Help with huskies and reindeer in North Norway

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  • Description

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    WE ARE LOOKING FOR A VOLUNTEER FOR SEPTEMBER 2019
    This is a kennel of 40 purebreed Siberian Huskies, 3 Australian Shepherds and and some reindeer in a fenced area. The kennel is located in Varangerbotn/Vesterelv, Nesseby Municipality in North Norway.

    Ragne is grown up in a Sami familiy with thousands of reindeer. The big herd of reindeer are up in the mountains the whole year around, but Ragne has a few reindeer at home in a fenced area in winter time. This might be reindeer that need special care due to different reasons. Some of them will be trained to pull a sled.

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    THE HELP FROM MAY TO JUNE
    - Feeding and watering dogs
    - Cleaning dog yards
    - Walking and socialization of puppies
    - Fencing (Dogfences, reindeer fences etc)
    - Painting
    - Help with building (a carpenterer would be great!:)
    - Cutting trees
    - Helping out in the garden
    - Help with training the dogs with a training cart when the temperatures are ok
    - General housework, cleaning
    - Cooking

    IMPORTANT: The walks with the puppies takes place in a VERY wet and swampy area, and from the end of june we have a lot of mosquitos. It is NOT a lot of dog-training in this period.
    From the end of may, sun never sets, and you can experience up to 24 hours of sunlight - the midnight sun. It is "daylight" all night long, be aware :)

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    THE HELP IN JULY
    - Feeding and watering dogs
    - Cleaning dog yards
    - Walking and socialization of puppies
    - Take care of dogs we have for other dog owners while they are on holiday
    - Fencing (Dogfences, reindeer fences etc)
    - Painting
    - Help with building (A carpenterer would be great!:)
    - Cutting trees
    - Helping out in the garden
    - Help with training the dogs with a training cart when the temperatures are ok
    - General housework, cleaning
    - Cooking

    IMPORTANT: The walks with the puppies takes place in a VERY wet and swampy area, and we have a lot of mosquitos in july! It is NOT a lot of dog-training in this period. In this period, the sun never sets, and you can experience up to 24 hours of sunlight - the midnight sun. It is "daylight" all night long, be aware :). It might be challenging to take care of dogs for other People because these are often dogs that are not used with beeing away from their home.

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    THE HELP IN AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER
    - Feeding and watering dogs
    - Cleaning dog yards
    - Walking and socialization of puppies
    - Fencing (Fixing dogfences, reindeer fences etc)
    - Painting
    - Help with building (A carpenterer would be great!:)
    - Cutting trees, make firewood
    - Helping out in the garden
    - Help with training the dogs with a training cart/ATV. In august we start training the dogs about 5-10 km per trip, and we are increasing the distance of training to about 20-30 km in september.
    - Picking berries. August is a great time of year to pick arctic cloud berries, which are DELICIOUS! We pick lots of them and make jam for the year. September is the best time of year to pick lingonberries and make lingonberry jam, which is AMAZING with the reindeer meat!
    - General housework, cleaning
    - Cooking

    IMPORTANT:
    Please note that we will probably be slaughtering some reindeer in september. You will NOT be asked to kill any reindeer, but after taking the meat back home, we will need to cut it down into smaller chunks that we can easily pull out of the freezer to eat. You will be expected to help cut down the meat.

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    THE HELP IN OCTOBER, NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER
    - Feeding and watering dogs
    - Cleaning dog yards
    - Dogtraining
    - Walking and socialization of puppies
    - Chopping meat for the dogs with an axe
    - Feeding our reindeer
    - Shoveling snow
    - Take part in the reindeer help - slaughtering
    - Help to cut down reindeer meat into smaller chunks
    - General housework, cleaning
    - Cooking

    IMPORTANT:
    In october the trips with the dogs are about 20 km, and we are increasing the distance of training every month. In november and december the trips are between 50 and 100 km. If you wanna take part in the dog-training, we EXPECT you to take part in ALL the dog-training, not only the "sunny-days". It means that the training days are LONG, sometimes hard in tough weather, and it will be much more than 5-hour days.

