Come and join our family near the Norwegian border and enjoy the wilderness in Värmland's forest in Gunnarskog, Sweden



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    Robo and Dada welcome you to our site! Inspirational summer light, a beautiful forest with picturesque lakes just express what we all are looking for - well being and health. Tempted to come and relax with us?

    We acquired this place in 2014 and have together with volunteers changed it into a nice place to live. Some volunteers became long stayers and some even sent siblings or friends. We try to balance applicants on gender, interests and age. We learned a lot from our volunteers who came from all around the world and welcome new ideas & inspiration.

    We have a bigger property in the forest, only 10 kilometres from the Norwegian border, next to the lake Tvällen. We are looking for volunteers who will help with general maintenance, painting, firewood preparation, reconstruction/renovation, some gardening and help in the kitchen. We have started with a sustainable way of life, such as permaculture gardening, breeding chickens and rabbits.

    We speak English and Slovak, Robo also speaks some Swedish and Russian. We truly enjoy practising languages during calm evenings and we are enthusiasts in cooking, mainly continental style, but we also give a try to exotic ones. Robo is a good fisherman and I like gardening.

    In our house live also Ushi and Chilli - chihuahuas, plus 3 cats. Outside some hens, chickens, rabbits.

    There is not really easy access to public transport. You will be picked at the train or bus station in Arvika or Charlottenberg (Sweden) if you will arrive by plane to Oslo. It is a remote forest here, so be prepared for real Swedish wildlife :)

    Living outside of buzzy cities isn’t for everyone. If you want to spend a few weeks hiking, wildlife watching, biking, fishing, kayaking or just pondering nature, please write. It will make you a one happy workawayer. And if you are 2, bring your friend. We prefer couples for at least 2 weeks, age more than 21.

    We are looking forward to meet you.
    Dada & Robo

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house

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    Projects involving children

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    Directly in the area are kilometres of marked hiking trails and interpretive walks. You can borrow bicycles or if you want to try fishing, right next to the summer houses are lakes with pikes, perches and other white fish. We also have canoes and there is a small pier if you decide to swimm.

  • Help


    We are looking for help with gardening, painting, fire wood processing, renovation, cutting down bushes and grass.

    The ideal workawayer for us is open, friendly and practical person, age at least 21 years. We prefer if you have skills in similar work already. Minimum stay is 14 days. Due to different type of work we prefer workaywers as a couple.

    Please note that we are not a company or institution with insurance for volunteers. Although we will of course make every precaution to prevent accidents, we strongly recommend you buy a travel insurance that covers also manual work.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Slovak: Fluent
    Russian: Intermediate
    Swedish: Intermediate

  • Accommodation


    You will sleep in the guesthouse - there are 2 bedrooms, simple kitchen and bathroom. Bedlinen and towels are provided. We eat lunch and many times also dinner together. We would appreciate help with preparing the food, washing up and final cleaning in the kitchen.

    We have unlimited wi-fi. Mobile signal is sufficient, but you have to find a right place.

    In summer nights there might be mosquitos, we recommend to use repellents (available in our house).

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    What else ...


    Only a 5 minute walk from the Camp is the lake Tvällen, which has approximately 100 acres. In the surrounding area (up to about 20 kilometres) there are many more lakes, some smaller, but some large with almost a thousand acres.
    There is no size limit set for fish; you can fish all year long and the amount of fish you catch is not limited (besides the trout area). Welcome are especially the catch & release fans, those who prefer the beautiful experience rather than a freezer full of fish. We own two motor boats on nearby lakes and 2-3 more on the bigger lakes.


    The best way how to explore beautiful nature of Sweden and local cultural monuments is to take a trip with bikes or on foot. An interesting experience is to take the “Path of seven farms” (7 torpsleden), which goes from Lekvattnet and follows the original trail of Finnish settlers.


    Settlement Ritamäki is one of the farms that is best preserved. They will offer you a simple refreshment in the summer – coffee and awesome, freshly baked waffles. There are many other settlements nearby as well, for example Kvarntorp or Purala.


    There are many great places around this area suitable for a boat or canoe, as a day trip or a trip lasting several days. On lakes Tvällen and Kymmen or nearby rivers there are many possibilities to spend lovely time. There is access on our lake Tvällen for swimming.

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    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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