Come and help paint the exterior of our old family farmhouse in the wilderness in Häggsjövik, Sweden



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  • Description


    Häggsjövik is a small village in the northern part of Sweden, far off from the cities hustle and bustle. Great forests, beautiful lakes for fishing and many mountains for hiking are just around the corner. The wildlife in the area is amazing and easy accessible. You can pick blueberries, cloudberries and lingonberries in the woods and also go for a daytrip to Norway since we´re just 30 km from the border.
    In the middle of Häggsjövik you will find or farm which was the third homestead to be built when the village was founded in the late 1700:s. Our family has lived there for generations and last year me and my sister took over the place from our parents who have moved into town for an easier living in their older days.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects

  • 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

    This is swedish countryside living - in the wilderness. You will get a close up of swedish wildlife and nature learning to live with the fact that the nearest grocerystore is 10 km away and the nearest city 110 km away. You will enjoy bbq over open fire, maybe catch a glimpse of bear, moose and reindeer, and you will definitely find peace and quiet for the soul. This is the swedish way of enjoying nature!

  • Help


    There are three houses on the farm. The oldest house was built in the late 1700:s. The second house for living was built in the 1930:s. There is also a big barn built I think in the 1800:s.
    All three houses are in need of external painting, with the traditional "earth paint" (slamfärg/falu rödfärg) that is used on many old buildings in Sweden. This does not require a skilled painter, it is quite easy to handle, but when it comes to the windows a little experience might come handy. Scraping off the old paint, maybe replacing old window putty with new (without damage to the old handblown glass), oiling the wood and painting might be tricky the first time, but its a beautiful way to preserve these old and beautiful windows.
    We are also in need of woodworking skills on the houses, since some of the old paneling needs to be replaced before painting.
    The houses are surrounded by a garden that also would need a hand or two, mowing the lawns, weeding etc.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Sami: Fluent
    Swedish: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    The house built in the 1930:s is always available for our guests and this is where you would stay. We have room for up to 10 guests at the same time but the best accommodation is in the room facing the lake with 4 beds (2 adults+2 children) with a small kitchen where you will be provided food to make your own breakfast. Lunch and dinner will be served in the main house. Bathroom with shower is in the hallway. There is a balcony and also a fireplace in the room.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    To enjoy a stay in Häggsjövik you would have to love the being-close-to-nature-experience. We are far off from shopping and city-life. You can go by bus to the nearest city, Östersund, but the schedule is not very good (if you take a daytrip you will have approximately 4 hrs to go in the city). We dont have previous experience with volunteers, but our neighbour working with sleddogs have had many volunteers that have enjoyed the area.

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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

  • 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

Overlooking the village from the other side of the lake. You could imagine the wow-feeling the settlers got when they came here by boat in the 1700:s!
Another view from the canyon...amazing place!
Lots of fish to catch in the lakes nearby!
Best place ever for swimming! 19 km from the village is this beautiful canyon with crystal clear water.
Beautiful old need of a good paint job!
This is one of the rooms available for accommodation. Beautiful view over the lake.
This is the old barn that needs some love and paint... :-)
Canoing is a great way to spend time off in the lake nearby!
Summer nights never get dark in this part of Sweden. This is the view from the farm.
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