Farm Work in Norway
Norway – just the name conjures images of majestic fjords, reindeer, ice-blue glaciers, the midnight sun north of the Arctic Circle, and the vast frozen tundra of Lapland. Norway truly is a land of imposing natural wonders. But did you also know that the capital city of Oslo is the sunniest city in northern Europe, or that the Norwegian people themselves are exceptionally welcoming? Come learn more first-hand – live and work on a farm in Norway!
At a Glance
- Age: 18-30 years
- Duration: 2-6 months
- Language: Good knowledge of English
- Starting Dates: Year round. Booked out for 2010.
- Nationality: EU or Swiss citizenship
Farm Work in Norway
Use your time doing farm work in Norway to experience country life in this former Viking-land. Not only the best way to get to know Norway without breaking the bank, farm work in Norway will give you an inside-view of Norwegian culture, from the perspective of a local farm family.
Over 10,000 young people from all over the world have already experienced farm work in Norway, the westernmost of the four Scandinavian countries. Are you ready for a physically-challenging northern adventure of your own?
Living on the Farm
As soon as we, with the help of our local partner organisation, have found farm work in Norway for you, you will receive an invitational letter, e-mail, or phone call from your host family. Before your departure you will have the opportunity to contact your family to discuss your arrival plans. When you do farm work in Norway, you will receive free accommodation and meals from your host family. On top of this, your host family will pay you 910 Norwegian Kroner per week. You will probably be the only working guest on the farm at the time, so you will have a lot of contact with your host family during your farm work in Norway.
In the summer months, we offer the special opportunity to work in tourism in Norway. Most participants doing tourism work will live with host families. Instead of living in a guest room on a farm, tourism workers live on a camping ground or in a mountain lodge. Tourism jobs in Norway can include kitchen help, cleaning, and reception desk work.
Farm Work in Norway: Host Family
Norwegians tend to be very hospitable and proud of their country, but at the same time very modest. Many host families welcome guest workers throughout the year to do farm work in Norway, and enjoy taking these workers on weekend hiking, fishing, and cross-country skiing trips. Of course, it is nice to learn a bit of Norwegian during your farm work in Norway, but if you cannot speak any Norwegian upon your arrival in Norway, don’t worry. There is at least one person in each family who can speak English.
Host families vary greatly: Your family could have young or grown children. Sometimes grandparents or other people doing farm work in Norway live in the house. The family could consist of only one or two people.
Farm Work in Norway
- Duration: 2 - 6 months
- Application: At least 12 weeks before departure. We are happy to receive applications much earlier than this for work in the summer months. The number of job positions is limited.
- Starting Dates: Year-round, most often in spring and fall. Please note that this programme is booked out for starting dates in 2010. Placements in tourism: June through August. Depending on the current demand for farm work in Norway, your placement could take a few days or up to a month.
- Practical Experience: Not always necessary. On many farms, agricultural experience is required. Experience is an advantage for tourism workers.
- Other: After booking the programme, write an application for farm work in Norway, according to our specifications. We may arrange for a short telephone interview with you, in order to make sure that your English skills are good enough. Host families are looking for people who are ready to pitch in and learn new things. Dedication and adaptability are very important. A driver’s licence is also an advantage.