Current status: I do not worry in the least about the pandemic. Let us spread some light and diminish fear and hysteria. Hosting is open as usual for people bringing useful skills and positive energy. You are most welcome to inquire for stays at any time throughout the remaining part of 2020, or in 2021. Norway is a relatively good place to be at the moment. Economic stability still, you can move freely without wearing a mask, lots of space and fresh air everywhere. The atmosphere is not dystopian and totalitarian. About the lowest infection rates in Europe, and the least strict restrictions for now. Life here is almost no different than it was before all this started. Especially those who know how to use their hands can find promising job opportunities here.
Please note: Precedence given to those with skills pertaining to building/house renovation, anything centered around tactile work, 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 :-)
About me: 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 hosting 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 after myself having stayed with host families who were not able to afford traveling and staying here, 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.
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. 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 is 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.
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
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, and amounts of it, will be decided and agreed upon on the basis of what kind of skills you bring here. We tailor what you can contribute with, to what you master and feel most excited about doing. Those with practical skills usually get prioritized as I myself am not much of a handyman, and I also love to get to know those competent in growing food and medicinal plants. Artists, photographers, chefs, IT professionals, etc. – I can find a use for many different resources.
Now and then, I also like to host interesting individuals just for the sake of hosting. I am generally very attentive to those familiar with and intrigued by community building, self-sufficiency, all kinds of breaking away from conventional society to become independent of any established power structure that primarily seeks to oppress and profit from the effort of common people. Upon getting in touch with the right people, I would love to purchase some land to embody shared notions of symbiotic community living.
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.
For now, I live in a house nestled away at the forest's edge, with deer often walking around in the garden, the occasional moose even – very tucked away and tranquil, yet train station with hourly departures to Oslo a mere 10-minute walk away. 35 minutes from the airport.
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, let us get to know each other and enjoy a great time!
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
This host has indicated that they love having digital nomads stay.
This host can provide space for campervans.
Depends on type of pet.
More than two
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 :)
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