Join our family and help us with everyday life - housework, decorating, gardening and fixing in the north of Sweden

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  • Description

    Description

    First of all we would like to say hello and welcome to our profile! So glad you found us and we hope you are the right workaway for us. :-)
    Please read all information below if you are interested in staying with us.

    We are a family of seven who live approximatley 40 km north of the Artic circle in Sweden.
    We value our family time and do both hard work and relaxing.

    WHO ARE WE LOOKING FOR? We are looking for a friendly and outgoing person. Hard working. Easy going about living conditions and relaxed (as it is good for children.) Someone who likes hanging with us and following our daily life and routines. You need a great amount of patience (as we have many children) and a sense of understanding kids. For example their needs, what is appropriate to share with them and what not. Decent language etc.Basically you need to be a good role model. Also someone who enjoys kids and that is child friendly and a positive person.
    We need workaway who doesn't smoke.
    An understanding person with the heart in the right place, as you say (filled with love.)

    VACCINATION: We need you to be vaccinated against measles, mums and rubella and, of course, not have any other deceases. Preferably a good immune system too. This because we have a small baby who was born premature (and he is not yet vaccinated against these deceases mentioned above.)

    SKILLS: Your English needs to be VERY! good. This is because we want our children to learn the right grammar, etc. They all understand English and we are hoping they will begin to speak it more. (Eldest speaks it.)
    Preferable we would like you to have experience from decorating and repairing houses. Remaking funiture or other skills that could make a old house look nice would be great. Someone who perhaps could help with organizing around the house and make practical changes to make our everyday life easier. We would love to learn yoga, pilates or similar to help us with our mental exhaustion. A person who likes photography would be really good so we can get some nice family pictures to keep. Someone who is musical would be fun as music& singing is great for the children. Also Sarah and our daughter would like to learn singing if that is a possibility. We have two pianos in our home (we can only play a little bit.) but please feel free to bring your own instrument. If you k is piano then you can teach our daughter. Would really like someone who can teach art, to children+Sarah. If you do sowing then that is brilliant as Sarah would like to learn.
    Gardening skills during summertime is something we really value!! as we need to get our garden redone after digging it up due to very uneven ground. Also value building skills during summertime as we are often in our cottage then.

    WORK (and what to expect): We are looking for volunteers with a great work attitude who can help us with different stuff around the house. Mainly it will be housework such as laundry, vaccuming, tidying etc. Keeping kids happy (when we are near by of course) by teaching, palying football (outside), floorball, painting, singing, reading books, playing outsider etc. Exercise and education+ outdoor time is important for us to give our children. Apart from the most important thing, love! of course. :-)
    Weekdays Monday-Friday we will need some of your help in the morning. From 7-8 am. This will include helping Micke OR Sarah to get children ready for nursery and school.
    We expect help with Cooking and cleaning away food+dishes. We do not count that as the workaway hours which will be 25 hrs a week. It does not necessarily mean we work 5 hrs each day. We could for example work very hard weekends and less during week. We need a person who is hard working and flexibility from workaway.

    A LITTLE ABOUT US: I (Sarah) stay at home with our two youngest children daytime, afternoon with 4 youngest. Our eldest usually comes home later. (We have 5 children.)
    Micke works full time and is a very hard working man who loves home. He is an electrician.
    Sarah likes travelling when she can, she also likes crouches to relax, she is now making a blanket/quilt. Sarah has been diagnosed with illness (kidneys) so she can get very tired. We have both experienced great stress so both can get mentally exhausted (specially Sarah.) Sarah is trying to get better with balance, exercise, meditation, and healthy food etc.
    When Sarah is not home with the children then Sarah works at school as a guidence councilor but is now on parental leave.
    We go to bed rather early due to the early mornings with kids. But we sometime stay up to enjoy a good chat or watch a movie together etc
    Our children like football, fireman, role games, art and craft, pottering, baking, ice hockey, snow play, board games, cooking etc.
    Sarah speaks English to the children so they understand the language but only the eldest teenager speaks it.
    Our children’s ages are from 15 to infant so games, interests and activities vary a lot.

    We are against drugs!
    But Sarah can enjoy a drink when kids are in bed or if she is to go out for the evening.
    Micke does not drink.

    IMPORTANT: NO PEANUTS please as one of our children is extremely!!! allergic to peanuts.
    (He is also allergic to Kassel and cashew as far as we know.)

    We appreciate if you do not eat sweets, cakes and other unhealthy stuff in front of our children (or so they can see this) as we only give them treats on Friday or at special occasions. We want to give them good heath and teach healthy living habits. Of course you can eat whatever you want when they can not see or in your own place. :-) We do hope you understand.

    EXtra info:
    You might be staying in hallway (up stairs) or cellar which is laundry. Or wherever we can fit you in. :-)
    We would preferable like to have one vouunteer at the time, so this is what we will mainly do. Although we may take two volunteers if that is what we need (depending on project.), Couples are ok if you don’t mind working on your own (for example one with Sarah and the other one with Micke or activity with children near by.) We try not to choose friends (but we are open to all.) We could choose two volunteers from different places. If that is the case then this means you need to be okay with sharing a space with this other person.

    WINTER TIME, We really live in winter wonderland, there is lots of snow! and it’s beautiful lying on the trees. Prepare for cold weather, it can get up to -40 celcius and we have experienced extreem cold, -1999 when it reached -50 celcius. End of December, but specially January and beginning of Febuary can be cold months, usually round -30. We still go outside but not for too long.
    As we are north of the artic circle it is dark most of the time. It can be cool to try the darkness for those who has never been north of aric circle. If weather allows you can get to see the beautiful northern lights moving across the winter sky. It’s an experience that you will never forget!
    In the winter you can also enjoy skiing, build a snow cave, go sleighing, or ice skating. Help us indoors during colder times bur also to shovel snow outsider etc. when needed.

