Come be a part of our family and help us pursue our dream of self-sufficiency in Dorotea, Sweden



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This listing is a Last minute host. They have let us know that they are looking for help immediately as well as at other times of the year.

 Min stay requested: at least 3 weeks

  • Description


    We are a small family who need help with our small farmstead here in the south of Swedish Lapland. This is a part of Sapmi, the land of the Sami people, to where the settlers came as late as in the 18th century. But in the last 50 – 60 years many homesteads here has been deserted, our place is no exeption, and we now work to re-settle this farm. However there are still some old people around who have been smallholders and who knows what it means to live without stores, electricity and roads!

    Our family consists of Pauline (31), Jon (46) and our little son Haldor (3). Sometimes also Gry (13) lives with us. Here we have goats, chickens and rabbits for the household and a cat who helps out with the rats.

    The farmstead is located in a village in the northern hinterland, near a beautiful lake and surrounded by the taiga. This is the land of light: in summertime the sun almost never goes down and in winter we have a lot of white snow, a sky full of stars and, of course, sometimes the northern light! We love living by, with and in the nature. Our mission is to be as self-sufficiant as we can and in some areas we've come far. Right now the farm is under strong development. Among other things we are interested in permaculture, how it works and how to use it in our own way.

    We welcome volunteers who wish to learn about all kind of self-sufficiency and to whom it is important to leave a small footprint. The work can be hard and it is not always a bed of roses: the seasons and the weather may demand work to be done promptly and there is a lot of manual work. On the other hand, body work outdoors lets your brain rest and improves your wellness. You get so much satisfaction and joy when you see what you have accomplished, when you put your own food on the table and form your being.

    We live quite simple with no running water or sewer and we have a privy outside. The water we draw up manually and all our food is cooked on a wood stove, which also heats the house. In the summertime we also often cook above an open fire. The lake nearby is perfect for swimming and fishing.

    We eat meat from the farm, fish from the lake, home grown potatoes, vegetables and wild plants, the rest we buy from our local store, mostly flour, oats and dairy products. We try to buy organic and as little imported food as possible.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    General Maintenance

  • 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

    You will have the opportunity to learn about selfsufficency, ecology, farming, forestry, animal care, milking and making chees, wild plants and a lot more.

    We also do a lot of different handcrafts and if you are interested we could teach some in the speartime. If you play any acoustic instrument you are more than welcome to bring it.

  • Help


    The primary work we need help with is the daily animal care, milking, weeding, gardening and cooking. Larger projects will be haymaking, harvesting, fencing, making firewood and picking berries. Perhaps also some building may be relevant.
    We take into account if you have any special knowledge, skills or interests that might be relevant for us (subjects related to farming, survival, crafts, building, know-how etc), so please tell us about you and what expectations you have so that we can arrange your stay in the best way .

    It takes a lot to be self-sufficient and sometimes it can be really tuff with a lot of hard work and long days, so we want you to be prepared for that. We would be gratful if you help us with all the work on the farm, we would really need it, and at the same time you will have the chans to fully experience our way of life.

    But we also hope you will have a lot of fun here with us, learn more about our culture and make great memories!

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Swedish: Fluent
    German: Intermediate

  • Accommodation


    Room in a simple, unheated, separate house with a privy. There is electricity but no running water.

    If you rather prefer camping we have tents or if you want to bring your one caravan it's fine to.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    You will need good working clothes, solid shoes (waterproof), working gloves, rainwear, a sleeping bag and a knife. It can be a good idea to have indoor slippers with you and a headlamp might be useful (especially in spring and autumn) as well as nets for the mosquitoes in summer.

  • 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

  • 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

    This host has said they are willing to accept those travelling with a pet.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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