Considering inquiries for 2020, any time and duration.
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 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, 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. 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.
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in 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. 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.
Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, English, intermediate German + a lot of other Indo-European and Slavic languages on a very basic level
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.
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!
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
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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