    SUMMER TIME: You can experience lovely summers nights that never end as the midnight sun stays up all night.
    However we go to bed rather early cause of the early mornings with kids.
    You can enjoy bike rides in our village, approximatley 6000 people live in our borough so it is a very quiert place.
    We enjoy staying at home or traveling when we are not at work.
    Summertime skills: We need someone who is good at gardening! also building.
    Summertime work: Work in the garden. Also work in our cottage with fixing it and getting it into better shape. Building, scraping and painting the cottage etc. This in addition to the normal housework etc. Read about WORK below.


    Take a walk in the beautiful forest and appreciate some quiet time to yourself. Great possibility to meditate and admire the nature. If you’re lucky you might see wild animals of the north, such as moose, reindeer, squirrel, hare and maybe even a bear but then you need to be very lucky and to be in the forest.
    This place is ideal for a person who needs or likes a peaceful and tranquil stay.

    Looking forward to hearing from you and hopefully also meeting YOU here in the magical north of Sweden.
    With love from /Sarah and family.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    Babysitting / child care
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Other
    Help in the house
    Help with Computers / internet
    Teaching

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We speak fluent english at home, mainly Sarah with the children so they will learn too. As we have children I am sure it will be easier to pic up the Swedish language and learn a few words or even many sentences if they want to.
    They will experience the beautiful outside here in the north. We live north of the artic circle which means midnight sun summertime (light all night) and northen lights during winter time (dark a lot). Wild animals. Lots of forest. Beautiful nature. In winter lots of snow.

  • Help

    Help

    We are looking for hardworking volunteers with a great work attitude who can help us with different stuff around the house. Mainly it will be housework: laundry, vaccuming, tidying, organizing, food shopping etc. Driving license would be good (food shopping.)
    Keeping kids happy and busy (when we are near by of course) by teaching, outdoor play, reading books, exercising etc.

    Help with relaxing for parents Sarah and Micke would be great if the workaway has the knowledge. It could be by yoga, Pilates, mindfulness, meditation, training etc.

    Weekdays Monday-Friday we will need some of your help in the morning. From 7-8 am. This will include helping Micke OR Sarah to get children ready for nursery and school.
    We expect help with Cooking and cleaning away food+dishes. We do not count that as the workaway hours which will be 25 hrs a week. It does not necessarily mean we work 5 hrs each day. We could for example work very hard weekends and less during week. We need a person who is hard working and flexibility from workaway.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Swedish,

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Wintertime: You need to be relaxed with your sleeping conditions. We will place a mattress or bed/sofa wherever we can fit you in. It could be in the laundry or hallway upstairs. You need to be open person who likes spending family time and be like part of family with everyday routines and life.

    Summertime: You will be living in our family Caravan. You might be sharing this with another volunteer (you can bring your own friend or partner if suitable for volunteer work but only summertime as in winter we only fit one person).
    In our caravan we have 2 comfortable beds. There's also table+seats. (The beds get turned into either bed or table and seats).
    Wintertime it’s too cold for the caravan and we do not have it near by during winter.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    See the midnight sun (during summer) is something that you get to experience in this part of the world. It’s beautiful!
    To watch the northern lights on the winter sky (winter time) is absolutely magical.
    Also beautiful forest around.
    We live close to Torne river. Kengis rapids are only 15min away by car.

    We will take you (summertime) to Vassikkavuoma which is the largest mowing mire in the north of Europe, one of our favourit places for a barbeque.

    Pajala is a small village with friendly people. We live central in a big house.

    Summertime: Celebrate Swedish midsummers by traditional dancing round the midsummers pole,
    Pajala Market takes place the first weekend of July and is the biggest event of the year in Pajala.
    If you want you can also go fishing, bike riding or walking/running while enjoying the nature around.

    Wintertime: IF you wish we can arrange for you to go ice skating or skiing (depending on your shoe size.)

  • 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?

    One

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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day, 5 days a week.

It gets cold. January & February often coldest. Around -30 (but it can be over -40 rarely.)
One of the daily routines is taking a long walk during the few light hours every day. At the darkest time (end December) it will only be around 20min of normal light. Rest will be blue and then dark.
Beautiful November sky.
This is one of the views from the daily walk.
The church in Pajala. I believe in god and religion is interesting. But the best people are the ones filled with love no matter if they are religious or not.
These photos are old but these are things we still do with the kids. Barbecue. Painting. Baking. Going to the playground.
Our favourite place (summertime) Vasikkavuoma.
This is the laundry at our old house but our laundry is pretty much the same now. With a 7-person family there are loads! of clothes to be washed and folded and put away in wardrobes. We have lots to do daily in our home, such as housework, so great to have an extra person helping while we get a new friend :-)
Micke working in our house, renovating a room. We have lots of renovating to get done but we also have five children (one baby) so we need an extra hand to keep everyone pleased while Micke gets the renovating done.
This is the closest to a bear that I've ever come.
Two sons and one daughter play football in teams during summertime. In wintertime we have one son who trains hockey 3 times a week.
A picknick in the autumn . It's about 19 km from Pajala.
The beautiful rapids in Kengis. Approx. 12 km from our house. We will take you for a trip to Kengis rapids during summertime.
Torne River. This picture is taken in Kardis, a village where we both grew up. Now our parents live in Kardis and it's 35 km from Pajala.
This is a traditional midsummer pole. You are welcome to celebrate with us however we choose to celebrate (end of June).
One of the wild animals around here are mooses.




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