    From november until middle of january we have complete darkness. The days will be long and it can reach -35 degrees Celcius.

    Please also note that we will be slaughtering some reindeer. You will NOT be asked to kill any reindeer, but you will skin and butcher the reindeer, and may ask for some help with this. After taking the meat back home, we will need to cut it down into smaller chunks that we can easily pull out of the freezer to eat. You will be expected to help cut down the meat.

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    THE HELP IN JANUARY, FEBRUARY, MARCH AND APRIL
    - General housework, cleaning
    - Cooking
    - Feeding and watering dogs
    - Cleaning dog yards
    - Dogtraining
    - Walking and socialization of puppies
    - Chopping meat for the dogs with an axe
    - Feeding and taming our reindeer
    - Shoveling snow
    - Help to cut down reindeer meat into smaller chunks

    IMPORTANT:
    From november until middle of january we have complete darkness. The days will be long and it can reach -35 degrees Celcius.

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    MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
    • Driver’s License
    • In good physical shape
    • You do not have any health problems that limits you in doing physical work
    • Great communication skills
    • Hardworking, responsible, and FLEXIBLE with help and helping hours
    • You MUST be INDEPENDENT and a self-starter. If there’s not something going on, it’s really nice to have someone that just starts doing small tasks.
    • Ability to eat reindeer meat (most of our meals)
    • Minimum age 24
    • You have to be able to work alone, but also in team
    • You are NON smoker

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    YOUR APPLICATION SHOULD INCLUDE:
    • A few sentences about yourself, your age and where you’re coming from
    • A few sentences about why you want to volunteer with us
    • How long you intend to stay + dates
    • Previous Workaways and past work experiences
    • Language Skills
    • Allergies or dietary restrictions
    • If you are available for a Skype interview before being accepted

    We get so many messages on a daily basis that aren’t personalized, so unfortunately if you don’t include the information we are asking for, we can’t accept your application

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Farmstay
    Other
    Help in the house
    Animal care

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You will learn about huskies, their behavour, dogsledding, dog-care, dog-racing, reindeer and also about the sami people (the Indigenous people living in northern Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia), culture, history, and language. We hope that you will take away new knowledge of what it's like to be part of traditions that are thousands of years old.

    Here are a lot of opportunities, and what you learn depends on how active, motivated and receptive you are, and what time of the year you are coming here.

  • Help

    Help

    Please notice that our work and schedules will often change due to weather and animals, and we expect you to be 100% flexible with changing help schedules and days off. This is NOT a 9-5 job!

    Please notice that our house and dog-kennel is located in the forest with no next door neighbors, outside a small town, and you won't have a lot of transport possibilities. If you like to be around a lot of people all the time, this is not the correct place for you. If you are not in balance with yourself, it might be too isolated for you here.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    Norwegian, Sami, English

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    You will have your own bedroom, living room and bathroom. You will share kitchen with me.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are remote, with only 900 inhabitants in the entire municipality. There is a village 5km away with a restaurant and bar, musem and a few other things. It is possible to get a bus to the nearby towns, but the busroutes are limited. Tana Bru is 20km away, Vadsø 55km and Kirkenes 120km. These places have amenities like cinemas, pubs, shopping centres etc.

    The nearest airports are Kirkenes and Vadsø, although it is probably cheaper and more convenient to fly to Kirkenes. You will have to catch the bus from Kirkenes to Varangerbotn to come here. The bus routes you can find at Snelandia.

  • 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?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    About 5 hours 5 days a week, some days less, some days more. Help is endless when you have animals and the more time you spend around the animals, the happier they are! :) We need a volunteer who is flexible with helping hours.

Walking with reindeer in April
Walking with puppies in May
Feeding reindeer in January
Training the reindeer to pull a sled
Dog training in November. The last 5 years we had very late winters.. as you see.
Dog training in winter
This is "Gakti" :)
Dog training in spring
Taming reindeer
Sledding from the dogyard in Vesterelv
Volunteers are chopping meat for the dogs with an axe every day :)
A volunteer participating in a dograce
A volunteer feeding the reindeer
A volunteer playing with the puppies :)
The house in Vesterelv were you will be living
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