Help with huskies and reindeer in North Norway

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  • Description

    Description

    Hi! We are 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.

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    THE HELP JANUARY - MARCH
    -Searching for a couple-
    - Walking, feeding and socialization of reindeer
    - Feeding and watering dogs
    - Cleaning dog yards
    - Snow shoveling
    - General housework, cleaning
    - Different tasks inside and outside of the house
    - Cooking

    IMPORTANT:
    Until middle of January we have complete darkness. These months the temperatures can reach -40 degrees Celcius.

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    THE HELP APRIL-MAY
    -Searching for a couple-
    - Feeding and watering dogs
    - Cleaning dog yards
    - Shoveling snow
    - Help to cut down reindeer meat into smaller chunks
    - Cleaning and clearing areas outside
    - General housework, cleaning
    - Cooking

    IMPORTANT:
    Usually the snow starts melting in the beginning of April. 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 JUNE
    Searching for a couple
    - Feeding and watering dogs
    - Cleaning dog yards
    - Fencing (Fixing dogfences, reindeer fences etc)
    - Painting
    - Help with building (a carpenterer would be great!:)
    - Cutting trees
    - Helping out in the garden
    - General housework, cleaning

    IMPORTANT: 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
    Searching for a couple
    - Feeding and watering dogs
    - Cleaning dog yards
    - Walking with dogs
    - Fencing (Dogfences, reindeer fences etc)
    - Painting
    - Help with building (A carpenterer would be great!:)
    - Cutting trees
    - Helping out in the garden
    - General housework, cleaning
    - Cooking

    IMPORTANT: We have a lot of mosquitos in july! 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 :).

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    THE HELP IN AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER
    -SEARCHING FOR A COUPLE-
    - Feeding and watering dogs
    - Cleaning dog yards
    - Walking with dogs
    - Fencing (Fixing dogfences, reindeer fences etc)
    - Painting
    - Help with building (A carpenterer would be great!:)
    - Cutting and clearing trees, making firewood
    - Helping out in the garden
    - 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
    - Cutting reindeer meat

    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
    -SEARCHING FOR A COUPLE-
    - Feeding and watering dogs
    - Cleaning dog yards
    - Feeding reindeer
    - Taming reindeer
    - Shoveling snow
    -Cutting trees
    - Help to cut down reindeer meat into smaller chunks
    - General housework, cleaning
    - Cooking

    IMPORTANT:
    From november until middle of january we have complete darkness. The days will be long and it can reach -40 degrees Celcius.

    Please also note that we will be slaughtering some reindeer. You will NOT be asked to kill any reindeer, but we will skin and butcher 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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    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
    • You have big sense of humor :D
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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 here
    • 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

    If you don’t include the information we are asking for, we can’t accept your application.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You will learn about huskies, their behavour, dogsledding, dog-care, reindeer and also about the sami culture.

    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.

    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.

  • 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 the 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

    English: Fluent
    Norwegian: Fluent
    Sami: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

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

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    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

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    Up to 5 hours 5 days a week, some days less, some days more, 2 days off a week. We need a volunteer who is flexible with helping hours.

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