Remote island guesthouse help in Alta, Norway

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Norway

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  2022 

 Min stay requested: 1 month or more

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  • Description

    Description

    We are a Cuban/Norwegian couple who is running a guesthouse placed on a remote island on the coast of Finnmark, northern Norway: It is aprox. one and a half hour from the Alta Airport. In the summer we can see the midnight sun and, in the winter, the northern lights.
    The House was a boarding school and when they closed in January 2011, we saw an opportunity to realize a dream of starting an event and conference venue out of the ordinary.
    Since then, we have refreshed and rebuild the place, as a sustainable way to give value to this especial building in the middle of stunning nature.
    In 2018 we began to analyse the enormous potentialities of the House to become a full year tourist destination. As a result of this, we initiated investments to rebuild our facilities and create new activities.
    During all these years the House has become a meeting place not only for tourists. From all over the world come to Seiland volunteers engaged by the landscapes, remoteness, silence, peace and wilderness in the nature of this place.
    In our guesthouse we offer accommodation in 6 full equipped apartments and 11 single and double rooms with access to toilet and warm shower. We have 7 fishing boats to rent, a restaurant where we offer meals with capacity to 50 pax and a bar. For groups, we have also a conference room up to 50 pax and outdoor bath/sauna.
    We need help in daily business and we are looking for a couple living with varied skills, flexible enough to work separately when needed. It is very important that our helpers are independent and have the ability to see the work, take initiatives and activate themselves in the free time.
    On the island there are great possibilities for all kind of outdoor activities like hiking in the mountains, sea and lake fishing, skiing, visiting the glacier on Seiland National Park or going to harvest berries and mushrooms. If you like to go trekking, our friendly dog will be excited to join you :0) Due to the silence, it's also a great place to think, meditate and slow down.
    IMPORTANT
    Please remember that helpers must be responsible to ensure tha they have the correct visa, work permits and keep updated with the corona rules changes.
    We offer a free accommodation plus a monetary payment for at least the minimun wage for the hours you work with us.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Like Stig is a guide he can introduce you into the local history, the Sami culture, the legends about the nature, the traditional Norwegian food and customs. Diamela and Denis can tell you how it is to live as Cubans in Norway and talk also about the traditions in their homeland 😊
    Our team is multicultural and you have the chance to practice different languages.
    There is just a few people living in this part of the island (At around 12 between Altneset and Hakkstabben), so, it is not always possible to interchange with locals but when there is a chance they are friendly and happy to meet new people.
    In your free time you can travel around Alta and Finnmark to enjoy the beauty and silence in this wild and amazing nature. We can give you tips about relevant places to visit.

  • 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

    Help

    The work we can offer is based in 3 different seasons with different tasks:
    1) From mid-February to mid-May: This is a season for top tur skiers with randonee equippment, some conference and team building groups and a few individuals.
    - Construction, wood work and carpentry, general maintenance, snow shovelling, painting, assist us and our guests when they need help, skiing knowledge, skiing guiding skills and boat driving are a plus.
    - Cleaning apartments and rooms after checking out, cooking and serving food, keep all the common areas (entrance, corridor, restaurant, tv room, conference room, etc.) clean, tidy and nice, helping to plan and to make dinners for small groups and shopping lists.
    2) From mid May to mid August: This is the season for sea fishermen and trekkers, but there can also come some groups and individuals.
    - Construction, wood work and carpentry, general maintenance, cutting grass, painting, assist us and our guests when they need help, boat driving and boat maintenance are a plus.
    - Cleaning apartments and rooms after checking out, cooking and serving food, keep all the common areas (entrance, corridor, restaurant, tv room, conference room, etc.) clean, tidy and nice, helping to plan and to make dinners for small groups and shopping lists.
    3) From mid August to mid November: In this period we also have some sea fishermen and at the same time we arrange “Leirskole”, a camp for outdoor activities and learning process for children.
    - Construction, wood work and carpentry, general maintenance, cutting grass, painting, assist us and our guests when they need help, boat driving and boat maintenance are a plus, help to prepare the activities for the children in the camps: canoe-paddling in the lake, sea fishing, etc.
    - Cleaning apartments and rooms after checking out, cooking and serving food, keep all the common areas (entrance, corridor, restaurant, tv room, conference room, etc.) clean, tidy and nice, helping to plan and to make dinners for small groups and shopping lists.
    Note that we are looking for helpers that can stay the whole period (3 months). If you cannot, please do not apply!
    MINIMUN QUALIFICATIONS:
    • 22 years old and older.
    • In good physical shape.
    • No health problems that limit you in doing physical tasks.
    • No food allergies, vegetarian or vegan (Do not apply because it is difficult living in an island).
    • Hardworking, independent, responsible and flexible.
    • To be open minded and love nature.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    Norwegian: Fluent
    German: Intermediate
    French: Beginner

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    You will have free accommodation in your own bedroom (separated from the guests) and acccess to the staff living-room, kitchen and shared bathroom.
    You will cook your own meals and sometimes we share meals together. We will provide the basic food and this will be part of our payment for your work too.
    There is access to wifi in the guesthouse but sometimes it is very unstable. Streaming music and films is not allow when we have guests, because this will slow down the speed/connection for everyone else.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Here workawayers can enjoy fishing, trekking and skiing. You will love to have the chance to experience midnight sun and/or northern lights. There is access to passenger boat and buss connection to the city of Alta and to visit the Alta Museum, the Ice hotel, the Cathedral of the Northern Lights...and there is also connection to go to Hammerfest and to the North Cape.
    If you like to be around a lot of people all the time, this is not the correct place for you. If you are not in balance with yourself, it might be too isolated for you here.
    We expect our helpers to be honest, interested in learning, hard working, not afraid to ask for guidance, indepedent, self-driven, tidy and trustworthy.

  • 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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    No fixed hours but a minimum of 5 hours max 8 hours per day and 2 days off per week.


Host ref number: 232924315838