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Nes i Hedmark
All Year: Yes, all year
Area (ha):
Persons: 1-3
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 40074
Country: Norway

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Last Updated: October 10, 2017

I am looking for helpers with carpentry skills, masonry skills, gardening skills, and general housekeeping, animal care, and some child care for an 11.5 year old girl. So please apply if you have any of the above skills, also help with butchering chickens and preparing them for the freezer is wanted. I really need someone to help me do some various carpentry jobs on my chicken houses, so if you have carpentry skills this is a huge wish. Not sure what we can do now when we go toward winter, but for sure in the spring this will be a priority. I also have a sewing machine but do not know how to use it, someone who can show me and also do some sewing for me would be welcome here too :-)

I live in a log cabin home on the largest island in Norway´s largest lake area, Mjøsa. From my home it is 45 minutes to the largest cities around the Mjøsa, Gjøvik, Lillehammer (home of the 1994 Olympics), and Hamar. We are 1.5 hours away from the airport Gardemoen and 2 hours from Oslo. You will take a train from Gardemoen til Brumunddal and I will pick you up there if you are coming directly from outside Norway.

I have a bunk bed in a guest room for 2 guests to stay in together. I also have a room with a double bed in it available for 1-2 people. At the moment I have two children living here, a boy who is 19 and a girl who is 11. We have 4 dogs, 4 cats and chickens.

I will be working most of the week so there will be a lot of time alone. I expect about 4-5 hours of work a day depending on the projects. There will be a lot of time to be on "holiday" also. Here on the island is a climbing park with a zip line. The lake is refreshing to swim in during the summer. There is also a cafe/pub here on the island by the boat marine and another cafe on one of the large farms here. You can walk to the grocery stores and another cafe which is across the bridge on the mainland. There goes buses but not many. I can help get you to the train station in Brumunddal if you would like day excursions to Lillehammer or Oslo or something. In the winter there will be possibilities for cross country skiing here on the island and in the local area. There is also a slalom hill 10 minutes driving from my house. I do not have all the ski equipment so this would have to be brought with you.

Here it is very private, we live in the woods without neighbors except for an apartment we rent out. There is hiking trails in all directions from the house. I can also accommodate people wishing to stay in a tent or a camper bus.

I would like a short video chat on Messenger before we confirm a visit. It´s important for me to have a stomach feeling for who is coming to my home when I have a child here. I enjoy cooking so you will be fed well and if you´d like to help out in the kitchen this can also happen. I prefer 2 guests at one time, but review each request based on what you can offer and what I need. I prefer a stay of 2 weeks but can consider each request as to what I need done here also.

I have had a very positive experience with Help X last year( which was my first year using this service) and this summer. I met incredible people who were delightful to have here with us and I would welcome back anytime. We hiked together, had nice conversations over dinner and breakfast and there was plenty of time for the helpers to do what they wanted or nothing at all and I got the help I needed. I have more projects this year so I hope I can find some really interesting and good people to come stay with us and help us out. If it sounds interesting send me some words about you and what you can offer in skills and what your plans are for your time in Norway.

I can not accommodate special diets, sorry. You must speak English. It´s ok if you do not speak so very good, but you must understand more then you speak and the rest will come.

Kind regards,

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