Help with animals and renovations in South-East Norway




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  • Description


    Help needed immediately! Please read the whole profile before contacting us!

    DUE TO RESTRICTIONS CAUSED BY COVID19 - we can only accept help from workawayers who is already in Norway.

    We are a family of three (37-29- 3) and 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 small 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.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • 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

    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.

  • Help


    We would like to welcome ONE volunteer (we have space for two during the summer months)

    We're looking for an open minded, self going, 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 - wich means that sweaping and empty the dishwasher isn't work ;-)

    You need to bring with you clothes for all weather (and temperatures considering the season). We have boots and a small selection of workwear available for loan.

    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 to 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.

    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.

    Contact us to get a link to a video of Jason's work routine wich is on YouTube.

    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. You will also learn all about pigs there is to know! All this depends on season.

    Daily tasks during the winter includes 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. May also include some housework on rainy days.

    We have started on a new chicken coop - this needs to be done.


    25 hours pr week, mon-fri 0900-1430 (this includes 30min lunchbreak) leaving the weekend off, - we are flexible on the daily hours and days - if you want more days off etc. It all depends on your plans while staying here, and what we need to have done at the moment. We can plan a little ahead together when you arrive.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Norwegian: Fluent
    German: Beginner

    This host offers a language exchange
    Julie is a c1 level english after living and working in Ireland, so she can also help with english. We can also help with Norwegian.

  • Accommodation


    Bathroom and showers is provided in our house, as well as you can join us in the evening or at your spare time - in our messy - obviously toddler occupied livingroom. 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.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    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

  • 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

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    Summer only.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    25hours pr week (SEE DESCRIPTION)

Piglets september 2019
Piglets september 2020
Guaranteed fresh
Rabbits we keep for meat and fur
The farm - january 2020
The farm, spring 2020
Our house on the farm, november 2019
View of the surrounding area, september 2019
Picking blueberries - with workawayers 2020 "Really?! This is not work!" they said..
Painting house with Workawayer september 2020
Indoor renovation kids bedroom together with Workawayer

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