We are looking for hardworking candidates with confidence, initiative, and self-motivation. Ideally, we want helpers to be physically fit (it will make the work easier, if so).
Our business is a small home-based sled dog farm, based in Suomussalmi, Finland. Our farm is located in a remote place in the forest. There are good options for hiking, fishing, and spending time in nature. The nearest city is 100 km away, but a village with shops is only 26 km away.
We currently have over 60 dogs and 2 cats, all of which are friendly with a variety of personalities. These dogs are trained year-round in preparation for the safaris hosted in the wintertime. Throughout the year you will have the opportunity to learn how to train dogs for safaris. However, during the summertime (July-September) it is often too hot to train to dogs consistently, therefore, we use this time to teach the dogs basic commands. Common duties as well as running the dogs are: feeding, providing water, cleaning poo, grooming, and administering flea medicine and other necessary medicines. The expected hours are 08:00-17:00. We try to stick to a work schedule, but this type of work is more of a lifestyle. Although, the main priority is caring for the dogs, there's other duties such as chopping firewood, building kennels, and shopping for groceries.
We have two rooms for volunteers with beds for four people in each room. Volunteers and I share a house along with a few dogs that are comfortably living their retired days indoors. We all are expected to join in with household chores. Past volunteers have also helped with cooking meals, for instance, we take it in turns each day to cook dinner. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided; however, any snacks or alcohol should be purchased yourself.
Usually it starts snowing mid-November and lasts until the end of March. During this time the weather can be as low as -30 degrees Celsius, it is essential you pack clothes that will keep you warm, I recommend wool clothing and not cotton clothes during this time. We do have some clothes here that we can offer to use, however, please don’t rely on these as there is a mixture of sizes and may not fit you. In the summertime it can be hot, so you needn’t bring your thermals. Do not bring any clothes that are valuable to you as the dogs will inevitably ruin them. Although, we do visit friends’ houses for the occasional party.
In the evenings you’ll have the opportunity to relax, go to the sauna, watch movies, and visit local events. Each weekend we try to visit different places such as Hossa, a national park based in Suomussalmi.
- Running water.
- Tumble dryer
- Washing machine
- Limited WiFi
IMPORTANT: Winter (October-March) workers must be able to stay a minimum of two months, however, summer and spring (April-September) workers must stay a minimum of one month.
PLEASE NOTE: During November/December we are moving to Näljänkä. Here we will also be running a sheep farm with over 80 sheep, one cow, and a few chickens.
Do not hesitate to ask any questions in your application.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
On our farm you will experience a pack of over 60 dogs. During this experience, you will learn a lot about dog behaviour. There are many opportunities to learn to handle sled dogs. There’s more to this experience than just the dogs, this experience will provide you with insight to the Finnish way of living.
Most of the chores on the farm are daily routines like feeding, cleaning and exercising the dogs in preparation for safaris.
Share accommodation with myself and other volunteers. If you travel as a couple, it's not guaranteed that you will both share a private bedroom. Three meals provided everyday.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week