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Host ID: 38923
Country: Finland

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Last Updated: March 8, 2018

Hi there! I'm hoping to find help for April and May 2018. Also summer and winter 2018 are still free.
Help is needed all year around in Finnish Lapland for a "Santa´s Pet Farm" (domestic animal yard).
Work would mainly include farm work, taking care of animals, feeding them, cleaning pens etc. Greeting and guiding visitors in the farm, helping with reindeer- and pony sleigh rides. Making coffee and selling tickets for customers. Also keeping the accommodation cottage nice and clean during Your stay :-)

I expect HelpXers to have experience in taking care of horses, or other bigger animals. The minimum of Your stay should be about one month.

The farm is located at the Ski- and activity resort named Levi in Finnish Lapland.
I´ll offer You accommodation in a small cottage in the Farm; one room with mini kitchen and shower. Real meals are not included, but bread, vegetables and fruits and eggs are free to use.
If you are good on western riding, it's possible (not a must:) for you to go for a ride with my young American Bashkir Curly- horse. But notice; -he is not for beginners, because he's young, smart and sensitive guy and you need to ride him alone in the woods or on streets with cars and other traffic.

Work is very seasonal, when winter months December-April are more busy. There are more people in winter who visit the farm (that is the main source of income) than in the summer. Also snow and cold makes the winter days more busy.
The cottage and part of the stables are warmed with wood-burning stoves.
The work takes about 6-8 hours a day depending how experienced you are with animal work and other tasks. Also if there are two HelpXers at the same time to share the work. You will have one day off per week.

In Levi there are great opportunities for winter and summer activities in the nature. There are good possibilities to see magical Northern Lights on dark winter months.

You can see some experiences and pictures around the farm, from my present HelpXers from their blog:

In the winter picture is me and Jekku -the reindeer. There are 12 different animal species and over 30 animal in the farm. I speak English, German, Swedish and Finnish.

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