door shower. Wonderful only in the sense of the panoramic view. Simple outhouse-toilet facilities. Access to modern shower facilities and washing machine in the village.
Accès Internet limité
Nous avons des animaux
Nous sommes fumeurs
2-3-4 days per week