Help a warm, chaotic family at our hobby farm in beautiful Blekinge, Sweden

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  • Description

    Description

    We are a family of 5; Hilda (self-employed journalist & editor), Fredrik (runs a small industry company), Arvid (8, loves games, riddles, fishing and crafts), Märta (6, loves ballet, homework, poop jokes, insects and old people) and Vera (4, loves animals, letters, singing, treasure hunts and ice cream)
    We live in an old farm in the north of Blekinge with our two dogs Charlie and Kajsa, the barn-cat Allan, 2 horses Blossi and Brunte, 3 cows Teddi, Freddi and Gunnar around 50 Sheep (probably 120 with the lambs during summer season)

    The farm is about 40 acres with two lakes (We have our own boat, swimming place and a sauna by the lake) and mostly meadows with old oak trees. We are always building and fixing something. At the moment we have a lot of work feeding the animals and carrying water, and were waiting for lambing season (march-april) where we are constantly checking on the sheep, helping by birth, and allways a few bottle lambs that needs to be fed every few hours)
    We´re also building a new barn, renovating two guest houses on the farm, and taking care of the landscape, fences and garden (not so much, there is usually no time, but you are very welcome to do gardening if you have green fingers).
    We both work full time "dayjobs", so there is always need for extra help, from some really hard physical work if you´re into that - to just drive to get groceries, pick the kids up from school, walking the dogs, taking the horses for a ride or bake or do craftsbwith the kids when we do stuff. The kids dont really need babysitting, but they tend to keep our visitors busy with games :)
    Also we allways appreciate help with all the endless household work as picking up toys, cooking, doing dishes, folding laundry, hoovering, organizing the cupboards, and all those "million things" that we don´t have time to do often enough like riding the horses, walking the dogs, gardening, picking the apples, painting, changing fences, fishing with Arvid, playing with the girls, cleaning the barn, cuddle the sheep, organizing the tools in the shed etc etc, there is always something to do, life in our place can be as busy as you make it.
    We are an open, loving, warm social bunch with a generous way of thinking. If you need something - we will try to fix it.
    If you like staying close to nature, love "ad hoc" plans, hanging out outside, kids, animals, lots of freedom, learning about farm living, have lots of humour, and don't mind if it gets a bit chaotic sometimes (like a house turned up side down by kids or chasing loose sheep) you´ll probably love it in our farm!
    If you are warm, positive, fun and happy to help with whatever needs to be done, we will probably love having you in our home!
    We had some experiences with workawayers so far we learned this:
    A lot of people applying are vegetarians or vegans - and we are not. We are meat producing farmers. Even though it can be fun to cook vegan for a month, its also a lot of extra planning and work, so we would prefer to host people who eat most things. People staying with us must also be prepared to cook for themselves.
    Farm stay is an exciting experience - but since we have a lot of different, and big animals, we really need someone who has a bit of experience with animals. The best is if you have ridning/stable experience and enjoy some hard/dirty work. We enjoy it a lot ourselves, but we work long hours and sometimes the time is not enough.
    During weekdays we are usually off to work all day, and you will be home alone in the farm. If you are travelling alone, you have to like the solitude. Otherwise, we would prefer to host 2 friends or a couple, so you aren´t feeling too isolated or lonely during your stay.
    Experience with kids and basic swedish skills is a plus. Our kids are very independent, despite their age, so we are not really "watching" them at home, they do what they please (which can get messy if they decide to do something messy) So babysitting in our house means playing games and spending time with the kids, while helping them not to turn the house into a war zone - not "watch" them. Sometimes it means beeing home in the night while they sleep if we need to work or go somewhere.

    Hope to meet some great new people!

    Hilda, Fredrik, Arvid, Märta & Vera.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    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

    Warm, open family, living in a beautiful, rural part of Sweden. Learn how to take care of horses, sheep, cows, learn renovation and nature care, also hang out with two funny, a bit crazy parents and three very social, warm kids. Learn Swedish, culture, maybe sheep cutting, horse riding, renovating and traditional farm tasks - mucking, fencing, fixing things. Live near the nature in a small Swedish village and hang out by the lake, in the sauna, in the woods or just in our kitchen chatting with us, cooking or playing with the kids. You also have a cosy workaway' house to hang out in, with a very cosy porch :)

  • Help

    Help

    We really love our life here, but with three small kids and full time jobs its sometimes hard to find time and motivation to do all the stuff you want to. Our Daily tasks change over the year, in the winter its feeding and watering the animals, mucking out dung, which is quite heavy. The household needs a lot of work, where all help is appreciated. Sometimes it can be helpful to have some company just to find the energy to get started, or play with the kids while we work outside, ride the horses, feed the sheep, go to buy milk, fix dinner, cut the lawn, organize something, do some household work or heavy farm work. It doesnt really matter, as long as you are ready to help when needed.

  • Languages spoken

    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Swedish: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    You will sleep in a guest house on the farm, near our house. It has a kitchen with water, but The bathroom is still not fixed, so toilet/shower is in our house. We usually eat brekfast early in weekdays but dinner together most nights. We´re off to work/kindergarden/school daytime, so you'll fix your own breakfast/lunch/snacks in our kitchen. You will be a part of our family, but we might need some family time now and then, so then you can hang out in your own house some nights.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We live in a pretty rural area so you have to use a car or a bike to get to public transport (we have bikes to borrow). Its the perfect place if you like nature, riding, walking in the woods, swiming in the lake, biking, hiking, fishing, sauna baths etc and gettiing your hands dirty with physical work. We usually dont need both our cars on evenings and weekends, so you can borrow one if you have a licence and want to go "explore". Nearest towns are Vissefjärda and Holmsjö (small but with food stores, cafes and train stations), around 7 km away. Lots of beautiful sights in the area, Glass Kingdom, coastal Citys Karlskrona and Kalmar, Island Öland is a 1 hour + drive away. We live a busy life, meaning lots of work both on the farm and at our dayjobs, so expect a lot of alone time during weekdays. When we are home were constantly doing renovation projects on the farm and stuff with the animals, such as feeding, cleaning, filling water, building, fencing, cutting sheep, riding. We usually stay home in weekends, but sometimes go off on adventures or seeing friends and family. We´re also off a few nights every week to activities with the kids, swimming, sports etc (which you are welcome to attend)

  • 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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    Hours expected

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

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