Hilf mit bei unseren sibirischen Huskies und anderen Aufgaben in Lapland, Finnland



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  • Beschreibung


    * We have a last minute place for one month for this September *

    We are a family with 80 Siberian huskies of all different ages, four Lapphunds and a Swedish elkhound. We live on a homestead in the wilderness, 50km north of the Arctic Circle in central Lapland. Our family's forefathers were among the earliest pioneers who first settled here back in 1733. We do a lot of dog sledding, but we also go snowmobiling, ice-fishing, cross-country skiing, ski-joring and snowshoe trekking in winter, and hiking in our forest, fishing, rowing, canoeing, and windsurfing on our lakes in summer.

    We have been hosting volunteers since 2010.

    * Before applying, please check our calendar for availability.

  • Arten von Hilfe und Lernmöglichkeiten

    Arten von Hilfe und Lernmöglichkeiten

    Betreuung von Tieren
    Mithilfe auf einem Bauernhof
    Handwerkliche Arbeiten

  • Kultureller Austausch und Lernmöglichkeiten

    Kultureller Austausch und Lernmöglichkeiten

    We believe that one of the great benefits of any cultural exchange is gaining an understanding of other lifestyles. This famous quote by naturalist Alexander von Humboldt sums up the way we feel: “The most dangerous worldview is the worldview of those who have not viewed the world.” So hopefully staying here helps to broaden your own worldview.

    What you learn here will depend on how proactive, motivated and receptive you are, and of course, what time of year you travel. In addition to learning how to care for our huskies, you can also learn about the wilderness and the way the locals live up here, if you are keen to explore places nearby. Hopefully, you will learn how to dress properly for the arctic weather, and how to be sensible in our challenging conditions. Also, you will be living with people from different cultures and with different personalities, so we hope this will help develop your social skills.

    And, we are a bi-lingual family, with both English and Finnish spoken at home. So, you can practice your English, and if you want a challenge, we can teach you some Finnish - one of the most difficult languages in the world!

  • Arbeit


    We mostly need help in looking after our huskies, which includes training, exercising, grooming and feeding them, as well as cleaning and maintaining the kennel area. This involves taking dogs for walks/runs, brushing the dogs when they blow their coats, preparing their daily food (handling raw meat and bones), as well as clearing up the dogs' poop. Sometimes we go to dog shows and occasionally we have puppies that require extra feeding and attention.

    In the spring, summer and autumn (May-September), we also need help in the garden and the forest: we grow some organic fruit, cut and chop our own firewood and clear or maintain forest paths. You can also help us when we go fishing in nearby lakes, hiking with the huskies, and picking wild berries and mushrooms in the autumn in our never-ending forest. We usually fix or make improvements in the kennel and garden area, and there is always some cleaning and tidying up to do, so help is needed here too. During this time we would like volunteers to stay for one to three months.

    In October and November, once the weather has cooled enough, we need help with training the dogs in preparation for winter sledding. Then throughout the winter and into spring from November to April, we need extra help with cleaning and preparing the dogs that participate in sled-dog tours, in addition to the normal kennel routine. You will also need to learn how to drive dog sleds and snowmobiles. And even though we arrange a variety of activities for guests staying in our log cabins, you will not be needed to help any them with other activities. During this time we prefer to have volunteers here for three months, usually starting in either October or January.

  • Sprachen

    Gesprochene Sprachen
    Englisch: Fließend
    Finnish: Fließend
    Deutsch: Gute Kenntnisse
    Spanisch: Gute Kenntnisse
    Französisch: Gute Kenntnisse
    Swedish: Gute Kenntnisse

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  • Unterkunft


    The accommodation for our volunteers is in our hundred year old lumberjack's cabin (picture below), which has been equipped with normal modern conveniences and is located next door to our own house.

    In the cabin there are two pairs of bunk beds; one in a separate bedroom and another in an alcove off the living room. There is also a small kitchen area, tables, sofa, fireplace, WiFi and a washroom with wc and shower. The cabin has electric heating and has running hot and cold water. There is a separate sauna by the lake. All our accommodation is non-smoking. Usually we have 2-4 volunteers and we allocate placements so that they are either all male, all female, or for a couple.

    Recuperating or injured huskies sometimes live with you in the cabin, and any of the huskies can "stay over" whenever there's room. Unfortunately we cannot accommodate your own pets because of this.

    We buy food for you to prepare according to your own timetable but we also have lunch or tea together sometimes. We do not provide food for special dietary requirements such as vegan, halal or kosher.

  • Was noch ...

    Was noch ...

    Our dogs are lively, happy and strong individuals that require confident handling, personal attention and lots of TLC! It is physically demanding and can be in unpleasant or extreme weather conditions, so you should be healthy, as well as have a strong back and a good level of strength and fitness . You must also not mind getting dirty. However, we are not looking for wannabe survival experts, even though you will learn some of those skills in winter by default. Hours will vary and during quieter times we usually keep to an average of five hours per day.

    In your free time you can explore the area and get to know our tiny village community. In addition to what is available here, there are many other summer and winter sports available in nearby resorts, and travelling around the region is quite easy, e.g. the nearest resort and national park is about an hour away. And although we live in a very sparsely populated area, there is a good range of shops and other services, as well as concerts, galleries, museums and tourist attractions in our nearest town, also an hour away by bus.

    The compensation for our remoteness, however, is that we are situated by a beautiful little lake surrounded by the largest wilderness forest in the world - the taiga. If you like walking, reading, writing, painting, photography, etc. or need to study, or just gaze at the scenery, there is usually time for all that too. And if you're lucky, when the sky is clear in the autumn and throughout winter, you can go out into the garden and watch the northern lights dance through the night.

    We live in the land of the midnight sun and the polar night: we have 24hrs of sunlight around mid-summer and 24hrs with no sunlight around mid-winter. We can also have some extreme temperatures: in 1999 the temperature ranged from -53C in February to +32C in June, just four months later! In general though, winters range from a mild -5C to a cool -30C and summers range between hot and dry at +30C and cold and rainy at +5C, but mostly just warm and humid at around +20C, with plenty of mosquitos!

    We have many applicants for a very limited number of places. If our calendar is full and you are flexible with travel dates, please consider being on our waiting list for places which become available at short notice. And please be patient when waiting for a reply - we try to answer all enquiries, but we are sometimes out and about for many days so we don't have time to answer enquiries immediately.

    So, please only apply if you are highly motivated, have a positive nature and lots of energy, and are genuinely interested in dogs and the North. We expect our volunteers to be helpful and flexible in our sometimes difficult Arctic conditions, and really eager to participate wholeheartedly in all of our activities. We will be happy to teach you about huskies, the culture, lifestyles and traditions of Lapland and the wonders of the Arctic wilderness, and aim for a workaway experience which will be mutually rewarding :)

  • Etwas mehr Information

    Etwas mehr Information

    • Internet Zugang

    • Eingeschränkter Internet Zugang

      Eingeschränkter Internet Zugang

    • Wir besitzen Tiere

    • Wir sind Raucher

    • Familien möglich

  • Kann Digital Nomads unterbringen

    Kann Digital Nomads unterbringen

    We have a 4G wifi connection

  • Platz zum Abstellen von Camper Vans

    Platz zum Abstellen von Camper Vans

    We have space for a small campervan

  • Kapazität - wie viele Workawayer maximal

    Kapazität - wie viele Workawayer maximal

    mehr als zwei

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    On average 5 hrs/day, 5 days/week

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