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Ostfold
All Year: 01.05 -31.09.2018
Area (ha):
Persons: 1
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 20607
Country: Norway

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Last Updated: September 7, 2018

WE DO NOT NEED ANY MORE HELP IN 2018

It would be great if you could stay minimum 3 weeks. Please send us an email if you are interested and we will answer you as soon as possible.

We live in the Southeast part of Norway, 1 hr drive from Oslo, in an old, charming house at the countryside. We have two kids aged 9 and 11 and a cat. We have been host for voluntary workers for 5 years previous (as a HelpX host ) and have had the pleasure of getting to know people from around the world.

We appreciate a positive attitude and a happy mind and hope that you will feel like a part of our family during your stay. We like to watch movies, go biking, eating outside (BBQ) whenever the weather allows us to, go swimming in the ocean, go for a walk in the woods, to visit museums and other cultural events. We have a big garden and grow organic vegetables for our own use.

This spring and summer (from May until September) we need help around the house, in the garden and with different projects, like restoring old windows and painting. This summer we will also build an out door sauna and a terrace. We also have another old house (side building) from the 1700s that we are restoring. We will also need some help in the house and some help looking after/playing with our 2 kids.

You will work outside when the weather is nice and inside when the weather is not so good.
You will mostly work together with one of us and we will have lunch, and all other meals, together. A typical working day will start at 9 in the morning, a 1 hr lunch break and then work again until dinner. The work will be varied and you will have 2 days off every week.

It is important to us that you enjoy your stay, that the work is varied and we will make sure that your time with us is pleasant, interesting and fun.
We are running our own business from home.
During July/August we will do some traveling around Norway photographing old, charming houses for the magazine that we publish and then we will need you to come with us to look after the kids a few hours while we are working. Other times of the summer we might take a day trip or weekend trip.
(You can check out the website here www.magasinet-norskehjem.no)

We all participate in daily chores like setting the table and tidy away the dishes after eating, emptying the dishwasher, help keeping the place clean and tidy. This is a part of daily family life.

We hope that you will become a part of our Norwegian family and included in our lifestyle. We would also like to learn about your culture.
The whole family speaks English and can teach you a little bit of Norwegian if you would like to learn some. You will learn about gardening, restoring wooden windows and fixing tings using traditional methods and handcrafts, and about traditional architecture etc.

You will get your own cosy bedroom with free internet connection and a great view. You will also have access to your own living room. And of course free meals all week.

Our home is in the countryside, around 5 km from the nearest town, and 1 hr drive from Oslo with bus/train or car.
We will pick you up at the nearest train or bus station when you arrive.
You can travel and explore other parts of Norway in your spare time, or we can show you around Oslo and the district where we live. We have a bike that you can borrow to explore the surroundings. Beautiful nature and great opportunities to go hiking.

We would like for you to speak English. No smoking.

Photos:
1. Our old, beautiful wooden house from 1862 seen from the garden.
2. Arial photo of the property. The residence is located in the country side with great view of the landscape. We often see wild animals like deer and moose in the fields around us. Great opportunities to go hiking.
3. The garden where we grow our own vegetables and berries. The greenhouse is a great place to sit in late summer evenings.
4. The house with entrance from the new kitchen to the garden and the outdoor shower. Your bedroom and living room is behind the 3 windows at the second floor.
5. The garden pond where we can swim in the summer.
6. The family in front of the big jasmine in the garden.


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