Help out the Fat Old Lady with gardening and around the house in Urjala, Finland


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This listing is a Last minute host. They have let us know that they are looking for help immediately as well as at other times of the year.

 Min stay requested: 1 week or less

  • Description


    Hello everybody,
    I am an artisan/enterpreneur. My partner works in construction building. I work from home. We have a dog and 2 cats.
    We need immediately help with some tasks in the garden because I am having a bit of problems with my back, and cannot handle everything on my own. We are looking for volunteers for 1-2 weeks in June/July and again in September as August is now booked.

    We have a special interest in eco living with a small garden and composting out-door toilet. We grow seasonal vegetables and tomatoes.
    The house keeps warm with wood burning fire places so there is also stacking of fire wood.

    We use composting out door toilet in the summer time and encourage our visitors to do so, too.
    You will need protective clothes for out door tasks, these we can provide but you must have your own foot wear (shoes/boots) suitable for Nordic weather. The house keeps warm with wood burning fire places, so you will help out with carrying the fire wood during cold weather.

    Help is needed to take care of some of the house work, help out in the garden: turning the soil for veggie patches , weeding, watering plants, mowing the lawn( cutting grass) and stacking fire wood.
    We are trying to go for more self-sustained living, so small projects will pop up accordingly. At harvest time we pick blue berries and lingon berries and enjoy our beautiful forests.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Art project

  • Help


    At the moment we are looking for help in gardening and some 'muscle' because we need to clear out the attic of some old pieces of furniture that has been gathering there during the many years the house was used as a primary school. the Indoor tasks include tidying up/cleaning and cooking. We hope you like animals and you are interested in country living, gardening and cooking. We look for persons who show initiative and are easy going.
    Most of the day time I will spend working but we may take the occasional day off and head for Tampere or Turku to see the sights.
    Our shedules are flexible but they need to be coordinated with my working at out door artesan markets.

    Cooking family meals together is a nice way to get to know each other. We eat a lot of vegetarian food but also enjoy some chicken, fish and meat.

    Please note, that due to global warming, we tend to get a lot of rain during autumn and also some at summer time. This year the beginning of summer has been exeptionally hot. We hope nice weather continues.

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    I am fluent in English, (but not a native English speaker) so you can practise your English during your stay with us. You have a possibility to learn to bake and make Finnish cinnamon rolls and traditional breads.
    You will also learn about herbs and their use and traditional Finnish garden plants. We can take a trip to Liesijärvi National Park, where we can enjoy the famous bog land of Torronsuo bog. There are possibilities to see wild life: birds, squirrels and white tailed deer not too far from the house. During early autumn we can go walking in a nearby forest to pics berries and make traditional blueberry pie.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    Finnish, Swedish, English. Very basic Spanish.

  • Accommodation


    A room for your own use with a water kettle.
    Limited shower room use at the other end of the house. During the coldest part of the year it is possible to use indoor toilet/shower.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Nearest railway station, apr. 20 km. Nearest large city is Tampere, about an hour drive from here (70 km ). Tampere has some interesting and high quality museums, sights, shops etc. There are lovely paths for walking in the woods, you can even see deer in their natural habitat only 10-15 minutes walk from the house. A variety of birds live on and around the estate.
    You can borrow a bicycle from the house and bike around the village. In the summer time we have a nice weekly out door market circa 4 km from here.
    There are a couple of small public beaches for swimming nearby ( one a lovely pond in the middle of a forest ) and a disc golf park. It is possible to visit Torronsuo bog and go trekking at Liesijärvi National Park if you enjoy out doors.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    4-5 hours a day (max 25hours, 5 days a week)

Country living and handicrafts

We grow edible herbs too but these flowers are to be dried and made into insect repellent potpourri.

Host ref number: 664766838466