Looking for a volunteer(s) that can help us with running our country store in central Sweden




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 Min stay requested: 1 month or more

  • Description


    In 2013 we moved from Holland and took over a small county store. Our store is situated in Borgvattnet in the municipality of Ragunda, in the province of Jämtland (central Sweden). It is the only grocery store and petrol-station within a 40 kilometre (45 – 60 minutes drive by car) radius. Also from 2018 we are one of four 'service points' in our municipality.

    Besides the store we run a Bed & Breakfast, serve lunches and do catering. We also started 'house related services' such as cleaning, helping with computer and internet related questions.

    During the weekends and holiday seasons many more people come to the countryside to spent time in the forest and on the lakes for hunting, fishing and outdoor activities in general. In wintertime the lake forms is a great place for ice-fishing, 'langlaufen' and driving snowmobile.

    Borgvattnet is famous for its quietness and splendid nature. It’s also the village with the well known “Spökprästgården” (Priest ghost house). Recently we have started working together with the new owners.

    From this autumn until the summer of 2020 will be needing help with running the store and it's other activities. We offer a you nice working environment with many different things to do and enough time to relax. The work includes, general shopkeeping, restaurant related work, housekeeping and anything that comes along and seems interesting to you. Would like to build something? Do you have experience in carpentry or willing to learn? Then we also have a nice project at hand. Last but not least you will get a nice room to stay and make yourself comfortable.

    Are you interested to come to work, live and learn with us? Then please contact us and maybe you will spent this years autumn, winter and next year spring in Sweden.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help in the house
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You will be involved in central meeting place of our small village. You will get the change to get to know what it is to life on the Swedish countryside and practice the language.

  • Host offers a wage in line with the minimum wage

    Host offers a wage in line with the minimum wage

    This host offers accommodation and payment.

  • Help


    Fancy a winter & spring in the middle of Sweden? What should be done? Work in the store and the Bed & Breakfast or even be building an open kitchen in our lunchroom.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    Dutch, English, German and Swedish

  • Accommodation


    A private room with shared bathroom and boarding during the period that you work.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    If the weather is good you could go cross country skiing or go ice-fishing, build your own campfire and grill your freshly caught fish. When the snow is cleared (a part of) the lake is also great for ice skating.

    Or just enjoy the wildlife and the beautiful nature.

    Borgvattnet is a small quiet town, however the store can be busy. Nevertheless we are able to keep a relaxed atmosphere.

    The city of Östersund is at about 1 hour driving distance and famous for it's winter sport activities. It's called the winter capital of Sweden.

    Borgvattnet is easy to reach by car (roads E14 - 87 - 344 or E45 - 344). Östersund has an airfield with frequent daily flights to Stockholm and other inland destinations.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    5 per day

Host ref number: 625151451796