Come and sample some Swedish country living with us – Monika and Jim – plus our cat, three dogs and three horses, in our tiny farmhouse in beautiful Halland County, Sweden, 20 minutes drive from the historical towns and picturesque beaches of Varberg and Falkenberg.
Monika is Norwegian and is fluent in Norwegian, English, German and Swedish/Norwedlish. Her work and life is centred on horses and works as a trainer and instructor, spending most weekends from March to November away in various Northern European locations teaching at riding clinics. During the week she trains the horses, walks the dogs, strokes the cat and drinks coffee. She loves MotoGP, Ducati motorcycles, Italian wine and food, adventures and fun.
Jim is an English Graphic Designer (fluent in English, football, guitars and motorcycles) working for a company in Varberg. Jim travels abroad for work frequently to places like Canada, the USA, Japan and Europe. This is nowhere near as glamorous as it sounds.
We are looking for amazing people to come and spend time with us helping out with some of our horse-related projects. Our horses live in 2 "Paddock Paradise" areas (one for Winter, one for Summer) which require regular maintenance. Last year we built an outdoor riding arena, a new shelter and gravelled large areas of track and living space for the horses and we have a few plans for next year including building a small hay-bag loading and storage shelter, a motorcycle garage and building a new fence around one part of the garden. With the occasional timetable clash we would also need the occasional help in making sure the animals are taken care of while we are both away at the same time, which would very rarely be more than 2 days.
One thing to note: While we have horses, riding them is not guaranteed, but there may be the opportunity to ride out occasionally. Even though they are part of our family, they are also part of Monika's work. However, hanging out with them, grooming and cuddling you can do as much as you like!
If that's not quite your thing, we also have a million and one house and gardening projects we could use some help with.
Since we are out in the countryside without any bus connections, you will have occasional use of a car at your disposal (only if you have a full drivers licence, naturally) and all we would ask is that you pay for fuel used, parking fees and motorway tolls. For those without a driving licence, we have a bicycle too, but be warned... hills.
Life here really is very quiet; if you're self-reliant, like being surrounded by nature and animals, love settling down with a good book or are content to cosy down with a TV series or a movie in the evening, this is the place for you!
We would be thrilled for you to come and spend some time with us. We like to think we are pretty chilled out and relaxed. We are vegetarian and love good food and wine. Love and kindness are what guide us through life and if that makes us sound like dreadful hippies then we can live with that. Laughter and a warm vibe are central to our house and home.
We are currently booked up with WorkAwayers until the end of September 2020 and are actively looking for WorkAwayers for October and November! Thank you for all the messages and cool vibes from everyone who has written to us. It means the world to us that so may people want to come and hang out with us and our amazing cat/dog/horse family. If you're looking to travel to Sweden after that, please get in touch.
Come and join us!
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
This is a great chance to practice your language skills in English, Norwegian or German. We speak English in the home but Monika will happily drop into any language that takes her fancy.
This is also an opportunity to experience a little outdoor life with animals, a little manual labour and learn about natural horse care.
And of course, Sweden. Really, it's beautiful here. There are plenty of culturally interesting places to visit and we are not far from the bright lights of Gothenburg.
We will need help with:
• Dog walking
• Horse mucking/feeding/watering
• Cat medicating (it's a long a dull story)
• Garden work (if you're into it)
• Help in the house
Your own bedroom with a desk, night stand and a view out across the fields, a reeded pond and the forest beyond that.
Breakfast and lunch are usually a bit on-the-fly so dive into the fridge (well-stocked) and help yourself. We will have a sit-down meal every evening.
Varberg is the centre for surfing, wind surfing and kite surfing in Sweden. There are plenty of historical and heritage sites in the area - castles, fortresses and archaeological ruins - as well as museums and exhibitions. There are plenty of hiking trails and nature reservations for those with excess energy to burn. and the of course, we are only a one hour drive from big city life in Gothenburg - bars, restaurants, clubs, concerts, museums, galleries and Liseberg amusement park.
Car occasionally available for those with a full, clean driver's licence. Pay for your own fuel, parking and tolls. And as one WorkAwayer has pointed out to us... we have a bicycle too.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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