Help in our non-profit sled dog racing kennel in Iisalmi, Finland



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 Min stay requested: 1 month or more

  • Description


    We are looking for diligent helpers with confidence, initiative, and self-motivation who are willing and able to work hard in all weather conditions.

    We have a kennel of about 50 racing sled dogs in Iisalmi, Finland. We need help for training and caring for the dogs. It's possible for a handler to also race with our dogs. We have 40 years of experience in racing, training, breeding and caring for dogs. Our kennel is a non-profit sports activity. Besides the sled dogs we also have wolfdogs and a parrot. We live by the lake Porovesi so during winter time we train the dogs on ice.

    Note that the temperature may get as low as -35 C so it's essential you pack clothes that will really keep you warm. We do have some clothes here that we can offer you to use. However, please don’t rely on this. Volunteers share the house with me and my spouse. The expected hours are approximately 08:00-11:00 and 17:00-19:00. Daily chores include giving the dogs water or drink made with meat/fish, cleaning the kennels/dogyard, preparing food for the dogs and feeding.


    - running water
    - shower
    - sauna
    - tumble dryer
    - washing machine
    - dishwasher

    Our nearest town with grocery stores, restaurants, post offices, banks, etc. is 11km away.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    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 can learn about Finnish culture and language, sled dog training, feeding and caring.

  • Help


    Feeding, cleaning and training the dogs in all weather.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    Finnish: Fluent
    English: Intermediate

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation


    One bedroom in our one floor house in the coutryside. Closest grocery store is about 11km away. We offer food.

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    We have decent wi-fi connection and a room available.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • 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: 518689738135