Primitive living in the nature with us and 8 akita/huskies in Sollefteå, Sweden



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  • Description


    -- update December --
    We have the guesthouse almost ready and are looking for a new workawayer!

    We are Nayiem and Sophia, both 28 years old.
    We are originally from the Netherlands and we've been working as volunteers on a farm in Backsjön in early 2012.
    We've worked for 3 months and decided we should come back one day to start something in tourism.
    In 2019 we came back and moved in June 2020 to Backsjön to start our own glass igloo resort.

    Our project is still in development phase and we are looking for people to help and in return offer the same experience as what we had in 2012.

    We have 8 dogs. 1 Husky, 1 Akita, and 6 Huskita puppies.
    Working with us is very diverse and every day is not the same.
    We enjoy freedom, peace and the wilderness.

    We already warn you, while this region offers a lot of freedom and peace. Working with us is not always fun.
    Since we are running multiple businesses, the work or stress amount can be disturbing for some people.
    There is also not a lot of luxury at the moment. Toilets are being built and only dry (outside) toilets are available.
    Which means you will have to go outside with -20 during the night if you want to go to the toilet.
    Cooking is mostly done from a stove and living here is very primitive.

    We are looking for fun, young and motivated people to help us with our dogs and on the park with all-round activities and work and learn along the way about working in and with the nature.
    You will be leaving this place with a new set of skills in your backpack.

    Please remember, there is only a dry toilet at the moment which is outside. The shower is in our own house which we can share. The living space for all of us is quite small and the internet/phone connection is really bad.. or sometimes there is no connection at all.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Language practice
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Skills are not needed and is absolutely not a requirement.
    Working with us will allow you to learn how to socialize with a pack of dogs, how to become a nice host to our guests, if you want, you can also help us with the store and you will also learn new skills while staying in a small remote area in the forest.

    Motivation and happiness is all we ask from you.

    Please keep in mind that things can be stressful and slow. In return we will still do our best to make sure you feel home with us.

    We offer you to feel the same experience. To learn about us, the locals, the region and how it feels to live directly in the nature with only forest, water and animals around you. That means no internet, no disco's, no playstation, no social media.

  • Host offers payment in line with the minimum wage

    Host offers payment in line with the minimum wage

    This host offers accommodation and payment.

    Host has indicated that they will pay at least the minimum hourly wage of their country for each hour worked and that accommodation will also be provided. They are asking for help with a business or business activity. Contact the host directly via the site messenger for more information and details about the wage provided. Any arrangements should be agreed in advance with your host.

  • Help


    We are looking for a person that is willing to help us with daily task, which might be heavy work and stressful work.

    Quick notes:
    - We do smoke and we are not vegetarians.
    - We prefer NOT to have any vegetarians with us.
    - We don't have a religion but we do not mind if you do!

    Work requirement:
    - Socialize with the dogs.
    - Helping with tourists and guests at the park.
    - Occasionally help with our small store.
    - All-round help around the park and our house.
    - Heavy building work

    Detailed work:
    - Socialize with the dogs.
    - Small gardening work.
    - Cleaning.
    - Prepare meals.
    - Go out for shopping for supplies.
    - Starting bonfires.
    - Maintenance work.
    - Heavy building work
    - Occasionally help us in the store.
    - Enjoying the work with us.

    Working hours:
    Very flexible. max 32 hours a week, including weekends.
    Depending on when we have guests, it might be possible that we will ask for your help during the weekends and that you will have more free time during the week.

    Working hours are not very strict. There is a lot of freedom and you are allowed to take a break whenever you want.
    Obviously, food and accommodation is free and our kitchen is your kitchen.
    Your monetary compensation will be 300 euro the first month. 500 euro the second month and 700 euro the following months after.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Dutch: Fluent
    Swedish: Beginner

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    Please contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation


    Guesthouse with shared bathroom and a shared bedroom with other workawayers.

    There is no kitchen in the guesthouse. You are allowed to use ours, but we do prefer to eat all together.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We live in a forest region. Unfortunately, the nearest "shopping center" is 25km away from here.

    However, the forest has a lot to offer during all seasons!
    You can go for hiking or fishing. Mushroom picking and blueberry picking.

    For digital nomads, we don't have the best internet speed but it's unlimited bandwith, about 15mbit speed but can sometimes drop down to 1mbit, there is electric in your room and also a TV. Don't be shy to spend your free-time at home if you want to. But be prepared, things can be really boring if you don't like to work and if you don't have any connection with the rest of the world using internet.

    The closest city is Sollefteå. During your off-days, we can arrange a ride to Sollefteå and pick you up later.
    If you prefer to go to a bigger city, there is a busstop in Sollefteå. Otherwise, Sophia goes shopping in Sollefteå at least once a week, you can join if you want.
    Or you can join Nayiem when he goes to the store in Örnsköldsvik.

    There are a few things that we like to know about you when you contact us!
    - Favorite movie (name a few)
    - Favorite music (please name a few artists or groups)
    - Favorite food (name a few)
    - Favorite drink (name a few)
    - What do you love the most?
    - What do you hate the most?

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    Digital nomads are more than welcome here!

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We live in a forest region where there is more than enough space. Feel free to park your campervan or motorhome here.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    We have 8 dogs living with us. You are free to take your dog with you as long as it can handle other dogs and has been vaccinated according to the Swedish rules. For other pets, please inform us first :)

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected


Host ref number: 216817944221