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Hi, we are a young family of four in North West Iceland. Jon and I, Karen are 24 years old and have two sons. Sigursteinn, born in December 2017 and Þorsteinn born in August 2019. We run our own farm and Jón does other jobs some part of the year. Karen works full time in a kindergarten in our nearest village. We are looking for help with outdoor work on the farm and perhaps a little babysitting and housekeeping. We have around 490 sheep's, one stable-cat, a border collie and 20 horses which are more a hobby thing.
We live very close to the sea and have, no doubt, the most beautiful sunset in the bright summer nights! It's a bit far to the nearest town, Skagastrond, around 40 km but you get used to the distance.
My husband/boyfriend is 100% Icelandic, but I am half Danish. My parents live on the next farm.
We would love to host a Danish speaking person!
For our sons sake we highly prefer hosting workawayers who are able to stay 3 months or more. Constantly having new people in the home is hard on children as well as it is better considering the farmwork to not always have to spend time on teaching the same things over and over again :-)
We pay wages to all our workers.
Babysitting and creative play
Help around the house
Get to know a young family taking their first steps as farmers. Living by the sea in a peaceful environment. We also pay wages.
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As mentioned we highly prefer if workers could stay for 3 months or more. It takes time to adjust and learn how things work on new places :-).
The work includes working on the farm and maybe a little housekeeping and babysitting now and then. Regarding the farm work we we're thinking assistance with feeding sheep's, keeping the stable clean, in May looking after the birth of lambs. In summer time (june-august) while the sheep's are on the mountain we have to clean the stable for next winter, keep fences in good shape, harvest our fields (grass mainly) and more. Autumn (september-october) we get the sheep's home/down from the mountains and have a lot of work around going through sheep's and lambs. Weighing every lamb and finding out whose to breed further on. Winter is a bit more off season if you could say so. The weather controles which outdoor projects you can do. But normally we don't feel like we are running out of projects. The sheep's are inside the stable so they have to be fed two times a day.
Here I've tried to sum up the projects over the year on our farm but I'm for sure forgetting something. We are not requiring our work awayer to take care of all this on his own but if he/she is interested in helping we would be glad to have you.
The babysitting includes taking care of Sigursteinn, our 3 year old boy and Þorsteinn, 1,5 years old, while we, parents are outside working. And the housekeeping could be cooking a few times per week/month or vacuuming the floor.
The working hours per day can be variable, depending on how much you would like to work.
Staying with the family. We can provide a room for our workers. We would eat all together. Unfortunately we can't offer a separate toilet/restroom or television. We live in a big house with two floors. It's around 240 m2 so there is room enough for everyone. We are slowly working on fixing/reconstructing the house so there are 2 big bedrooms which are not in use at the moment.
There are some hot springs not that far away. River rafting about 100 km away from us. In Autumn there are wild blueberries close to the farm. Seals like to lie up on rocks very close to our farm when the weather is nice. Especially in spring and Autumn. We can borrow workawayers a car now and then. We don't smoke and don't want smoking inside the house. We have a good internet connection.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Variable. 4-8 hours for example