Come and stay with us, help with the upkeep and enjoy Finnish traditions near Helsinki, Finland



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  • Description


    Located in Finland, Scandinavia, just 45 minutes from Helsinki is Kotojarvi- a beautiful lake. My 100 year old estate sits on 6 Ha of land by the lake. We have two main houses and two aittas (wooden guestroom houses) and beach access to our own sauna where we grill sausages and light the bonfire. We have gardens, we have honeybees, we have chickens and its all surrounded by lush Finnish forest. Our neighbour is a golf course, but really there are no neighbours to be seen. During the days we do all kind of activities like forestry, gardening, taking care of the chickens, building, watering plants, general maintenance and so on. We have some projects for this summer like upgrading the wine cellar, organizing the garage etc. We also have to build some new homes for the bees in the shed. After a day experiencing the countryside and doing various projects, we heat the wood fire sauna. You can swim in the lake, take forest walks, enjoy the nature, read books in the hammock, the list goes on.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

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

  • 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

    You will experience what all Finns experience during the summer: a countryside getaway. You will learn of Finnish traditions and culture. You might learn a thing or two about forestry, gardening, beekeeping (if you want to), general maintenance etc. You will experience the beautiful light of the night, the quietness, the sounds of the Finnish forest, the sauna and all that goes with that daily routine, the stillness of the lake, fishing, chilling, bonfire, goodnights sleep in the small "aittas" or cottages made from logs.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help


    Forestry (making firewood from own forest), small building projects, planting the greenhouse and garden, gardening in general, taking care of the chickens, small projects like warehouse organising / building frames for bee hives / repairing different small things, organising and some cleaning to go along with the organising.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Finnish: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Sami: Fluent
    Swedish: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Villa bedroom or log cabin. Big common bathroom with nice fresh shower. Everywhere we have running water (warm and freshest on Earth), we have electricity in all buildings, we have a chilling billiards room etc. Internet access available.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Sleeping in this quite place is so amazing, there are long forest walk possibilities, a running track with outdoor gym, golf course 18 plus 9 holes (around 25EUR for a round and we have clubs if you want to borrow), chilling by the bonfire, sauna, fishing, rowing, swimming, bicycling, darts, billiards, music, chilling with a good book in the hammock.. the list goes on, we love keeping active with work during the day and then active in the morings and evenings with various activities. Welcome to Finland!

  • 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

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 356755573345