Off-grid experience, come and help us to build our house in Lysvik, Sweden

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  • Last activity: 05/02/2023



 Min stay requested: at least 3 weeks



  • Description


    We are a Swedish / Dutch couple who just start to restore our 120 year old farm. Our wish is to offer a off-grid experience . To reach that goal we need to build cabins for the volunteers, compost toilets, hot outdoor showers and everything what comes with that. We are harvesting trees from our own forest, we Mill the trees on the sawmill and build on the old fashion way as they did 100 year ago with the use of some modern tools and techniques.

    So it is very interesting to see the milling process

    In the barn we have two 120 year old worden sailboats who we are restoring one is a Nordic clinker boat , those boats are part off UNESCO immaterial World heritage. There is also a steel two master in Stockholm who needs new masts. She is now in use as floating apartment what Eva is using when she is in Stockholm.

    We also having a bio crops garden on raised beds and a greenhouse. We preserve the grens from the garden ion jars. This year we filled about 300 jars with juice and vegetables and meat

    For now we can have ONE volunteer, when we make it on time we can have a second one, as we build a other fual efficient cabin
    The work what we do is:
    Building a tiny house, micro cabin, water trailer with a hot shower, compost toilets, barn doors
    That are the big building projects for the winter

    Maintenance.. finishing a micro cabin interior. A sauna / exterior bits and pieces. Some painting in the big yellow house.

    WE ( Eva and Eric ) harvest trees in our own small forest, helpers are not alow to handle harvest equipment in Sweden by law!!!!
    After harvesting we bring the trees to the mill where we continue the milling from trees to our building material

    You have your own micro cabin as a sovrum ( bedroom) with WiFi and you can freely use the extra kitchen With microwave, oven fridge etc.

    We share meals for at least 6 days a week, we have extra meals ready ( home cooked) in the freezer they are available in case we are not at home or have a day off

    We work 4/5 hours a day for 5 days a week. In the remaining time you can go skiing or ijs skating on the lakes, ijs fishing, the sauna is free to use and the cooling pond. Or you start your own wood project in the wood workshop as building a nice table or a cupboard

    It’s really important that you have some social skills, in the way that we can act as a team, who also can play a card game in the evening and not only working

    Eric is a senior carpenter and Eva is teacher who is teaching carpentry at several schools in Stockholm.

    We are NOT a cheap place to spend the winter! This is a place where you can consume knowledge and new skills, this place have a lot to offer, we. Put a lot off time in patients in new volunteers so when they leave, they have some new skills and knowledge.
    That means that we want volunteers who are willing to work and are mindfull and focused in what they are doing.

    So we are happy with people who like it to join this experience and have a good time in the Swedish nature.
    I’m so very okay with people who wanna learn new skills, I have a bit a problem with people who tell me that they are good with cars,,, and wanna changes the spark plugs in a diesel motor. In that case I prefer that you tell me, sorry I don’t have a clue
    Or it’s also a bit hard to invite a lumberjack, who never chopped a tree!

    What is important for me, just be honest, the most off the time I need a hand, never used power tools fine than I teach you how to use them safely.
    We have for every volunteer safe work clothes, safety goggles and ear protection.

    Etc. there is a lot to do on different levels

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • 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

    We are very interested in th Swedish history and be happy to share that knowledge

    When volunteers are interested they Can learn about gardening and classic carpenter

    For every volunteer we have a free risk insurance, CE approved work clothes because we understand that a backpack has limited space.

  • Help


    Help in and around the house. Gardening, carpentry, plumbing, forestry. Milling, basicly everything what we do on the farm

  • Languages spoken

    Dutch: Fluent
    Swedish: Fluent
    English: Intermediate

  • Accommodation


    On this moment we have one brand new cabin with heating and WiFi for volunteers.
    There is a build going on for a dubbel bed cabin and a second singelbed

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    In the free time the travelers can use to a motor boat where you can overnight in a lake close by of a canedian canoo. There is fishing ecuipment availeble with fishing rods or nets. Walks in the forrest or visit the a. Citty

  • 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

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    We have a micro house, à Bell tent with woodstove, several other tents when needed . The volunteers cabins have heating and WiFi

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    We have a dog field what can be used by runaway dogs the field is 120x50meter on the same field is the possibility to camp

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

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

Host ref number: 582692828627

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