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we are a Finnish couple, living 11 years in Sweden on a horse farm on the island Visingsö in the lake Vättern. We speak Finnish, English, and Swedish.
We live here together with our 12 horses (9 Trotters and 3 Icelandic horses) and a pony.
We also have 8 cats and 2 dogs as family members. This is for us a lifestyle by no means a business.
Our way of handling horses is based on trust, respect, and love of horses, building relationships and communication by understanding horse nature and psychology of horses.
We are open-minded and always interested in meeting new people, exchanging ideas and stories. We have around 20 years and over 160 visitors (how have found to our farm different ways) hosting experience.
It's all about helping each other - if you can see things through the eyes of others with acceptance and understanding – to identify their needs and help them in a way they need – you will experience inner contentment.
Is your heart large enough to be able to learn our ways of doing things and are you ready to identify our needs to provide the necessary assistance?
If you feel you are the right person for us... We look forward to hearing from you.
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
In idyllic and historical place, you will get to know our way of living on a “fairy tale island” living a healthy and peaceful lifestyle.
You have an opportunity to learn our way of handling horse which based on trust, respect and love of horses, building relationships, and communication by understanding horse nature and psychology of Horses and Humans and Yourself.
We are willing to teach and share our knowledge, skills, and experience...
The opportunity to learn through your life lasting skills if you are ready in turn to invest back an additional labor input. – It is up to YOU –
Volunteers' help is needed all year round. Take a look at our calendar above!
Meaning of the colors in our calendar:
GREEN: Volunteers are needed for this month! Enquiries are very welcome for this month and also for other months ‘within three months’ which are marked in green or yellow.
YELLOW: Possibly volunteers needed OR part availability for volunteers on this month or last-minute changes! Enquiries are welcome for this month and also for other months ‘within three months’ which are marked in green or yellow. Availability may be at the beginning or middle or end of month OR only for ONE helper OR if we have not got reliable confirmation from the helper in question at that time or may become a last-minute change.
RED: No volunteer availability for this month! Please feel free to email about volunteering during the other months ‘within three months’ which are marked in green or yellow.
We prefer that you could stay for at least a month or two also for someone longer "help and stay" opportunity.
The volunteering work varies, but mostly it is focused in and around the stables: Cleaning and mucking out the stables (daily five in side boxes).
Taking care of the horse's water and food. Taking horses to/from the paddocks. Showering them (and if needed helping in Round Pen- “Horse Whispering” and basic training - not during the winter months).
Cleaning and maintaining the equipments and paddocks. etc.
Gardening, general cleaning and different tasks according to the season.
Housekeeping, making shopping list and shopping, making lunch, washing dishes and some cleaning etc.
It is beneficial IF YOU: have previous experience with horses and driving trotters – are a student of horse Institute and are trainee or apprentice and/or – have previous experience of volunteering. Riding possibility ONLY if you are Monte rider or Jockey (then bring your safety vest and -shoes /at summer time).
You have to be insured and fit to work physically and mentally – be able to adapt the rhythm of the farm; horses and us – the most important is that you have a positive mindset; you are honest, independent, industrious and willing to learn and help.
We speak Finnish, English and Swedish.
You will live alone or with other visitors in a small guest house with; kitchen + washing machine + toilet and shower + TV & access to the internet.
On the ground floor is the “guestroom” which can accommodate two people or couple.
During the summer months helpers are sleeping above in the attic, there are two ends – one end for one person, and another end for one or two persons. Generally, we have one (or two helpers) and some occasional visitors.
We have some basic working clothes and also some pairs of working shoes (with safety toe) which are available for visitors but not all sizes. If you have your own you can bring them with you.
We share all the food with you what you have been involved in preparing – if you are active in the kitchen that better for all. We like people who have their own cooking ideas, and we can learn some new recipes from you. There is a good opportunity to share some delicious Finnish, Swedish ;) and international recipes ;) yours?
Breakfast everyone fixes and enjoys independently – a quiet morning moment to oneself.
We mostly eat lunch together – so we all gathered at least once a day – and prefer vegetarian food. We appreciate local, ecological and wild food, welcoming people with experience in Permaculture.
In the “small house” is always some basic food supplies and stuff also can be borrowed from the “big house”. There is also a shop for sure that you can buy what you want. Everyone can also decide for themselves what diet they want to follow and can also keep separate food economy…
On the island are all the basic services like; shop, library, post office, kindergarten, schools, restaurants, churches, and bus etc.
In your free time there are opportunities to go; walking/jogging by yourself or with dogs, cycling/biking (borrow from us), sauna & swimming &“beaching”, enjoying nature and the surroundings by the lake, picnicking, photographing, bird watching/ornithology, canoeing, rowing, fishing, visiting historical sites etc.
There is also time and space for silence and listening to your thoughts.
You can reach Visingso in 30mins from the village of Granna by ferry, which runs every half an hour. Gränna is located by main highway E4, 3 hours driving distance south from Stockholm and 2 hours north from Göteborg.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
It is not so much the time spent on work, but rather what you get done!