Help with animals and general maintenance at small farm in Østfold, Norway



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  • Beschreibung


    Please see our calendar for details on available months.

    We are a family of three (37-29- 2 1/2). Julie is working freelance, Jens is working part time with pig production.

    We live on an old family farm of 600 acres, mostly woods and some fields which are rented out to corn and grass production. The farm consists of a big barn, granery, main house, and our house which once was set up for the retired farmer and his wife. The property you will focus on is the house we are living in and the area around it.

    We have a few goats, pigs, rabbits, chickens and cats, a small house which we are renovating, and huge outdoor space.

    We are based in the beautiful countryside of Østfold, only an hour trainride from Oslo, and 40min drive from Sweden border.

  • Arten von Arbeit

    Arten von Arbeit

    Handwerkliche Arbeiten
    Betreuung von Tieren

  • Kultureller Austausch und Lernmöglichkeiten

    Kultureller Austausch und Lernmöglichkeiten

    We provide an experience with Norwegian day to day family and farmlife. You'll be a part of our family during your stay, come with us to family occasions etc if you want.

    A great opportunity to learn how to renovate a yard and a house, and how to build up a homestead step by step.

    You will learn A LOT about the animals we keep.

  • Arbeit


    We would like to welcome ONE volunteer.

    We're looking for an open minded, positive and handy person, wich has no trouble getting their hands dirty. You need to be good with animals and friendly with children (and tolerate toddler tantrums, although no babysitting, but she would love to play when she gets to know you). We hunt and keep animals for food, with keeping focus on animal welfare and happy animals.

    You need to clean up after yourself, dishes, bathroom etc and be a part of our household as you are living here too :-) You need to bring with you clothes for all weather (and temperatures considering the season)

    There might be some heavy lifting, and you will work on some tasks alone (which mean you should show initiative, be responsible and hands on) and some tasks together with us. You need to be prepared work outside in ALL kinds of weather and temperatures, as most of the tasks is outside work. Work is any suitable task that needs to be done.

    Learning is key, and we will teach you if you don't know how to do stuff. You might learn a lot of new things, and be quite experienced on some things when you leave.

    Daily tasks all year around includes feeding and watering the animals, collect eggs, collect grass and branches for animals. Mucking out when necessary (daily care of the animals takes ca 1. hr), other than that, assist with all care of the animals.

    You can see Jasons daily work routine here :

    Learn about rabbit breeding and keeping rabbits for meat: gender rabbits, breeding, ear tattooing, cutting rabbit claws, general care, slaughter and prep fur (depends on season and other projects around the property). Assisting with cutting goats hooves, Jens can teach you a lot about pigs!

    Daily tasks during the winter may include some housework (maximum, tidy up, hoovering and cleaning, bring in firewood etc). More exciting projects for the winter is to help with indoor renovation of the house, painting, windowtrims etc. Smaller tasks like chop wood and shovel snow when necessary, any suitable task that needs to be done.

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    Clearing areas outside (move stuff so it looks nice, things are messy outside because of renovating for three years, and no time to clean up), plant flowers (wildlife/cottage gardendesign), weeding, in general make a friendly gardenspace safe for kids. Build/assist in building new pens/fencing and housing for animals. Outside renovation of the house (change paneling, painting etc). Chop wood.

    Chickens are currently free range on the property - they eat (and poop) everywhere, they want a bigger coop outside as the one they have now is too small and in bad shape (this is why they are loose) and proper shelter (wich we have in the garage but need to convert).


    25 hours pr week, mon-friday morning/daytime (5hrs pr day) leaving the weekend off, or work on the weekends and having time off during the week - we are flexible on the daily hours as well if you want more days off. It all depends on your plans while staying here, and what we need to have done at the moment. We'll figure something out together, and plan a little ahead.

  • Gesprochene Sprachen

    Gesprochene Sprachen

    Norwegian (native), English (B1&C1)

  • Unterkunft


    Bathroom and showers is provided in our house. You're welcome to join us for the evening or at your spare time. Our home is your home for your time being here. We provide food, mostly shared meals (times can vary). Please see description below as we have made two different sleeping areas which depends on seasons.

    Simple sleeping arrangement inside the house - in a SMALL alcove in the upstairs hallway, mattres on the floor- with curtains for privacy.

    Caravan on our property for sleeping/rest, placed approx 20 m from our house in the yard/garden. Simple conditions, gives a camping feel.

  • Was noch ...

    Was noch ...

    Our farm is a 10-15 min drive away from any shop - museums, music hall, cinema, restaurants, cafes and mall in small town. Horse riding, walks, golf, fishing, library, etc.

    Public transport to Oslo or Sweden, and car rental 15 min drive away.

    We have bike(s) available for loan

  • Etwas mehr Information

    Etwas mehr Information

    • Internet Zugang

    • Eingeschränkter Internet Zugang

      Eingeschränkter Internet Zugang

    • Wir besitzen Tiere

    • Wir sind Raucher

  • Kapazität - wie viele Workawayer maximal

    Kapazität - wie viele Workawayer maximal


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    25hours pr week (SEE DESCRIPTION)

View of the surrounding area, september 2019
Piglets september 2019
Mama pig with piglets born 10th Sept 2019
House fall 2018
The house and garage, summer '19, gardenspace project by workawayer
Rosita - mama goat who is our "dog"
Goats and pig - best friends
Our Kashmir buck, 14yo in 20019
Guaranteed free range
One of the best photos of us
Kid goat who lived inside as the mother didn't nuture her
Rabbits we keep for meat and fur

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