Families and skilled people welcome in the Greater Oslo area, Norway!

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    18/10/2019

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  • Description

    Description

    Welcoming workawayers for October and November :-)

    Precedence given to those with skills pertaining to building/house renovation, interior design, photography, or related to any of those, but all are welcome to write. However, I prioritize people taking a bit of time to write me a thorough, informative introduction when contacting me, as I feel it gives a clue to your work ethic and standards in general. I unfortunately do not consider anyone only writing me 3-4 lines of dispassionate trivia. You are applying for a comfortable position, so please do it properly :-)

    Greetings! I am a young (late-20's), positive, and resourceful man currently residing in Norway. Having discovered Workaway a few years back, I have been enjoying adventures found through this site ever since, with indescribably beneficial consequences for the fulfillment with which I perceive my life and its coming course. As a person, I am constantly occupied with some kind of adventure, unanimously welcoming whatever life has in store. Assuredly, I manifest a personality in many ways challenging conventional etiquette, staying true to my convictions of how to optimize existential contentment for all. Extraordinary non-judgementalism, here you go. Albeit unconditionally loving on a soul level, the earthly "self" must sometimes be pragmatic to get things done, thus I try to maintain an equipoise between giving and being given.

    Initially, I wanted to offer families an opportunity to visit Norway in an affordable context, but quickly realized I should be open to welcome single travellers, couples and so forth, as well, which I have been doing ever since.


    Are you representing a family of maximum 5 people?
    (Single parents with up to 4 children, or more traditional families with up to 3 children – animals need to be considered individually, but keep in mind that the rules for bringing animals across the border are very strict, as Norway is not in the EU). Then you are welcome to write me. I love the combination and dynamics of the company of different age groups – bring a grandparent as well, if you wish :-) I am fairly open-minded as to how your family unit is comprised and do not discriminate against same-sex parents. As of now, I am occasionally taking care of an 11-year-old boy, so there will be other kids around, most likely.

    Are you traveling alone, or with a friend/partner, ideally having some kind of useful skill to bring here? Your request is wanted. Preferably professional or at least somewhat advanced practical skills: like carpentry, plumbing, electricity work, landscaping, artistry, etc. In that case, not only do I need you, but will also do my best to help you find regular work in Norway, if you are interested. Someone who can practice languages with me (especially Spanish, German or Russian!) will also be considered, as will anyone capable of building/designing a basic website for a business. And those with above-average cooking skills, or if you like kids and have something cool to teach and share with them. Or maybe you are an avid interior decorator, passionate about creating amazing atmosphere both in the home and outside, in the garden? Another kind of artist or generally creative person?

    Or, do you perhaps have a unique skill of some sort? Who knows, it might come in handy, so your request is definitely welcome, too, it's fun being contacted by a wide variety of people. Nothing too alternative or unusual, everyone that can contribute with something, is welcome to write. Know that I never assume you can or cannot do anything based on superficial attributes, and find it distasteful when I see other hosts excluding potential candidates based on their gender and so forth. As if many men aren't great au-pairs, or many women excellent labourers. I feel that being that narrow-minded, I would miss out on potential gold coming my way.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Other
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Language practice
    Art project
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    I expect both the traveller(s) and the host to symbiotically co-exist, and evenly learn and grow from the time shared, in unison. From me or other people staying here, you can learn anything from the theoretical to the hands-on physical; languages, practical skills – whatever that can be offered in return for what I or we can learn from you. Openness and positive energies are quintessential to mutual benefit.

  • Help

    Help

    Help, and amounts of it, will be decided and agreed upon on the basis of what kind of skills you bring here. Since I originally started hosting after having stayed with host families who wanted to, but aside from something like this would not be able to afford traveling to Norway, I am still open to hosting families without asking much in return, but generally we follow normal workaway customs as a starter. A fair share of people contacting me are looking to find regular work in Norway after doing this as a temporary bridge to get there, and for encouragement, if you are in that position – every single individual who came here with that purpose was able to do so fairly quick, and move on as intended. I have a large contact net, and especially for those with building skills, even if you do not speak Norwegian, finding employment here is relatively quick and easy.

    People will generally eat very, very well here. Depending on leftover volume allowing it or not, you are free to gorge on whatever edible as you please, whenever.

    Long-term stays possible under certain circumstances, but such needs to be evaluated singularly. I know times are tough in a lot of places at the moment, becoming worse by the day, and that there are countless households that have been victimized by the insane policies of their governments, in need of a safe haven. Which can be provided in exceptional cases for people I really care about, but I cannot promise anything.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, English, intermediate German + a lot of other Indo-European and Slavic languages on a very basic level

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    For now, I have a large house with tons of space and a big garden with its own bonfire place, 30 minutes from Oslo's main airport (Gardermoen). 35 minutes to downtown Oslo by train. Large veranda with panoramic views of green, lush hills and valleys. Enough rooms to pick and choose how you would like to be accommodated. Generally high material standards.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    If you want to see distinct attractions Norway has to offer, I will be helpful in assisting you with logistics to the best of my ability. Now and then, if schedule permits, we can go places together to discover hidden gems most tourists never come across.

    A few guidelines and restrictions:

    - Smoking allowed outside, not inside
    - No heavy drinking or substance abuse (in moderation it's okay)
    - You need to be okay with friendly, but large dogs and comfortable around them
    - If you make other friends here, I need to meet them before they are brought to my home
    - A positive, easy-going attitude! :-)

    Basic manners and respect for other people's property is of course expected, although I am fairly equable and tolerant, I treat others with the kind of dignity I would like in return. Such as cleaning up after yourself and possible children you bring, that is required.

    So, don't be a stranger, let us get to know each other and enjoy a great time!

  • 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?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Not more than 5 hours per weekday (Mon-Fri) on average. Some days it might be very little to do, other days a bit more. I'm flexible when it comes to times of the day and long sleepers are tolerated :)

There is a very high probability of seeing one of these lurking around the local area, all year round :-)
Some of the local scenery, great for fishing, picnics, etc.
From Gutulia National Park, about 4 hours from my house. I recently started to offer guided hiking and wilderness tours to tourists, as a side job.
Trolltunga – well worth a visit.
Lovely summer scenery in Rendalen.

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